Most Memorable Wins All-Time by Public
League Football, Basketball or Baseball
Teams,  School by School, in City Titles
(Charter Schools Not Included)

  Below you'll find my list of the all-time most memorable City Titleswins by Public
League teams, school by school (not including charters) in football basketball or baseball.
  What makes a game "memorable"? Sometimes it's the sheer quality of the game itself, or a truly

special performance by one or more participants, or the historical context of the game, or the
fact that the result was a gigantic upset, fan involvement during/after the game or high levels
of controversy for assorted reasons.

  Mostly, it's just a feeling. Again, this is one man's opinion and please understand that it was
hard to cast aside some other strong contenders.
Thanks for paying attention, and I hope you enjoy the list.
  -- Ted Silary

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1944, at Convention Hall
Bartram 36, South Catholic 27
Before 12,506, the largest basketball crowd in state history, Bob "Ace" McCann and Norm Tener scored nine points apiece and Bill Nelson started a 14-point surge. Prior to the game, Nelson received word he'd been inducted into the U.S. Army Air Force Aviation Cadets. Joe McDonald (11) topped SC.


1950, at Franklin Field
Bok 13, North Catholic 0
    Just two seasons after going winless in their first PL season, the Wildcats of coach Anthony "Mex" Siani stunned the experts by halting North's 25-game winning streak. Bok scored twice in the first four
minutes of the second half as Charlie Guida (5-for-8, 74) passed 11 yards to Bill Jennings and Bob Percell (15-49) ran in from the 3 after a fumble on the kickoff. Frank Ventrola rushed 14 times for 55 yards and made a 76-yard kickoff return to set up the first score. For North, John McDonnell caught three passes for 64 yards.


1970, at Franklin Field
Central 13, Egan 6
    Ken Anderson (24-116) and Marty Israel (18-51) ran for TDs as Central, coached by Ed Veith, became the first PL school to win the city title since 1958 and only the third since 1947. Warren McAllister set up
Israel's TD with a fumble recovery. Joe Younge recovered a fumble to thwart Egan's next-to-last possession, then combined with Greg Pittman to sack QB Dick Bedesem Jr. and end Egan's last possession. For Egan,
Mike Fogarty rushed 10 times for 51 yards and a TD.


2012, Class 2A, at SJ Prep
Communications Tech 55, McDevitt 53
  Markeise Chandler (15 points) hit the right side of the rim on a leaping push shot from just beyond halfcourt as McDevitt came close to posting what would have been its second postseason win in 49 years of Catholic League membership. The Lancers had gone 3-10 in CL play, qualifying for this contest but not earning one of 10 playoff berths. Frosh Samir Doughty (14), Tony Parker and Terrence Brown (11 apiece) paced CT. Parker snagged 12 rebounds and his identical twin, Terrell, mixed eight points with five boards despite missing a quarter's worth of playing time with an ankle injury. They were the first twins to start for a City champion.


2014, Class 2A, at Saint Joseph's University
Constitution 68, West Catholic 49
  Kimar Williams was terrific throughout, earning game MVP laurels by shooting 7-for-10 (4-for-6 on treys) and 6-for-9 for 24 points. Ahmad Gilbert added 11 points and eight boards. Floyd Preito dealt four assists. Best for West was Jahmil Harris (11 points, 12 boards, five assists).


1969, at the Palestra
Edison 57, Roman 54
  Romie Thomas (16) and sub Lynn Greer (12) scored in double figures while center Bob Peterson totaled eight points, eight boards and nine assists. Greer had consecutive baskets to spark a 10-0 run that lifted the Inventors into a 50-44 lead. Jim O'Brien (18) and Mike Bantom (12 rebounds) led Roman, which shot 15-for-75 from the floor and 24-for-42 at the line.


1978, at Kennedy Stadium
Frankford 27, Wood 7
    In a driving rainstorm, which turned the natural surface at Kennedy Stadium into a mud-covered mess, Frankford relied almost exclusively on the straight-ahead running of fullback Joe Galasso, who
responded with 155 yards and two TDs on 30 carries. The Pioneers were just the PL's third winner since 1951. Coach Al Angelo had been 0-8-1 in city title appearances as a player, assistant and head coach. Chris Yurkow ran for one TD and completed his only pass for another. Walt Parrish made four tackles for losses and recovered an errant pitchout. For Wood, John Kafel returned the second half kickoff 80 yards for a TD.


1964, at the Palestra
Germantown 77, Dougherty 62
  Dougherty saw its hopes of a 25-0 season dashed as Lou Gambrell shot 13-for-22 for 26 points, Charlie Orme added 16 points and Bob Reid and Leroy Lark claimed 14 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Bill Nelson became the first man to play in the City Title game for a champion (Bartram '44) and then produce a champion as a coach. For Dougherty, Mike Kempski scored 18 points while Earl Williams (14, 13 rebounds) and Maurice Savage (13, 15) were productive in two categories.


1939, at Convention Hall
Gratz 23, South Catholic 13
 Edwin "Pete" Lorenc (eight) and Marion Sawicki (seven) led in scoring for Gratz, which posted 13 of the game's final 15 points. Sawicki provided the spark with back-to-back rebound baskets. John "Tubby" Curran (five) was the only SC player to score more than two points. With three minutes left and his team down, 20-13, Pirate coach John "Jocko" McGarry yanked all of his starters except for captain John "Duke" Hannan.


1958, at Franklin Field
Lincoln 28, La Salle 20
    Though La Salle's Vic Gittens returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a TD, Lincoln persevered behind the running of Ed Silverberg, who gained 193 yards on 21 carries and reeled off an 85-yard TD of his own. Silverberg, who'd played tackle as a junior, added another TD and two conversion runs. Bill Humenuk passed for two scores to Frank Scornaienchi. Coach Ben "Moe" Weinstein's Railsplitters were the PL's first city titlists since 1950. For La Salle, Scott Maxwell (15-89) and Gerry Woltemate (18-77, TD) were the leading rushers.


1946, at Franklin Field
Northeast 33, West Catholic 20
    John Papit ran 29 times for 160 yards and three TDs and passed 3-for-9 for 56 yards and another score in a game attended by 60,000 and halted by rioting with 10 seconds left. When Northeast's fans attempted to tear down the goalposts in the final minute, West's fans ran onto the field to defend them. Elsewhere, two fans connected with neither school ran toward Northeast's backfield to tackle and slug Papit. With several thousand fans on the field, officials ended the game. Soccer-style kicker George "Bertie" Miller booted three PAT and averaged 52 yards on six kickoffs. For West, Charley Albertus passed 8-for-20 for 186 yards and two TDs and Emory McCourt carried 11 times for 91 yards.


2016, Class 4A,
at Washington
Olney 5, Judge 4
  In its 85th school year of Public League membership, the Trojans finally won their second CT in one of the three major sports. The other, also in baseball, had been claimed in 1951. Olney remained without a Pub title in football/basketball. Shawn Vega's RBI single capped a five-run visiting third, and that run wound up making the difference. Joseph Gomez (4 1/3 innings) and Kenny Cruz handled mound duties. The team's staff ace, Cesar Loya, had pitched two days earlier in the Pub final. With the tying run at third in the seventh, Cruz notched his fifth whiff to end it. Judge, which was able to use its ace, Dan Hammer, received a 4-for-4, two-RBI performance from Christian Lutz. The Pub had last won a baseball CT in 1975 (Southern by 7-1 over O'Hara). It lost all four from 1976-79 and 19 others over three classifications from 2009-15. CTs were not contested from 1980-2008. In those 23 losses, the Pub was outscored, 239-37, and more than one third of its runs were scored in 1976 when Central fell to Judge, 14-13.


1980, at the Palestra
Overbrook 65, Roman 56 (OT)
Overbrook put the finishing touches on a 34-0 season -- the best record in city-leagues history -- as Tony Costner collected 23 points and 15 rebounds, Darryl "World" Brown added 14 points and five assists and John Bryant (12 rebounds) and Steve Black split 20 points. Costner scored eight points in a 15-6 overtime session. With 0:11 left in regulation, Roman's Randy Monroe went to the line for a one-and-one. He hit the first shot to create a 50-50 tie, but then missed the second. William "Vernon" Hardwick (jumper) and Costner (tap) missed shots for 'Brook to make necessary the first OT session in the series since 1943. Gerald Roberts (21) and Lonnie McFarlan (18) led Roman in scoring while Monroe (14) and McFarlan (13) were tops in rebounds.


1945, At Franklin Field
Southern 18, West Catholic 13
    Thanks to three drives covering 175 yards, Southern scored three TDs in the last 7:40 to erase a 13-0 deficit and earn the stirring victory before 54,000. The winning score came with 19 seconds left when
Anthony "Reds" Coletta, the would-be kicker, heaved an 11-yard pass to Al Tulinsky, the would-be holder, out of a field goal formation. Coletta then halted West's final possession with an interception. The Rams' first score in the outburst came on Jack Del Bello's 37-yard screen pass to Joe Carlozo. After Del Bello recovered a fumble, Coletta ran in from the 2. The highlight of the final drive was Del Bello's 42-yard pass to Carlozo. For West, Charley Albertus gained 75 yards on 18 carries and passed for a TD to Frank McCartney. Ace runner Frank "Reds" Bagnell was sidelined early in the second quarter with a broken collarbone.


2008, Class 4A, at Northeast
Washington 23, La Salle 14
  On a bitterly cold day, the Explorers chose to receive against a very strong wind and Washington rolled to a
21-7 lead in the first 13 minutes, thanks in part to interceptions by Jamal Williams and Nate Smith. Kyle Glenn's two runs sandwiched a TD pass from Aaron Wilmer to Omar Hunter. Sharrif Floyd's blocked punt
produced a safety and a 23-14 lead with 3:16 left. La Salle junior Drew Loughery passed 12-for-33 for 248 yards and one TD apiece to Mike Donohoe and Sam Feleccia (81-yarder; 3-134). He fell 19 yards short of
tying the city record (2,647) belonging to his offensive coordinator, Brett Gordon, the son of coach Drew Gordon.


1978, at the Palestra
West Phila. 67, Roman 64
Clarence "Eggy" Tillman poured in 31 points, Vincent Ross took 13 rebounds and Kevin "Rock" McCray dished eight assists as West proved best in the city for a record fourth consecutive time. Tillman shot 11-for-19 and 9-for-10. Reggie Jackson (24, 11 rebounds) and Charlie Robbins (16) led Roman, which used an 11-0 run to draw within 58-57. McCray's two free throws with 0:28 left provided comfort at 66-60. The Speedboys finished the season at 33-1 with 87 wins in their last 89 games and 112 in 115.