Under the leadership of coach Bob Wade, the Dunbar High School boys basketball team was a force to be reckoned with in the 1980s. A number of players, including Reggie Williams, David Wingate, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogus and Reggie Lewis, became future NBA players.
Bob Wade, former backs coach in the National Football League, inspired the boys on and off the court to be their best. The Dunbar Poets went 59-0 in the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.
“Baltimore Boy,” a documentary co-directed by Sheldon Candis and Marquis Daisy, chronicles the lives of the four boys and their coach. The film captures a city dealing with violence, segregated poverty and rampant drug use and the players that were able to overcome it all.
The documentary will air on August 8 at 8 p.m. and August 13 at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Marquis Daisy said in a statement: “What’s special about this tale is, despite the bad hand that Bogues, Williams, Wingate and Lewis were dealt, in the backdrop of a time when the place that they called home was at its most dangerous, they were able to make it out of that environment and ascend to heights that hardly anyone gave them a chance to, thanks to the people who helped steer them in the right direction.