(Louisville, Ky.) They're Louisville's last major pro team, and despite not taking one dribble in almost 40 years the Kentucky Colonels are still beloved in this community.
Over the weekend, former team trainer Lloyd "Pink" Gardner and photographer Mark Gordon released their book "Shots From the Sidelines", a collection of pictures documenting the history of the Colonels. "I wrote the captions for 489 pictures that are in this book. It's strictly a picture book," said Gardner. A book signing served many purposes. Promoting the book, giving fans a chance to meet their heroes. "It's very good to see them in the element. Also, to see one of my favorite players Marvin Roberts," said longtime fan, Sharon Nolan.
It was also a chance for the team to get together and reminisce once again. "I'm a little jealous because over to my left, Will Jones, he's slim and trim. He plays tennis. I go to my right, Marvin Roberts, 6'9" he's slim and trim, and they calling me Pillsbury. So, you know I'm like, I've got to do a little more walking," joked former Colonel, Joe Hamilton. "Joe Hamilton's entertaining us, and he's hilarious. Moving Van Vance is holding court, so between the two of them, we're all howling," laughed former Colonel, Mike Pratt. "There's some guys I haven't seen since we played together. It's really nice, commented Hall of famer, Louie Dampier.