| Wins against Kentucky - 1 | Losses against Kentucky - 3 |
Alma Mater: No College
Hometown: New York, NY
Date Born: April 12, 1900
Date Died: August 10, 1970
Overall Record: 335-129 [20 Seasons]
|12/21/1946||Kentucky vs. St. Johns||W||70 - 50||(at New York, NY)|
|12/29/1945||Kentucky vs. St. Johns||W||73 - 59||(at New York, NY)|
|3/22/1944||Kentucky vs. St. Johns||L||45 - 48||NIT (at New York, NY)|
|12/30/1943||Kentucky vs. St. Johns||W||44 - 38||-|
Obituary - Great Falls (MT) Tribune (August 11, 1970)
Basketball Great Joe Lapchick Dies
MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Lapchick, 70, former college and professional basketball coach and a member of basketball's Hall of Fame, died Monday at a hospital where he had been admitted last week with a heart ailment.
The lanky 6-foot-5 Lapchick was considered one of the first big men of the game and played with the original Celtics, a pro club which dominated the sport in the 1920s.
Lapchick twice coach at St. John's University, first in 1936 through 1947. He then moved to the New York Knickerbockers where he remained until 1956 when he returned to St. John's for another decade until his retirement.
In his last season, underdog St. John's captured the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden, one of the four NIT titles won by his Redmen.
In 1947 he took over as coach of the Knicks in the Basketball Association of America, forerunner of the National Basketball Association. With such standouts as Dick McGuire, Harry Gallatin, Vince Boryla and Carl Braun, the Knicks won the championship playoff of three straight seasons, 1951-52-53.
Lapchick's St. John's clubs compiled 335 victories against 129 defeats. As coach of the Knicks his club won 300 and lost 222.
In 1967 he was inducted in to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield, Mass., named in honor of Dr. James Naismith who is credited with inventing the sport.
Since his retirement Lapchick was employed full time as a public relations man for a shoe firm and worked summers as a sports consultant for Kutsher's Country Club here. A spokesman for the club said Lapchick fell ill last week after playing a round of golf and was admitted to Hamilton Ave. Hospital. He died about 8 a.m. Monday.
Lapchick was born April 12, 1900 in Yonkers, N.Y. and maintained his residence there.
He is survived by his widow Bobbie, two sons, Joseph Jr. and Richard, and a daughter, Barbara.
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