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Walter T. McLaughlin

Walter T. McLaughlin (College athletics. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 21, 1906; died, Largo, FL, Nov. 28, 1989.) When Ray Lynch, the former football coach, left as athletic director at St. John’s in 1933, he was succeeded by Walter T. McLaughlin. Recognizing that the emphasis of the school’s athletics program was now on basketball, McLaughlin worked […]

Hy Gotkin

Hy Gotkin (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 16, 1922; died, Boca Raton, FL, Apr. 11, 2004.)  A two-time St. John’s basketball captain, at 5’8” Hymen Gotkin helped Redmen teams win back-to-back N.I.T. titles in 1943 and 1944.  Gotkin starred at Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson H.S. with 6’9” Harry Boykoff and both went to St. John’s to play […]

Buck Freeman

Buck Freeman (College Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 16, 1902; died, Columbia, SC, Feb. 15, 1974.)  James Ambrose Freeman was a standout player at St. John’s in the 1920’s who became the coach of one of the most famous teams in school history, the “Wonder Five” that compiled a superb record in the 1930s […]

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