Thursday October 16th, 2014

On this day 52 years ago, Manute Bol was born in Sudan. When that baby grew up, he grew way up. Bol holds the record as the NBA's tallest player ever, at 7' 7" (an title he shares with Gheorghe Mureș​an). Bol passed away four years ago from a rare skin condition, but his height has yet to be matched in professional basketball. To celebrate his memory, here are some photos of him looking exceptionally tall.

Manute Bol #10 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during a game against the Miami Heat in Miami, Florida.
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Rhode Island Gulls Manute Bol (10) and Spud Webb (14) during photo shoot before game vs Westchester Golden Apples at Rogers High School Gym. United States Basketball League.
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Philadelphia 76ers Manute Bol (11) in action vs Indiana Pacers.
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Manute Bol #10 of the Philadelphia 76ers rests against the Sacramento Kings during a game played on January 2, 1992 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
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Florida Beachdogs Manute Bol (50) on bench during game vs Sioux Falls Skyforce at Palm Beach Auditorium. Continental Basketball Association.
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Manote Bol #10 of the Washington Bullets blocks a shot attempt by Mark Olberding #53 of the Sacramento Kings during a game played on February 14, 1987 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.

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