B. H. Born

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B. H. Born
Personal information
Born June 6, 1932
Osawatomie, Kansas
Died February 3, 2013(2013-02-03) (aged 80)
Peoria, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Medicine Lodge
(Medicine Lodge, Kansas)
College Kansas (1951–1954)
NBA draft 1954 / Round: 3 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons
Playing career 1954–1959
Position Center
Number 23
Career history
1954–1959 Peoria Caterpillars
Career highlights and awards

Bert H. "B. H." Born (June 6, 1932 – February 3, 2013) was an American basketball center. After graduating from Medicine Lodge High School in 1950,[1] he played for the Kansas Jayhawks from 1951 to 1954. In the 1951–52 season, Born was a reserve behind Clyde Lovellette,[2] averaging 1.6 points per game.[3] The following season, he had 18.9 points per game for the Jayhawks as the team reached the NCAA Tournament final. Indiana defeated Kansas 69–68 in the championship game, but Born won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. During the final, Born scored 26 points, compiled 15 rebounds, and blocked 13 shots.[4]

Born posted an average of 19 points per game in the 1953–54 season, and competed for the U.S. national team in the 1954 FIBA World Championship.[2] The Fort Wayne Pistons selected Born with the 22nd overall pick of the 1954 NBA draft.[5] However, he did not join the team.[2] In the mid-1950s, he played for an Amateur Athletic Union team in Peoria, Illinois, and helped the Jayhawks recruit Wilt Chamberlain, a leading high school player at the time.[4] In Peoria, Born was employed with Caterpillar Inc.'s tractor business for 43 years.[1] In 1992, the University of Kansas retired Born's jersey, 23.[3] He has also been inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.[6]

Born died on February 3, 2013 in Peoria.[7]


  1. ^ a b Anderson, Ric (May 23, 2002). "Born Blvd.: Medicine Lodge to name street, gym for B.H. Born". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Men's Basketball: The KUsports.com All-Time 'Hawks Hoops Team". Lawrence Journal-World. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "In The Rafters: B.H. Born". Lawrence Journal-World. Archived from the original on October 4, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Mayer, Bill (March 27, 2009). "Born first to triple double". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "1954 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductees: Born, Bert H". Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Wessler, Kirk (February 5, 2013). "B.H. 'Bert' Born, Kansas and Peoria basketball star, dies at 80". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 

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