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HOH: The Kansas City Chiefs Basketball Team

Posted Mar 11, 2012

March Madness? The Chiefs once fielded their own traveling basketball team. Read more historic accounts of the Chiefs franchise at ChiefsHallofHonor.com!


Before the fear of injury and the prospects of a loss of a season by a valued team member took priority, the pro football off-season was highlighted by a host of appearances by what was termed, “the Chiefs basketball team.”

In 1965, the Chiefs basketball team, comprised of a number of familiar names, finished with a 16-8 record capped by a closing flourish of 11 straight victories.

Buck Buchanan (1963-65) topped the individual statistics averaging 24.1 points per game. Dave Hill (1963-74) was second in scoring with a 15.4 average followed by Bobby Hunt (1962-67) chocking up 11.3 points per contest.

In a day when 6’7” was considered big even in basketball and seven foot was a rarity, the Chiefs front line averaged 6’6” and 298 pounds with Buchanan topping the list at 6’7” and 295 pounds. Joining him were Jim Tyrer (1961-73) at 6’6” and 290, Dave Hill (1963-74) at 6’6” and 280 and Curt Merz (1962-68) at 6’4” and 270. To no surprise they were seldom outrebounded.  Other players lending a hand were Bobby Hunt, Al Reynolds (1960-67), Denny Biodrowski  (1963-67), Bobby Ply (1962-67) and Chris Burford (1960-67).

That year the team traveled over 8,000 miles to play in 21 different cities, was seen by approximately 18,000 people, and produced $9,000 in profit for various charities and quarterback clubs.

The Chiefs continued to floor a basketball team up through the early 1990s when it stopped after a few scary injuries.  The highlight of the off-season was a game between the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos players and later with the Kansas City Royals.

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