Chris Street’s death rocked the college basketball world and beyond 30 years ago. Much has been written and discussed the tragedy, but the story has never been explored as thoroughly as this.
The Big Ten Network will air a special documentary on Street, the former Iowa basketball player who was killed in a traffic accident after leaving a team dinner on Jan. 19, 1993. Street’s car collided with a snowplow on Iowa City’s northeast outskirts. He was only 20 at the time.
The one-hour documentary, titled “The B1G Story: Chris Street,” is the latest in a series of tributes to Street’s legacy since his death. “Emotion in Motion,” Rick Brown’s biography of Street, was released on the 25th anniversary of his death, as was a white-out at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Later that season, Jordan Bohannon resurrected the story by purposefully missing a free throw that would have put him ahead of Street for the most consecutive made free throws in program history.
“He was a hero. He was the Iowa Basketball hero.”
Thirty years after his death, former @IowaHoops star Chris Street remains a @TheIowaHawkeyes icon.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝟭𝗚 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆: 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 – 11 p.m. ET | Jan. 18 | @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/pdgS89ojx2
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 8, 2023
BTN covered Street’s story as part of its basketball series, “The Journey,” on the 20th anniversary of his death, though it was a much shorter piece than what will air Wednesday.
Hawk Central columnist Chad Leistikow sat down with Matt Engel, Bill Friedman, and Street’s parents, Mike and Patty, to discuss the documentary’s significance. The project’s director and cinematographer are Engel. Friedman is the B1G Network Originals’ senior coordinating producer.
My Chris Street Story: Being born in Iowa, Chris Street was one of the first names that I remember hearing in my life. The type of person, athlete and influence he was on the state. I remember seeing Mike & Patty Street in Carver-Hawkeye Arena during one of my first games 1/
— David Eickholt (@DavidEickholt) January 20, 2021
Here are three things you should know about Street’s tragically inspiring story ahead of its release on Wednesday. Before you watch the Big Ten Network documentary on Wednesday night, read Chad’s column for more information.
The Big Story: Chris Street Release Date
On January 18, at 9:00 p.m., Big Ten Network will devote three hours to Iowa. Chris Street is going to receive the first one.
How to Watch the Big Story: Chris Street?
At around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the program will be broadcast immediately after the men’s basketball match between Ohio State and Nebraska. Following the documentary, the legendary Michigan-Iowa basketball game from January 31, 1993, will be rebroadcast on BTN.
After Street passed away, that was the Hawkeyes’ first home game.
If your cable login is active, you can stream BTN.
Kim Vinton and Charles Pence Are Interviewed in the Chris Street Documentary
Viewers will see in greater detail how the passing of Street affected two significant participants in this tragedy. Street’s girlfriend at the time, Vinton, was in the car and lived to see another day. She had a difficult time getting better, both mentally and physically.
𝐇𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐨… 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐨𝐰𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐨.
The B1G Story: Chris Street – Tonight | 8 p.m. CT @BigTenNetwork x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/LEB8vecJQ6
— Iowa Men’s Basketball (@IowaHoops) January 18, 2023
Then there is Pence, the snowplow operator who struck Street’s vehicle in Iowa City on that snowy evening. Pence hasn’t made an appearance in public since 1995 when Street’s parents engaged him in a highly visible legal dispute. A jury reached the verdict that Pence was blame-free.
This Movie Shows How Far Chris Street’s Influence Has Gone
In the documentary, Engel and Friedman place a strong emphasis on the fact that Street’s legacy is still going strong.
There is home footage from Street’s life that takes place off the court. There is also the point of view of Hawkeyes who came after him, particularly native Iowans who were familiar with the Street story at an earlier stage.
“I think it’s the greatest moment in the history of Iowa basketball.”
Late @TheIowaHawkeyes icon Chris Street still has a spot in the @IowaHoops record book, thanks to Jordan Bohannon’s selfless decision.
The B1G Story: Chris Street – 11 p.m. ET | Jan. 18 | @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/h6rfqaKJIq
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 16, 2023
Other interviews shed light on the void that Street’s passing has created in the world of college basketball.
The Big Story: Chris Street Trailer
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