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Edward "Eddie" Gottlieb

Armed with a great smile and a razor-sharp memory, “The Mogul” of basketball, Ed Gottlieb was an innovator, successful coach, and masterful promoter. In 1918, Gottlieb organized and coached the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association. From the late 1920s to early 1940s, the SPHAs dominated the Eastern and American Basketball Leagues, winning multiple championships and beating the Original Celtics and New York Rens in the same season. In 1946, Gottlieb helped establish a new professional league, the Basketball Association of America. As owner, general manager, coach, and chief ticket seller of the Philadelphia Warriors, the team won the BAA’s first championship in 1946-47. In 1949, Gottlieb played a pivotal role in the merger of the BAA with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association. Gottlieb still owned the Philadelphia Warriors in 1956, the year the team captured the NBA title. He continued his relationship with the NBA as chairman of the NBA Rules Committee, schedule maker of the NBA, and consultant to the commissioner.

Enshrined 1972
Born September 15, 1898 , Kiev UA
Died December 07, 1979
Contributor Stats
KNOWN AS "THE MOGUL"
OF BASKETBALL
1947 BAA CHAMPIONSHIP
WITH PHILADELPHIA WARRIORS
1956 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
WITH PHILADELPHIA WARRIORS
25 YEARS AS CHAIRMAN
OF NBA RULES COMMITTEE
30 YEARS AS NBA
SCHEDULE MAKER
1946 HELPED FORM BAA