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Earl Strom

Enshrined 1995
Pottstown, PA
December 15, 1927 - June 10, 1994

Biography

From the moment Earl Strom made his first call in 1957, he elevated his profession with his sound judgement, integrity, and a true love of the game. Whether Strom was calling a charge on the visiting team to the roar of approval from the hometown crowd, or he was waving off a game-winning shot to the jeers and boos from the fans, Strom never hesitated to call the game the way he saw it. His flamboyant style and keen ability to control the game with his whistle earned him the nickname "The Pied Piper." Strom's reputation for fairness over a 32-year career earned him the respect and admiration of coaches, players, and fellow officials.

Career Highlights

Officiated in seven NBA All-Star Games
Officiated in 29 NBA and ABA Finals
Officiated in 2,400 regular season and 295 playoff games
NBA crew chief, 1967, 1968