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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
1000 West Columbus Avenue
Springfield , Massachusetts 01105
United States

Company Description: Located in Springfield, Mass., the city where basketball was born, the not-for-profit Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    South Philadelphia Hebrew Association
  • Founder
    Philadelphia Sphas
  • Founder
    South Philadelphia Hebrew Association-SPHAS
  • Founder
    Philadelphia Warriors
  • Member
    Basketball Hall of Fame

Education

  • University of Kansas
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Eddie Gottlieb | Philly ...
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Eddie Gottlieb | Philly Historian Scores In Bid To Have NBA Pioneer Eddie Gottlieb Honored | Gottlieb, who immigrated as a boy from Kiev, Ukraine, was a founder, player and coach of one of the most important teams in basketball history: the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association club known by its acronym, the Sphas.
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But a passion for history - particularly Philadelphia history - prompted her to seek recognition for the hoops pioneer Eddie Gottlieb.
Morello succeeded last month when the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved her application for Gottlieb, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, to be featured on an official state historical marker.
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The two-sided blue tablet with yellow lettering will be erected in Philadelphia, where Gottlieb lived most of his life and Morello now resides.
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Gottlieb, who immigrated as a boy from Kiev, Ukraine, was a founder, player and coach of one of the most important teams in basketball history: the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association club known by its acronym, the Sphas.
Through the 1940s, the nearly all-Jewish Sphas won 10 championships in three leagues, out of which the National Basketball Association emerged in 1949 to become what today is a multibillion-dollar business.
Post-Sphas, Gottlieb coached and owned the Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors from 1946 to 1962. For a quarter-century he chaired the NBA's Rules Committee, and for many years he plotted the league's schedule of games using pen and paper.
Gottlieb died at 81 in 1979. By then he had been inducted into the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., basketball's birthplace; the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Netanya, Israel; and the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
While a state historical marker was placed last year at the North Broad Street site of the Broadwood Hotel, where the Sphas played many home games in its ballroom, Gottlieb will "now have his own marker," Morello said.
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Writing to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission last Sept. 26, the NBA's then-commissioner, David Stern, supported the initiative for the historical marker, calling Gottlieb "a leader and innovator in the early growth and development of professional basketball in the United States."
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"Few men have contributed more to basketball and, in particular, to the development of the NBA during its nascent years than Eddie Gottlieb," Stern wrote.
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The marker's possible sites, Morello said, include the corner of Broad Street and Snyder Avenue, outside South Philadelphia High School, where Gottlieb graduated in 1916; and 45th and Market streets, the site of the Warriors' Philadelphia Arena.
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The NBA is "pleased that [Gottlieb] is being recognized with a historical marker," Bass said, adding that "any time we can be involved with recognizing the great contributions to our game, we appreciate and welcome the opportunity."
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Harvey Pollack, director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers and someone who knew Gottlieb well from their Warriors days, had approached the 76ers and the NBA to recommend honoring Gottlieb with the marker.
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Of the approximately 40 historical markers Morello said her work has yielded, Gottlieb's will be the third Jewish-American (following Revolutionary War patriot Haym Solomon and Rabbi Israel Goldstein) and the fifth in sports (the others are Connie Mack, Roy Campanella, Shibe Park and African-American baseball).
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Eddie Gottlieb Philly Historian Scores In Bid To Have NBA Pioneer Eddie Gottlieb Honored
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Gottlieb, who immigrated as a boy from Kiev, Ukraine, was a founder, player and coach of one of the most important teams in basketball history: the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association club known by its acronym, the Sphas.
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Eddie Gottlieb Philly Historian Scores In Bid To Have NBA Pioneer Eddie Gottlieb Honored
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Gottlieb, who immigrated as a boy from Kiev, Ukraine, was a founder, player and coach of one of the most important teams in basketball history: the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association club known by its acronym, the Sphas.
How about Gottlieb? How ...
www.chicagojewishnews.org, 30 Nov 2012 [cached]
How about Gottlieb?
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How about Gottlieb?
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Turn the clock forward to 1917, and Eddie Gottlieb founded the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association - SPHAS, pronounced spas - whose basketball team became a national sensation by winning seven American League championships from 1934 to 1945.
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Gottlieb, the SPHAS founder, was a Russian-Jewish immigrant. According to Rich Westcott, author of "The Mogul: Eddie Gottlieb, Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Pioneer," the popularity of basketball in the Jewish community extended well into the first half of the 20th century with Red Auerbach, Red Holzman, Dolph Schayes, Max Zaslofsky, Arnie Risen, Harry Litwack and others playing dominant roles in the college and professional ranks.
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Westcott said Gottlieb "goes way back before the NBA."
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Gottlieb was also a born promoter. Going back to the 1920s, he promoted Negro League baseball games, pro wrestling matches, the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, and even entertainers such as Joey Bishop.
The SPHAS team, through a series of metamorphoses, survives now as the International Elite, the eternal rivals of the Harlem Globetrotters.
"He was a great scheduler and a motivator," Westcott said of Gottlieb.
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Still, experts agree Gottlieb remains the central figure when it comes to the Jewish influence on basketball. As fellow Hall of Famer Litwack once said, "Eddie Gottlieb was about as important to the game of basketball as the basketball."
The First Basket - The Team
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Eddie Gottlieb | Nat Holman | Ossie Schectman | Dolph Schayes | Sonny Hertzberg | Ralph Kaplowitz | Jerry Fleishman | Jack "Dutch" Garfinkel
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Eddie Gottlieb
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A small, overweight, balding man with deep eyes and penchant for wearing bow ties, Gottlieb was described by Red Smith as "a wonderful little guy about the size and shape of a half-keg of beer."[5]
Gottlieb organized, and played for, the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association teams in the 1920s.[4] Along with a few other sports promoters, he organized the Basketball Association of America, the league that later became the NBA.
Gottlieb coached the original Philadelphia Warriors, bought the team, and sent it to San Francisco in order to expand the game westward. He headed the NBA rules committee for 25 years.[3] When he died at age 81, he had been solely in charge of NBA scheduling for three decades.[3] In 1971, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "Gottlieb was about as important to the game of basketball as the basketball," fellow Hall of Famer Harry Litwack said.[4]
Gottlieb took on many duties. He started teams and organized leagues. He was in charge of semipro baseball in Philadelphia, and made the schedule for the Negro National League. He also helped coordinate the overseas tours of the Harlem Globetrotters.[6]
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Known as "The Mogul," Gottlieb is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1918, Gottlieb, Chicky Passon, and Hughie Black, all recent high school graduates, organized an amateur team under the Young Men's Hebrew Association (which provided the uniforms).
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By the late 1940s, Gottlieb was involved with a new franchise, the Philadelphia Warriors of the BAA, and sold the Sphas to Red Klotz in 1950.
In 1946, Gottlieb helped establish the BAA, the forerunner of the NBA, and later served as chairman of the NBA Rules Committee for 25 years. He was the NBA's sole schedule maker for more than 30 years, and owned the San Francisco Warriors for 10 years. Eddie also helped organize overseas tours for the Harlem Globetrotters, and promoted professional doubleheaders. Upon his death, the New York Times wrote: "his mental powers were extraordinary and his memory almost faultless.
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After founding the Philadelphia Sphas in the late 1910s, Gottlieb became the force behind the Sphas, one of the greatest teams in early history of professional basketball.
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After the Eastern League folded, Gottlieb revamped the Sphas and entered them in the newly-formed American Basketball League in 1933. In the early 1930s, Gottlieb built and promoted the club to bring out Jewish crowds and added stars Harry Litwack, Shikey Gotthoffer, and Moe Goldman.
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Gottlieb joined the new league as the coach of the Philadelphia Warriors and according to Leonard Koppett in his acclaimed history of the NBA's early years, 24 Seconds To Shoot: "Gottlieb soon emerged as the most important single acquisition of the new league ... the one man who had lifelong professional basketball experience and background.
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Gottlieb joined the new league as the coach of the Philadelphia Warriors and according to Leonard Koppett in his acclaimed history of the NBA's early years, 24 Seconds To Shoot: "Gottlieb soon emerged as the most important single acquisition of the new league ... the one man who had lifelong professional basketball experience and background.
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In that first season, Gottlieb led the Warriors to the NBA title, defeating the Max Zaslofsky-led Chicago Stags, four games to one in the NBA Finals!
Gottlieb was instrumental in merging the Basketball Association of America with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association. He coached the Philadelphia Warriors from 1947-1955, and purchased the team in 1952. After selling the team in 1962, for a then-record price of $850,000, Eddie remained with the team as general manager when they became the San Francisco Warriors. He remained with the team until 1964. Besides the Basketball Hall of Fame, Gottlieb is also enshrined in the South Philadelphia School Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Origin: Kiev, Ukraine
Career Dates: Gottlieb played at the School of Pedagogy in 1916-1918. He played with the Philadelphia Sphas from 1918-1925.
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After graduating LIU, Schectman joined Eddie Gottlieb's Philadelphia Sphas in the American Basketball League.
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After graduating LIU, Schectman joined Eddie Gottlieb's Philadelphia Sphas in the American Basketball League.
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Halfway through the season, the Knicks traded Kaplowitz to the Philadelphia Warriors, which were then coached and owned by Eddie Gottlieb.
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The other Jewish members of the Warriors that year were players Petey Rosenberg, and Ralph Kaplowitz, head coach (and owner), Eddie Gottlieb, and assistant coach, Cy Kaselman.
NBA.com: The Philadelphia Big Five
www.nba.com, 31 Jan 2006 [cached]
My stay in Philadelphia would allow me to eventually meet Eddie Gottlieb, the owner-coach of the Philadelphia Sphas (South Philadelphia Hebrew Society) - the forerunner of the Warriors and 76ers.
The Sphas played at a local dance hall and sponsored a dance following each game.They played a semi-regular schedule against the great touring cage teams of that era - the original New York Celtics, the Harlem Rens, the Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Whirlwinds among others.Gottlieb also promised any number of events involving the Negro Major League teams like the Baltimore Elite Giants, the Homestead Grays with the home-run hitting Josh Gibson, who some say rivaled Babe Ruth, and the Kansas Cty Monarchs, who featured Satchel Paige.
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Gottlieb opened a lot of Philadelphia sports doors for me and eventually became one of my early mentors.
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"Bennie would take care of you," Eddie explained, "if he ever hits it big."
It might have been the first time that Gottlieb was wrong.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - Hall of Famers
www.hoophall.com, 22 Dec 2009 [cached]
Played under Hall of Fame coach Eddie Gottlieb with Philadelphia SPHAS and Warriors
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