Dale Barnstable

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Dale Barnstable
Dale Barnstable.jpg
Barnstable from the 1948 Kentuckian
Personal information
Born(1925-03-04)March 4, 1925
Antioch, Illinois
DiedJanuary 26, 2019(2019-01-26) (aged 93)
Louisville, Kentucky
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolAntioch (Antioch, Illinois)
CollegeKentucky (1946–1950)
NBA draft1950 / Round: 7 / Pick: --
Selected by the Boston Celtics
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career highlights and awards

Dale Barnstable (March 4, 1925 – January 26, 2019) was an American basketball player from Antioch, Illinois who was banned for life from the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1951 for point shaving. He had an outstanding college career at the University of Kentucky before his career came to an abrupt end.


Barnstable was born in Antioch, Illinois. Barnstable attended the Antioch Community High School, where he anchored his athletic career. Afterwards he was recruited by the University of Kentucky where he played for Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp at the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball from 1946 to 1950. While there, Barnstable was a key player on Rupp's first two championship teams in 1948 and 1949. Barnstable was a starter on the 1949 team, earning third team All-Southeastern Conference honors that season.[1] For his Wildcat career, Barnstable scored 635 points (4.9 per game).[2]

Towards the end of his college career, Barnstable was drafted in the seventh round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Nevertheless, in 1951 Barnstable became a key figure in a point shaving scandal – In the wake of an increasing number of point shaving schemes coming to light throughout the year, on October 20 Barnstable was arrested along with teammates Ralph Beard and Alex Groza for allegedly taking $500 to shave points in a National Invitation Tournament game in 1949. Although his sentence was suspended, as a result of the affair he lost his first post-graduation job as a high school coach at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and was banned for life from the NBA by the NBA president Maurice Podoloff.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

After losing his high school coaching job, Barnstable worked at American Air Filter in Louisville as a salesman until retirement.[5] In the meantime, he became a talented golfer, winning the Kentucky Senior Open twice and playing in the British Senior Open (the first Kentucky amateur to do so).[5][6]

Barnstable was the father of identical twin actresses, Priscilla "Cyb" and Patricia Barnstable, known for their roles in the television series Quark.[7]

Barnstable died on January 26, 2019, aged 93.[8]


  1. ^ 2010-11 Kentucky men's basketball media guide Archived April 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, accessed October 4, 2011
  2. ^ Dale Barnstable profile at Bigbluehistory.com, accessed October 4, 2011
  3. ^ Explosion: 1951 scandals threaten college hoops, accessed October 4, 2011
  4. ^ "Ex-Kentucky stars enter guity pleas to cage fix charge". St. Petersburg Times. February 27, 1952. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "duPont Manual High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame, A through C". duPont Manual Magnet High School Alumni Association. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Tipton, Jerry (February 28, 2015). "UK basketball notebook: Dale Barnstable, 90, talks about how Cats' championship tradition began". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Barnstable Twins, accessed October 4, 2011
  8. ^ Tipton, Jerry (January 26, 2019). "Former UK basketball player, World War II vet Dale Barnstable dies". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved January 27, 2019.