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Bob Wolff

Bob Wolff (Sportscaster.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 29, 1920.)  Acknowledged as the longest-running sportscaster in television history, Robert A. Wolff has been on the New York sports scene since 1954.  Wolff began in Washington, D.C., in 1946 with the old DuMont Network.  He became the Knicks television voice in 1954, beginning an association with […]

Buck Williams

Buck Williams (Pro basketball.  Born, Rocky Mount, NC, March 8, 1960.)  A solid 6’8”, 225-pound forward from Maryland, Charles Linwood (Buck) Williams was the New Jersey Nets’ first pick (third overall) in the 1981 N.B.A. draft.  During his eight years with the Nets, Williams scored 10,440 points (16.4 per game) and collected 7,576 rebounds, both […]

Gordon White

Gordon White (Sportswriter.  Born, Paterson, NJ, Sept. 15, 1926.)  During a 40-year career at The New York Times, Gordon Stowe White, Jr., became the paper’s leading college sports writer.  Over his last 30 years at The Times, White covered over 100 college football bowl games and 28 N.C.A.A. Final Four basketball championships.  He began with […]

Danny Whelan

Danny Whelan (Trainer.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 3, 1918, died, New York, NY, Jan. 2, 2004.)  Trainer of the Knickerbockers N.B.A. championship teams of 1970 and 1973, Daniel Whelan was an infielder at St. Mary’s (Calif.) in college.  After naval service in World War II, he became a trainer for Rochester of the International […]

Nick Werkman

Nick Werkman (College Basketball.  Born, Trenton, NJ, July 17, 1942.)  A solid 6’3”, Nick (the Quick) Werkman exploded onto Seton Hall’s and college basketball’s scene as a sophomore in 1961-62 with a 33.0 average, the eighth-highest in collegiate records.  Werkman was especially welcome to Eastern fans since the sport was unwillingly wallowing in the revelations […]

Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward (Pro Basketball.  Born, Tallahassee, FL, Oct. 12, 1970.)  After leading Florida State’s football team to the national championship in Jan. 1994, Charlie Ward, Jr., won the Heisman, Maxwell, and Davey O’Brien trophies as the nation’s best football player, as well as the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in America.  He was […]

Keith Van Horn

Keith Van Horn (Pro Basketball.  Born, Fullerton, CA, October 23, 1975.)  Perhaps payback for the 1976 deal when the then-New York Nets sent their greatest player ever, Julius Erving, to the 76ers for cash, the Nets acquired potential All-Star forward Keith Van Horn from Philadelphia on June 27, 1997, in a transaction involving eight players.  […]

Jeff Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy (Pro Basketball.  Born, Hemet, CA, Jan. 19, 1962.)  When he succeeded Don Nelson and became the 18th coach of the Knicks history on Mar. 8, 1996, Jeff Van Gundy was just 34, the N.B.A.’s second-youngest bench boss. However, he had already served almost seven seasons as an assistant coach under Stu Jackson, […]

Sid Tanenbaum

Sid Tanenbaum (College Basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 8, 1925; died, Far Rockaway, NY, Sept. 4, 1986.)  Even though not all of his games were against what would later be classified as collegiate opposition, Sidney Tanenbaum was the first player to score 1,000 points in his N.Y.U. basketball career (1,074).  As a sophomore, in 1944-45, […]

Cal Ramsey

Cal Ramsey (Basketball.  Born, Selma, AL, July 13, 1937.)  As a sophomore out of Commerce H.S., Calvin Ramsey had the third-best scoring season in N.Y.U. history up to that time (401 points) and went on to set new standards in almost every offensive category.  Ramsey had N.Y.U.’s first 40-point game (Feb. 7, 1959, vs. Hunter at […]

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