Longtime UK fan binds stats, scores with personal moments in history

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Between the binding of every notebook lies a bond to Kentucky basketball that began at an early age for Bob Peake.

He has kept every score and every stat for every Kentucky basketball games for the last 46 years.

With those stats are decades of details documented in 8 notebooks.

However, each page reveals more than just the team’s records.

Written between the lines is a glimpse into Bob’s wins and losses.

“It’s just a game.” Bob said. “But I get involved in it I like it.”

On his 50th wedding anniversary his Wildcats squeaked by Texas A&M in overtime. 

Then there are days like March 28, 1992 that Bob would like to forget.

Even after all this time, Bob says Christian Laettner should’ve been kicked out before he hit the shot to knock Kentucky’s “Unforgettables” out of the NCAA tournament.

“He stepped on Timberlake!”, he said. 

It’s a life story that picks up only on Kentucky’s first game of the season and gets put on hold after their last.

“It’s something for an old man to do,” Bob said.

His favorite things all in one place.

Bob’s love of the game is no match for the love of his life

“We were married 52 years,” he said. 

Photo of Judy Peake in front of basketball rim

Photo of Judy Peake in front of basketball rim

Photo of Bob Peake’s late wife Judy in front of basketball rim.

Steven Peake

Judy Peake was the reason for his smiles even when she wasn’t paying complete attention to the Cats.

“I would be sitting here and she would be over there crocheting and she would ask for the score and I would say ‘Well why don’t you watch?’,” he said. 

Just before the 2013 season Judy was diagnosed with stage four cancer. The doctors said she would have two years to live.

“I didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t want to talk about it,” he said. 

Bob, however, did did write about it and included updates on her condition, filling the corner of each page.

“I don’t think she ever seen anything I wrote down,” he said. 

While an undefeated Kentucky team advanced in the big dance, this couple learned, it would be their last season together.

She passed away on March 24, 2015

Bob Peake enjoying Kentucky basketball

Bob Peake enjoying Kentucky basketball

Bob Peake enjoying Kentucky basketball

Steven Peake

“I didn’t think it was gonna happen but it did that’s why I’m glad I got this,” he said.

The notes didn’t stop and neither did Bob’s passion for the big blue, a great distraction from his grief.

For the last five seasons, he has dedicated every page of stats to the person ranked number one in his heart.

“All these days I always wrote something in there about her,” he said. 

A sudden ending to the 2020 collegiate season meant his story was cut short. 

It’s why Bob is more anxious than ever for sports to come back so he can open up notebook number nine.

He’ll be hoping somewhere in those pages will be title number nine for his beloved cats.

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