Trajko Rajković (Serbian Cyrillic: Трајко Рајковић; 7 December 1937 – 27 May 1970) was a Yugoslav professional basketball player. He represented Yugoslavia internationally.

Trajko Rajković
Trajko Rajković.jpg
Rajković with Yugoslavia at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
Personal information
Born(1937-12-07)7 December 1937
Leskovac, Vardar Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died27 May 1970(1970-05-27) (aged 32)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height2.10 m (6 ft 11 in)
Listed weight96 kg (212 lb)
Career information
Playing career1959–1970
PositionCenter
Career history
1959–1967OKK Beograd
1967–1968Libertas Livorno (Fargas)
1968–1969Reyer Venezia (Noalex)
Career highlights and awards

Basketball careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Rajković played for OKK Beograd, during their so-called "Golden Era", in the late 1950s, and first half of the 1960s, in the Yugoslav First League. Some of his teammates were: Radivoj Korać, Miodrag Nikolić, Bogomir Rajković, Slobodan Gordić and, Milorad Erkić. OKK Beograd's head coaches during that time were, Borislav Stanković and Aleksandar Nikolić, and the club's sports director at the time was Radomir Šaper. In that period, the club won three Yugoslav League championships, and two Yugoslav Cups.

Rajković went to Italy in 1967, where he played two seasons, with Libertas Livorno and Reyer Venezia, of the Lega Basket Serie A.[1] Rajković was the best scorer of the Italian League's 1967– 68 season, with 521 total points scored.

National team careerEdit

Rajković played with the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, from 1963 to 1970. During his senior national team career, Yugoslavia won two EuroBasket silver medals (1965 and 1969), and one bronze medal (1963). They also won an Olympics silver medal (1968), in Mexico City. He also won a FIBA World Cup silver medal (1963), and a gold medal (1970, in Ljubljana, Slovenia). He played in a total of 113 games with the senior Yugoslav national team.

DeathEdit

Rajković died in his sleep due to a heart defect, on 28 May 1970, just four days after winning the World Championship with Yugoslavia (Yugoslavia's first ever gold at the competition).

He is interred in the Alley of Distinguished Citizens in the Belgrade New Cemetery.

Personal lifeEdit

He had a wife, Biljana, and a son, Vladimir.[1]

Career achievementsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rajkovic Profile at OKK Beograd website (in Serbian)

External linksEdit