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June 28, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 14, 1989 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 21, 1987 | By Michael Capuzzo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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February 25, 1997 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 9, 2012 | By Mark Perner, pernerm@phillynews.com
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.
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October 4, 2001 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
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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.
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December 21, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 26, 2002 | By Ashley McGeachy Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 18, 1987 | By PHIL JASNER, Daily News Sports Writer
Prosperity sneered at the 76ers yesterday, less than 24 hours after Charles Barkley returned to the starting lineup and the team ended a three-game losing streak. This time, the Sixers learned that team captain Julius Erving would miss a week to 10 days with a hairline fracture of the middle finger of his right hand. They also found out that Cliff Robinson, who has missed the last seven games with a sprained ankle and a case of iritis (an irritation of the iris), was still unable to practice.
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June 28, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 25, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
HARVEY POLLACK was all about the numbers. And no one was better at recording them than he. Given the nickname "Super Stat" in 1966 by then- Bulletin sports writer George Kiseda, Pollack introduced terms including triple-double, blocked shots, assists and steals into the everyday basketball vernacular. But the numbers stopped yesterday, as Pollack passed away at the age of 93. Pollack was involved in a one-car accident on New Year's Day, after serving as a judge for the Mummers Parade, suffering numerous injuries.
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June 25, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harvey Pollack, a statistical savant whose highlight in a lifetime of compiling and inventing complex sports data came one night in 1962 when he hurriedly scrawled a simple round number on a piece of paper, died Tuesday at age 93. The longest-tenured employee in the NBA, having worked for the 76ers and Warriors since the league's founding in 1946, Mr. Pollack had been hospitalized since January when he was injured in a Center City car accident....
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January 5, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harvey Pollack, the Sixers' director of statistical information and a dedicated follower of the Flyers and Big Five basketball, was in critical but stable condition Friday after being involved in one-car accident Thursday evening in Center City. He suffered a broken hip, pelvis, and jaw, plus broken ribs, in addition to having facial lacerations. The 92-year-old had hip surgery scheduled for Friday afternoon at Hahnemann University Hospital and will have more procedures. Pollack is the only person still working for the NBA since its inaugural season, 1946-47.
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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.
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November 9, 2012 | By Mark Perner, pernerm@phillynews.com
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.
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October 22, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Angelo Musi, 91, of Bryn Mawr, who captained the first professional basketball team in Philadelphia and went on to be a vending company executive, died Monday at home. In 1946, Mr. Musi joined the Philadelphia Warriors in the new Basketball Association of America, now the NBA. He described early Warriors games in the Arena in West Philadelphia in a 2003 WHYY TV12 documentary, Philly Hoops. After Ice Capades performances, the skating rink at the Arena was covered with a basketball floor, and moisture sweated all over it, Mr. Musi said.
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December 21, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 26, 2002 | By Ashley McGeachy Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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