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Buddy Hudson, first black basketball player at Oklahoma, dies at 75 in KC

05/16/2013 1:25 PM

05/20/2014 10:44 AM

Harold “Buddy” Hudson, the first black basketball player at the University of Oklahoma, died Tuesday morning of a heart attack in Kansas City. He was 75.

A native of Purcell, Okla., Hudson attended Purcell High School and then Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee, Okla., before transferring to OU in 1958.

Hudson made history in the Sooners’ first game of the 1958-59 season as the first black player to take the court for OU. The Sooners lost 73-64 at home to Texas Tech that day but finished the season 15-10 (9-5 in the Big Eight).

A 6-foot-2 guard, Hudson lettered at Oklahoma in 1959 and 1960 before graduating, earning his master’s degree and eventually settling in Kansas City, where he taught math and history to junior high and high school students.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, whom he met at Oklahoma Baptist, and their two sons.

Services will be held Wednesday at Swope Park Church of Christ (5620 Swope Parkway), with a viewing from 9-11 a.m. and a funeral at 11.

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