Dick Boushka

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Dick Boushka
Dick Boushka.jpg
Boushka from the 1955 Archive
Personal information
Born(1934-07-29)July 29, 1934
Springfield, Illinois
DiedFebruary 19, 2019(2019-02-19) (aged 84)[1]
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolCampion (Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin)
CollegeSaint Louis (1951–1955)
NBA draft1955 / Round: 3 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
Career highlights and awards

Richard James Boushka (July 29, 1934 – February 19, 2019) was an American basketball player who competed in the 1956 Summer Olympics. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Boushka played collegiately at Saint Louis University.

In addition to his play on the gold-medal winning 1956 American Olympic team, he was a member of the American team in the 1959 Pan American Games and was a standout player for the Wichita Kansas) Vickers of the AAU. Boushka eventually became the president of team sponsor Vickers Petroleum.[2][3] Boushka was named to the Saint Louis Billikens All Century Team. He was on the team with other Saint Louis players such as Jordair Jett, Anthony Bonner, and Larry Hughes.


After parimutuel gambling was legalized in Kansas in 1986, Boushka approached RD Hubbard with the idea of a greyhound track. The Los Angeles Times wrote that they planned on building a "combined horse-dog complex, and now Kansas has a $70-million facility [named The Woodlands], the two tracks sharing a joint parking lot." According to Hubbard, "if we didn't do what we did, the greyhounds and the horses would have wound up competing against one another in the same market. It was a better idea getting the two industries to work together."[4] In Kansas City, they funded the construction and opening of The Woodlands racing park in 1989.[5] Built to serve as both a greyhound track and later as a horse racing track, the venue was the first legal gambling outlet in the area since the 1930s, and in its second year attendance peaked at 1.7 million attendees.[6]


  1. ^ Dick Boushka's obituary
  2. ^ Grundman, Adolph H. (2004). The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball: The AAU Tournament 1921-1968. U. of Nebraska Press. pp. 163, 212. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Dick Boushka". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. ^ Christine, Bill (February 19, 1991). "Hubbard Looks to Track's Future : Hollywood Park: He is working 15-hour days in his new role as president to get things ready for the April 24 opener". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  5. ^ "R.D. Hubbard". NTRA. 2010. Archived from the original on 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Stallings, Dianne (August 26, 2010). "A complicated life". Ruidoso News. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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