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Skinny Johnson

Skinny Johnson
Personal information
Born (1911-08-16)August 16, 1911
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died February 5, 1980(1980-02-05) (aged 68)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Central (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
College Kansas (1930–1933)
Position Center

William C. "Skinny" Johnson (August 16, 1911 – February 5, 1980) was a well-known American basketball player during the 1930s. As a 6-4 (192 cm) center Johnson was among the tallest players of his time. The Oklahoma City native attended the University of Kansas (1929–33), where he was a three-year letterwinner under coach Phog Allen. He was named First-Team Big Six Conference twice (1932, 1933) as well as Second-Team Big Six Conference (1931) once. During the 1930s he played amateur basketball with several AAU teams. He briefly coached collegiate basketball at Cleveland Chiropractic College (1937) in Kansas City, Missouri as well. On May 2, 1977, Johnson was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player.

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