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Harry Litwack

Enshrined 1976
Austria
September 20, 1907 - August 7, 1999

Biography

A true gentleman, Harry Litwack's flawless character, distinguished coaching ability, and outstanding sportsmanship made him a legendary figure in Philadelphia's sporting annals. Nicknamed "The Chief" after the catch phrase he used when meeting new people, Litwack is credited with developing the box-and-one defense. Litwack played seven seasons with the Philadelphia SPHAS (1930-36), helping them capture championships in both the Eastern and American Basketball Leagues. With a strong playing background, Litwack then coached Temple's freshman team to a 181-32 record from 1931 to 1951. The Chief became Temple's head coach in 1952 and compiled a 373-193 record. Litwack, who suffered only one losing season in 21 years, directed the Owls to thirteen postseason tournaments, including the 1969 NIT Championship and two third place NCAA finishes.

Career Highlights

Final Four with Temple, 1956, 1958
Thirteen postseason tournaments
Lectured at clinics throughout the United States
Also had outstanding career as basketball referee