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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 […]

Willis Reed

Willis Reed (Pro basketball.  Born, Hico, LA, June 25, 1942.)  Startlingly enough, Willis Reed was only a second-round draft pick by the New York Knicks, but he went on to stardom as the captain of the club’s first two N.B.A. championship teams.  The 6’10” Reed was the N.B.A. Rookie of the Year in 1965 and […]

Howard Komives

Howard Komives (Pro basketball. Born, Toledo, OH, May 9, 1941; died, Toledo, OH, Mar. 22, 2009.) A lefty-shooting guard who, at Bowling Green in 1963-64, led the nation’s collegians in scoring as a senior (36.7 points per game), Howard Komives was the Knicks’ third draft choice in 1964, after Jim Barnes and Willis Reed. Komives, […]

John Reed Kilpatrick

John Reed Kilpatrick (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, June 15, 1889; died, New York, NY, May 7, 1960.)  An end who earned All-America honors at Yale in 1909 and 1910, John Reed Kilpatrick was a military officer, a construction executive, a boxing promoter, president of the Rangers for the better part of three decades, and […]

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