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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 39 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 39

(By Delegates Manypenny, Argento, Azinger, Beach, Boggs, Brown, Butcher, Campbell, Cann, Caputo, Craig, Crosier, Doyle, Eldridge, Evans, Ferro, Fleischauer, Fragale, Frazier, Givens, Guthrie, Hall, Hamilton, Hatfield, Hunt, Hutchins, Ireland, Klempa, Kominar, Lawrence, Louisos, Mahan, Marshall, Michael, Miley, C. Miller, Moore, Morgan, Moye, Paxton, Perdue, Perry, Pethtel, Phillips, D. Poling, M. Poling, Reynolds, Rowan, Schadler, Shaver, Shook, Skaff, Smith, Sobonya, Spencer, Staggers, Stephens, Stowers, Susman, Tabb, Varner, Walker, Webster, Wells, White and Wooton)




Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 46-119/ 42-0.16 (3389) located on Yates Crossing Road in Grafton, Taylor County, the "Clair Bee: Basketball Coach and Author Memorial Bridge".

Whereas, The late Clair Bee, the grandson of Ephraim Bee who was a member of the first West Virginia Legislature, was born in Grafton, West Virginia in March, 1896; and

Whereas, Clair Bee was an outstanding American basketball coach who led Long Island University to undefeated seasons in 1936 and
1939, as well as two National Invitation Tournament titles; and
Whereas, Bee's teams won ninety-five percent of their games from 1931 to 1951, including forty-three in a row from 1935 to 1937; and

Whereas, Clair Bee started his career as a student basketball

player at Grafton High School and followed his dream to become the coach of the National Basketball Association's Baltimore Bullets from 1952 to 1954; and

Whereas, Clair Bee was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968, and the "Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award" is awarded every year to a coach who makes an outstanding contribution to the game of college basketball; and

Whereas, Clair Bee created the fictional Chip Hilton series of books for children, which have inspired teen athletes for over five decades instilling lasting values and developing solid character, from which the "Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award" was created and is given every year to a men's basketball player; and

Whereas, Clair Bee brought fame and honor to his hometown of Grafton, West Virginia; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 46-119/42-0.16 (3389) located on Yates Crossing Road in Grafton, Taylor County, the "Clair Bee: Basketball Coach and Author Memorial Bridge"; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the "Clair Bee: Basketball Coach and Author Memorial Bridge"; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Transportation, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Grafton, West Virginia, David A. Smith, President of the Grafton High School Athletic Boosters, and the surviving members of Clair Bee's family.
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