Cotton Nash Obituary, Death – Cotton Nash, a former player in the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, passed away on May 23 at the age of 80. Nash was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and went on to play college basketball for the illustrious University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team coached by Adolph Rupp. There, he was honored as a member of the first team All-American in 1964. After that, he went on to play for the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Francisco Warriors in the National Basketball Association during the 1964–1965 NBA season.
While playing with the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association (ABA), he enjoyed the most success. He averaged 8.5 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game during his time with the Colonels. In addition to his studies at the University of Kentucky, Nash was an active member of the Kentucky baseball team. In the summer of 1963, he participated in collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. During that season, he was selected as an all-star by the league. After that, he played in a total of 13 games across three Major League Baseball seasons with the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins.
In one of those games, which took place on September 10, 1967, he was playing for the White Sox in the ninth inning of Joe Horlen’s no-hitter. He took over for Ken Boyer at first base, and he was responsible for all three putouts in that inning. Nash is one of just 13 players who have competed in both the National Basketball Association and the Major League Baseball during their careers. The others are: Danny Ainge, Frank Baumholtz, Hank Biasatti, Gene Conley, Chuck Connors, Dave DeBusschere, Dick Groat, Steve Hamilton, Mark Hendrickson, Nash, Ron Reed, Dick Ricketts and Howie Schultz.