Leo Klier

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Leo Klier
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Personal information
Born (1923-05-21)May 21, 1923
Washington, Indiana
Died June 4, 2005(2005-06-04) (aged 82)
Naperville, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Washington (Washington, Indiana)
College Notre Dame (1942–1946)
Playing career 1946–1951
Position Forward / Shooting guard
Number 26, 7
Career history
1946–1948 Indianapolis Kautskys
1948–1950 Fort Wayne Pistons
1950–1951 Anderson Packers
Career highlights and awards

Leo Anthony "Crystal" Klier (May 21, 1923 – June 4, 2005) was an American collegiate and professional basketball player.

Collegiate career[edit]

Klier, a 6'2 guard/forward, played collegiately at Notre Dame after a standout high school career at Washington High School in Washington, Indiana. He played for the Fighting Irish from 1942-1946. Klier was named a consensus first-team All-American in 1944 as he notched Notre Dame's single-season scoring record (since broken). However, Klier missed the 1944-45 season as he served in the United States Navy during World War II. Klier returned and was again named a consensus first-team All-American in 1946.[1]

He was elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977 and was selected to the Notre Dame All-Century basketball team in 2004.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Following his collegiate career, Klier played Indianapolis Kautskys of the National Basketball League from 1946–48. During the 1948-49 and 1949-50 seasons, Klier played in 113 games for the Fort Wayne Pistons, averaging 7.4 points per game. He then finished his career with the Anderson Packers for the 1950–51 season.

Leo Klier died on June 4, 2005 in Naperville, Illinois.


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