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Shelby E. Linville (November 8, 1929 – August 5, 2008) was an American basketball player and educator best known for his college career at the University of Kentucky.

Shelby Linville
Personal information
Born(1929-11-08)November 8, 1929
Dayton, Kentucky
DiedAugust 5, 2008(2008-08-05) (aged 78)
Middletown, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolMiddletown (Middletown, Ohio)
CollegeKentucky (1949–1952)
NBA draft1952 / Undrafted
Career highlights and awards

Linville was born in Dayton, Kentucky and moved to Middletown, Ohio at 15. He starred at Middletown High School, where he led the team to two state championships.[1]

Following his standout college career, Linville first attended Miami University, then transferred to Kentucky to play for Adolph Rupp. Linville played three seasons at Kentucky, the best of which was his junior campaign where he averaged 10.4 points per game and helped lead the 1950–51 Wildcats to the 1951 National Championship. Linville had a strong NCAA tournament showing, making the All-Final Four team alongside teammate Bill Spivey.[2]

After graduating in 1952, Linville became a high school teacher, coach and administrator. He was also a Baptist minister.[1]

Linville died on August 5, 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Former UK star dies at 78". August 6, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Clark, Michael D. (March 7, 2003). "Admirers help out a champ". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved July 6, 2013.

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