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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:00 am

Letter to the sports editor

Note: This poem is about former IU basketball great Jimmy Rayl, who died Jan. 20. Rayl played for the Hoosiers 1960-63 and was an original member of the Pacers in the ABA.

Ode to Jimmy Rayl

The Kokomo Kid was something to see,

“My favorite player ever” said Johnny Z.

The greatest shooter of all time

was Mr. Basketball in '59.

The way he walked and the way he shot

was copied by many, but mastered not.

Thanks for the memories Splendid Splinter,

and making things fun, many a winter.

John Zehring

Fort Wayne