Monday, September 25, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: September 25, 1948 - Dan Issel

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
Daniel Paul Issel, Hall of Fame basketball player, son of Robert and Eleanor (Meyer) Issel, was born on, in September 25, 1948 Batavia, Illinois. His family moved to Missouri but returned to Batavia when he was twelve. Issel, a center who enrolled in the University of Kentucky (UK) in 1966, left in 1970 after three years of varsity ball as the men's career scoring leader. He scored 2,138 points (25.7 per game), and he was an All-American in his last two years. He also set the UK scoring record for points in a single game, fifty-three, against the University of Mississippi in 1970. While Issel was at Kentucky the Wildcats won seventy-one games, lost only twelve, and won three Southeastern Conference championships.

In 1970 Issel signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association. In 1975 he was traded to the National Basketball Association (NBA) Denver Nuggets. Although he was a short center at six feet, eight inches, when he retired he had scored more than 25,000 points and ranked fourth on the all-time NBA list behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Julius Erving.

Issel retired in 1985 to Courtland Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, to breed and train thoroughbreds. He sold the farm in 1988 and returned to Denver to work in the Nuggets' front office, but maintained horses in Kentucky and occasionally returned for the Keeneland sales. Issel married Cheri Hughes of Lexington, who was a UK cheerleader, in 1969. They have two children, Sheridan and Scott.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Issel, Dan., and Buddy. Martin. Parting Shots. Chicago: Contemporary, 1985. Print.
GV884.I77 A35 1985, Special Collections Research Center

Giant Productions, Collegiate Images, and Warner Home Video. The History of University of Kentucky Basketball. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2007.
AV-D6828, Young Media Library

Brunk, Doug. Wildcat Memories : Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats. 2014. Print.
GV885.43.U53 B78 2014, Young Library - 4th Floor

Kids and Kentuckians II : Biographies of Famous Living Kentuckians. Louisville, Ky.: St. Pius X Elementary School, 1993. Print.
CT236 .K53 1993 , Special Collections Research Center

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