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Cliff Barker

Full name: Clifford Eugene "Cliff" Barker
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: January 15, 1921 in Yorktown, Indiana, United States
Died: March 17, 1998 in Satsuma, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Kentucky Wildcats, Lexington (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Other SR Links: Basketball-Reference.com

Biography

During World War II, Cliff Barker dropped out of college to serve in the Air Force. His B-17 bomber was shot down over Germany, and he spent 16 months as a prisoner of war. In 1948, he was a member of the Kentucky “Fabulous Five”, that won the championship with a 36-3 record. All five were on the 1948 Olympic basketball team, forming a major part of the gold medal winning squad. They won the NCAA title again the following year, with a 32-2 record. In 1949 the NBA was formed from a merger of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America. Though most of the teams in the new league were already established, a new team was formed called the Indianapolis Olympians, composed of (and partly owned by) the five Kentucky Olympians including Cliff Barker, who served a dual role as player-coach. That first year, 1949-50, Barker helped the Indianapolis team to a division championship though they did not win the league title. Barker played for two more years, and coached for one more, before retiring. Following his basketball career, Barker was a teacher and coach at various high schools.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 27 London Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1948 Summer 27 London Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1948-08-13 USA 65, FRA 21 0
1948 Summer 27 London Basketball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1948-08-12 USA 71, MEX 40 6
1948 Summer 27 London Basketball United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1948-08-09 USA 63, URU 28 0
1948 Summer 27 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #1 1 1948-07-31 USA 86, SUI 21 5
1948 Summer 27 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #6 1 1948-08-02 USA 53, TCH 28 5
1948 Summer 27 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #10 1 1948-08-04 USA 66, EGY 28 3
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