New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

Tag Archives: National Basketball League

Bobby Wanzer

Bobby Wanzer (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 4, 1921.)  A New York high school basketball star, Robert Francis Wanzer became a standout guard at Seton Hall and later with Rochester in the N.B.A.  Wanzer starred for Bill Spiegel at Benjamin Franklin on teams that were unbeaten P.S.A.L. champions.  A World War II hitch in […]

Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy (Basketball.  Born, Hoboken, NJ, Jan. 28, 1908; died, New York, NY, June 16, 1957.)  Starting a career in 1928 that made him the most famous basketball referee of his time, Matthew P. Kennedy was, to say the least, flamboyant.  Kennedy would rush across the court pointing at the miscreant when a foul was […]

Maurice Podoloff

Maurice Podoloff (Pro basketball.  Born, Elizabethgrad, Russia, Aug. 18, 1890; died, New Haven, CT, Nov. 24, 1985.)  When the Basketball Association of America was organized in New York June 6, 1946, Maurice Podoloff was elected its first commissioner.  Podoloff was something of a surprise choice to much of the public, since his background was largely […]

Pop Gates

Pop Gates (Pro basketball.  Born, Decatur, GA, Aug. 30, 1917; died, New York, NY, Dec. 1, 1999.)  A legendary name in the early days of emerging black players in basketball, William Gates moved to New York as a youngster and established his reputation on Ben Franklin H.S.’s integrated team.  After a P.S.A.L. championship in his […]

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 […]

About This Dictionary

The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel. We welcome public and scholarly contributions and suggestions.

Share Our Blog!

Sort by Last Name

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Support n-yhs

Help us support our sports database and other collections.

About Bill Shannon

A prolific author, wire service sports reporter, long time Major League Baseball official scorer, football statistician, sports museum founder, theatrical agency owner and public ... read more

Submission Form

* (denotes required field)

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy