Jack Cobb

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Jack Cobb
Jack Cobb (1924).jpg
Personal information
Born(1904-08-04)August 4, 1904
Durham, North Carolina
DiedSeptember 9, 1966(1966-09-09) (aged 62)
Greenville, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolWoodberry Forest
(Woodberry Forest, Virginia)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1923–1926)
Career highlights and awards

John Blackwell "Jack" Cobb (August 4, 1904 – September 9, 1966) was a college basketball player at the University of North Carolina in the 1920s. Cobb led the Tar Heels to their first undefeated season in 1924 and to three straight Southern Conference titles (1924, 1925, 1926).[1] Cobb was named national player of the year for 1926 by the Helms Athletic Foundation.[2] The 1924 team was retroactively named national champion by the Helms Foundation in 1936. After defeating Alabama in the Southern Conference tournament, some 500 students marched to Cobb's house in Durham and woke up the household with fight songs.[3] He averaged 15 points a game, then an incredible stat.[4] 6' 2" was also a large size for a player in his day.

Cobb is one of eight Tar Heels basketball players who have had their jersey retired.

Cobb's dreams of pursuing a coaching career were dashed when he had a motorcycle accident in 1929 and lost part of his lower right leg.[1] Cobb did continue to coach Little League baseball teams throughout much of his life.[2]


  1. ^ a b "North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame - Jack Cobb".
  2. ^ a b "Tarheelblue.com Media Guide" (PDF).
  3. ^ Rappoport, Ken (1 May 2012). "Tales from the North Carolina Tar Heels Locker Room: A Collection of the Greatest UNC Basketball Stories Ever Told". Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "U.N.C. basketball blue book". Chapel Hill, N.C. : Sports Division, University News Bureau. 19 November 1992 – via Internet Archive.