Fans and loved ones remember UK basketball star Albert Cummins
A former Wildcat who was the last living member of the 1947-48 UK championship basketball team passes away over the weekend
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Loved ones, friends, and fans are remembering a former Wildcat who was the last living member of the 1947-48 UK championship basketball team.
Albert Cummins was a two-sport star in high school in Bracken County. After being offered a scholarship by Adolph Rupp, Cummins was drafted and served two years in the navy during WWII.
He returned from war to play two seasons for Coach Rupp in 1947 and 1948, helping the ‘Cats win two SEC championships and a runner-up finish in the NIT.
Cummins transferred to Michigan State to play baseball and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, where he played in the minor league system before injuring his throwing arm. His granddaughter, Kendall Rumford says he never forgot his roots and always cheered on the ‘Cats, until passing away Sunday at age 95 at the VA.
“He had many stories. He had many stories about Kentucky and Adolf Rupp and all that so, it’s a good memory to know that history of UK basketball,” says Rumford.
The family says Cummins will be buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County later this week. His wife is buried there..