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

Education

  • University of Kansas
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Web References
Eddie Gottlieb | Philly ...
www.jewishpress.com, 26 Mar 2014 [cached]
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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Eddie Gottlieb
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Eddie Gottlieb
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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."
How about Gottlieb? Remembering the Jewish ...
www.jns.org, 16 May 2013 [cached]
How about Gottlieb? Remembering the Jewish influence on basketball
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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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Click photo to download. Caption: Eddie Gottlieb, founder of the Philadelphia SPHAS basketball team whose uniforms featured Hebrew lettering. Credit: Hoopedia.
Click photo to download. Caption: Eddie Gottlieb, founder of the Philadelphia SPHAS basketball team whose uniforms featured Hebrew lettering. Credit: Hoopedia.
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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.
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"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."
Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and ...
www.philly.com, 22 May 2014 [cached]
Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and an honor guard from South Philadelphia HS attend the dedication of the historical plaque honoring Eddie Gottlieb, the basketball icon and former coach and manager of the Philadelphia Warriors. ( VIVIANA PERNOT / Staff Photographer )
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Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and an honor guard from South Philadelphia HS attend the dedication of the historical plaque honoring Eddie Gottlieb, the basketball icon and former coach and manager of the Philadelphia Warriors. ( VIVIANA PERNOT / Staff Photographer )
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Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and an honor guard from South Philadelphia HS attend the dedication of the historical plaque honoring Eddie Gottlieb, the basketball icon and former coach and manager of the Philadelphia Warriors. ( VIVIANA PERNOT / Staff Photographer )
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Seventy-four words on a blue metal marker can't encompass the enormity of basketball's Eddie Gottlieb.
A pioneer? Sure. He coached and owned the Philadelphia Warriors, drafted and signed Wilt Chamberlain.
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Beginning in the 1930s, Gottlieb was co-owner and chief booster of the Philadelphia Stars of the Negro Leagues.
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The blue-and-yellow marker stands on the front lawn of South Philadelphia High School, where Gottlieb played basketball and from which he graduated in 1916.
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It was Morello, a local historian, who made the day possible, pushing for Gottlieb and gathering endorsements on his behalf from people such as former NBA Commissioner David Stern.
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Eddie Gottlieb stood 5-foot-8, balding and round, the Kiev-born son of Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to New York and then moved to South Philadelphia.
He was founder, player, and coach of the legendary South Philadelphia Hebrew Association team - known by its acronym, the SPHAs - which dominated the Eastern and American Basketball Leagues.
In 1946, Gottlieb helped establish a new pro league, the Basketball Association of America. He was owner, general manager, and coach of the Warriors, which won the first championship of the new league.
Three years later, he helped the association merge with the National Basketball League, a move that created the NBA. Gottlieb's Warriors won the NBA title in 1956.
To admirers, he was "Gotty" or "the Mogul" or "Mr. Basketball," a man who was brilliant, opinionated, loyal, honest, caring, and testy. His impact on basketball and sports could - and does - fill a book.
Westcott wrote a full study, The Mogul: Eddie Gottlieb, Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Pioneer.
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At one time, Gottlieb tried to buy the Phillies. Later, when the Baseball Hall of Fame sought to admit former Negro Leagues players, it asked Gottlieb to help decide who should be inducted.
He was the force behind the NBA's territorial draft rule, later eliminated, which let teams claim a local player in exchange for their first-round pick - meaning clubs could snag popular area players who would help draw spectators to their arenas.
That procedure enabled Gottlieb to draft Chamberlain in 1959. He argued that Chamberlain was covered by the rule because he grew up in Philadelphia and played at Overbrook High School before going to the University of Kansas, which was outside the territory of any NBA team.
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Gottlieb led the NBA Rules Committee for 25 years and for nearly 30 years plotted the league's schedule of games.
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In his head, Gottlieb kept track of train schedules and holidays that could disrupt his planning.
"Armed with a great smile and a razor-sharp memory," says Gottlieb's NBA Hall of Fame biography, he "was an innovator, successful coach, and masterful promoter."
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Gottlieb never married, had no children. He devoted himself to sports.
Gottlieb died in 1979 at age 81. Today, the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award bears his name.
Former Philadelphia Warriors ...
www.philly.com, 30 Nov 2012 [cached]
Former Philadelphia Warriors owner Eddie Gottlieb, one of the all-time great movers and shakers in the history of the NBA, knew Snider needed help.
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"Eddie Gottlieb often told me in conversation that before that building can make money," recalled super statman Harvey Pollack, who served as a publicist under Gottlieb with the Warriors, "they have to have 150 dates in which the building is used during the course of a year."
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"I don't know if this is subject to public knowledge," Richman said during a recent phone interview, "but I think Eddie Gottlieb had something to do with it.
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"After my father died, [Gottlieb] didn't care too much for Kosloff.
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But Gottlieb was concerned with the success of professional basketball in Philadelphia.
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