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UK basketball’s Bill Spivey and Bobby Watson, 1950

Posted on February 3, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
University of Kentucky basketball sophomores, Bill Spivey, left, and Bobby Watson compare the lengths of their legs in the locker room in March 1950. Watson was the shortest member of the squad measuring at 5-foot-10 inches, while  Spivey was the tallest at 7 feet. The top of Spivey's knee to floor was 26 and a half inches, while Watson's was 21 and a half. Spivey, UK’s first 7-foot-tall player, had dreams of playing for the National Basketball Association, but those dreams were dashed after he was implicated in a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s. Click here to see more images from our archives of Spivey. Watson the fifth 1,000-point career scorer in UK basketball history, died Tuesday. Published in the March 2, 1950 Lexington Leader. Herald-Leader archive photo

University of Kentucky basketball sophomores Bill Spivey, left, and Bobby Watson compared the lengths of their lower legs in the Alumni Gym locker room in March 1950. The 1949-50 seasson was the Wildcats’ final season at Alumni; they moved to Memorial Coliseum the next fall. Watson was the team’s shortest player, measuring 5 foot 10, while Spivey was the tallest at 7 feet. The top of Spivey’s knee to floor was 26.5 inches, while Watson’s was 21.5. Spivey, UK’s first 7-foot player, had dreams of playing in the NBA, but those dreams were dashed after he was implicated in a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s. Click here to see more images from our archives of Spivey. Watson, the fifth 1,000-point career scorer in UK basketball history, died Tuesday. He was 86. Click on the image for a closer look. Published on March 2, 1950, in the Lexington Leader. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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