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Barney Kremenko

Barney Kremenko (Spotrswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, May 8, 1909; died, Mineola, NY, Jan. 20, 1990.) Easily one of the most popular sportswriters of his time, Bernard Irwin Kremenko worked for the Journal-American for 27 years (1939-66). During that period, Kremenko covered many of the most famous moments in New York baseball history, including Bobby Thomson’s […]

Kevin Loughery

Kevin Loughery (Pro basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, March 28, 1940.) Playing two years at St. John’s (1960-62) as a transfer from Boston College, Kevin Loughery had an 11-year career (principally with the Baltimore Bullets) in the N.B.A. He averaged 15.3 points per game as a guard in 755 N.B.A. games but earned his greatest notice […]

Tony Jackson

Tony Jackson (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 24, 1940; died, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 28, 2005.)  An electrifying jump shooter, Tony B. Jackson lost a chance at an N.B.A. career when he was tainted by the 1961 college basketball point shaving scandals for failing to report a bribe offer.  Instead, he became an All-Star in […]

Bob Lloyd

Bob Lloyd (College basketball. Born, Upper Darby, PA, Oct. 5, 1945.) A relentless offensive guard, Robert Lloyd was Rutgers’ first great scorer and helped put the school on the road to big-time basketball. Lloyd scored 601 points as a sophomore in 1964-65 (25.0 points per game). As a junior, he set a school record (since […]

Wendell Ladner

Wendell Ladner (Pro basketball. Born, Necaise Crossing, MS, Oct. 6, 1948; died, New York, NY, June 24, 1975.) A popular 6’5”, 220-pound forward who played with four A.B.A. teams, Wendell Ladner was killed in a plane crash in at Kennedy Airport while with the New York Nets. Ladner played for three A.B.A. teams before being traded, […]

Bill Paultz

Bill Paultz (Pro basketball.  Born, River Edge, NJ, July 30, 1948.)  A transfer to St. John’s (from Cameron College in Oklahoma), William Edward Paultz averaged 15.8 points per game as a Redman senior in 1969-70 and then became one of the mainstays of the fledgling New York Nets.  Paultz, who at 6’11”, 250 pounds, became […]

Max Zaslofsky

Max Zaslofsky (Pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 7, 1925; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Oct. 15, 1985.)  Known as “Max the Touch” for his uncanny accuracy with a two-hand set shot, Max Zaslofsky led the B.A.A. in scoring, played three years with the Knicks, and was the first coach of the Nets.  Zaslofsky’s career […]

Julius Erving

Julius Erving (Pro basketball.  Born, Roosevelt, NY, Feb. 22, 1950.)  “Dr. J” was one of the most exciting basketball players of his era and the driving force behind two American Basketball Association championships won by the New York Nets before the A.B.A. merged with the N.B.A. in 1976.  A Long Island native, Erving played collegiately […]

Dave DeBusschere

Dave DeBusschere (Pro basketball.  Born, Detroit, MI, Oct. 16, 1940; died, New York, NY, May 14, 2003.)  Many factors transformed the late 1960s-early ‘70s New York Knicks from a good team into a great one, but the acquisition of 6’6” forward Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons (where he had been player-coach) in exchange for […]

Lou Carnesecca

Lou Carnesecca (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 5, 1925.)  “Louie” became indelibly identified with St. John’s basketball over the better part of 30 years as his mentor, Joe Lapchick, was before him.  Like Lapchick, Carnesecca also took a break between two terms as coach of the Redmen to handle a New York pro basketball […]

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