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Red Holzman

Red Holzman (Pro basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 10, 1920; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Nov. 13, 1998.)  William (Red) Holzman was an outstanding player at City College and as a professional with the N.B.A.’s Rochester Royals, but he earned his lasting fame for New Yorkers by coaching the Knicks to their first two […]

Sonny Hertzberg

Sonny Hertzberg (College and pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 29, 1922; died, Woodmere, LI, July 25, 2005.)  An old-style two-hand set shooter schooled by Nat Holman at City College, Sidney Hertzberg was a standout with the Gothams of the original A.B.L. and a member of the first Knicks team in the 1946-47 B.A.A.  At City […]

Norm Mager

Norm Mager (College basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 23, 1926; died, Boynton Beach, FL, Mar. 17, 2005.) In the final minute of his college career, Norman Clifford Mager scored two crucial baskets to help City College win the N.C.A.A. championship. On Mar. 28, 1950, at the Garden, Mager scored 14 points, including those two late […]

Dave Polansky

Dave Polansky (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 16, 1919; died, New York, NY, June 16, 2003.)  As an assistant, David Polansky replaced the legendary Nat Holman three times as City College head basketball coach, but eventually established his own career.  Polansky first took over in 1952 when Holman was suspended after the 1951 betting […]

Lou Eisenstein

Lou Eisenstein (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 27, 1913; died, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 20, 1996.)  Rated one of the top referees for over 30 years, Leo Eisenstein was an official in both college and pro ball in the 1940s and 1950s.  Eisenstein began as a college referee but signed up with the new Basketball […]

Norm Drucker

Norm Drucker (Pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, July 4, 1920.)  A player for Nat Holman at City College, Norman F. Drucker became much better known as a pro basketball referee.  Drucker served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II and played professionally in the original A.B.L. with Trenton (N.J.) and Troy (N.Y.) for […]

Samuel Deitchman

Samuel Deitchman (College basketball.  Born, Richmond, VA, Sept. 4, 1921; died, New York, NY, July 5, 1995.)  A City College basketball teammate of Red Phillips and Red Holzman, Samuel Deitchman was co-captain (with Holzman) of the 1941-42 team that finished 16-3.

Irwin Dambrot

Irwin Dambrot (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, May 23, 1928; died, Summit, NJ, Jan. 21, 2010.)  A 6’4” star out of Taft H.S., Irwin Dambrot became a top player on City College’s nationally-ranked teams of the late 1940s and a co-captain of the Beavers’ 1949-50 squad that won both the N.I.T. and N.C.A.A. championships, […]

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