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Larry Chanay

Post by BelgradeBobcat » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:46 pm

Looking to our resident historians on Bobcatnation:
Tyler Hall just broke Larry Chanay's men's basketball career scoring record. Here's what I know about Mr. Chanay: He was 6'4" and 180 pounds. He played here from about 1956-60 in the brand new MSC Fieldhouse. His coach was Dobbie Lambert. He may have had a military background and was a little older than a traditional student. He, along with Charles Jackson of the football team were the first African American student athletes at MSC (Montana State College). His junior and senior seasons he averaged well over 20 ppg and he was also the team's top rebounder. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings). He was inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame in 1989.

I found lots of articles in old MSU Exponents via Google like this one: http://arc.lib.montana.edu/msu-exponent ... 01-010.pdf including some grainy photos. Incidentally, that edition of the Exponent includes an article about a new Northern Conference with the north and south Dakota schools, Montana schools, and Idaho and Idaho State.

I can't find anything about whatever happened to Larry Chanay. I don't think he lasted very long in the NBA. I don't know if he's still alive or not. He was here the same time Sonny Holland was a student.

Anybody know? Or remember what kind of player he was?



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Also found this: http://collegehoopedia.com/blog/black-h ... or-barrier

"Four-year Air Force veteran finished his four-year college career as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,034 points). He led the Bobcats in scoring all four seasons. Chanay was a 14th-round choice by the Cincinnati Royals in 1960 NBA draft."



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Re: Larry Chanay

Post by kmax » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:56 pm

I find it a little sad that someone with that level of significance in MSU athletics history is all but forgotten. One of the first African-American Bobcats and a guy that held one of the biggest records in MSU Basketball for 58 years can't even get a bit of a write up in his Hall of Fame entry on the website: https://msubobcats.com/hof.aspx?hof=77


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Re: Larry Chanay

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BelgradeBobcat wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:47 pm
Wow! Thank you so much for posting this. I was at that game. Thanks, Dad.



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Re: Larry Chanay

Post by bobcats35 » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:28 am

Played with Larry a couple of those years in the 50's. Fastest first step when driving to basket I've ever seen. Also a good outside shooter. Was overall a great player on both ends of the floor. He and his wife both came to MSC out of the service and on the GI Bill. Remember him telling me he took a pay cut when he graduated. Worked for Kraft Foods for a while in the Cincinnati area I Know. Have lost track of him over the last few years, not sure if he's still alive.



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Re: Larry Chanay

Post by BelgradeBobcat » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:17 am

bobcats35 wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:28 am
Played with Larry a couple of those years in the 50's. Fastest first step when driving to basket I've ever seen. Also a good outside shooter. Was overall a great player on both ends of the floor. He and his wife both came to MSC out of the service and on the GI Bill. Remember him telling me he took a pay cut when he graduated. Worked for Kraft Foods for a while in the Cincinnati area I Know. Have lost track of him over the last few years, not sure if he's still alive.
Thanks for sharing! One thing I noticed was how impressive their schedules were back then. Lots of what are now considered big teams came to Bozeman in those days. It would be really neat if MSU could arrange for Larry Chaney-if he was able-to come to Bozeman or someone from his family so the MSU family could honor both him and Tyler Hall.



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Re: Larry Chanay

Post by Camo_Cat » Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:20 pm

BelgradeBobcat wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:47 pm
Are you freakin' kidding me?! What a phenomenal picture - scoring against Elgin Baylor, one of the NBA's greatest of all time! Big time props need to be given to Tyler, but Chanay's accomplishments should be highlighted as well. Would love to see MSU do some kind of recognition of both sometime during a home game this season.



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Re: Larry Chanay

Post by BelgradeBobcat » Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:55 pm

Found this article from the Chronicle-published in 2005: https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/s ... eb614.html

I found a funeral home announcement that Larry passed away on November 6, 2017 at the age of 82. His full name was Iliad Lawrence Chanay, Jr. I haven't found an obituary. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlan ... fhid=12797 I found a masters thesis in the MSU library on-line archives from 1968 when he was pursuing a masters degree.

It's been fun looking all this up. He had quite a career at MSC. He went to the free throw line a ton-he was second in the country in free throws his senior season. But like Tyler Hall, the team's he was on didn't win a bunch, except his sophomore season when they were 18-8. His other seasons they were below .500.



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Re: Larry Chanay

Post by grizzh8r » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:37 pm

BelgradeBobcat wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:55 pm
Found this article from the Chronicle-published in 2005: https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/s ... eb614.html

I found a funeral home announcement that Larry passed away on November 6, 2017 at the age of 82. His full name was Iliad Lawrence Chanay, Jr. I haven't found an obituary. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlan ... fhid=12797 I found a masters thesis in the MSU library on-line archives from 1968 when he was pursuing a masters degree.

It's been fun looking all this up. He had quite a career at MSC. He went to the free throw line a ton-he was second in the country in free throws his senior season. But like Tyler Hall, the team's he was on didn't win a bunch, except his sophomore season when they were 18-8. His other seasons they were below .500.
Very cool, thanks for sharing Belgrade! I agree that MSU should do something with Hall and a representative from Chanay's family.


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