Joe Lapchick

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Birthday
12, 1900
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Aug 10, 1970 (70)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
12, 1900
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Aug 10, 1970 (70)

About

Hall of Fame player and coach in basketball's early era. He coached the New York Knicks to NBA Finals appearances in 1951, 1952 and 1953.

Before Fame

He started playing basketball about 20 years after its inaguration.

Trivia

His book, 50 Years of Basketball, was part memoir, part coaching manual.

Family Life

He married Bobbie Sarubbi in 1931 and they stayed together for the rest of his life.

Associated With

In the pre-NBA era he coached a traveling team that was introduced at every game by Kate Smith, who sang "God Bless America."

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