Bill Mlkvy

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Bill Mlkvy
Personal information
Born (1931-01-19) January 19, 1931 (age 86)
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Stephen S. Palmer
(Palmerton, Pennsylvania)
College Temple (1949–1952)
NBA draft 1952 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1952–1953
Position Small forward
Number 16
Career history
1952–1953 Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 181
Rebounds 101
Assists 62
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

William Paul "Bill" Mlkvy[1] (born January 19, 1931) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent his one-year career with the Philadelphia Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors). Philadelphia selected Mlkvy with a territorial pick of the 1952 NBA draft out of Temple University.

A 6'4" (1.93 m) and 190 lb (86 kg) forward, he was nicknamed "The Owl without a Vowel."[2] His parents, John and Margaret, migrated to the United States in 1907 from present-day Slovakia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when his father got a job with The New Jersey Zinc Company.[1] Mlkvy is one of five children. [3]

After being drafted, Mlkvy continued with his schooling, attending Temple's dental school while playing with the Warriors. After his rookie season, Warriors general manager and coach Eddie Gottlieb made Mlkvy choose between school and basketball. Mlkvy initially chose basketball but changed course when he was informed that he would be drafted into the United States Army as a private if he was no longer enrolled in school but, if he finished school, he would be drafted as a dental officer.[2]

Mlkvy finished dental school the following year and enlisted in the Army as a dentist and served for six years, eventually reaching the rank of major and serving in the Korean War.[2]

In 1992, Mlkvy was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burian, Evan (March 6, 2011). "Palmerton star was player of the year 60 years ago this season". The Morning Call. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Verlin, Josh (September 23, 2014). "At 84, Bill Mlkvy wants to leave student-athlete legacy at Temple". City of Basketball Love. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  3. ^ The Morning Call, Palmerton star was player of the year 60 years ago this season
  4. ^ Hedes, Ed (November 10, 2014). "Mlkvy inducted in Hall of Fame". Times News. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

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