Saturday, the University of Central Arkansas re-retired a jersey that disappeared from its trophy case.
The No. 22 jersey of the late Tommy Taylor, a two-time All Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference selection who led the Bears in scoring in 1948-49 and 1949-50, was retired again during a halftime ceremony at the Farris Center. His jersey was initially retired several years ago and was displayed for years in the trophy case at the Old Gym (now the Prince Center).
It somehow got lost in the shuffle of time and disappeared.
Taylor, considered one of the best all-around players in school history, was a charter member of the UCA Sports Hall of Fame.
The teams he played and won 56 games in three season, including two 21-victory seasons. The Bears reached the second round of the national AAU tourney in 1950.
Several of Taylor’s teammates and their families were on hand at a reception and for the Bears’ game against Sam Houston State. They were: Carl Beavers, James Clark, Joe Dillard, Charles George, Shirrell Halbrook, Joe Kincannon and Lyle Middleton. Joining the group honoring Taylor were Martha Harding, widow of teammate Buddy Harding, and Thelma Garrison, widow of former UCA basketball coach Cecil Garrison, Taylor’s coach.
A replica of the No. 22 jersey, which is displayed alongside Scottie Pippen’s in the Farris Center, was presented to Pat Taylor, widow of Tommy Taylor and his sister-in low, Bonnie Taylor.
A video showing scenes from Taylor’s career was shown on the video board at halftime.