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Black Key Bulls

Black Key Bulls Cycling Team (BKB) is a highly ranked cycling team which competes in the Little 500 series the IUSF events. The team has been rebuilt as a Little 500 team by David Choinacky a former rider for the Black Key Bulls Bike-A-Thon race of Ball State University.

Founded in Ball State. “It was a joke,” Bob Otalski said. “A joke between my brother and I.” Richard Otalski was a member of the Blue Key Honorary Fraternity, and Bob came up with the idea to start a group called the Black Key Dishonorary. Later someone thought of using the Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull as the group's mascot and emblem, and thus, the Black Key Bulls were born.

History

How it all got started

The Beatles had yet to visit America and John Kennedy was still president when Bob Otoski and his brother Richard started a joke in 1961 that would turn into one of the most successful independent Bike-A-Thon teams and intramural athletic groups Ball State has ever seen.

“It was a joke,” Bob Otalski said. “A joke between my brother and I.” Richard Otalski was a member of the Blue Key Honorary Fraternity, and Bob came up with the idea to start a group called the Black Key Dishonorary. Later someone thought of using the Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull as the group's mascot and emblem, and thus, the Black Key Bulls were born.

The Black Key organization never had a permanent hangout. It didn’t require dues and its members didn’t go through initiation. They were, in the words of one former Bull, a “disorganized organization.” Former sponsor Dick Stucky came to know may of the members through what is termed a “Godfather” relationship. He’d help them out when they had problems and sponsored many of their teams. “They were just guys who were ex-athletes. Guys that came to college to be varsity athletes and decided not to”, Stucky said. “Guys that got disenchanted with Greek life, but I knew couple of them who pledged and then found out it wasn’t for them. It was just a bunch of guys who had a hell of a good time. They were serious about their cycling though.”

It wasn't all about the bikes though, the Black Key members who weren’t as serious about their cycling were known to party. The party and the cycling team continues as the Black Key Bulls enter a new chapter in their illustrious history with their inaugural Little 500 team in 2006.

Bike-a-thon-Ball States version of the Little 500. The race is similar in many ways, some of the main differences being teams of five and a half mile track.

IT WASN'T ALL ABOUT CYCLING

BK Bulls football team, all university champions 1970

BK wrestling team, all university champions 1969,1970

BK track team, all university champions, 1970

Alumni

1961-1995

Ball State - Bike-A-Thon Team

Reverse chronological order from day they left, then day they entered. Years as a Black Key Bull and accomplishments gained thought out those years.
Name Year(s) Accomplishments
Dick Stuckey 1968-1995 "The Godfather"
John Baker 1993 - 1995 Champion 1995, CAT2
Kenny Bubp 1965 Champion 1965
Jim Choinacky 1968-1970 Champion 1969, 1970
David Choinacky 1991-1995 "Bike-A-Thon King"
Brad Dininger 1995 Champion 1995
Al Fierst 1972-1973
Chuck Gillespie 1965 Champion 1995
Donovan Guyot 1995 Champion 1995, ITT Champion 1995
Larry Holloway 1965 Champion 1965
Norm Houze 1973-1974 Champion 1973, Little 500 Champion Coach Award 2006 & 2005
TJ Keene 1995 Champion 1995
Kevin Kremke 1991-1994 Champion 1993 and 1994, CAT 1 US Track Nationals Masters Champion 2006
Tom Lambert 1965 Champion 1965
Joe Law 1972-1975 Champion 1973
Oscar Luebke 19-- "Bike Catcher"
Angelo Marasco 1991-1994 Champion 1993 and 1994
Joe McGregor 1965 Champion 1965
Greg Mingus 1970 Champion 1970
Jeff Noffsinger 1992-1994 Champion 1992,1993,1994
Gary Pence 1968-1973 Champion 1969 and 1970,1972,1973
Larry Redden 1973 Champion 1973
Ron Salvino 1965 Champion 1965
JB Stebbens 1991-1993 Champion 1993
Les Swantner 1970 Champion 1970
Larry Swantner 1970 Champion 70
Sandy White 1969 Champion 1969

2006 -

Indiana University Little 500

Reverse chronological order from day they left, then day they entered. Years as a Black Key Bull and accomplishments gained thought out those years. Finishing position in Race are listed by their corresponding year.

Name Year(s) Accomplishments Year Raced - Placed
Isaac Neff 2006-2008 2007 All-Star Rider, ITT Champion 2008, MNO Champion 2008 {2006 - 7th} {2007 - 3rd} {2008 - 8th}
C.T. Blackwell 2006 - 2007 2004 All Star Rookie {2006 - 7th} {2007 - 3rd}
Ryan Knapp 1906-2007 17th ITT - 2006 {2006 - 7th} {2007 - 3rd}

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External links

References

  • http://www.idsnews.com/news/featurecontent/little500/spotlight.html
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