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Nat Holman

Nat Holman (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 19, 1896; died, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 12, 1995.)  After graduating from Savage in 1917, Nat Holman went on to become one of the most famous professional basketball players of his era and then one of the great college coaches.  The fact that his City College [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

John Beckman

John Beckman (Pro basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 1895; died, Miami Beach, FL, June 22, 1968.)  Among the stars of the legendary Original Celtics was John Beckman.  Though his 5’9” frame was above average for his time, Beckman was noted for his all-around game.  He first became a star in the original Eastern [...]

Pete Barry

Pete Barry (Pro basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 16, 1896; died, New York, NY, Aug. 29, 1968.)  Joining the Original Celtics when they were formed in 1914, John Barry played with some of the finest talent in the formative years of pro basketball.  Barry was the only member of the first Celtics to move to [...]

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