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Gottlieb, Eddielocked

(15 September 1898–07 December 1979)
  • Steven W. Pope


Gottlieb, Eddie (15 September 1898–07 December 1979), professional basketball coach, promoter, and team owner, was born Edward Gottlieb in Kiev, Ukraine, the son of Morris Gottlieb and Leah (maiden name unknown). Gottlieb’s family moved to the United States in 1907. While growing up in a Jewish section of Philadelphia, he learned basketball, and in 1918 he organized and promoted a team that represented the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association (Sphas). The Sphas soon ended their affiliation with the association but kept a six-pointed star and the Hebrew letters ...

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