Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kevin O'Shea

Kevin Christopher O'Shea

July 10, 1925
San Francisco, CA

February 21, 2003
San Francisco, CA

1940-41 St. Ignatius High School - San Francisco, CA (High School)
1941-42 St. Ignatius High School - San Francisco, CA (High School)
1942-43 St. Ignatius High School - San Francisco, CA (High School)
1946-47 Notre Dame (College)
1947-48 Notre Dame (College)
1948-49 Notre Dame (College)
1949-50 Notre Dame (College)
1950-51 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1952-53 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1952-53 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

The son of Irish bicyclist Chris O'Shea, Kevin was born and raised in San Francisco where he starred on the courts of St. Ignatius HS. After high school, O'Shea surprised his hometown by shunning Bay Area colleges to travel to the midwest to visit Notre Dame. He was very impressed by the school, but the call to serve his country was stronger. After trying to get into the Naval V-7 program, he decided to join the U.S. Coast Guard. After his service in  World War 2, O'Shea finally pursued his education at Notre Dame. A four-year All-American in basketball, O'Shea scored over 1000 points before graduating and being drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers. In September of 1951, he was sold to the Milwaukee Hawks, and five months later was sold to the Bullets. After the 1952-53 season, O'Shea returned to San Francisco and started an insurance company, where he worked until his retirement in 1992. O'Shea, along with fellow player Bill Tosheff, fought for years to try and get NBA pensions for players who played in the early years of the NBA.

Kevin died of a heart attack in 2003.

He married Jeanne in 1948 and they had three sons and two daughters.

Obituary, Chicago Tribune, February 26, 2003
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