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Basketball legend turns 99 today.
October 13, 2009
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Maybe the biggest name ever in Baskerball, John Wooden turns 99 years old..Happy Birthday. Laugh

Happy 99th Birthday, Coach Wooden!
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Updated: 10/13/2009 09:14:44 AM PDT

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, left, and author Steve Jamison meet in Encino in May. (Tina Burch/Staff Photographer)A Web site has been established where birthday wishes can be sent to former UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden, who turns 99 Wednesday. was established in connection with Wednesday's release of "A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring with John Wooden," co-written by Wooden and Don Yaeger.

Wooden plans to spend his birthday with his family, according to UCLA sports information director Marc Dellins.

Born Oct. 14, 1910, in Hall, Ind., Wooden coached UCLA to an unprecedented 10 NCAA championships in his final 12 seasons, including a record seven in a row from 1967 to 1973.

The Bruins won 88 consecutive games from 1971-74 and 38 consecutive NCAA tournament games from 1964 to 1974, both records.

The record Wooden said he is the most proud of is his team's 19 conference championships.

Wooden's long list of honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, being named by ESPN as the greatest coach of the 20th century and having a post office and high school named for him in Reseda. He was the first person selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and coach.

In addition to his championships and 620-147 record as UCLA's coach from 1948 to 1975, Wooden was acclaimed for the values he espoused. He had three rules for his players -- don't use profanity, be on time and never criticize a teammate.

"Of everyone at UCLA, John Wooden's name is the best known nationwide," UCLA Chancellor



Gene Block said in a 2008 ceremony where a plaque honoring Wooden was unveiled in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's peristyle end. "He produced not just good players, but good people."

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October 13, 2009
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Wrong again you displaced buffalo Laugh ... ismith.htm

and he was born in Ontario, Canada.


October 13, 2009
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OK, one of the biggest names in basketball history. Laugh

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