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Richie Powers

Richie Powers (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 14, 1930; died, Allentown, PA, July 31, 1998.)  A colorful but inconsistent referee, Richard Powers refereed in the N.B.A. for 23 seasons (1956-79).  Powers worked three All-Star Games (1961, 1970, 1973) and 25 times in the N.B.A. championship final series.  Among those final series games was Game […]

Muzz Patrick

Muzz Patrick (Hockey.  Born, Victoria, British Columbia, June 28, 1915; died; Riverside, CT, July 23, 1998.)  One of the finest all-around athletes ever produced in Canada, Frederick Murray Patrick was a star defenseman for the New York Rangers for a half-dozen seasons and later served as both head coach and general manager of the club.  […]

Luther Halsey Gulick

Luther Halsey Gulick (Executive.  Born, Honolulu, H.T., Dec. 14, 1865; died, South Casco, ME, Aug. 13, 1918.)  At least partial credit for the invention of basketball goes to Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick.  Gulick was Dr. James Naismith’s supervisor at the Springfield (Mass.) Y.M.C.A. school in 1891 when he urged Naismith to create “an indoor game” to […]

Len Gambino

Len Gambino (Sportscaster.  Born, Stamford, CT, Apr. 18, 1938.)  A local star in southwest Connecticut, Leonard Gambino was a sportscaster for WSTC (AM 1400) for 26 years (1970-96).  During that stretch, Gambino broadcast high school football, basketball, baseball, softball, and hockey, as well as conducting a sports news show that by the mid-1970s also included […]

Lou Eisenstein

Lou Eisenstein (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 27, 1913; died, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 20, 1996.)  Rated one of the top referees for over 30 years, Leo Eisenstein was an official in both college and pro ball in the 1940s and 1950s.  Eisenstein began as a college referee but signed up with the new Basketball […]

Poison Joe Brennan

Poison Joe Brennan (Basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 15, 1900; died, St. Petersburg, FL, May 10, 1989.)  A great player in the formative years of pro basketball, Joseph R. Brennan later became a successful college coach.  Brennan joined the Brooklyn Visitations team in 1919 and played with several teams (including the Brooklyn Basketball Dodgers) in numerous […]

Ernest Blood

Ernest Blood (Basketball.  Born, Manchester, NH, Oct. 4, 1872; died, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Feb. 5, 1955.)  A coach who won seven New Jersey state championships at Passaic H.S., Ernest Artel Blood gained national fame with a 159-game winning streak from Dec. 17, 1919, to Feb. 6, 1925.  This feat earned him the nickname, “the […]

John Andariese

John Andariese (Basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 19, 1938.)  As a senior, John Andariese was captain of Fordham’s 1959-60 basketball squad, earning all-Met honors after scoring 339 points (13.0 per game) for the Rams, who had gone to the N.I.T. the two previous years.  But Andariese became familiar to two generations of New York basketball […]

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