Charlie Charles Black Signed 3x5 Index Card Early NBA Pioneer & Kansas Basketball Legend

Charles Bradford Black Jr. (June 15, 1921 – December 22, 1992) was an American professional basketball player and a four-time All-American at the University of Kansas. Black was also a decorated war hero. Black first attended the University of Wisconsin, as a freshman. studying agriculture, before he moved back to Kansas City. He then played collegiately as a forward for the University of Kansas under Coach Phog Allen. He played from 1941-1943 before enlisting in the military during WWII and returned to play for Kansas from 1945-1947. In his first season, Black led Kansas to a 17-5 season (11.1 points per game) and in his second season (11.3 points), alongside Ray Evans, Black led Kansas to their fourth-consecutive Big Six Conference Championship and a 22-6 record. At Kansas, he was a two-time consensus first-team All-American and a four time All-American.

Black flew 51 flying missions over Nazi occupied Europe during World War II, as a P-38 reconnaissance pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his military service, Black averaged 16.3 points playing alongside Otto Schnellbacher, as Kansas finished 19-2. Black earned his third All-American honor, and also led the Big Six conference in scoring. Black’s senior year. Kansas finished 16-11 record, with Black averaging 11.3 points.

Black was the first player in KU history to score 1,000 career points (he finished with 1,082). He was a member of three Big 6 Conference championship teams (alongside two-time All-American guard Ray Evans, and four-time all-conference forward Otto Schnellbacher). The 1943 team is regarded as one of the greatest in KU's history. In his career at Kansas, Black played in 87 games, averaging 12.4 points per game.

He played for the Indianapolis Jets (1948–49), Fort Wayne Pistons (1949–50), Anderson Packers (1949–50) and Milwaukee Hawks (1950–52) in the NBA for 136 games.  He was featured in the 1948 Bowman basketball set.

In his NBA career he averaged 9.2 points, 2.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 136 games from 1948-1952

KU Highlights

•    2× Consensus first-team All-American (1943, 1946)
•    Second-team All-American – Helms (1947)
•    No. 10 jersey retired by Kansas Jayhawks

Offered is a very uncommon signed 3x5 index card (personalized) in black ink.

Item: 10988

Price: $95.00
Charlie Charles Black Signed 3x5 Index Card Early NBA Pioneer & Kansas Basketball Legend