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Nick Werkman

Nick Werkman (College Basketball.  Born, Trenton, NJ, July 17, 1942.)  A solid 6’3”, Nick (the Quick) Werkman exploded onto Seton Hall’s and college basketball’s scene as a sophomore in 1961-62 with a 33.0 average, the eighth-highest in collegiate records.  Werkman was especially welcome to Eastern fans since the sport was unwillingly wallowing in the revelations […]

Lester Rodney

Lester Rodney (Sports Editor.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 17, 1911; died, Walnut Creek, CA, Dec. 20, 2009.)  For two terms interrupted by service in the U.S. Army, Lester Rodney was sports editor of the Daily Worker, the Communist Party daily newspaper in New York.  A graduate of New Utrecht H.S., Rodney attended N.Y.U. for […]

Ray Lumpp

Ray Lumpp (Basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 11, 1924.) For more than six decades, Ray Lumpp has been a major name in New York sports. Lumpp returned from military service in World War II to play on three post-season tournament teams at N.Y.U. and was the second-highest scorer in the 1948 N.I.T. He then played […]

Frank Howley

Frank Howley (College football.  Born, Hampton, NJ, Feb. 3, 1903; died, Warrentown, VA, July 30, 1993.)  As a standout left end on mediocre N.Y.U. teams (1922-24), Frank Leo Howley earned the nickname “Golden Toe” for his placekicking exploits.  Howley became a brigadier general in the U.S. Army during World War II, military governor of Berlin, […]

Jay Horwitz

Jay Horwitz (Public relations.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 14, 1945.)  An omnipresence with the Mets, Jay Edward Horwitz has been the club’s public relations director for more than two decades.  Horwitz began that job April 1, 1980, after tours as sports information director at N.Y.U. (1969-72) and Fairleigh Dickinson (1972-80).  Horwitz became vice president, […]

Sam Mele

Sam Mele (College baseball. Born, Astoria, NY, Jan. 21, 1923.) Though his N.Y.U. career was disrupted by service in the Navy during World War II, Sabath Anthony Mele attracted attention while playing for coach Bill McCarthy’s Violets that led to his signing by the Boston Red Sox in 1946. That year, he hit .342 to […]

Boris Nachamkin

Boris Nachamkin (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 6, 1933.)  A lanky 6’6” from Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson, Boris Alexander Nachamkin set a then-record at N.Y.U. with 437 points in 1952-53 (in 20 games), averaging 21.8 per game.  He also set Violets records for points (1,091) and rebounds (844) in his three-year career of only 63 […]

Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy (College Baseball. Born, Holyoke, MA, Feb. 19, 1895; died, Palm Beach, FL, Apr. 15, 1986.) Bill McCarthy, a baseball coach who sent New York University teams to the College World Series and players to the major leagues, led the Violets for 40 seasons. McCarthy became the baseball coach at N.Y.U. in 1922, succeeding […]

Herman Olcott

Herman Olcott (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 1, 1879; died, Wallingford, CT, Jan. 4, 1929.)  A Yale all-America center in 1900, Herman P. Olcott was the N.Y.U. football coach for six seasons (1907-12).  Olcott had an unbeaten (6-0-1) team in 1909 and was 18-18-7 as Violets coach.  He came to University Heights after […]

Frank Mangiapane

Frank Mangiapane (College basketball. Born, New York, NY, Aug. 25, 1925; died, Long Beach, NY, July 31, 2005.) Known primarily as the backcourt mate of Sid Tannenbaum, Frank Mangiapane was an all-around athlete at N.Y.U., also playing football and baseball. Mangiapane played for Howard Cann basketball teams that were 35-11 in his last two seasons, 19-3 […]

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