Campus Corner

September 30, 2013

Bob Kurland, credited as first player to dunk in a basketball game, dies at 88

In the 1940s, dunks weren’t a big part of basketball. Nobody celebrated a slam. Basketball was three decades away from the first dunk contest. But Kurland was the first. He is credited with being the first to dunk in a game and to regularly use the high-percentage shot. Kurland, who led Oklahoma State to two national championships in the 1940s, died at home in south Florida on Sunday. He was 88.

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