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Charlie Black
  • Only four-time All-American in KU Basketball history
  • Named All-Conference four times
  • Known as “The Hawk”
  • Played five professional seasons
Black, Charlie
Inducted 2004

Born: 1921 - Arco, Idaho

Died: December 1992 - Rogers, Arkansas.

Graduated: Kansas City (MO) Southwest High School, 1940; University of Kansas, 1947

Overview

Of all the great players to wear the basketball uniform of the Kansas Jayhawks, Charlie B. Black is the only four-time All-American in school history.  Black was the first Jayhawk to be named all-conference four times and the first to score 1,000 points in his career.

"The Hawk"

He played two seasons for KU head coach Phog Allen (1941-43) before enlisting in the Army Air Corps.  Black flew 51 missions as a reconnaissance pilot during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He returned to KU following the war and completed two more all-conference and All-American seasons (1945-47) for the Jayhawks.  Nicknamed "The Hawk" for his tenacious defense, Black played pro basketball for five seasons.  The Jayhawks' locker room is named in his honor and his retired jersey - No. 10 - hangs from the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse.  At the end of his collegiate career, he was called the greatest player in KU history.

Professional Career

Black then played one year with the Anderson Packers of the National Basketball League before spending four seasons with the Fort Wayne Pistons, Indianapolis Jets and Milwaukee Hawks of the National Basketball Association.