Sunday, August 14, 2011

Washington Generals Top Players: Med Park

Med Parks 1958 Basketball Card by Topps.
Not many people can say that they both played for the Washington Generals and won an NBA championship. But Medford “Med” Park is one of the rare few who can.

Born on April 11th 1933, Park was raised in Lexington Missouri. His basketball career started taking shape in 1947 when he attended Wentworth Military Academy. His basketball skills earned him a scholarship to the University of Missouri. Where he attended from 1947-1951.

During his time in MU, Park made All American playing basketball for the Missouri Tigers.

Upon graduating Medford joined the Washington Generals for the 1955 season. This was arguably one of, if not the best, assembly of Washington Generals as Park counted among his team mates Herman Schayes, William “Bill Spivey” and Benny Purcell as well as a much younger Red Klotz.

Park only played one season with the Generals before he was signed by the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks as a guard/forward of that same year. Med played with the Hawks for three years from 1955-1958. Winning a league championship in 1958.

After winning the championship Park was traded to the Cincinnati Royals where he played his final two seasons. Ending his basketball career in 1960.

Park was known by many as a perennial bench warmer, averaging 6.1 points per. He never saw much playing time but in a time when there were fewer teams and fewer spots Park managed to have a career in the NBA for 5 years. And was good enough to be part of a championship team to boot.

Park will never make the basketball Hall of Fame for his time with the NBA. But as I always point out, every bench warmer in the NBA was a star player in college. Even if you weren’t the best of the best, the NBA was and still is where the best players played. And for 5 years Med Park, a former Washington General, was one of them.

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