Like all of the Jayhawk family, KU BALLS mourned the passing of Clyde Lovellette earlier this week. Lovellette was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988, for his titles and achievements in basketball including being a pioneer of the sport as “one of the first big men to move outside and utilize the one-handed set shot, extending his shooting range and offensive repertoire.”
Originally from Indiana and recruited heavily by IU, the story goes that Phog Allen (at least in part) lured Lovellette to KU by telling him that the height on Mount Oread would be good for his asthma. Yes, that Mount Oread – all 1000+ feet above sea level. At Kansas, Lovellette accrued a variety of colorful nicknames, including: The All-American Alp, Altitudinous Asthamatic, Asthamatic Alp, The Campanile of the Courts, Cloudburst Clyde, Colossal Clyde, Cumbersome Clyde, Cumulus Clyde, The Fabulous Frenchman, Leaning Tower of Lawrence, Clyde “Mount” Lovellette, The Rampaging Redwood, The Superlative Sequoia, and The Terre Haute Terror.
For most KU fans however, Lovellette will be known as a champion. Beloved for leading the Jayhawks to the 1952 NCAA Championship and being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Lovellette helped to formally cement Kansas as a basketball powerhouse. In addition, Lovellette played on the United States’ 1952 gold medal team, won an AAU title, and also won three NBA championships, becoming the first player to accomplish such a feat.
In celebration of Lovellette’s life, KU BALLS is proud to present in its entirety a 1952 pictorial magazine documenting KU’s championship season, where the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player is featured prominently and appears on just about every page:
Rock Chalk In Peace, Clyde…