Craigmiles, Pugh-Armstrong named Old Timers’ inductees­

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Posted 4/2/16

Two more individuals have been selected for induction to the Old Timers Hall of Fame. They are Ann Pugh-Armstrong and Fred L. Craigmiles, both for basketball.

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Craigmiles, Pugh-Armstrong named Old Timers’ inductees­

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Two more individuals have been selected for induction to the Old Timers Hall of Fame. They are Ann Pugh-Armstrong and Fred L. Craigmiles, both for basketball.

Sponsored by the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department, the Old Timers are individuals who have had a positive impact on local sports programs either as a coach or player.

Announced inductees for 2016 are Johnny Borders, coach; John Varnell, football; Mike Johnson, baseball; Bob McIntire, golf; Joe Waddell, wrestling; and Karen Richter May, Gene Isom and David “Latt” Lattimore, all for basketball.

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on April 22 at the Museum Center at Five Points. Tickets are available at City Parks and Recreation or by calling 479-4129.

Ann Pugh-Armstrong

Ann Pugh-Armstrong was born April 30, 1941. She attended College Hill school and was a graduate of the Class of 1959-60.

While attending College Hill, she played basketball as a member of the College Hill Panthers.

Basketball was her passion and great motivator.

While she did not get to play much the first two years because of the more experience players, with hard work she became good at the forward position.

When she started playing basketball in high school, she gained many skills that allowed her to be a starter every game. She became known for her three-point shooting.

“I can recall, during one game, Charles Evans, a fellow classmate who played with the boy’s basketball team, and I made a bet on who would score the most points that night. Well, when the game ended, he had 20 points and I had 21. That night, I felt like I was the best player in the school,” she recalls.

She also recalls playing half court and that they never beat Howard High School.

She said, “No matter how good we were,, Howard High School was always better.”

During her high school career, she won Best Athlete and Most Valuable Player awards several times.

Now retired, Pugh-Armstrong, enjoys going to church, watching her favorite sportss team play and spending time with friends and family.

She has three daughters, Paulette Pugh, Kim Pugh and Aretha Johnson; and three stepchildren, Lawrence Armstrong, Deidra Bradford and Eric Means. She has six grandchildren, Kesmond Pugh, Shawndya Johnson, Travar Armstrong, Joscelyn Means, Eric Means Jr. and Erica Harris, all of whom she is very proud.

Fred L. Craigmiles

In 1955, Fred L. Craigmiles and some of his friends left College Hill School to join the U.S. Army and see the world.

Craigmiles served from December 1955 to December 1958. At the age of 19, after serving three years, he was honorably discharged.

Craigmiles, Andrew Tillery and Thomas Tillery all returned to College Hill to finish their high school studies and receive a diploma.

Craigmiles said he was watching the basketball team practice one day and decided he wanted to make the team. He and the Tillerys showed up for practice and made the starting team.

He said being fresh out of the Army, they could run all day and never get tired. They all had “game” and moves like the NBA players.

Craigmiles said his best game was against Second District School out of Chattanooga.

“I couldn’t miss. Definitely my best game. I had double digits, 26 points, in one game for my senior year. I am an old man now, but that was a lot of fun.”

In July 1959, he moved to Chicago to live with his brother, Long John. In Cleveland, he had been known as Big John. “John was one of the greatest brothers and friends a person could have.

He worked several different jobs before becoming a police officer with the city of Chicago Police Dept. He retired after 34 years.

Craigmiles was married to Yvonne for 43 until her death. He has two children and two grandchildren.

Although he still resides in Chicago, he returns frequently to Cleveland.

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