Kirby Minter

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Kirby Minter
Personal information
Born (1929-11-23)November 23, 1929
Marietta, Oklahoma
Died August 11, 2009(2009-08-11) (aged 79)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Durant (Durant, Oklahoma)
College Southeastern Oklahoma State (1947–1950)
NBA draft 1950 / Undrafted
Position Forward
Career highlights and awards

James Kirby Minter (born November 23, 1929 – August 11, 2009) was an American basketball player. Born in Marietta, Oklahoma, Minter graduated from Durant High School in 1947, and was inducted to the Durant Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. In the city of Durant, Oklahoma, January 4 has been named "Kirby Minter Day".

Minter was a 6'6" forward who played collegiately at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

As a member of a Peoria Caterpillars AAU team which was composed of the Caterpillar company's employees, he represented the United States men's national basketball team[1] in the 1954 FIBA World Championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the competition. Kirby Minter scored 100 points (11.1 avg) during the tournament.[2]

Minter died on August 11, 2009 in Oklahoma City.[3]


  1. ^ "USA Basketball: Men's World Championship Team History - 1954". Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  2. ^ "News Archive | The Official Site Of The New Orleans Pelicans". Nba.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  3. ^ "Durant Daily Democrat - James Kirby Minter". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved 2010-09-12.

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