Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fred Grafft

Frederick Evert Grafft


Born:
February 20, 1912
Rembrandt, IA

Died:
August 13, 1993
Sparta, TN

Career
1927-28 Downs Kickapoo Union HS - Illinois (High School)
1928-29 Downs Kickapoo Union HS - Illinois (High School)
1929-30 Gallagher Business School (College)
1930-31 Gallagher Business School (College)
1931-32 Gallagher Business School (College)
1932-33 Gallagher Business School (College)
1937-38 Kankakee Gallagher Trojans (NBL) 


Frederick E. Grafft was born in Iowa to Joseph and Court Grafft. The family moved to Downs, Illinois. A graduate of  Downs Kickapoo Union High School ('29), Grafft was a track star specializing in the javelin throw. He went to Gallagher Business School. He allegedly scored 87 points in a single game while at Gallagher, as mentioned by "Ripley's Believe It Or Not." After playing basketball for one season in Kankakee, Grafft served in the army in World War 2 and moved to Chicago and worked for many years as a self-employed consulting engineer. He was married to Kathryn Kendall and the couple had one daughter. Grafft moved to Sparta, Tennessee, where he died in 1993.

Source:
Obituary in the Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois), August 17, 1993
Warren Times Mirror (Pennsylvania), January 15, 1938

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/g/grafffr01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=grafffr01

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