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Stan Stutz

Stan Stutz (Pro basketball.  Born, Worcester, MA, Apr. 14, 1920; died, New Rochelle, NY, Oct. 28, 1975.)  An original Knick in 1946, Stanley Modzelewski (Stutz) was also the only coach in the one-season pro history of the New York Tapers.  Stutz set a national collegiate scoring record at Rhode Island State (1938-42) with 1,730 points in […]

John Starks

John Starks (Pro basketball.  Born, Tulsa, OK, Aug. 10, 1965.)  During his eight seasons (1990-98) with them, John Starks was among the most popular of Knicks players.  Starks, a 6’5″ guard, played semipro and minor league basketball before signing as a free agent Oct. 1, 1990, and making the team.  His gritty style and work-hard ethic […]

Fred Kerber

Fred Kerber (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, Aug. 12, 1952.)  Following several years at the Daily News, during which he worked cityside re-write and covered such high-profile beats as federal courts and police headquarters, Frederick Vincent Kerber transitioned into sports.  Kerber was a beat writer on the Islanders, Nets, Knicks, and Mets, as well as […]

Les Keiter

Les Keiter (Broadcasting.  Born, Seattle, Wash., Apr. 27, 1919; died, Kailua, Hawaii, April 14, 2009.)  For nearly a decade starting in 1954, Les R. Keiter was one of the most recognizable voices in New York sports radio.  Keiter became sports director at WINS (AM 1010) in 1954 and began doing a pre-game show before Yankees […]

Deb Kaufman

Deb Kaufman Placey (Sportscaster.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Aug. 17, 1966.)  Inspired by pioneer ESPN anchor Gayle Gardner, Deb Kaufman set out to become a sports anchor, joining ESPN as a production assistant in 1988.  Starting in 1990, Kaufman moved to four broadcast stations in just over three years, going from Marion, Ill., to WPRI-TV […]

Stu Jackson

Stu Jackson (Pro basketball.  Born, Reading, PA, Dec. 11, 1955.)  As the 14th head coach in Knicks history, Stuart Jackson was appointed July 10, 1989, to succeed Rick Pitino.  Jackson had been an assistant under Pitino for two years with the Knicks (1987-89) and two years with the Knicks (1987-89) and two years before that […]

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson (College and pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 1, 1965.)  A standout at St. John’s, Mark Jackson was a No. 1 Knicks draft choice in 1987 who had five productive years with the team at the start of what turned out to be a 17-year N.B.A. career.  Jackson was a regular as a sophomore […]

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 […]

Leonard Lewin

Leonard Lewin (Sportswriter. Born, The Bronx, NY, Jan. 23, 1917; died, Tampa, FL, Mar. 22, 2004.) For more than a half-century, the byline of Leonard Ralph Lewin topped sports stories in New York newspapers. Lewin began with the Daily Mirror in February 1937, thanks to his uncle, Murray Lewin, the paper’s boxing editor. Leonard Lewin […]

Allan Houston

Allan Houston (Pro Basketball.  Born, Louisville, KY, Apr. 20, 1971.)  After three seasons with Detroit, Allan Wade Houston was signed as a free agent by the Knicks on July 14, 1996.  In the next three years, he made himself one of the most consistent and productive Knicks.  Houston’s most impressive performances came during the 1999 […]

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