George Bon Salle

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George Bon Salle
Personal information
Born (1935-07-01)July 1, 1935
Chicago, Illinois
Died July 20, 2015(2015-07-20) (aged 80)
South Miami, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Illinois)
College Illinois (1954–1957)
NBA draft 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Syracuse Nationals
Playing career 1957–1962
Position Power forward
Number 33
Career history
1957–1958 Olimpia Milano
1958–1959 Denver Truckers
1961–1962 Chicago Packers
Stats at

George H. Bon Salle (July 1, 1935 – July 20, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) forward, he starred at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, before playing at the University of Illinois. As a senior in 1957, Bon Salle was awarded All-American honors, and he was selected by the NBA's Syracuse Nationals in that year's professional draft. However, Bon Salle never played for the Nationals, spending most of his professional career with the National Industrial Basketball League's Denver Truckers. A gold-medalist at the 1959 Pan-American Games, Bon Salle also played briefly for the NBA's Chicago Packers (now the Washington Wizards) during the 1961–62 season.[1]

He collected the posters of the French graphic artist Bernard Villemot and published a catalogue raisonné of those works.[2]


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