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Bill Mlkvy
Born January 19, 1931(1931-01-19) (age 91)
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Nationality American

William Paul "Bill" Mlkvy[1] (born January 19, 1931) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent his one-year career with the Philadelphia Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors). Philadelphia selected Mlkvy with a territorial pick of the 1952 NBA draft out of Temple University.

A 6'4" (1.93 m) and 190 lb (86 kg) forward, he was nicknamed "The Owl without a Vowel."[2] His parents, John and Margaret, migrated to the United States in 1907 from present-day Slovakia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when his father got a job with The New Jersey Zinc Company.[1] Mlkvy is one of eight children.[3]

After being drafted, Mlkvy continued with his schooling, attending Temple's dental school while playing with the Warriors. After his rookie season, Warriors general manager and coach Eddie Gottlieb made Mlkvy choose between school and basketball. Mlkvy initially chose basketball but changed course when he was informed that he would be drafted into the United States Army as a private if he was no longer enrolled in school but, if he finished school, he would be drafted as a dental officer.[2]

Mlkvy finished dental school the following year and enlisted in the Army as a dentist and served for six years, eventually reaching the rank of major and serving in the Korean War.[2]

In 1992, Mlkvy was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

See also

  • List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 60 or more points in a game
  • List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season scoring leaders


  1. 1.0 1.1 Burian, Evan (March 6, 2011). "Palmerton star was player of the year 60 years ago this season". The Morning Call. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Verlin, Josh (September 23, 2014). "At 84, Bill Mlkvy wants to leave student-athlete legacy at Temple". City of Basketball Love. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  3. The Morning Call, Palmerton star was player of the year 60 years ago this season
  4. Hedes, Ed (November 10, 2014). "Mlkvy inducted in Hall of Fame". Times News. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

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