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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Ken Murray

     (Born April 20, 1928) -- Some people consider uniform number 13 unlucky. Ken Murray apparently wasn't one of them. In fact, the number was retired by St. Bonaventure University after his fine basketball career.

     The native of East Orange, New Jersey, was a big reason why St. Bonaventure played in its first-ever postseason tournament, the National Catholic Invitation Tournament. Murray was the first Brown Indian (as they were called at the time) to reach 1,000 points, as he finished his career with 1,090. That worked out to an average of 12.1 points per game. Murray was an All-American in 1949-50.

     From there, the guard went to the pros. Murray was selected in the fourth round of the draft by the Chicago Stags. His team moved to Baltimore before playing a game, and his contract was later sold to the Fort Wayne Pistons. He averaged about 13 points per game as a rookie.

     After a couple of years away from the game because of time in the Army, he was traded back to Baltimore. Then it was on to the Philadelphia Warriors when the Bullets folded. And that was it for his NBA career.

--- Budd Bailey

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