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 Tom Boerwinkle

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Tom Boerwinkle

Original Name Melvin Thomas Boerwinkle
Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 26 Mar 2013 (aged 67)
Willowbrook, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 107393628 View Source
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Professional Basketball Player. For ten seasons (1968 to 1978), he played at the center position in the National Basketball Association with the Chicago Bulls. After attending Millersburg Military Academy in Kentucky, he played collegiate basketball at the University of Tennessee. While with the Volunteers under coach Ray Mears, he earned All-SEC honors as he led Tennessee to the SEC Championship in 1967. He was team leader in rebounding in 1967 in addition to averaging a double-double in 1967 and 1968. The latter year he received All-American status. Selected by the Bulls during the 1st-round (4th overall pick) of the 1968 NBA Draft, he appeared in 635 regular season games. Peaking at seven feet in height, he set the Bull's single game record for rebounds when he totaled 37 in a contest against the Phoenix Suns on January 8th, 1970. This accomplishment still stands to date. Additionally, he topped the 1,000 rebound plateau twice during his career (1,016 during 1969-1970 and 1,133 during 1970-1971). He compiled 5,745 total rebounds and 4,596 points. After retiring as a player, became a businessman and served as an analyst on Bull's radio broadcasts (1991 to 1994). Boerwinkle was named to Tennessee's All-Century Team in 2009. He died following a lengthy battle with leukemia.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 27 Mar 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 107393628
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107393628/tom-boerwinkle : accessed ), memorial page for Tom Boerwinkle (23 Aug 1945–26 Mar 2013), Find a Grave Memorial ID 107393628, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.