Sport: Tall Boy

He was bounced from his high-school team because "his feet didn't match." Now he is the glamor boy of college basketball. George ("Scaffold") Mikan stands 6 ft. 9 in his socks, weighs 227 lbs., sleeps in an 8-by-6 bed and looks like a gangling Harold Lloyd, even to the horn-rimmed spectacles. To keep his elongated bones together, De Paul University's mild-mannered Mikan makes away with a daily breakfast of oatmeal, a half dozen eggs, ham, angel cake, three cups of coffee, a cod-liver pill.

His lumbering height and near-sighted eyes almost ruined George's...

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