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Dolph Schayes

Dolph Schayes (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, May 19, 1928.)  A standout at DeWitt Clinton H.S., Adolph Schayes became one of the greatest players in New York University history when the Violets were ranked among the national powers of college basketball.  As a wartime freshman on the varsity in 1944-45, Schayes averaged 11.5 points per […]

Fuzzy Levane

Fuzzy Levane (College and pro basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 11, 1920.) After serving as an assistant to Vince Boryla for two seasons, Andrew Levane succeeded Boryla as Knicks head coach Apr. 8, 1958. Levane was replaced by Carl Braun Dec. 18, 1959, having compiled a 48-51 record (plus 0-2 in the playoffs), when the […]

Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon (Sportscaster.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 15, 1927; died, Putnam Valley, NY, Feb. 16, 2003.)  For four decades, the voice of Jim Gordon was heard on New York radio and television sports.  Gordon first shared Knicks radio work with Marty Glickman in 1954-55.  He later worked three seasons with Les Keiter (1956-59).  Gordon had […]

Ed Conlin

Ed Conlin (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 2, 1933.)  A ferocious rebounder at 6’6”, Edward J. Conlin was the star of Fordham basketball teams that were 74-31 in his four seasons (1951-55).  Conlin had 323 rebounds (and 177 points) as a freshman in 1951-52 (freshmen were eligible because of the Korean War) for a […]

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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