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Joe Fulks
Original name: Joseph Franklin Fulks
Birth: Oct. 26, 1921
Birmingham
Marshall County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1976
Eddyville
Lyon County
Kentucky, USA

Professional Basketball player. Joseph Franklin Fulks was to basketball what Babe Ruth was to baseball and has been referred to by many as the "father of the modern game." Jumping, spinning and scoring from everywhere on the court, the lanky western Kentucky lad helped pave the way for professional basketball to become the sport it is today. Fulks alone was credited with introducing the modern-day jump shot that revolutionized professional basketball - thus earning him the nickname "jumping Joe" Fulks. On February 10, 1949 he recorded one of the greatest individual performances in the history of the game, scoring 63 points with the Philadelphia Warriors. That record endured for ten years. In World War II, as a Marine sergeant, he saw action in Iwo Jima and Guam. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Sue Gillespie Fulks (1921 - 1991)*
 
 Children:
  David Sherman Fulks (1949 - 1998)*
  Nancy Carol Fulks Cope (1959 - 2007)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Birmingham Cemetery
Briensburg
Marshall County
Kentucky, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 03, 2001
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Joe Fulks
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