Lew Beck (basketball)

Lew Beck (basketball)

Lewis William Beck, Jr. (April 19 1922April 25 1970) is a former All-American college basketball player who was captain of the United States Olympic basketball team that won the Gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Before he began playing for Oregon State University, he suffered a leg injury in World War II.

Lew died of cancer in April 1970, his funeral was on April 7, 1970 in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon State University basketball team honored him by including among its annual awards the Lew Beck Memorial Award, the award given to the player who is deemed to be the team's most outstanding newcomer. In 1981, Lew was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

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