Friday, May 3, 2019

Jim Fritsche

James Alfred Fritsche

December 10, 1931
St. Paul, MN

February 28, 2019
St. Paul, MN

1946-47 Humboldt High School - St. Paul, MN (High School)
1947-48 Humboldt High School - St. Paul, MN (High School)
1948-49 Humboldt High School - St. Paul, MN (High School)
1949-50 Hamline University - Minnesota (College)
1950-51 Hamline University - Minnesota (College)
1951-52 Hamline University - Minnesota (College)
1952-53 Hamline University - Minnesota (College)
1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1953-54 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1953-54 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1957-58 Central High School - St. Paul, MN (High School) Head coach

Fritsche was a basketball star out of Humboldt HS, and played four years at Hamline College. He was drafted in the first round by the Minneapolis Lakers, but only play in two games before sold to the Baltimore Bullets on November 11, 1953. The Bullets would trade him to Fort Wayne for Ken Murray on the eve of the 1954-55 season. He would play 16 games with the Pistons before being let go. He left basketball and got his Master's degree from Mankato State. He was a teacher and coach for many years at Central High School before retiring.

Jim married Pat in 1953 and they had a son and a daughter.

Obituary, Johnson Peterson Funeral Home, 2019
Hamline Athletics, March 2, 2019


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