Tyron “Muggsy” Bogues was only 5-foot-3, but he believed in himself and had a 14-year career in the National Basketball Association despite being the shortest person to play the tall man’s game at its highest level.
After his career, Bogues launched Always Believe Inc., a non-profit designed to provide “a safe place for at risk youth ages 12-18 to excel and motivates them to achieve their dreams.”
That charitable effort will benefit this weekend when a 1929 Ford T-bucket custom from the George Shinn Collection is sold at the GAA Classic Cars at The Palace auction in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“In the game of basketball and, especially in the NBA, there are many stories of accomplishments and beating odds,” GAA notes in its news release.
“One of the most amazing stories would be that of Tyrone ‘Muggsy’ Bogues. It was inspiring to watch this 5’3″ phenom defend some of the best players in the NBA with a style that awed and amazed any that had the pleasure to watch him.
“Most would have doubted Muggsy would ever be able to achieve these dreams, but not Muggsy; he ‘Always Believed’ in himself.”
Benefiting Bogues’ effort to empower others to believer in their dreams, Shinn, a former professional sports team owner, will donate the proceeds from the sale of the “Fire Wagon” to Bogues’ foundation.
The car, which has a V8 engine and automatic transmission, has been driven less than 200 miles since its restoration, GAA notes.
The auction, November 7-9, will feature 650 collector vehicles including 40 from the Shinn Collection.