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Thornton, Dallas

(born: September 1, 1946) 

Dallas Thornton was born in Louisville, KY. A 6'4" guard, he attended Male High School in Louisville and played college basketball at Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC). His team won the 1966 and the 1968 NCAA College Division Championships [now NCAA Division II], the first two of eight championships for KWC. Thornton was selected by the Baltimore Bullets (NBA) and the Miami Floridians (ABA) in the 1968 draft; he went with the Miami Floridians because they paid more money. The Miami Floridians had been the Minnesota Muskies prior to moving to Florida in 1968. Thornton played pro basketball for two years, scoring 297 points in 45 games. He left the ABA and played with the Harlem Globetrotters from 1970-1983.

For more see R. Suwanski, "Thornton, others had successful sports careers," Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 09/21/2004, S section, p.29. See pictures of Thornton as a Globetrotter in The Harlem Globetrotters: fifty years of fun and games, by C. Menville.


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