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Lapchick, Joelocked

(12 April 1900–10 August 1970)
  • Richard C. Crepeau


Lapchick, Joe (12 April 1900–10 August 1970), basketball player and coach, was born Joseph Bohomiel Lapchick in Yonkers, New York, the son of Joseph B. Lapchick, a coal miner, hat finisher, trolley motorman, and policeman, and Frances Kassik. Lapchick, the eldest of seven children, was expected to help support the family. As a child he played an improvised form of street basketball, but he most often played baseball. He was a tall boy, 6′ 3″ at age twelve, and his height allowed him to begin caddying when he was only nine. He caddied for many top New York athletes, such as ...

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