Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Don Otten

Donald Frederick Otten


Born:
April 18, 1921
Bellefontaine, OH


Died:
September 18, 1985
Lima, OH




Career
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.

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


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/o/ottendo01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/ottendo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ottendo01

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