Former K-State Basketball Star Dies at 67

MANHATTAN, Kan. Al Peithman, captain of the 1963 Big Eight co-champion men’s basketball team, died at his home Tuesday in Hideaway, Texas, at the age of 67.


Peithman, a 6-foot-1 guard from Hebron, Neb., lettered three years at Kansas State from 1960-63 under legendary head coach Tex Winter.  He helped the Wildcats to a 60-17 (.779) overall record during his playing career, including a pair of Big Eight titles in 1961 and 1963.  In addition, he played on squads that finished in the top-5 nationally in both 1961 and 1962.   


Peithman made an immediate impact in his first full season of eligibility, guiding the Wildcats to both the Big Eight regular season as well as Holiday Tournament Championship in 1960-61.  The squad advanced to within one game of the Final Four, losing to No. 2 Cincinnati, 69-62, in the Midwest Regional Championship.  He was the team’s third-leading scorer at 9.6 points per game.


As a senior, Peithman captained the Big Eight co-championship squad in 1962-63, helping the team to a 16-9 overall record and a final No. 19 ranking in the United Press International (UPI) poll.  For his career, he averaged 8.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 77 games.


Funeral services are set for Tuesday, June 30 at the Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler, Texas.  Visitation is set for 1 p.m. with the funeral to follow at 2 p.m.