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Ned Irish

Ned Irish (Executive.  Born, Lake George, NY, May 6, 1905; died, Venice, FL, Jan. 21, 1982.)  Edward Simmons Irish didn’t invent basketball, but he sure helped make it popular.  After working his way through the University of Pennsylvania, Irish came to New York in 1928 as a sportswriter for the Evening Telegram.  In 1930, he […]

Irving Marsh

Irving Marsh (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 15, 1907; died, Canaan, CT, Aug. 3, 1982.) Among the fundamental figures in the growth of college basketball as a major sport, Irving T. Marsh was assistant sports editor of the Herald Tribune. Marsh started at the paper as a copy boy while still a student at City […]

John Goldner

John Goldner (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 1, 1911; died, Elmhurst, NY, Dec. 10, 1999.)  John August Goldner began his administrative career as a student assistant to N.Y.U. graduate manager of athletics Albert Nixon in 1930.  Following his graduation (1932), he moved to the Rockefeller Center offices of Ned Irish (1934) to assist in the […]

Alvin Cooperman

Alvin Cooperman (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 24, 1923; died, New York, NY, Aug. 11, 2006.)  After two hitches with the Shubert Organization (1939-51, 1963-67) and two with NBC Television (1951-63, 1967-68), Alvin Isaac Cooperman became executive vice president of Madison Square Garden in late 1968, effectively succeeding Ned Irish as chief operating officer of […]

Dick Barnett

Dick Barnett (Pro basketball.  Born, Gary, IN, Oct. 2, 1936.)  During a more than eight-year career with the Knickerbockers, Dick Barnett earned the nickname “Fall Back, Baby” for his fire-and-retreat style of shooting. He also earned the respect of N.B.A. opponents for his accuracy, as he piled up 9,442 points (a 15.6-points-per-game average) in 604 […]

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