July 8, 1998 |
Joe Graboski, a 6-8 forward who made the leap from ball boy to professional basketball player with the Chicago Stags and later was a starter with the 1955-56 NBA champion Philadelphia Warriors, died July 2 in Columbus, Ohio. Graboski, who was 68, turned pro with the Stags in the Basketball Association of America in 1948, bypassing college. He spent 12 seasons playing for the Warriors, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Chicago and Syracuse. He was with the Warriors from '53 through '61, finishing with career averages of 11 points and 8.1 rebounds in 845 games.
February 9, 1990 |
The late Neil Johnston, who played center for the old Philadelphia Warriors, and guard Earl Monroe, a Philadelphia native, were among four former NBA stars elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday. Joining Johnston and Monroe were guard Dave Bing and forward Elvin Hayes. The four will be inducted May 15, joining 168 individuals and four teams already enshrined in Springfield, Mass., the city where basketball was born nearly a century ago. Johnston, who died in 1978, while playing basketball in Bedford, Texas, at the age of 48, decided to try professional basketball after his minor-league baseball career was cut short by a sore pitching arm. He played eight seasons with the Warriors and led the NBA in scoring in 1952-53 and 1953-54 and in scoring and rebounding in 1954-55.
August 11, 2011 |
Local treasure Herb Magee will receive his sport's highest honor when he goes into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame tomorrow. Here's a few lists and other information in conjunction with Magee's induction: WHO THE HALL ARE YOU? Basketball Hall of Famers with Philadelphia connections: Sixers players Charles Barkley, 1984-92 Wilt Chamberlain, 1965-68 Billy Cunningham, 1965-72; 1974-76 Julius Erving, 1976-87 Hal Greer, 1958-73 Moses Malone, 1982-86; 1993-94 - Sixers coaches Larry Brown, 1997-03 Alex Hannum, 1960-68 Jack Ramsay, 1968-72 - Warriors players Paul Arizin, 1950-62 Wilt Chamberlain, 1959-62 Joe Fulks, 1946-54 Neil Johnston, 1951-59 - Warriors contributor Eddie Gottlieb, owner/coach, 1946-62 - Nationals players Al Cervi, 1949-53 Dolph Schayes, 1949-64 - Nationals contributors Danny Biasone, founder (1949-63)
January 17, 2003 |
The voice on the other end of the telephone yesterday was that of Jim Phelan, the gym rat from South Philadelphia who, at the end of this season, will retire after 49 years as the head basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's. Earlier, he had made his decision official during a news conference at the little school in the country setting of Emmittsburg, Md. "My wife said, 'Why don't you go for 50?' " Phelan said with a laugh. "I said, 'Why not 49?' "The last few days have been hectic.
May 16, 1990 |
Earl Monroe, Elvin Hayes, Dave Bing and the late Neil Johnston were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday in Springfield, Mass. Monroe is a Philadelphia native who played for Bartram High, and Johnston was a member of the Philadelphia Warriors. Bing, Monroe and Hayes all began their careers by winning rookie of the year honors in the NBA. Monroe, a guard, played with the Baltimore Bullets and New York Knicks. Bing, also a guard, played for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets and Boston Celtics.
July 9, 2012 |
2004 Richie Ashburn - Hall of Fame Phillies OF Steve Carlton - Hall of Fame Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts - Hall of Fame Phillies pitcher Connie Mack - Philadelphia Athletics Owner/Manager Jimmie Foxx - Hall of Fame Philadelphia Athletics first baseman Mike Schmidt - Hall of Fame Phillies third baseman Tom Gola - La Salle, Philadelphia Warriors Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham...
March 21, 2013 |
THE GREAT GOLA is 80 now. Monday afternoon, the La Salle legend was seated in a wheelchair, just outside his upper-floor corner room in St. Joseph's Manor, connected to Holy Redeemer Hospital on Huntingdon Pike. There are Philadelphia sporting icons and then there is Tom Gola - CYO champion, Catholic League champion, NIT champion, NCAA champion, NBA champion, an unparalleled resume of accomplishment in this city or really any city. A few hours earlier, his wife Caroline had filled in the blank pages from the last 10 years.
October 14, 1999 |
On the streets of Philadelphia, the game of basketball is life. It is a pick-up game at 57th and Haverford. It is a bent rim on a telephone pole on Diamond Street. It is the Public League championship at Convention Hall and the ghost of the Big Five at the Palestra. It is the high-priced Sixers, yes, but is also the old-time Sphas in a church basement on Broad Street. It is a game we learned as kids, and a jump shot we still dream about hitting as adults. It is memories and tradition and pride.