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Dr. Jim Parkes

Dr. Jim Parkes (Team physician.  Born, Red Bank, NJ, Mar. 2, 1932; died, New York, NY, Dec. 13, 1999.)  Celebrated for getting the Knicks’ Willis Reed ready for the seventh game of the 1970 N.B.A. Final, Dr. James Creighton Parkes, II, was also the team physician for the Mets for 18 seasons (1974-91).  A graduate […]

Richie Guerin

Richie Guerin (College and pro basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, May 29, 1932.)  It may be safely said that Richie Guerin is the man who put Iona College basketball on the map.  Although there were other fine players on Gaels teams before Guerin’s first varsity season in 1951-52, his exploits elevated the New Rochelle school […]

Bob Zawoluk

Bob Zawoluk (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 13, 1930; died, Spring Valley, NY, Jan. 9, 2007.)  In the first 80 years of basketball at St. John’s, only one team reached the N.C.A.A. national championship game and Robert Zawoluk was the scoring leader of that 1952 squad.  At 6’7”, Zawoluk made an immediate impact on […]

Max Zaslofsky

Max Zaslofsky (Pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 7, 1925; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Oct. 15, 1985.)  Known as “Max the Touch” for his uncanny accuracy with a two-hand set shot, Max Zaslofsky led the B.A.A. in scoring, played three years with the Knicks, and was the first coach of the Nets.  Zaslofsky’s career […]

Tom Gola

Tom Gola (Pro basketball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 13, 1933.)  Among the greatest of all college players, Thomas Gola led LaSalle to the N.I.T. championship as a freshman (1952) and to the N.C.A.A. final twice, winning in 1954 and losing (to San Francisco) in 1955.  Gola then began an N.B.A. career with the Philadelphia Warriors […]

Harry Gallatin

Harry Gallatin (Pro Basketball.  Born, Roxana, IL, Apr. 26, 1927.)  Known universally as “Harry the Horse,” Gallatin earned the nickname by his rugged work off the backboards of the N.B.A. and for his remarkable endurance.  During his nine seasons with the Knicks, Gallatin never missed a single game, logging 610 in a row to set […]

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” […]

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 […]

Bobby Douglas

Bobby Douglas (Pro basketball.  Born, St. Kitts, B.W.I., Nov. 4, 1882; died, New York, NY, July 16, 1979.)  Coming to New York as a youngster, Robert L. Douglas became both a pro basketball pioneer and a significant figure in racial opportunity.  Before World War I, Douglas formed a basketball team he called the Spartan Braves […]

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