March Tradness

In honor of March Madness, which begins today, Ivy-Style pays tribute to Bill Bradley, the 1965 National Player of the Year for Princeton. At the time, the school had produced more American presidents than basketball All-Americans.

Bradley made the cover of the December 7th, 1964 issue of Sports Illustrated, complete with classic Princeton haircut. (Shot above comes from the same issue):

In 1965 Bradley led his team to Princeton’s highest-ever finish in the 64-team tournament: Third, behind UCLA and Michigan. The following year he was the number-one pick in the NBA, but opted instead for a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford:


After Oxford, Bradley played 10 years in the NBA for the New York Knicks, who retired his jersey in 1984. Bradley then served as a senator from New Jersey from 1979-1997. In 2000, Bradley ran in the Democratic presidential primaries, losing to Al Gore.

Born in Crystal City, Missouri, Bradley is now largely retired from public life and lives with his family in Verona, New Jersey.

Click here for a recollection of Princeton basketball in the ’60s, while below is an ESPN tribute to Bradley. — CC

Addendum: gave this post a quick plug, adding some video of vintage Bradley.

This post originally ran on March 19, 2009.

5 Comments on "March Tradness"

  1. My high school history teacher was Bradley’s roommate at Princeton, not that that had any effect on anything whatsoever.

    But a tidbit is a tidbit, dammit!

  2. Grey Flannels | March 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm |

    That was indeed exactly how we had our hair cut and how we combed it in the 60s; many of us still do, but with much less hair.

  3. Charlottesville | March 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm |

    Well done, Christian! I think you may have scored a personal best with the title of this post, although it has some tough competition. And the second sport coat is a hoot. By sheer coincidence, I am wearing a well-worn BB hound’s-tooth sack today, but I hope mine fits better than the future Senator’s did. In fairness, it must have been more difficult to find a 38 extra long in 1964 than it was for me to buy my 42 regular 25 years later.

  4. Kind of funny seeing Bill Bradley come up on a style site.

    During his Knicks days, he was a notoriously sloppy and uncaring dresser. The best-known anecdote was his use of paperclips as improvised cufflinks. Basically the mirror image of his teammate, the legendary clotheshorse Walt Frazier.

  5. Bradley’s practice routine was detailed by John McPhee in A Sense of Where You Are, a New Yorker profile expanded into a book. Photos show him stepping off a bus after a game in khakis, crew neck sweater, scarf, and cotton raincoat, and Red Wing construction boots.

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