On this day in Kentucky basketball history…

Cawood Ledford

This was overlooked over the weekend probably due to the UK- game and the fact that it was a 3-day weekend for many, but on September 5, 2001, 9 years ago from this past Sunday, the “Voice of the Wildcats” fell silent:  dead at 75.  From The Season Never Ends 2010 Calendar:  “Cawood Ledford, the longtime “Voice of the Wildcats,” succumbed to cancer on September 5, 2001, after being diagnosed with the disease the previous September.  Cawood, who described the Wildcats so honestly and professionally that many would turn down the TV volume and turn up the radio, called UK and basketball games for 39 years.  He also called 18 Final Fours, 22 Kentucky Derbys, the Masters, the World Series, pro basketball and a host of tournaments over his legendary career.”