Alan Frederick Wright
Born: September 2, 1923
Died: February 6, 2015 (Victoria, British Columbia)
Alan Wright was the last surviving member of the Victoria Dominoes senior championship basketball team. He won national titles with the team in 1942 and 1946.
The Dominoes, a successor to championship Blue Ribbons basketball teams in Victoria, were built around Norm Baker, a 19-year-old sensation, and brothers Art and Chuck Chapman, who had won a silver medal for Canada in basketball at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The Victoria team went 21-4 in league and playoff action before taking the train to Montreal to face the Eastern Canadian champion Oilers. It was the first time Wright had been east of Vancouver.
The Dominoes won the best-of-five series opener by 26-24 and lost the second game by 42-32 before rebounding with a 40-36 victory in Game 3. The Montreal Cup, emblematic of the Dominion senior men’s basketball championship, was won with a 40-33 win at Sir Arthur Currie Memorial gymnasium on the campus of McGill University in Montreal before 1,000 spectators.
Wright saw a bit of action in the final game, scoring a single point on a free throw.
After wartime military service, Wright returned to the Dominoes for the 1945-46 season. Baker and the Chapman brothers were joined by Doug Peden, another member of the 1936 Olympic squad, as well as Porky Andrews, Busher Jackson, Ian McKeachie, Hank Rowe and George Straith.
The 1946 Dominoes went 20-0 in league play before going 12-0 in playoffs. (They went 14-5 in exhibition play, including a famous 57-44 defeat of the Harlem Globetrotters.) The playoff run included 100-45 and 82-52 defeats of the Saskatoon Tollers followed by 57-40 and 44-42 victories over St. Andrew’s in Winnipeg for the Western title.
The Dominoes continued on to Windsor, Ont., where they swept Assumption College in three games — 53-35, 51-37, and 47-36.
The 1946 Dominoes were inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
Wright was an inaugural inductee into his high school’s sports hall of fame in 2005.
Wright worked in the construction and building supplies business in his hometown.
Montreal Gazette, May 6, 1946.
Victoria Dominoes captain Chuck Chapman (left) accepts Montreal Cup as Dominion champions for 1941-41 as teammate Norm Baker (No. 9) looks on.