Slim Wintermute

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Urgel "Slim" Wintermute (born July 9, 1917 – presumed dead October 1977) was an American collegiate and professional basketball player.

Collegiate career[edit]

Born in Portland, Oregon, Wintermute attended high school in Longview, Washington.[1] A mobile 6-foot-8-inch (2.03 m) center, Wintermute was a key member of the 1938–39 Oregon Ducks men's basketball team, winners of the first NCAA Tournament championship. Wintermute was an All-American in 1939.[2] He was elected to the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and is one of six Ducks whose numbers have been retired.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Wintermute played professionally for the Detroit Eagles of the National Basketball League.[2] He also served as player/coach for the Portland Indians of the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League.[2][4]

After basketball[edit]

Following his basketball career, Wintermute worked for Boeing.[1] He was elected to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.[3] On October 21, 1977, Wintermute set out in his yacht from Portage Bay in Seattle's Lake Union and did not return.[5] His boat was found a few days later, with one of Wintermute's friends asleep on the boat. Wintermute was never found.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tallest of Tall Firs believed dead". Eugene Register-Guard. 1977-10-24. Retrieved 2009-07-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Slim Wintermute". OregonStars.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Urgel "Slim" Wintermute". GoDucks.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  4. ^ Kenyon, J. Michael. "Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League 1946–47 to 1947–48". Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Lenny (1989-03-28). "The Tallest Fir, Big 'Slim" Stood Out 50 Years Ago". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-07-27.