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Catalog Number 2009.030.024
Description Plaque commemorating Nate Branch being inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame on May 28, 1991. Plaque includes image of Branch and a brief biography: "Nate Branch's ball has bounced on many courts since his halcyon days at Ravenswood High School. The East Palo Alto basketball player parlayed his passion for the sport and Ravenswood basketball coach Tom Crane's encouragement into a 15-year career with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, visiting every corner of the Earth. Still, Branch's most treasured memories of his extensive basketball career are about a high school playoff game at Stanford University's old Pavilion. It was his baseline jumper with five seconds left in the fifth overtime which gave Ravenswood the Peninsula Basketball Tournament title against St. Elizabeth of Oakland in a game that arguably stands as the most dramatic prep game ever played on the Peninsula. Branch went on to star at the University of Nebraska and then eschewed pro bids from both the ABA and NBA to join his former childhood idols, Marques Haynes and Meadowlark Lemon. Branch retired several years ago and has returned to live in East Palo Alto."
Object Name Plaque, Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Nate Branch Sports Hall of Fame Plaque
Date May 28, 1991
Species Plaque
Inscription Text "Final / Price" printed on sticker with handwritten "B" and circled 1.
Provenance Plaque and induction was sponsored by The Times of San Mateo.
Dimensions H-12 W-9 D-1 inches
Search Terms Sports
Schools - East Palo Alto - Ravenswood
Ravenswood High School
Harlem Globe Trotters
Branch, Nate
Subjects Sports
Basketball players
People Branch, Nate