inductee details

Jack Garfinkel

Inducted March 28, 2004

Sport: Basketball
Team: Boston Celtics


Dutch played on the very first Boston Celtics team.  Dutch was a colorful personality and great player in the early days of The NBA.

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, where he helped them win the PSAL title in 1936, Dutch went on to become St. Johnís starting point guard as a sophomore.  His coach, Joe Lapchick, said, ďHeís the best passer Iíve ever seen since Nat Holman.Ē

In 1940-41, Dutch captained the St. Johnís team and won the Haggerty Award, which is still given annually to the outstanding player in the Metro N.Y. area.

After his stellar college career, Dutch played pro ball in The ABL, NBL, New York State League, and BAA.  During WWII, Dutch spent time in the Army, and in 1944 Ė 45, he played for The Philadelphia SPHAs.

In 1946, Dutch moved leagues and played in The NBL for The Rochester Royals.  In the backcourt was future Knicks Coach and Jewish Sports Hall of Famer, Red Holzman.  The following season, Dutch played for The Boston Celtics of the newly formed BAA.

After his playing days, Dutch became a coach and referee.  He officiated high school games in New York City, college games in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and in The Eastern Pro League.

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