Friday, May 3, 2019

Gene Dyker

Eugene Walter Dyker

February 17, 1930
Chicago, IL

January 25, 1966 (date approximated)
Chicago, IL

1947-48 St. Patrick High School - Chicago (High School)
1948-49 St. Patrick High School - Chicago (High School)
1949-50 De Paul University (College)
1950-51 De Paul University (College)
1951-52 De Paul University (College)
1952-53 Toledo Mercuries (Independent)
1952-53 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1953-54 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1953-54 Johnny Lattner All-Stars (Independent)

Dyker, a prep star at St. Patrick, went on to De Paul where quickly became an important part of the team. The 6'6 center was one of the top scorers on the team in 1951-52, but was ruled ineligible for his senior season in September of 1952. He tried out for the Milwaukee Hawks of the NBA in the fall of 1953, but did not make the team. However, in December of that year, he would sign with the club to take the place of Bob Peterson. He played in 11 games for the Hawks before being released at the end of the month, scoring 16 points in limited play. Dyker also played basketball for the Toledo Mercuries, who toured with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Gene Dyker died suddenly in 1966 at the age of 35.

Gene married Margaret Keane and they had three sons and two daughters.

Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1966


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