Clifford "Cliff" Eugene Barker (January 15, 1921 – March 17, 1998) was a basketball player from the United States, who won the gold medal with the USA national basketball team at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom[1][2] and two national championships at the University of Kentucky.

Cliff Barker
Personal information
Born(1921-01-15)January 15, 1921
Yorktown, Indiana
DiedMarch 17, 1998(1998-03-17) (aged 77)
Satsuma, Florida
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolYorktown (Yorktown, Indiana)
CollegeKentucky (1946–1949)
NBA draft1949 / Round: 5
Selected by the Washington Capitols
Playing career1949–1952
Career history
19491952Indianapolis Olympians
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Stats at
A jersey honoring Barker hangs in Rupp Arena.

While at the University of Kentucky, Barker was an All-SEC (Second Team) and All-SEC Tournament guard during the 1947–48 and 1948-49 seasons.

A veteran of the US Army Air Forces, Barker was a B-17 Flying Fortress gunner and spent 16 months as a prisoner-of-war.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "UK Career Statistics and Bio for Cliff Barker". Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Cliff Barker". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^