LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Crawford Gym still plays host to a group of U of L faculty and workers for noon pick-up games as it has for decades. With all due respect to what I'm sure are a fine group of players, the days of very high-level basketball at Crawford have been gone for decades.
And in just over a month, the building itself will be gone. It is being knocked down in mid-August to make room for a multi-story academic building.
From its opening in 1964 until 1990, it was the practice sight for the U of L basketball teams. Things really got competitive during the summer months when games were honed and reputations were made in the steamy gym in the heart of the University of Louisville Campus. In its heyday from the late '1970's through most of the '1980's, the daily summer games often included not only the current and former U of L players, but players from other colleges and other pros.
"Your first day you walk in here it's definitely intimidating," said former Cardinal center Felton Spencer. "You see guys dunking on each other and glaring and talking trash, yea it's intimidating. It's trial by fire. You learn quickly."
"We all got a history here," said the school's all-time leading scorer Darrell Griffith. "We all got a lot of memories. Even if you didn't win a championship, just to be part of this tradition is amazing. We're all proud to be part of the University of Louisville program and that we grew up and played at Crawford Gym."
Spencer and Griffith were two of six former Cardinal greats that sat down to share their memories of Crawford Gym with WDRB. Enjoy their thoughts and stories on the attached videos.
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