The Mogul: Eddie Gottlieb and Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Player

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"Eddie Gottlieb was one of the most powerful sports figures in Philadelphia from the 1920s until his death in 1979. A Russian-Jewish immigrant who became a master promoter, Gottlieb - dubbed the "Mogul" for his business acumen - was influential in both basketball and baseball circles, as well as a colorful figure in his own right." "A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Gottlieb founded, played, coached, and owned the legendary South Philadelphia Hebrew Association (SPHAS) basketball team in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Only 5'8", Gottlieb was ...
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Overview

"Eddie Gottlieb was one of the most powerful sports figures in Philadelphia from the 1920s until his death in 1979. A Russian-Jewish immigrant who became a master promoter, Gottlieb - dubbed the "Mogul" for his business acumen - was influential in both basketball and baseball circles, as well as a colorful figure in his own right." "A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Gottlieb founded, played, coached, and owned the legendary South Philadelphia Hebrew Association (SPHAS) basketball team in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Only 5'8", Gottlieb was nevertheless a skilled basketball player. But it was behind the scenes where he excelled. He helped form the National Basketball Association, and he coached and owned the Philadelphia Warriors franchise for many years. He signed Wilt Chamberlain to his first NBA contract. He also created the NBA's annual schedule of games for more than a quarter of a century." Outside of basketball, Gottlieb's achievements included co-owning the Negro League Philadelphia Stats baseball team and trying unsuccessfully to buy the Philadelphia Phillies. He was Philadelphia's leading sports booking agent from the 1920s into the 1950s for everything from sandlot baseball to semipro football to professional wrestling. Drawing upon dozens of interviews and archival sources and featuring more than 50 photographs, The Mogul vividly portrays Eddie Gottlieb's pivotal role in both Philadelphia's and America's sports history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592136551
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 1,281,958
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Paul Arizin Arizin, Paul

Introduction 1

1 From Russia to South Philly 7

2 A Jewish Man's Game 19

3 Kings of the Court 29

4 They Were the Days 48

5 A Born Promoter 66

6 Black Baseball Thrives 86

7 Owner of the Stars 101

8 Trying to Buy the Phillies 121

9 A New League, a New Team 130

10 First Champions of the BAA 148

11 New Owner of the Warriors 169

12 Integration Arrives 189

13 One Year at the Top 198

14 The Dipper Comes Home 218

15 Going to San Francisco 235

16 The 76ers Arrive 254

17 The Final Years 274

Acknowledgments 289

Sources 291

Index 297

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