Joe Arpaio's High School Basketball Team Sucked (Yes, There's a Photo)

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Joe Arpaio (bottom, left)
Buzzfeed posted a list earlier this week of "69 Politicians As They Were In High School," including some vintage yearbook shots of Governor Jan Brewer, Senator John McCain, and former Governor Janet Napolitano.

That prompted us to check out the Museum of Natural History 1950 yearbook from Commerce High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, to see ol' Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Much to our surprise, he's not the rotund gentleman in the top-right corner of the picture to the right of the school's basketball team, but actually the guy in the bottom left.

Based on the description of the team in the yearbook, the team sucked, and Arpaio wasn't exactly an all-star.

The team won a grand total of six games in the spring of 1950, while losing 12, and Arpaio was mentioned in precisely one game description.

"The victory ended the season for the Raiders, and gave them a 6-12 record," the yearbook says. "Economidy, with ten points; and Ersing, with 12, led in the scoring parade; while Arpaio, Shea, and Guess excelled as play-makers."

He's not in either of the game-action photos in the book, so it's more likely his excellent play-making included filling water cups and giving the actual players some fresh towels.

Anyway, here's the photo of Arpaio and the boys:

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via classmates.com
Joe Arpaio (front row, second from left).




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Masked Magician
Masked Magician

Before you know it the MCSO shurf will start saying he arrested Elvis Presley. (The Old Fool did not arrest the King. He just thinks he did.)

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 And yes that typo should read "journalists". Douchebags, get a life.

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This rag is a worse joke than Westword. But then again what do you expect from anything produced by the Village Voice. Picking on Joe every other article? Real mature. None of the other VV rags mention Joe or SB1070. Pull your panties up New Times and accept that Sb1070 is rule of law and is constitutional and that most states want their damn laws enforced. A$$holes. Joe has old school morals...he wants to help this country, something the hipster douchebag  "jouranlists" at New Times probably don't grasp.

A Canadian
A Canadian

Why would this story be considered news is beyond me.   Just plain stupid waste of a so-called journalist time.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Damn.  It is aging.  OSB's balls were not hanging out of his shorts back then.  

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

No mexican teammates and the bias begins.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

 With 2 black guys on the team, and possibly one or two Hispanics. He still grew up to become one of the most notoriously racist Shurf.

JD
JD

It's probably the photo quality but unless you look really hard #5 looks like his number is painted on. Did anyone else first think that too?

joe.distort
joe.distort

please deliver said xanax to me thanks, joe

David Saint
David Saint

its just for fun man..have a Xanax and a smile and chill lol

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