who died Monday in Louisville, Kentucky, made his mark in sports in several locations.
Inducted in the Henry County Hall of Fame in 1995, King was an All-Stater in
three sports at Grove High School, where he graduated in 1950.
The careers of he and his uncle Charles "Chick" King were
inter-twined as they led Grove to the pinnacle of success in football, basketball and
Robert Jelks, another Henry County Sports Hall of Famer, coached Dan in all
He recalled King played on the 1948 Grove basketball team that competed in
the state tournament, losing to the team that eventually won the tournament.
Jelks also said King played on the undefeated 1949 Grove High football team
that culminated its season with a win over Central High School of Memphis.
"He (King) was a fine fellow to coach," said Jelks.
King turned down baseball contracts by the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit
Tigers organizations after high school in favor of enrolling at Western Kentucky
University in Bowling Green.
During his four years at WKU, King was All-Ohio Valley Conference in
basketball and baseball.
He was part of the Hilltopper team
that competed in the NationalMadison Square Garden in New York City following the 1952,
'53, '54 seasons.
Jelks said Western Kentucky basketball coach Ed Dibble called King, who was 6
feet 5 inches tall, the fastest big man he ever coached.
In baseball, King pitched and won both games of a double header at Western
Before embarking on a career as a teacher and coach, King played a year with
the Baltimore Bullets professional basketball team and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers
In addition King was a member of the 1972 Jiffy Club World Championship
Amateur Softball Association team, which represented Louisville.
In addition to being named to the All-World team in 1972, he later was
elected to the ASA Hall of Fame in 1987.
King coached basketball and was assistant baseball coach at Western Kentucky.
He also worked as a teacher and basketball coach at Holy Cross, formerly
Bishop David, and Pleasure Ridge high schools for 18 years.
Five of his girls softball teams played in the Kentucky state tournaments. He
was named a Kentucky Colonel three times.