Three-time UK basketball champion Walt Hirsch has died

The multisport star was 92 years old

BELMOND, Ia. (WTVQ/UK ATHLETICS) – Walter “Walt” Hirsch, three-time men’s basketball national champion at the University of Kentucky, died on Tuesday. He was 92 years old.

Hirsch (1948-1951) was a multi-sport athlete, also participating in baseball and playing basketball under legendary head coach Adolph Rupp. Hirsch is the only player in UK history to be a member of three national title teams.

A 6-foot-4 forward, Hirsch appeared in 13 games for the 1948 champions, scoring 37 total points. He averaged 4.6 points in 34 appearances for the 1949 title winners, then played 30 games in the 1951 season, averaging 9.1 points per game. He was ineligible to play in the NCAA Tournament that season as a four-year-old college player under NCAA rules at the time.

Hirsch was a second-team selection in the All-Southeastern Conference in 1950 after averaging 9.9 points per game, the team’s third-highest mark.

For his career, Hirsch played in 107 career games and scored 764 points. Hirsch also participated in baseball as a first baseman for four seasons.

After his college career, Hirsch joined the army during the Korean War. When his service ended, Hirsch worked at the Rath Packing Company.

He is survived by his two daughters, Pam and Nancy, and a grandson, Colin. Walt was predeceased by his wife, Vicki.

A public funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond, Iowa. A public visitation will be held Monday at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Interment with full military honors will take place at Belmond Cemetery. Andrews Funeral Home in Belmond, Iowa handles all arrangements.

The funeral will be streamed live on the Andrews Funeral Home Facebook page and the Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page. Just LIKE either page to see them.


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