Harry J. Gallatin
As the game of basketball made its transition from the early days to the modern game, Harry Gallatin's 6-foot-6-inch size, coupled with his desire to win, provided an excellent foundation for a successful career in any era. But Gallatin was more than size and passion; he possessed tremendous physical strength, and playing hard was his calling card. "Horse," as his teammates called him, played not for rewards or records, but rather for the love of the game. His durability helped him set a then-NBA record of 682 consecutive games played. He played nine of his ten seasons with the New York Knicks, was an All-NBA First Team selection in 1954, and a seven-time NBA All Star. Known mostly for his strong rebounding, Gallatin ranked among the top ten in rebounding on six different occasions and led the league in 1954. He averaged a double-double in points and rebounds eight out of his ten professional seasons. At Northeast Missouri State Teacher's College, Gallatin averaged 13 points per game in only two seasons due to his service in the U.S. Navy.