Bobby Anet

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Bobby Anet
Personal information
Born (1917-08-11)August 11, 1917
Died July 25, 1981(1981-07-25) (aged 63)
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Career information
High school Astoria (Astoria, Oregon)
College Oregon (1936–1939)
Position Guard
Career highlights and awards

Charles Robert "Bobby" Anet (August 11, 1917 – July 25, 1981) was a college basketball guard who helped guide the University of Oregon to win the inaugural NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship in 1938–39. Aside from scoring 10 points in the 46–33 win over Ohio State in the title game, Anet is most remembered for breaking the championship game trophy when he accidentally knocked it over while diving for a loose ball during the course of play. The damaged trophy contributed to the NCAA's overall loss of $2,531 on the tournament—the only deficit that the event has ever posted.[1]

Early life[edit]

A native of Astoria, Oregon, Anet played basketball at Astoria High School. He was a two-time Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 4A All-Tournament team member (1934, 1935) while leading Astoria High to two state championships.[2] Following his senior season, his high school coach, John Warren, was hired as the freshman basketball coach at the University of Oregon. Warren recruited Anet and teammate Wally Johansen to play college basketball at the school.[3]


In Anet's three seasons playing for the Ducks, he was team captain twice, including his senior season when they won the national championship. He was the smallest player on an historically tall team and measured only 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) in height but was described as having the biggest heart. Oregon went 74–22 during those three seasons and also won a Pacific Coast Conference championship in the same year as their national title run.[4] By leading Oregon to its only national championship in men's basketball to date, Anet was named a consensus second team All-American. He later had his jersey (#20) retired, and was also inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame as well as the University of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.[5]


  1. ^ "Why will Oregon guard Bobby Anet always be associated with the first-ever NCAA tournament?". Answers Corporation. 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tall Firs' captain dies in Portland". Eugene Register-Guard. July 25, 1981. pp. B1–B2. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Wadsworth, Lois (March 4, 2004). "Hometown History: local sports champions". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ Gergen, Joe. "The beginning: Oregon is king – 1939". Sporting News. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bobby Anet". University of Oregon. March 8, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2010.