The Leg­end of Red Klotz: How Bas­ket­bal­l’s Loss Leader Won Over the World 14,000 Times

  • From the Publisher
May 22, 2014

Red Klotz, a first gen­er­a­tion son of Russ­ian Jew­ish immi­grants, is one of bas­ket­bal­l’s great­est pio­neers. Dur­ing a career span­ning eight decades, Red opposed the Harlem Glo­be­trot­ters 14,000 times, beat­ing them just once’on his win­ning shot. Despite nev­er top­ping 57″ Red over­came his diminu­tive size, anti-Semi­tism, the Great Depres­sion, and WWII to suc­ceed in basketball.

Dur­ing his sto­ried career with the Wash­ing­ton Gen­er­als, the oppo­nents of the Harlem Glo­be­trot­ters, Red helped intro­duce bas­ket­ball to 116 coun­tries and became an ambas­sador for Amer­i­ca and the Jew­ish people.

Born and reared in the Jew­ish bas­ket­ball hotbed” of South Philadel­phia, Red was denied entry to Tem­ple Uni­ver­si­ty because of a quo­ta on Jew­ish ballplay­ers. Instead, Red starred with his Jew­ish best friend, Her­man Drizen, at (Catholic) Vil­lano­va University.

Red went pro with the Philadel­pha Sphas (South Philadel­phia Hebrew Asso­ci­a­tion), where he was men­tored by Jew­ish NBA trail­blaz­er Eddie Got­tlieb. In 1948 Red became the short­est play­er to win an NBA cham­pi­onship, with the Bal­ti­more Bullets

This biog­ra­phy traces Red’s unlike­ly jour­ney as the game’s most-trav­eled man.

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