No. 41 favorite Hoosier? Picking Indiana’s Favorite Basketball Players, One Number at a Time

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Welcome to our summer series where Hoosier basketball fans can vote for their favorite Indiana players to wear each number. Today, we resume with all the best to wear the number 41.

Favorite Hoosier?

Each day we’re going to give you four picks along with a short player bio to choose your favorite Hoosier who wore a certain number.

Here are your four No. 41 jersey picks in alphabetical order so we don’t show bias. Be sure to take the poll below via Twitter.

(Editor’s note: We’ll be taking results for 24 hours on the poll, then sharing the results on this story the next day, so check back regularly to see the results.)

Butch Carter (1976-80)

To begin his career with the Hoosiers, guard Butch Carter broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot and was unable to play for the majority of his first two seasons.

The Middletown, Ohio native is best known for landing the winning shot in the 1979 NIT Championship game against rival Purdue. Along with teammate Ray Tolbert, Carter won the tournament MVP award.

After college, Carter was selected as the 37th overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Carter played six years in the NBA with four different teams before beginning his coaching career in high school, college and later in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

Butch Carter

Mike Giomi (1982-85)

Mike Giomi, a native of Newark, Ohio, started in 59 of 96 games played for the Hoosiers under former coach Bobby Knight.

The forward totaled 667 points, 416 rebounds and 58 assists throughout his career with the Hoosiers.

In Giomi’s stint, he went to the NCAA Tournament twice with the Hoosiers, a Sweet 16 appearance against Kentucky in 1983 and an Elite Eight run against Virginia in 1984.

The Hoosiers were Big Ten regular season champions with a 24-6 overall record and a 13-5 conference record in Giomi’s freshman year in 1982-83.

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Despite being the team’s leading rebounder and third-leading scorer at the time, Giomi was let go from the team by Knight after struggling to keep up with the lessons.

Mike Giomi

Mike Giomi

Ted Kluszewski (1944-45)

Ted Kluszewski may seem like an odd basketball pick at No. 41, but while he didn’t have much of a chance to prove himself on the court, he had a very successful baseball career. He turned out to be a Swiss army knife athlete and also played Hoosier football.

Kluszewski loved basketball but fell short after falling off the bench in his first game against the Hoosiers, suffering injuries that would last for several weeks, the Chicago Daily Tribune reported.

The Chicago-area native played one season of baseball at Indiana, then played in MLB for four teams from 1947 to 1961, spending 11 of his 15 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

He was a four-time National League All-Star and hit 40 or more homers in three straight seasons. Nicknamed “Big Klu,” the two-time World Series champion was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1962. He even has a statue that hangs at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Ted Kluszewski

Ted Kluszewski

No. 41 all-time in Indiana

Here are all the players who have worn number 41 at Indiana:

  • Mike Giomi — (1982-85)
  • Butch Carter — (1976-80)
  • Craig Morris — (1972-74)
  • Gabe Oliverio — (1966-69)
  • Erv Inniger — (1964-67)
  • Max Walker — (1963-66)
  • Bill Altman — (1959-62)
  • Leroy Pari — (1958-59)
  • White Dick — (1952-55)
  • Ted Kluszewski — (1944-45)
  • Andy Zimmer — (1940-42)

Vote for your favorite number 41 on Twitter

You will be able to vote on Twitter for your favorite player with each number. Here is the link to today’s poll for #41.

Favorite results ‘Hoosier’

Check this story daily to see which players won the vote for each respective number.

History of ‘Hoosier’ favorite results CLICK HERE

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