Fellow members of the inaugural class of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame sang "Happy Birthday" to Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, seated, on July 14, 2012, when they were inducted at Elizabethtown’s State Theater. Jones was born July 14, 1926.
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones was a member of the University of Kentucky's Fabulous Five basketball team that won UK's first national championship, in 1948. That same year, he was a member of the U.S. basketball team that won Olympic gold. Jones also played on UK's 1949 national championship team and its 1946 NIT championship team.
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, who died Sunday at age 88, was the only University of Kentucky player to have both his basketball and football jerseys retired. He played basketball for Adoph Rupp and football for Bear Bryant in the late 1940s.
Wah Wah Jones shook hands with former UK basketball champions like himself during Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12, 2012. Herald-Leader
In September 2012, Olympic gold medalists Anthony Davis, left, and Wah Wah Jones were presented at midcourt as former University of Kentucky players gathered for a charity alumni game. Davis earned his gold medal the previous month at the Summer Games in London; Jones won his medal in 1948, the last time London hosted the Games. Herald-Leader
UK coach John Calipari shook hands with Wah Wah Jones when former Kentucky players gathered for a charity alumni game on September 15, 2012, at Rupp Arena. Herald-Leader
Olympic gold medalists Anthony Davis, left, and Wah Wah Jones shook hands at midcourt when former Kentucky players gathered for a charity alumni game on Sept.15, 2012. Herald-Leader
Ed Donnelly of Elizabethtown, left, helped Wah Wah Jones as he walked the red carpet during the cocktail hour before the program to induct the inaugural class of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on July 14, 2012, at the State Theater in Elizabethtown. Herald-Leader
Geri Grigsby, left, Bobby Keith, Wah Wah Jones, Clem Haskins, Roy Bowling and Lettie Roach, widow of S.T. Roach. were on hand in March 2012 when the inaugural class was announced for the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Grigsby, Keith, Jones, Haskins, Bowling and S.T. Roach were all part of the class of 16 former players and coaches.
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones was an All-Southeastern Conference end whose UK teams went 20-9-2 in three seasons under Paul "Bear" Bryant. Photo courtesy Wallace Jones.
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones took part in the victory parade after the University of Kentucky's 1948 NCAA basketball championship — its first ever and the first of two in a row. Photo courtesy of Wallace Jones.
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, a member of the 1948 gold medal Olympic basketball team, looked at a photograph of himself with his daughter Vicki Jones before the 23rd annual Hellenic Ideals program at Transylvania University on Oct. 4, 2003. The program recognized and honored "36 Fantastic Bluegrass Olympians", three of whom gave short speeches to the crowd. Herald-Leader
After UK's 1948 NCAA championship team was honored at the half on Jan. 26, 2008, cheerleaders escorted, from left, Wah Wah Jones, Kenny Rollins and Jim Line off the floor. Herald-Leader
Wah Wah Jones reached for a loose ball during the second half of the NIT championship game against Utah at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 24, 1947. UK, seeking its second straight NIT title, lost 49-45. Associated Press
Wah Wah Jones' spectacular catch of Bill Boller's 11-yard pass in the end zone at Stoll Field started UK's romp over Xavier before a home crowd of 20,200 on Oct. 5, 1946. Herald-Leader
Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp, left, Cliff Barker, Joe Holland, Alex Groza and Jones watched team captain Kenny Rollins drive a nail into the spot in Alumni Gym where Ralph Beard, crouching, hit a 54-foot shot against Tennessee on Feb. 14, 1948. Herald-Leader
Student manager Humzey Yessin, center, joined four senior members of the UK championship team — captain Alex Groza, left, Cliff Barker, Ralph Beard and Wah Wah Jones — as they made their final appearance at Alumni Gym in 1949. Herald-Leader
UK Athletic Director C.M. Newton, right, laughed with former players Cliff Barker, left, Kenny Rollins and Wah Wah Jones, at Rupp Arena on Feb. 1, 1998. Members of the 1948 championship team were honored at the half of the UK-Florida game in Rupp Arena. Herald-Leader