Ep. 11: Bill York

The Pacers honored Bill Bevan, Bill York, Mike Furimsky (son of Paul), and Bob Bernath for their milestones of games worked. (From Mar. 13, 2013)

The Pacers honored Bill Bevan, Bill York, Mike Furimsky (son of Paul), and Bob Bernath for their milestones of games worked. (From Mar. 13, 2013)

Bill York is a staple around Indianapolis sports teams. When there’s a home game, Bill York is sure to be there working.

Bill York presented with a Colts jersey by COO Pete Ward at the final home game of the 2015 season. [Photo: Steve McClure]

Bill York presented with a Colts jersey by COO Pete Ward at the final home game of the 2015 season. [Photo: Steve McClure]

He began working the stats room at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1957 and has been with the Pacers since the beginning (1967). He says that he even helped unload the Mayflower trucks with the Colts moved to town in 1984.

Sports reporters in Indianapolis media know York, who typically can be seen with his Colts Super Bowl ring on, his Fever WNBA Championship ring, and one (of three) from the ABA Pacers.

At a westside breakfast spot in Indianapolis, we went back in time as York shared stories of the past and how things are different today.

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Topics Discussed:

  • Growing up in Bunker Hill and being a basketball fanatic
  • Why he moved to Indianapolis and how he got hired on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • The size of his room to work at Pacers home games, and what it used to be
  • How fans embraced the Pacers when the ABA was first formed
  • Changes in stats and media today
  • The impact of Slick and Nancy Leonard

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