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14 Facts About B. H. Born

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Bert H. "B. H." Born was an American basketball center.

Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court.

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After graduating from Medicine Lodge High School in 1950, he played for the Kansas Jayhawks from 1951 to 1954.

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In the 1951–52 season, Born was a reserve behind Clyde Lovellette, averaging 1.6 points per game.

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The following season, he had 18.9 points per game for the Jayhawks as the team reached the NCAA Tournament final.

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Indiana defeated Kansas 69–68 in the championship game, but Born won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.

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During the final, Born scored 26 points, compiled 15 rebounds, and blocked 13 shots.

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Born posted an average of 19 points per game in the 1953–54 season, and competed for the U.S. national team in the 1954 FIBA World Championship.

The 1954 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from October 23 to November 5, 1954.

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The Fort Wayne Pistons selected Born with the 22nd overall pick of the 1954 NBA draft.

The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan.

The 1954 NBA draft was the eight annual draft of the National Basketball Association.

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However, he did not join the team.

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In the mid-1950s, he played for an Amateur Athletic Union team in Peoria, Illinois, and helped the Jayhawks recruit Wilt Chamberlain, a leading high school player at the time.

Peoria is the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, and the largest city on the Illinois River.

The Amateur Athletic Union is an amateur sports organization based in the United States.

Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player.

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In Peoria, Born was employed with Caterpillar Inc.'s tractor business for 43 years.

Caterpillar Inc. is an American Fortune 100 corporation which designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network.

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In 1992, the University of Kansas retired Born's jersey, 23.

The University of Kansas, often referred to as KU or Kansas, is a public research university in the U.S. state of Kansas.

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He has also been inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is a museum located in Wichita, Kansas, dedicated to preserving the history of sports in the state of Kansas.

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Born died on February 3, 2013 in Peoria.

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