Basketball

Jeff Neuman

Jeff Neuman is considered one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the University of Pennsylvania: he was named first team All-Ivy League three consecutive years and All Big Five status in 1965 and 1966. In the latter year, as the Quaker’s captain and MVP, he averaged 20.4 points a game in Ivy… Read more »

Stan Novak

Stan Novak was an athlete, educator, coach and NBA scout. He excelled at every level and overcame every challenge. A native of West Philadelphia, Novak was a two-time all-public league basketball player at West Philadelphia High School, leading the 1940-41 squad to the Public League Championship. After a stint as an officer in the Navy,… Read more »

Philadelphia SPHAS

At one time the most dominant team in professional basketball, the Philadelphia SPHAS was organized as an amateur team in 1918 by Eddie Gottlieb, Harry Passon and Hughie Black shortly after their graduation from South Philadelphia High School. Those three young men had one overpowering objective in life following their graduation…to study basketball. Their first… Read more »

Harvey Pollack

Harvey Pollack’s name is in more record books than any athlete. As the only original employee of the National Basketball Association who is still working for an NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers, Pollack has been dubbed “Super Stat” in recognition of his excellence and innovation as a nationally-renown sports statistician. This multi-talented Philadelphia native, who… Read more »

Dan Promislo

Dan Promislo played on the talent rich Overbrook High School Public League Championship team in 1949-50, and demonstrated enough potential to be offered a number of basketball scholarships. He decided on Drexel University, and it proved an excellent choice for both Dan and Drexel. He played on the Drexel Freshman team in 1950-51 (Freshman weren’t… Read more »

Harold “Hotsy” Reinfeld

A household name to many in Philadelphia, Harold “Hotsy” Reinfeld began his basketball career at Frankford High School as a starting member of the basketball team. During his high school days, he played in the Jewish Basketball League – and received “Rookie of the Year” honors- He also played in the Philadelphia Suburban Baseball League…. Read more »

Richie Richman

Richie Richman excelled in varsity football, baseball and basketball at Overbrook High School in the late 1950s. In basketball, he was a starter on a championship team with great players – Wayne Hightower, Wally Jones, Walt Hazzard and Ralph Heyward – and his team was voted one of the best high school teams ever in… Read more »

Alexander “Petey” Rosenberg

Petey Rosenberg was one of the most versatile athletes ever to come out of South Philadelphia. Born on the Fourth of July in 1918, he made his mark in both scholastic and professional basketball and baseball. At South Philadelphia High School, Rosenberg played baseball on the 1936 championship team, touted as the best high school… Read more »

Dolph Schayes

Widely regarded as the first modern basketball forward, Dolph Schayes is best known in Philadelphia as the first coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, following the team’s move from Syracuse in 1964. Two years later, he coached the 76ers to the NBA Title and was named NBA Coach of the Year. A distinguished college career earned… Read more »

Brian Schiff

For over a quarter of a century, Brian ‘Shifty’ Schiff has played a large role in Maccabi basketball. His duties, first as an assistant, then as head coach, have taken him to games in Mexico City; Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Berlin, Germany; four times in Israel and to more than twenty cities across the… Read more »