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Butch van Breda Kolff

Butch van Breda Kolff (College basketball.  Born, Montclair, NJ, Oct. 22, 1922; died, Spokane, WA, Aug. 22, 2007.)  A Princeton basketball captain and member of the Knicks, Butch van Breda Kolff became a legend in the ranks of basketball coaching with a career that began in 1951 and extended to 1994.  He coached at four colleges, two […]

Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier (Pro basketball.  Born, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 29, 1945.)  Remembered by many for his flashy lifestyle and stylish dress, Walt Frazier earned the nickname “Clyde” after the lead character in a popular movie of the time.  But his up-tempo public face was only a small part of his well-earned fame.  On the court, the 6’4” […]

Ray Felix

Ray Felix (College and pro basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 10, 1930; died, New York, NY, July 28, 1991.)  With his college career truncated by L.I.U.’s dropping basketball in 1951 in the wake of the widespread point-shaving scandal, 6’11” Ray Felix played for the national Y.M.C.A. champions (Carlton Branch, Brooklyn) before turning pro with […]

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