John H. Dick

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John H. Dick
Born (1918-11-09)November 9, 1918
The Dalles, Oregon
Died September 22, 2011(2011-09-22) (aged 92)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1942–1973
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Saratoga (1967–1969)
Other work starting forward on Oregon Ducks 1939 NCAA basketball championship team

John H. Dick (November 9, 1918 – September 22, 2011) was an American former basketball player and Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.

College basketball career[edit]

Dick was born and grew up in The Dalles, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon, where he was a 6-foot-4-inch (1.93 m) forward on the Ducks basketball team from 1938 to 1940.[1]

In 1939, the Ducks won the Northern Division of the Pacific Coast Conference, and then defeated Southern Division champion California to win the conference championship and a berth in the 1939 NCAA basketball championship, the first edition of the tournament.[2] The Ducks defeated Texas and Oklahoma to advance to the championship game against Ohio State. In the championship game, Dick led all scorers with 15 points as the Ducks won 46–33.[2][3]

Following the championship season, Dick was an All-American for the Ducks in 1940.[4] He also received first-team All-PCC honors.

U.S. Navy[edit]

After the United States entered World War II with the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy as an aviator, eventually achieving the rank of rear admiral.[3][5] From 1967 to 1969, he was the captain of the USS Saratoga supercarrier. He retired from the Navy in 1973.[6][7]

Legacy[edit]

Dick was a charter member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980,[8] and in 1993, was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame.[9] Like all starters on their 1939 championship team, Dick's number (18) has been retired by the Ducks.[10] Each year, the Ducks present the Rear Admiral John Dick Award to the team's best defender.[11]

Dick died on September 22, 2011 at the age of 92.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Oregon 2006-2007 Men's Basketball Media Guide". University of Oregon Department of Athletics. p. 127. 
  2. ^ a b "University of Oregon 2006-2007 Men's Basketball Media Guide". University of Oregon Department of Athletics. p. 141. 
  3. ^ a b Meehan, Brian (2008-04-07). "When Firs stood tall". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  4. ^ "University of Oregon 2006-2007 Men's Basketball Media Guide". University of Oregon Department of Athletics. p. 116. 
  5. ^ Lopresti, Mike (2007-03-22). "A face from the past hopes for new Oregon glory". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  6. ^ Smith, Jeff (2002-01-15). "Celebrating 'A grand old place'". Daily Emerald. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  7. ^ "USS Saratoga (CV-60) History and Background". USS Saratoga Museum Foundation. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "John Dick". GoDucks.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  10. ^ "University of Oregon 2006-2007 Men's Basketball Media Guide". University of Oregon Department of Athletics. p. 298. 
  11. ^ "University of Oregon 2006-2007 Men's Basketball Media Guide". University of Oregon Department of Athletics. p. 122. 
  12. ^ "John Dick, last of the ‘Tall Firs,’ dies at 92". RegisterGuard.com. Retrieved 2011-09-24.