This Day in Sports - December 9th
Cliff Hagan's B-Day! Hagan...born in Owensboro, Ky in 1931, played basketball at the University of Kentucky. In 1951, under Adolph Rupp's coaching, helped the Wildcats to the 1951 national championship over Kansas State.
In 1953, Hagan was drafted in the 3rd round...24th overall pick, by the Boston Celtics. Hagan would go on to score 14,870 points over 10 seasons in the NBA with the St. Louis Hawks and 3 seasons in the ABA with Dallas.
In 1972...he returned as the assistant athletic director at UK...taking the top spot in 1975. He retired in 1988, when he was replaced by one-time Wildcat teammate C.M. Newton (who was the head coach at Vanderbilt the year before). In 1993...UK named it's baseball field after Hagan...and remains named that today.
Here's some old archive video of Hagan's hook shot. Eat your heart out Kyle Wiltjer!
And here's the intro to the NBA All-Star game in 1962...listen to the names Hagan is on the floor with. Basketball Gods.
Thank you Cliff...for the memories of UK past...and building something great for UK memories to come. Mr. Hagan is what every boy in the Bluegrass dreams about being when he grows up. Good stuff...and keep dreaming.