June 28, 2015 |
Ron Pollack watched his father crunch numbers for years as a member of the 76ers' statistics crew and as a pro basketball employee since 1946. Harvey Pollack was credited with coming up with the system of tracking rebounds, steals, turnovers, blocked shots and other statistics. However, "the one number he never came up with was how many lives he touched," Ron Pollack said Friday afternoon at his father's funeral at Goldstein's Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks on North Broad Street. Those sentiments were echoed repeatedly at a gathering of about 200 to say goodbye to Pollack.
May 20, 2016 |
AS YOU MAKE the way into Xfinity Live! from the Wells Fargo Center, you pass a statue of Gary Dornhoefer scoring the Flyers' first-ever overtime goal, against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 5 of a first-round playoff series in 1973, and propelling the franchise to its first playoff series win. There's Kate Smith in the middle of "God Bless America," the Flyers' good-luck charm during their Stanley Cup runs of 1974 and 1975. There's also one of Julius Erving, ball high above his head in his right hand, legs bent and ready for flight.
March 14, 1989 |
When Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game for the Philadelphia Warriors in March 1962, Harvey Pollack was there. So was Ron Pollack. When the Sixers won NBA championships in 1967 and 1983, Harvey Pollack was there. So was Ron Pollack. For the last 45 years, wherever Philadelphia college or pro basketball history has been made, Harvey Pollack has been there, recording it for posterity. For the last 27 years, Ron Pollack, Harvey's only son, has been there with him. The elder Pollack is a local sports legend who lives on Algon Avenue.
April 21, 1987 |
Picture an archaeologist stalking the ruins of South Broad Street, where Veterans Stadium is a crumbling coliseum and the Spectrum is a red-orange streak in the strata of 20th-century soot. This is Philadelphia many centuries A.D. (After the Doctor), a time as hollow as Max Headroom's, with no memory of either Roman Empire or Celtics dynasty, Julius Caesar or Julius Erving. Suddenly the archaeologist unearths a notebook of ancient material (blue plastic). He stares at strange scribbled notes from another time - (17-Year Analysis of NBA's First Draft Picks, 1970-1986)
February 25, 1997 |
Harvey Pollack's office is a place that time and the cleaning crew forgot. Stacks of paper rise like snowy peaks in the colorless basement room at the CoreStates Spectrum, obscuring the desktop of the man recently honored by the National Basketball Association as one of only two people to have worked in the league for all of its 50 years. "Red Auerbach's the other guy," Pollack said, "but he don't even live in Boston anymore. " Papers clutter the floor, even fill a hole in one wall.
November 9, 2012 |
To commemorate the Sixers' 50th season in Philly, the Daily News will be looking back at the franchise's Top 25 defining moments, one moment every Friday through the end of the season. Not to forget the bad times, we also will remind you of the lean times, 13 of them in all, to run in alternate weeks starting today. No. 24 on the list is Harvey Pollack, the stat master, the man who has been a part of the NBA since the Basketball Association of America came to town in 1946. He is as much of an icon as the 76 and 13 stars on the team's logo.
October 4, 2001 |
Six members will be inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 14 at the Gershman Y. The 2001 class comprises Harvey Pollack, the longtime 76ers statistician who has been part of the NBA since its inaugural 1946-47 season; Louis "Red" Klotz, a former Villanova and Baltimore Bullets basketball player who became the top foil of the comical Harlem Globetrotters; Al Meltzer, the longtime sports broadcaster; Janice Albert, a...
April 5, 2013
To commemorate the Sixers' 50th season in Philly, the Daily News is looking back at the franchise's Top 25 defining moments, one moment every Friday through the end of the season. No. 5 is today. Here are the top moments that have appeared, and what's up next: 25. George McGinnis for Bobby Jones trade 24. Harvey Pollack, Super Stat 23. Jerry Stackhouse traded for Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie 22. Allen Iverson comes home as a Nugget 21. Sixers move into Spectrum 20. Pat Croce takes over and Allen Iverson arrives 19. Doctor J fights Larry Bird 18. Sixers reach playoffs after 8-year drought 17. Hiring of Billy Cunningham 16. Doctor J dunks over Michael Cooper 15. The legendary Dave Zinkoff 14. Andrew Toney: The Boston Strangler 13. Wilt Chamberlain returns to Philly 12. Darryl Dawkins shatters backboards 11. Charles Barkley's 8-year run 10. Doctor J's reverse layup 9. Drafting Allen Iverson 8. Iverson crosses over Michael Jordan 7. Sixers get Moses Malone 6. George McGinnis signs with the Sixers 5. Fitz Dixon purchases the Sixers, then Doctor J 4. Sixers beat Celtics in Game 7 at the Garden 3. Next week: The Year of the Little Guy BOTTOM 13 MOMENTS We wouldn't be the Daily News if we only looked at the bright side of the Sixers' 50 years in Philly.
December 21, 2003 |
Less than three months shy of his 82d birthday, Harvey Pollack could choose to sit all day in his recliner working the remote control, or travel to Florida to sip a cocktail on the beach. But he wouldn't think of it. Pollack begins each day at his Northeast Philadelphia home walking over to his fax machine, taking off the summaries and box scores of the previous night's NBA games, and diligently recording the data in his loose-leaf notebook, known as "Harvey's Bible. " Now in his 58th season in the NBA - every season that the league has been in existence - Pollack, the 76ers' director of statistical information, refuses to slow down.
September 26, 2002 |
He was there at the beginning. The Philadelphia Warriors versus the Pittsburgh Ironmen, nine players per team in the new Basketball Association of America, formed in 1946. Harvey Pollack, stat man, watched as five Ironmen fouled out, forcing them to finish the game five-on-four, except the Warriors' coach, Eddie Gottlieb, pulled a man to even the playing floor. "As fair-minded a basketball man as you'd ever find," Pollack, the 76ers' longtime director of statistics, said of Gottlieb.