Sunday, March 2, 2008

1981 Topps #17 Otis Birdsong

Congratulations to Robert "Fluff" McKiver for his 52 point night against USM on Wednesday. Anytime a player reaches a benchmark like that, it's time to review other great scorers in UH's past.

Fluff was only the 4th player in Cougar history to score at least 50 points in one game. The first to do it was Don Boldebuck on 2/7/55 when he scored 50 points against Sam Houston State. Next was Lyle Harger on 2/16/63 when he scored 50 against Trinity.

Elvin Hayes is the other player to score at least 50. He did it 4 times with his biggest game of 62 points on 2/24/68 against Valparaiso.

I was surprised to hear that Otis Birdsong never scored 50 in a game. Otis has the second highest season average in UH history at 30.3 points per game in '76-'77. It's amazing that he could average that high and not score 50 points. That shows his ability to consistently score every game. Hayes is 1st, 3rd, & 4th on that list.

Today's collectible is the 1981 Topps #17 of Otis Birdsong.

1 comment:

WM Chester Turner PH said...

Yep he was a bad dude, a great guy and he loves stats and numerology of what numbers really meant!
i told him,and his wife ,Townsend Park High from pine bluff Arkansas back in 1965 set a track record in the sprint medley 4x220 at central high in little rock Black High School State Track meet, we handed Horace Mann their hat in that relay,we should have been in the 2008 olympic relays, no missed hand off with uswe trained hard and ran like there was no tommow get it right today!
Chet Turner a Prince Hall Mason!