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Elmer Ripley

Elmer Ripley (College basketball.  Born, Staten Island, NY, July 21, 1891; died, Staten Island, NY, Apr. 29, 1982.)  Despite never having played a single college game, Elmer Horton Ripley coached basketball at six colleges for a total of 28 seasons.  Ripley coached Wagner, Yale, Columbia, and Army as well as Notre Dame (1945-46) and Georgetown […]

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 […]

Joe Lapchick

Joe Lapchick (College and pro basketball. Born, Yonkers, NY, Apr. 12, 1900; died, New York, NY, Aug. 10, 1970.) Joseph Bonhomiel Lapchick had two distinct careers in professional basketball, and another in college basketball, and any one of them would have been sufficient to make him one of the sport’s most significant contributors. Although he […]

Dutch Dehnert

Dutch Dehnert (Pro basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 5, 1898; died, Far Rockaway, NY, Apr. 20, 1979.)  A pro basketball player as a teenager in the rough-and-tumble early days of the game, Henry G. Dehnert achieved fame as a member of the fabled Original Celtics, for whom he played over a decade (1918-28).  Though […]

Lou Bender

Lou Bender (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 8, 1910; died, Longboat Key, FL, Sept. 10, 2009.)  In his three varsity years at Columbia, Louis Bender played on teams that were 55-13 overall, 27-4 in the E.I.B.L., and winners of league titles in 1930 (9-1) and 1931 (10-0).  Bender led the league in scoring […]

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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