Albert Cummins

Albert Cummins KHSAA.pdf

KHSAA Hall of Fame Nomination by William Jones

Albert Cummins was born on June 23rd, 1926. He played basketball for four seasons from 1941-1944, scoring 793 points. He played for the 1944 Brooksville Polar Bears that were undefeated at 22-0 in the regular season, and ranked the #1 team in Kentucky. Brooksville finished their season at 27-1 when they were upset in second round of the State Tournament. Albert won two District Championships in 1943 and 1944, and a Region Championship in 1944. He was named to the State All-Tournament team in 1944. He also played baseball for Brooksville, and was their ace pitcher and middle-infielder, where he won a Region Championship and State Runner-Up title in 1944.

Cummins, and the entire 1944 starting five was offered a Scholarship to Kentucky by Adolph Rupp. Albert, however, was drafted and served in the Navy in 1945 and 1946, where he played for the Treasure Island basketball team in San Francisco. He returned to Kentucky to play basketball in the 1947 and 1948 seasons, where he played in 38 games and scored 52 points, winning two SEC Championships. Kentucky would go on to be NIT Runner-Up in 1947. He also lettered in baseball in 1947, but decided to transfer after that, leaving the Kentucky team that would win the 1948 and 1949 NCAA Championship. He transferred to Michigan State to play baseball, but was ruled ineligible his junior year in 1948. So, in 1949 and 1950, he played 2nd base for Michigan State, lettering both years. He led his team with a .367 batting average in 1950 with 43 hits, and was named a 2nd team All-American. he alway played baseball at the University of Wisconsin.

Cummins went on to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league team in Allentown, PA for two seasons in 1951 and 1952.

In honor of his achievements, Albert Cummins was inducted to the 10th Region Hall of Fame in 2018, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.

Albert Cummins passed away on October 31, 2021.