Northbrook’s 1966 baseball champs return to lead July 4 parade – Chicago Tribune

It’s been a long time between parades for the players who brought Northbrook its first championship, but they’re going to lead one a mile long on July 4.

At least a dozen members of the 1966 Glenbrook North High School state champion baseball team will represent the squad as grand marshals of Northbrook’s July 4 “Mile Long Parade.” Most of the same players also won the American Legion regional championship that year, and came in fourth nationally. In 1967, most of the same players came in second in the National Legion race.

In 1966, when they returned after winning the state championship in Peoria, “there was nothing but fire engines, ambulances and police cars lining the exit,” remembered Jim Kozil, who pitched a two-hitter to win the final. “They took us off (the bus), put us into convertibles, and took us through town. There must have been 10,000 people lining the streets –and there weren’t that many people living in town then.”

Glenview residents – who only four years earlier had sent their kids to the same high school as their neighbors to the north – came to welcome many of the kids whose families they’d known for years, Kozil said. The players had brought home Glenbrook North’s first sports championship.


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