Friday, January 20, 2017

Odie Spears

Marion Odicca "Odie" Spears

June 17, 1924
Scottsville, KY

March 28, 1985
Louisville, KY

1940-41 Scottsville High School - Kentucky (High School)
1941-42 Western Kentucky University (College)
1942-43 Western Kentucky University (College)
1943-44 Fort Bragg (Military)
1944-45 Fort Bragg (Military)
1945-46 Fort Bragg (Military) 
1946-47 Western Kentucky University (College)
1947-48 Western Kentucky University (College)
1948-49 Chicago Stags (BAA)
1949-50 Chicago Stags (NBA)
1950-51 Louisville Alumnites (NPBL)
1951-52 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1952-53 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1953-54 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1954-55 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1955-56 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1956-57 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1956-57 St. Louis Hawks (NBA)

Odie went to WKU with some some time off spent fighting World War 2 with the U.S. Army. He played pro basketball for nine seasons before becoming an insurance agent. He was 60 when he died in 1985 from a blood disease.

He married Mary Larkin and they had two daughters.

Some sources have his birthdate on June 26, 1925, but family records say he was born in 1924.

Hilltopper Haven
Courier-Journal (Louisville) - March 30, 1985


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