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.