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Alex Groza

AKA Alexander John Groza

Born: 7-Oct-1926
Birthplace: Martins Ferry, OH
Died: 21-Jan-1995
Location of death: San Diego, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Cremated, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Basketball

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Caught in point shaving scandal

Military service: US Army (1944-45)

One of the "Fabulous Five" -- Cliff Barker, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza, Kenny Rollins, Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, who won the NCAA 1948 championship and further the 1948 Olympic Gold Medal. In 1949, four members of the "Fabulous Five" -- Barker, Beard, Groza and Jones, joined with another former teammate Joe Holland to form a new NBA team, the Indianapolis Olympians. But in 1951 a point shaving scandal broke regarding a 1949 college game, and Groza, Beard, and third Kentucky player, Dale Barnstable, were arrested. The players had accepted $2,000 to win by an amount less than the 10-point spread. The NBA banned all involved players for life, essentially dooming the Olympians chances of success.

Father: John Groza
Mother: Mary
Brother: Frank
Brother: Lou Groza (NFL hall of famer, b. 25-Jan-1924, d. 29-Nov-2000)
Wife: Jean (until his death, two sons, two daughters)
Son: Alex
Daughter: Lisa
Daughter: Leslie
Son: Lee

    High School: Martins Ferry High School, Martins Ferry, OH
    University: University of Kentucky
    Coach: Head Coach, Bellarmine College (1959-66)

    Olympic Gold Medal 1948 (team basketball)

    San Diego Conquistadors (ABA) Head Coach (1974-75)
    Kentucky Colonels (ABA) Head Coach (1970)
    Indianapolis Olympians (1949-51)

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