Lew Beck (basketball)

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Lew Beck
Lew Beck.jpg
Beck with the Phillips 66ers.
Personal information
Born (1922-04-19)April 19, 1922
Portland, Oregon
Died April 25, 1970(1970-04-25) (aged 48)
Great Falls, Montana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Pendleton (Pendleton, Oregon)
College Oregon State (1941–1943, 1946–1947)
Position Guard
Career highlights and awards

Lewis William Beck, Jr. (April 19, 1922 – April 25, 1970) was an All-American college basketball player who was captain of the United States Olympic basketball team that won the Gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics.[1] Before he began playing for Oregon State University, he suffered a leg injury in World War II.

Lew died of cancer in April 1970, his funeral was on April 7, 1970 in Portland, Oregon.[2] The Oregon State University basketball team honored him by including among its annual awards the Lew Beck Memorial Award, the award given to the player who is deemed to be the team's most outstanding newcomer. In 1981, Lew was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lew Beck Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ Oregon State University Library Index