Kirby Minter

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Kirby Minter
Personal information
Born(1929-11-23)November 23, 1929
Marietta, Oklahoma
DiedAugust 11, 2009(2009-08-11) (aged 79)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolDurant (Durant, Oklahoma)
CollegeSoutheastern Oklahoma State (1947–1950)
NBA draft1950 / Undrafted
Career highlights and awards

James Kirby Minter (born November 23, 1929 – August 11, 2009) was an American basketball player. At a height of 6'6" (1.98 m) tall, he played at the forward position. He was inducted into the Durant Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. In the city of Durant, Oklahoma, January 4 has been named, "Kirby Minter Day".

College career[edit]

Minter, who was born in born in Marietta, Oklahoma, attended and graduated from Durant High School in 1947, where he also played high school basketball. After high school, Minter played College basketball at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, with the Savage Storm, from 1947 to 1950.

National team career[edit]

As a member of a Peoria Caterpillars AAU team, which was composed of the Caterpillar company's employees, he represented the United States men's national basketball team[1] at the 1954 FIBA World Championship, and he was named the Most Valuable Player of the competition. Minter scored a total of 100 points (11.1 points per game) during the tournament.[2]


Minter died on August 11, 2009, in Oklahoma City.[3]


  1. ^ "USA Basketball: Men's World Championship Team History - 1954". Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2014-02-26.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "News Archive | The Official Site Of The New Orleans Pelicans". Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  3. ^ "Durant Daily Democrat - James Kirby Minter". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved 2010-09-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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