44 Phil Grawemeyer

Name
Phil Grawemeyer
Position
Forward
Class
Senior
Hometown (Last School)
Louisville, KY (Manual)
Ht
6'7"
Wt
180
Seasons
1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56
Birthday
October 6, 1934

From the 1956 University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guide:

Nicknamed “Cookie.”  Captain-elect of the 1955-56 edition of the Wildcats, Grawemeyer was on the road to stardom last year before he suffered a broken leg in the DePaul game, sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Was second only to Bob Burrow in rebounding and scoring last season before the injury. Grawemeyer is extremely valuable to the Cats when they run up against a zone defense, since he is gifted with a graceful portside one-hander to go along with a variety of shots that includes a good jump and hook. Had a 13-point scoring average and rebounded at a 13.5 rate last season. “Cookie” also leads the returning starters in free throw percentage. Despite his lanky 6-7 1/2 frame, the former two-time All-State product from Manual is regarded as a demon on the boards and possesses exceptional speed for a cager his size. Was particularly impressive during the early stages of last season, his 28-point output in the opening game against L.S.U. being his top effort. He hit 20 or better on other occasions. Can play either forward or center, being equally adept at either position, as proven in last year’s play. Regarded as an excellent southpaw baseball hurler, considering turning pro after graduation.

From Hall of Fame Induction in 2005:

Member of the 1954 team that went 25-0 and was crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation … Helped to SEC regular-season championships in 1954 and 1955 … Scored 626 career points to go along with 703 rebounds in three seasons (1954-56) at Kentucky … Averaged double-digit rebounds in his final two seasons, including 13.5 during the 1954-55 season … Averaged a double-double during the 1954-55 season … Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1956 NBA Draft … Was also drafted by the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals but didn’t player professional sports.

Obituary – Phil Grawemeyer, Hall of Famer, Lexington Herald-Leader (March 21, 2008) by Jennifer Hewlett

Phil “Cookie” Grawemeyer, a member of the University of Kentucky’s undefeated 1953-54 men’s basketball team, died of complications from lung cancer Thursday at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. He was 73.

Mr. Grawemeyer, a 6-foot-7 forward who lettered in basketball at in 1954, 1955 and 1956, was UK’s third-leading scorer in the 1954-55 season, averaging 13 points a game. He was the fifth-leading scorer in the 1955-56 season, with an average of 8.4 points.

The undefeated 1953-54 team did not go to the NCAA tournament that year. An NCAA rule banning post-graduate players from the tournament meant top UK players Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey and Lou Tsioropoulos could not play. UK Coach decided that the rest of the Wildcats would not play in the tournament.

“We were kids,” Grawemeyer said in a 2004 interview. “We didn’t have the maturity level Cliff and Frank and Lou had. We wanted to go ahead and play. It would have been nice to go, but I’m sure without those guys, we wouldn’t have gone very far.”

The team defeated LaSalle in the UK Invitational Tournament that season. LaSalle went on to win the NCAA tournament.

Mr. Grawemeyer also was a pitcher on the baseball team.

He was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA and by professional baseball teams — the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals. But he never played professional sports.

He was a member of the Hall of Fame, and his No. 44 basketball jersey is retired. Mr. Grawemeyer, a Louisville native, also played basketball and baseball at Louisville’s DuPont Manual High School. He was a member of the Manual Hall of Fame.

Mr. Grawemeyer, who received a degree in business administration from UK, worked for the state highway department and was a real estate developer.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Kaiser Grawemeyer; two daughters, Lynne Ann Wagner and Cathy Truax; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, Louisville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Memorial gifts are suggested to the oncology unit or palliative care unit at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.