Charlie Tyra

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Charlie Tyra
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Personal information
Born (1935-08-16)August 16, 1935
Louisville, Kentucky
Died December 29, 2006(2006-12-29) (aged 71)
Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Atherton (Louisville, Kentucky)
College Louisville (1954–1957)
NBA draft 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1957–1963
Position Power forward / Center
Number 14
Career history
19571961 New York Knicks
1961–1962 Chicago Packers
1962–1963 Pittsburgh Rens
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,091 (8.9 ppg)
Rebounds 2,567 (7.4 rpg)
Assists 315 (0.9 apg)
Stats at

Charles E. Tyra (August 16, 1935 – December 29, 2006) was an American basketball player who is best known as the first Louisville Cardinal All-American.

Basketball career

Tyna attended Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky and played collegiately for the Louisville Cardinals from 1954–1957.

Tyra was a 1957 All-American. He is still the school's leading all-time rebounder and ranks 11th on the NCAA career rebounds list with 1,617. He was the first and one of four to have their basketball jersey number retired by Louisville Cardinals.

Tyra was the No. 2 overall pick of the 1957 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. Prior to the April 17, 1957 draft day, on April 3, 1957, the #2 pick (Tyra) was traded by the Pistons with Mel Hutchins to the New York Knicks for Dick Atha, Nathaniel Clifton and Harry Gallatin.[1]

On May 16, 1961, Tyra was traded by the New York Knicks with Bob McNeill to the Chicago Packers for Dave Budd.[1]

Overall, Tyra played five seasons in the National Basketball Association for the New York Knicks (19571961) and Chicago Packers (1961–1962). He played one season with the Pittsburgh Rens (1962–1963) of the American Basketball League. Tyra averaged 8.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in 348 NBA games.[1]


Tyra died, aged 71, at the Franciscan Health Care Center in Louisville, Kentucky on December 29, 2006; he had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure more than two years earlier.[2]

Tyra's son, Vince Tyra, is athletic director at the University of Louisville. He served as the interim athletic director after the departure of Tom Jurich and was appointed permanently to the position on March 26, 2018.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Charlie Tyra Stats".
  2. ^ "Louisville's first All-American Tyra passes away at 71". 31 December 2006.

External links

  • ESPN article reporting Tyra's death
  • Charlie Tyra at Find a Grave

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