For Zausch, an ‘injustice’ righted 50 years in the making

At the Victory Theatre after this year’s University of Evansville men’s basketball team beat Miami (Ohio) Saturday afternoon, the 1963-64 squad relished some of their best moments.

From left: Ed Zausch, Jerry Sloan, Russ Grieger, Dave Green, Paul Bullard, Buster Briley, Wayne Boultinghouse.

From left: Ed Zausch, Jerry Sloan, Russ Grieger, Dave Green, Paul Bullard, Buster Briley, Wayne Boultinghouse.

The team huddles in center court during the ceremony at halftime of Saturday's game.

The team huddles in center court during the ceremony at halftime of Saturday’s game.

The picture from the championship game. Zausch was standing out of frame to the right.

The picture from the championship game. Zausch was standing out of frame to the right.

Each of the seven players in attendance stood up to address his former teammates, talking about memories of their former coach, Arad McCutchan, some of their best wins on the season, or just reflecting on what their time in an Aces uniform meant to them.

But one player, Ed Zausch, the starting center who averaged 7.6 points per game as a senior that year, went to the podium to “correct an injustice” that’s been haunting him for the past 50 years.

The picture from the championship game sat on an easel next to the podium where the players spoke. When it was Zausch’s turn to speak, he went up, stood to the right of the picture and lifted his right pointer finger up like the other players in the photo.

His wife took a few pictures, and Zausch returned to the podium. When the picture was originally taken, Zausch, who was standing just to the right in the original photo, was cut out of the frame, and wanted to make sure he was in the picture, even if it was 50 years later.

“Thank god,” he joked. “It’s been so many years that I’ve had to live with that sort of situation.”

His story was received with much laughter and Zausch promised that he’d print copies and give it to all the players.

Current head coach Marty Simmons was also in attendance to thank the former players for supporting the current Aces in their hopes of achieving what the 1963-64 team did 50 years ago.

“We’re so appreciative for you you’ve supported us in our pursuit of getting there,” Simmons said.

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