Jack Garfinkel

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Jack Garfinkel
Jack Garfinkel 1948.jpg
Garfinkel in 1948
Personal information
Born(1918-06-13)June 13, 1918
DiedAugust 14, 2013(2013-08-14) (aged 95)
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, New York)
College St. John's (1938–1941)
Playing career1946–1949
Position Guard
Number15, 21
Career history
1944–1945 Philadelphia Sphas
1945–1946 Rochester Royals
1946–1949 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA statistics
Points 476
Rebounds Not tracked
Assists 134
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jack "Dutch" Garfinkel (June 13, 1918 – August 14, 2013) was an American basketball player.

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Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.


Garfinkel attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn and then nearby St. John's University to play for future Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick. In 1941, he won the Haggerty Award, given to the top player in the New York City metropolitan area.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Professional sports hall of fame in Springfield, Massachusetts

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Joe Lapchick American basketball player and coach

Joseph Bohomiel Lapchick was an American professional basketball player, mostly known for playing with the Original Celtics in the 1920s and 1930s. He is commonly regarded as the best center of his era, overshadowed in his later years only by Tarzan Cooper. After ending his playing career in 1937, Lapchick became head coach at St. John's University, a position he held until 1947, when he took over the New York Knicks in the NBA. Lapchick coached the Knicks until 1957, leading them to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances (1951–53). He returned to St. John's, coaching them until 1965.

The Haggerty Award is given to the All-New York Metropolitan NCAA Division I men's college basketball player of the year, presented by the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the Met Basketball Writers Association (MBWA). First presented in 1936, it is arguably the oldest and most prestigious award given to a metropolitan area player. Two schools with previous winners are no longer classified as Division I – CCNY and NYU are now Division III and are therefore ineligible to have future winners.

After his college career was over, Garfinkel served in the United States Army during World War II. He then played for the Philadelphia Sphas of the American Basketball League, the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League (NBL), and finally settled in with the Boston Celtics of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), where he was a member of the franchise's first team in 1946–47. [1] Garfinkel lasted three seasons with the Celtics, but his career ended prior to the NBL/BAA merger that formed the National Basketball Association in 1949. [2]

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The Philadelphia Sphas, also stylized SPHAs or SPHAS, were an American basketball franchise that existed in professional, semi-professional, and exhibition forms. They played their home games in the ballroom of Philadelphia's Broadwood Hotel. The team's name is an acronym, derived from South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, and the team's players, at least in its earlier years, were primarily Jewish. Future Philadelphia Warriors owner Eddie Gottlieb founded the team as an amateur group shortly after he and some close friends graduated from high school, and it later became a professional team. The Sphas played in many leagues around the Philadelphia area and the East Coast, most notably the Eastern Basketball League and the American Basketball League (ABL), between which the Sphas won 10 championships. The Sphas won a total of 12 championships, their first two coming from the early Philadelphia League and Philadelphia Basket Ball League.

The National Basketball League (NBL) was a professional men's basketball league in the United States established in 1937. After the 1948–49 season, its twelfth, it merged with the Basketball Association of America (BAA) to create the National Basketball Association (NBA).

After his playing days were over, Garfinkel became a basketball coach and official. He died on August 14, 2013. [3]

BAA career statistics

  GPGames played FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage APG  Assists per game
 PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

1946–47 Boston 40.266.6071.54.5
1947–48 Boston 43.300.7611.46.1
1948–49 Boston 9.171.7141.93.8


1948 Boston 3.304.8002.37.3

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  1. Jewish Sports HOF profile, accessed November 1, 2010
  2. NBA statistics, accessed November 1, 2010
  3. "Jack Garfinkel obituary". New York Times . August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.