Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cliff Barker

Clifford Eugene Barker

January 15, 1921
Yorktown, IN

March 17, 1998
Satsuma, FL

1937-38 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1938-39 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1940-41 Yorktown Christian - Indiana (Independent)
1946-47 University of Kentucky (College)
1947-48 University of Kentucky (College)
1948 United States (Olympics)
1948-49 University of Kentucky (College)
1949-50 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1950-51 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1951-52 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)

Born to Horace and Gertrude Barker, in Yorktown, Indiana, Cliff went to UK, but after his freshman year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. As a gunner in the Air Corps, his B17 was shot down and Barker served as a POW for 16 months. He had a volleyball in the prison camp, and would dribble the ball to keep both his dribbling skills and his sanity. After the war, he returned to UK and was a member of the UK Fabulous Five squad. He also represented the United States in the 1948 Olympics, winning a gold medal as a member of the basketball team. He played for three years on the Olympians of Indianapolis, first as a player / coach and then as just a player after being relieved of coaching duties. After playing he would go to teach and coach for many years.

He married Meredith Morrow (1923-2001) in 1943 and they had one daughter.



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