Shalom Life | June 27, 2015

Legendary Jewish NBA Statistician Harvey Pollack Dies at Age 93

Pollack was especially influential in the Philadelphia basketball scene, and has been with the NBA since its founding

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: June 25th, 2015 in Sports » Local

Legendary Jewish NBA Statistician Harvey Pollack Dies at Age 93

Photo: Harvey Pollack


Legendary NBA statistician Harvey Pollack passed away Tuesday at the age of 93. Pollack, who was employed with the league since its founding in 1946, has been an integral part of many memorable moments in NBA history.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the passing of a true NBA legend, Harvey Pollack,” said Sixers CEO Scott O’Neill in a statement.

“He may never have laced up his sneakers, but few have done more to advance the game, in the NBA or Philadelphia basketball, than Harvey. He did what he loved until the end, and shared that love of statistics and basketball with his family, who we remember at this difficult time. We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have had his wealth of knowledge, indomitable spirit, passionate drive and love for our sport with us here in Philadelphia and with the Sixers for so many years. He will be missed while his legacy will endure.”

Pollack has certainly left some big shoes to fill. Pollack was especially influential in the Philadelphia basketball scene, having recorded the book for Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA-record 100-point game against the New York Knicks. Pollack also wrote the “100 sign,” that Chamberlain was photographed with following his legendary performance.

Pollack was the recipient of the John Bunn Aqard in 2002, a lifetime achievement handed out by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Pollack is also a member of the Temple University Hall of Fame (his alma mater) as well as the Big 5 Hall of Fame.


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