Art Morthorst was a legendary basketball player—Hall of Famer, top scorer, part of Xavier’s first-ever postseason appearance. But for many, he’ll best be remembered for hitting the winning shot in the 1950 game against UC in front of 8,000 fans. Morthorst, who died in May after a battle with cancer at age 84, never lost his love for the Musketeers, attending every home game for more than 20 years.
He came to Xavier on the GI Bill after serving two years in the Army during World War II, where he earned a Bronze Star. After graduating in 1950 with a degree in accounting, he worked for Ballcrank Corp., American-Standard Corp., and Fusite Corp., a division of Emerson Electric, until retiring in 1988. At that point he coached youth basketball and ran the charity operation at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church.
Look back on Morthorst’s career at Xavier through this special slideshow of newspaper clippings and honors.