IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Friends

Buck GlenName: Buck Glen

Year Inducted: 1985

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Wyoming High School

Biography:  Buck Glen Is a cornerstone in Wyoming where he had been the timer for Wyoming High School basketball games for 35 years at the time of his Hall of Fame induction. For that same period Glen had operated the down box for the Indians’ football games. As the owner and operator of Gamble Hardware in Wyoming, Glen’s store became the gathering place each morning after the game. He was always anxious to give all who wanted a first-hand account of the action. Buck served as president of the Wyoming Lions Club and the Wyoming Chamber of Commerce. Always ready with a helping hand, he was counted on numerous times for many school fund raisers and always helped. Through an aluminum can project “King Alum” as Buck is known, funds were raised for the summer baseball programs. Buck Glen died on April 20, 2009 at the age of 90.

 

 

Pat FilippiName: Pat Filippi

Year Inducted: 1985

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
(Hinsdale) Central High School
(LaGrange) Lyons High School

 

Biography:  Over the years, The Clubhouse Restaurant in Hinsdale attracted many sports fans. There Pat Filippi has played host to IBCA Hall of Famers Ralph Faucher, Bill Filson, Jodie Harrison, Bob Burson, Dick Leiber and Al Zimmerman. Many Chicago professional athletes frequented Filippi’s restaurant. Filippi was a strong supporter of Hinsdale Central and Lyons Township in basketball, despite the intense rivalry between the two. In 1983 he hosted the U.S. National Junior Men’s basketball team at his establishment after they played at LaGrange. The players were greeted by huge signs welcoming them to the restaurant. Those in the basketball crowds can’t believe Filippi’s gracious hospitality. He’s always happy to help out a coach or player if he can in some way. An avid runner, he competed seven times under three hours after age 50 in the Boston Marathon.  Filippi is truly a friend of Illinois basketball. Pat Filippi passed away on March 30, 2008.

 

 

Bill baffesName: Bill Baffes

Year Inducted: 1985

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Homewood-Flossmoor High School

 

Biography:  Bill Baffes for 15 years served as timer at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. He served as president of the H-F Booster Club and for several years organized trips to H-F road games. Baffes is a firm supporter of the H-F coaches. During the eight years Baffe’s son, who was an all-state selection, attended Homewood-Flossmoor and Illinois Wesleyan(where he was captain), Baffes missed but three games played by the two schools. Baffes sponsored and coached a college level summer league team for two years.

 

John blandName: John Bland

Year Inducted: 1985

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Shabbona  High School
Shabbona Grade School

 

Biography:  John Malvern Bland had been a scorer for Shabbona High School for 28 years leading to his HOF induction. Bland retired from teaching and coaching twice with a total of 38 years. Bland was the teacher of all eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse from 1934-37 at Lacey Rural School. He later introduced grade school sports. He coached football, basketball and track at Batavia High School during the 1943-44 school year and the next year at Earlville. In 1949 he moved to Shabbona where he coached seventh and eighth grade basketball, baseball and introduced track. For many years he drove the bus for all Shabbona Grade School games and many of the high school games. In addition, he washed all towels and uniforms, mending them for the teams, He became a member of the Illinois High School Officials Association in the early 1940’s. He was one of the first recipients of a 25-year service pin by the National Federation of High School Associations when the award was established. Bland organized and coached 17 years in the Shabbona Little League.  John Bland died in 1990.

 

 

 

George ArbeiterName: George C. Arbeiter

Year Inducted: 1985

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Aurora West High School

 

Biography:  George C. Arbeiter was truly a longtime basketball fan, dating back to 1914. For many of those years Arbeiter played and followed the game in and around Joliet and had the opportunity to share experiences with members of the James Naismith family. Arbeiter moved to Aurora in 1935 and since then was an avid Aurora West booster. At age 84 Arbeiter never missed a game, a habit established many years ago. Arbeiter many times couldn’t wait for game night and would visit Blackhawk practices. Arbeiter was dubbed by WMRO radio in Aurora as the Elder Statesman for the Aurora West Fans Club. His loyalty to coaches and players and his comradery with 2.5 generations of fans is near legend in Aurora. Arbeiter once said he “was greatful for 10 years playing and 60 in the bleachers.” He was always upbeat and optimistic about Black Hawk teams and said he considered his enthusiasm to be “One Magnificent Obsession.”  George died on January 27, 1994 at the age of 91.