Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Don Otten

Donald Frederick Otten

April 18, 1921
Bellefontaine, OH

September 18, 1985
Lima, OH

1936-37 Bellefontaine High School - Ohio (High School)
1937-38 Bellefontaine High School - Ohio (High School)
1938-39 Bellefontaine High School - Ohio (High School)
1939-40 Zanesfield Independents - Ohio (Independent)
1940-41 Zanesfield Independents - Ohio (Independent) 
1940-41 Bobb Chevrolet's - Bellefontaine, Ohio (Semi-pro)
1942-43 Bowling Green State University (College)
1943-44 Bowling Green State University (College)
1944-45 Bowling Green State University (College)
1945-46 Bowling Green State University (College)

1946-47 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)
1947-48 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)

1948-49 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)
1949-50 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBA)
1949-50 Washington Capitols (NBA)
1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1952-53 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

When Otten graduated from high school, he stood at 6'7, but by the time he finished at Bowling Green, he had grown to 6'11. He had a delightful sky hook that made him a dangerous scoring threat at Bowling Green. Goaltending was legal during his college career, and he was known as a great "goalie" for knocking out many opposing shots. He played nine seasons in the NBL and NBA. Otten holds the record for most personal fouls in a game with 8. (A player cannot foul out of a game if there are no other players on the bench, which was the case in this record-setting performance.)

He married Joan Parr (1927-2014) and they had three daughters.

Don's younger brother Mac followed him to Bowling Green and then to the NBA, and they were briefly teammates for the Blackhawks.

Evening Independent, Massillon, Ohio, February 1, 1946
NBA Record Book


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