College Basketball Player. At five foot, ten inches, he played guard on the Texas Western College mens basketball team that won the 1966 College Basketball national title. Along with teammates Harry Flournoy, Nevil Shed, Dave "Big Daddy" Lattin, and Willie Worsley, they were the first all-African American starting five to win the Collegate Basketball title, defeating a top ranked and heavily favored University of Kentucky Wildcats team (coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp) 72 to 65 on March 19, 1966. Considered one of the "flashiest" players on the team, he and the entire Texas Western squad endured racial threats, insults, vandalism, and violence throughout the 1965-1966 season. Despite this, the team, coached by Don Haskins, achieved a 28-1 regular season, record, and defeated Oklahoma City College, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kansas to reach the title game against Kentucky. In that game Bobby Joe Hill led all players by scoring 20 points in a game that is today considered one of the most historic in the history of college basketball. After his college career ended, he stayed in El Paso, Texas and retired as an executive with El Paso Natural Gas, dying of a heart attack at age 59. The story of Bobby Joe Hill and the 1966 Texas Western national championship has been immortalized in the 2006 motion picture "Glory Road". Texas Western College is now known University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Bio by: Loren