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Carlson, Henry Cliffordlocked

(04 July 1894–01 November 1964)
  • Jerry Jaye Wright


Carlson, Henry Clifford (04 July 1894–01 November 1964), college basketball coach and physician, was born in Pitsburg, Ohio, a mere crossroad in the west-central part of the state, the son of Harold Carlson and Martha (maiden name unknown). When he was two his family moved to Murray City, Ohio, where his father went to work in the coal mines. Tragedy and near poverty plagued the family. When Henry was five his father died in a mining accident. His mother remarried, and the family moved to Fayette City, Pennsylvania, where his stepfather also lost his life in the mines. Unlike many of his friends, Carlson completed high school, graduating in 1912. Unable to afford college, he enrolled in the Bellefonte Academy in Fayette, Pennsylvania. At Bellefonte the young redhead pursued a college preparatory curriculum for two years and excelled in three sports before entering the University of Pittsburgh on an athletic scholarship in 1914....

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