Wednesday, January 4

DEATH OBITUARY : Toby Kimball, Former UConn star dies at 74

STORRS, Conn. -- Toby Kimball, who starred for the University of Connecticut and played for nine seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 74.
The school announced that Kimball died Tuesday in California. Kimball's son, Tim, wrote on Facebook that his father died after suffering from inflammatory lung disease.
The 6-foot-8 forward played for UConn from 1962-65, averaging 18.4 points and 17.9 rebounds. He led the school to three Yankee Conference Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths, including a regional final in 1964..

UConn basketball legend Toby Kimball passed away Tuesday in California at the age of 74. Kimball led the NCAA in rebounding in 1964-65. He is No. 2 at UConn in career rebounds (1,324) and career rebound average (17.9/game) and had 1,361 career points. He was a three-time All-Yankee Conference pick and a member of the 1964 NCAA All-Region Team as UConn played in the Elite Eight. He was a third round pick of Boston Celtics in 1965 NBA Draft and had a nine-year NBA career with six teams. Kimball is forever remembered in the Huskies of Honor at Gampel Pavilion.

People are paying tribute on social media. 
Steve Marantz he was with the KC Omaha Kings my senior year at Mizzou. Saw him play at the Municipal Auditorium in KC. Came off the bench to spell Sam Lacy. Fans warmed to him due to his being nearly bald and kind of clunky.

Gary Santaniello Among my earliest memories growing up in New London, Conn., was my dad taking me to Holy Cross football and basketball games, so Toby Kimball may have been the first "star player" I remember. Pretty sure I saw him play, either at the Worcester Memorial...See More

Shaun Kelly Saw him play for the C's many times. In comparison to Russ's coolness, Toby embodied our Dad trying to keep up. To Toby's credit, he often did.

Hank Brown Great comments, Monk. I remember Hugh Greer talking about how Toby saved the UCONN BB program by enrolling. Wes and Toby are gone. Bummer.

Al Carrano Amen - felt the same way at Storrs. Who can forget the Princeton NCAA game when New Haven's Dom Perno stole ball from Bill Bradley - Toby scored 20, I believe, in the huge upset

Hank Brown The game was televised ( vivid black and white) in the Jorgensen. Capacity crowd. Biggest win to that time. Little did we dream what would come later.
Gary Williams Remember those exciting days in the field house with Hugh Geer in charge. I was in the same class as Toby. He and Judy Johnson were seen as the idyllic couple. The field house was an exciting place to watch a game as the noise level was always very high. Thanks Toby for all those nights under the hoop lights.

Hank Brown Gosh,I was Toby's friend and classmate at UConn. He had a tiny VW bug which he liked to load up with him driving and football players crammed into the seats. A really terrific guy. Wes and Toby gone,it's very sad.

Al Kind Always enjoyed listening to the UConn BB games on the radio with my foil pan of JiffyPop. Toby & Wes are remembered fondly. Some great memories a few years later when watching games in person at the field house. Noisy bleachers... Post game Woody's chili dog.

Steve Krasner I loved watching Toby playing with Wes Bialosuknia, the Poughkeepsie Popper!

Daniel Hesford RIP my friend. We had some good times at UCONN. You always had my back, even when I was not being very smart. Your buddy spider.

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