Esko Karhunen, Finnish basketball player and contributor, Died at 88


Esko Ensio ”Sir Emal” Karhunen was born on January 4, 1928, and died on March 8, 2016, in Helsinki.

He was a Finnish basketball player and contributor.

He stood tall at 183-centimetre-tall (6 ft 0 in).

He played his whole SM-sarja career for Pantterit and its predecessors winning a record-high total of 13 Finnish championships.

Esko also capped eight times for Finland men’s national team and represented his country at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

After his career as a player,  he became a basketball contributor in Pantterit.

Esko Karhunen organized a practise tournament which was played between 1971 to 2000 and brought Harlem Globetrotters to Finland.

Esko Karhunen was inducted in the Finnish Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Esko Karhunen passed away at 88 yrs old.