On this date in Kentucky basketball history…

Sam Bowie

Sam Bowie, Kentucky’s 7-foot-1-inch center, has been walking around on a broken leg and did not know it. Joe B. Hall, the coach, stated, on September 10, 1981, in Lexington, Ky., that Bowie has a ”small, incomplete fracture” of a bone in his left leg. The injury to Bowie’s shin occurred last season, Hall said, ”but was not confirmed by earlier Xrays.” Bowie complained recently of a recurring pain, and a new examination revealed the fracture. Hall said the injury is not uncommon in basketball players. It was not known whether the leg would be placed in a cast, he said, although doctors indicated it would take some restriction of movement for it to heal.


Bowie returned in time for the 1983–84 season, where he averaged 10.5 points and nine rebounds per game while being named to the second-team  squad. During his senior season, his heroics in a game against rival  earned him a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.