UConn’s first 1,000 point scorer, Vin Yokabaskas, dies at 85

Yogie1STORRS, Conn. (WTNH)–Vin Yokabaskas, the first 1,000-point scorer in University of Connecticut men’s basketball history, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Yokabaskas was a three-time All-New England pick in 1950, ’51 and ’52 and earned All-Yankee Conference honor in the same years. He ended his career with 1,275 points and scored 22 points in UConn’s first-ever NCAA tournament – against St. John’s in Madison Square Garden on March 20, 1951.

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He was part of the inaugural class of the “Huskies of Honor” in 2007 and was named to the UConn Basketball All-Century Team in 2001. Yoakabaskas was also inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Vincent Stanley Yokabaskas, he was born on May 17, 1929 to Victoria Babonas and Stanley Yokabaskas and grew up in Bloomfield, Conn, where many of the basketball records that he set at Bloomfield High School still stand.

After his time at college, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean War and then went on to work for Hamilton Standard, Kaman Aircraft and the East Granby Machine Company.

He received the Red O’Neill Award from The UConn Club, given annual to a former Husky student-athlete who has enjoyed an outstanding career in a chosen professional career.

When not at his longtime home in Simsbury, Conn, Yokabaskas could always be found at his beloved “Lochnest” cottage on Cape Cod. He loved competition in all sports, and in addition to “friendly” games of hoops with his children and grandchildren, loved to surf, ski, and play tennis.

He by his wife of 62 years, Alice Crowther Mackenzie, his five children: Vincent of Canton, Conn., Robert and his wife Susan of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Carol of East Hartland, Conn., Richard and his wife Barbara of Weston, Fla., and John and his wife Mary of Bristol, Maine, his seven grandchildren: Lauren, Robert, James, Jonathan, Alice, Emily, and Shayna, and his two sisters: Loretta and Victoria of Simsbury, Conn.

A memorial service in his honor will be held at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, Conn., on Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. with calling hours prior, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please send memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675.

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