Kenny Sailors of Hillsdale, Wyoming, invented the Jump Shot. Yeah, you heard me! It wasn't always a thing. Kenny invented the jump shot as an alternative to the two-handed, flat-footed set shot because he had to shoot over his giant brother. Sailors is recognized by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as the creator of the modern-day jump shot,* but he is not a member, *never been inducted. To quote legendary Coach Bob Knight, ¨It is a complete travesty that Kenny has has not been inducted and recognized for his achievements not only as a basketball player, but also as a WWII veteran in American Basketball. I am completely embarrassed for the basketball world that Kenny is missing from the Hall of Fame." Here is a video detailing Sailor´s bid for the hall.
Kenneth L. Sailors was born 95 years ago on a farm south of Hillsdale
Wyoming, a one horse town to the east of Cheyenne. As a kid he invented
the now ubiquitous jump shot to combat the formidable size of his
6-foot-4-inch older brother Bud.
Sailors went on to bring his skills to the University of Wyoming and in
1943 he led the Cowboys to win the NCAA Men´s Basketball Championship in
Madison Square Garden.
Sailors was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player
for his play during the tournament. He was also the unanimous selection as
College Basketball Player of the Year in 1943 and in 1946.
Kenny Sailors is still the only player in the history of Wyoming Cowboys
basketball to be selected as an All-American three times, in 1942, 1943,
From 1946 to 1951, Sailors played professionally in the BAA and NBA as a
member of the Cleveland Rebels, Chicago Stags, Philadelphia Warriors,
Providence Steamrollers, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, and Baltimore
During his professional career Sailors scored 3480 points had 781 assists
Sailors has been inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of
Fame and to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Photo H/t UW photo service
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