Lot 822: Pat Riley University of Kentucky Rupp's Runts 1964-65 Game Jersey
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Auction Date:6/28/2013 9:00 PM EST
Pat Riley holds the distinction of being the only man ever to win an NBA championship as a player, coach and executive, having accomplished the latter feat last spring with the Miami Heat. Way before he achieved his many professional successes, however, the pride of Schenectady, New York played college ball at the University of Kentucky under the tutelage of the legendary Adolph Rupp. In his junior season of 1965-66, Riley was named SEC Player of the Year, NCAA Regional Player of the Year and third-team All-American. He led the Wildcats to the NCAA title game but UK lost to the famed Texas Western (now UTEP) team that was the first to feature five starting black players. The game was recreated in the movie "Glory Road." Here's Riley's road jersey from that time, a size 44 King O'Shea, all-original with 42 on the front and back. There are a couple of small holes and stains but shows fine use. A milestone jersey in any basketball collection, it comes with an LOA from the original recipient detailing how he came into possession of it. There is also a short note and photo with the jersey from Bill Keightley, the Wildcats' equipment manager since 1960. An important NCAA Relic from the Hall of Fame legend, who was a member of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most dominant teams in NBA history, going 69-13 and winning a record 33 straight games, which the Miami Heat - the team of which Riley is now the president - seriously threatened this past winter. In between, Riley guided the "Showtime" Lakers to five more championships as head coach.
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