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All-American Bill Bridges Dies

1959-B.Bridges-494Bill Bridges, a KU Basketball great from the early 1960s, died September 25 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in California. The former KU center had been fighting cancer.

The great rebounder attended KU from 1957-61 and averaged 13.9 rebounds per game in his three seasons,  the second leading rebounder in KU history. He scored 1,028 points in his collegiate career of 78 games. He was named All-American in 1961 and was a three-time All-Big Eight selection.

After college he played in the NBA for 13 years and helped win a championship for the Golden State Warriors.


One Response to All-American Bill Bridges Dies

  1. TOM McCURDY says:

    I was a member of the OU team (58-62) and played against Bill Bridges, Wayne Hightower, Nolan Ellison, Jerry Gardner and had the highest respect for them as well as head coach Dick Harp (who recruited me) and his assistant Ted Owens. We had some fierce competition those years — finally three successful games in 1962. I admired Bill so much. My sympathy to his family and the Jayhawk Basketball Family . . .