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Members of the 1942/1943 KU men’s basketball team at
Fort Leavenworth, March 1943. University Archives Photos.
Call Number: RG 66/13 Team 1942/1943 Prints:
Athletic Department: Basketball (Photos).
Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).
A press release is taped to the back of this official photograph.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Special Services Section
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Friday, March 12, 1943 – The changeover from the uniform of a basketball player to the khaki of a soldier of the Army of the United States was accomplished this week by these six members of the University of Kansas team, when they reported to the Reception Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for Induction. In the Army Reserve Corps, they were called into the service near the end of the basketball season, K.U. having one game left with Creighton University at that time.
From left to right in the picture they are; Hoyt Baker, Peabody, Kansas: Don Blair, Ottawa, Kansas: Bill Brill, 1922 North 24th Street, Kansas City, Kansas: George Dick, McLouth, Kansas: Armand Dixon, Hermosa Beach, California: and Ray Evans, 503 Barnett Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Three other members of the University of Kansas squad not shown in the picture, will report for induction this week, they are: Otto Schnellbacher, Sublett[e], Kansas: Bob Fitzpatrick, Salina, Kansas[:] and Jack Ballard, Kansas City, Missouri.
The six players in the above photograph as members of the KU men’s basketball team
during the 1942-1943 season. (This picture is also available with each player’s name.)
Senator Bob Dole, also a World War II veteran, is in the back row, the second player from the left.
University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 66/13 Team 1942/1943 Prints:
Athletic Department: Basketball (Photos). Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).
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