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Former Kentucky player, World War II veteran Dale Barnstable passes away at 93

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The Kentucky basketball family lost one of its own this evening, a special individual both on and off the court.

Dale Barnstable, a former Kentucky basketball player and World War II veteran, has died at the age of 93.

Barnstable, who played under legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, suited up for the Wildcats from 1946 through 1950.

In four years, the 6-foot-3 forward racked up 635 total points in 129 games. As the sixth man on the historic Fabulous Five squad, Barnstable helped the team win the 1948 national championship, and then another title in 1949.

He also earned Third Team All-SEC honors in 1948-49.

In an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, former Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall, who played with Barnstable at UK, said the former Wildcat was “very competitive” and had a “deadly” jumper.

“He had a great outside shot, and he was very competitive,” Hall said. “He had a two-hand set (shot) that was deadly. And he was an excellent defensive player because he was very aggressive.”

Before heading to Lexington, Barnstable also served three years in World War II with the 71st Infantry of the United States Army.

Kentucky legend Kyle Macy interviewed Barnstable in an hour-and-a-half piece, where he breaks down his childhood, going to war, his decision to attend school at Kentucky, life after college, and everything in-between. You can watch that here.

The Kentucky family lost a great one.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for Former Kentucky player, World War II veteran Dale Barnstable passes away at 93

  1. mikeintn
    10:38 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

    God’s grace be with his family and friends.

    • j
      11:02 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

      Absolutely. May he Rest In Peace

  2. Crisp
    11:31 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

    Jack Pilgrim, do you know what the word “infamous” means?

  3. Tipa
    11:34 pm January 26, 2019 Permalink

    He was one of the greats. You will be missed Dale. The Kyle Macy interview was fantastic. A very full life.

    • Ridge Runner
      3:01 pm January 27, 2019 Permalink


  4. Cletis75
    1:14 am January 27, 2019 Permalink

    As a Marine, I would like to let Mr Barnstable’s family know how much I appreciate his service to this country. My family had 3 purple heart recipients in WW2 alone, with one receiving 3, from the beaches of Normandy to Auschwitz they served with distinction. Thank God for men of character like his. They were truly the greatest generation in my mind. RIP, and thank you for helping save the world from tyranny.

  5. 72uksprinter
    3:02 am January 27, 2019 Permalink

    I dated one of his beautiful daughters.
    They both loved their Dad.
    RIP, Dale, and thank you so much for your service and your dedication to my alma mater.
    The Barnstables R U L E !

    • loservilletard
      10:15 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

      no article on Mr Barnstable would be complete without a mention of his beautiful daughters.