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'Scuppy' got around

July 8, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Calumet’s Carl "Scuppy" Backstrom attended five colleges and played football, basketball and baseball in some of those stops.

“I guess you could say I was collecting yearbooks," Backstrom, 77, told Paul Peterson of The Mining Gazette. "I wasn't a college bum. Things just seemed to happen to land me in those places."

Backstrom earned Calumet High School’s George Gipp All-American Trophy in 1952.

"In those days you just played every sport that was in season," he said. "I would have played hockey, too, but they said I was too tall (6-foot-2) for that."

Backstrom enrolled at Michigan Tech, NMU, Michigan State, Moorhead (Minn.) State and Suomi College.

Backstrom practiced with basketball’s Spartans in 1955, drawing the task of guarding All-American Johnny Green.

“The coaches kept telling me to keep him (Green) in front of me, but every time I looked he was jumping over me," Backstrom said.

Backstrom has no regrets over his many collegiate stops.

“I got to play with, and meet many outstanding people," he said. “And it helped me get an education, which was really important."

 
 
 

 

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