Hometown: Montgomery, AL (Sidney Lanier)
Position: G Playing Height: 5-9 Playing Weight: 145
Date of Birth: July 31, 1924
Date of Death: December 24, 2012
Nickname: Maurice "Red" Bell (More)
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Kentucky Career Notes:
Transferred from Alabama
Transferred to Alabama
Faced UK as an opposing player
1943-44: (Transferred midseason from Alabama)
News Item - Bell of Alabama is Expected to Strengthen Rupp Wildcats, Lexington Leader (January 3, 1944)
Bad news is in the making for future opponents of the University of Kentucky basketball team, winners in seven of eight starts. Coach Adolph Rupp of the Wildcats announced today that Maurice (Red) Bell, freshman guard for the University of Alabama last season, would enter Kentucky this quarter if his credits are acceptable. Bell will be eligible to play under the Southeastern Conference's new ruling on transfer students.
The addition of Bell means more scoring power for the Cats and more worries for the opposition. Bell performed against Kentucky in both games last season and tallied eight points in the Tide's 41-32 home win and 12 markers in their 67-41 loss here.
Bell is five feet, nine inches tall and hails from Montgomery, Ala. he is a sophomore and was noticeable on the hardwood last season not only for his ability but also for his flaming red hair and the number 13 on his uniform.
Obituary by Anonymous
Maurice "Red" Bell, a longtime resident of Montgomery, died on December 24, 2012 at 88 years old. He was born in Montgomery on July 31, 1924.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bell, by his sons Mark Bell, Scott Bell, Ralph Kimbrell, and Roy Kimbrell, and by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Red Bell practiced law as a successful criminal attorney, sought by many because of his skill, compassion, and pursuit of fairness and justice for all he represented. He had many friends and acquaintances in the courts as well as those who came from diverse walks of life throughout the city and state. He was a graduate of University of Alabama Law School.
He played basketball for Sidney Lanier High School and continued his basketball career on the varsity basketball teams at the University of Alabama and at the University of Kentucky. At the University of Alabama he made the All-Southeastern Conference basketball team, and at the University of Kentucky, he played for one year under coach Adolph Rupp. In addition, he loved the game of bridge becoming a bridge Silver Life Master. He also mentored many young attorneys and helped develop local high school and college basketball players.
He was a longtime member of the Agudath Israel Synagogue. Graveside service will begin at 1:00 PM Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Greenwood Cemetery, 909 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36109. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Agudath Israel Synagogue, 3525 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36111.