Tanenbaum was a New York University (NYU) All-America forward/guard
in 1946 and 1947. He starred for NYU from 1944
to 1947 and was team captain in 1947.
A two-hand set-shot artist, Tanenbaum overcame the rigors
of rheumatic fever to become the greatest scorer in NYU's
history, with a career total of 992 points.
His health limited him to only two professional American
Basketball League seasons, with New York in 1948-49 and Baltimore
Tanenbaum was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1947
and the same year received the Bar Kochba Award as America's
outstanding Jewish athlete. He was selected first team All-Met
in all four of his varsity seasons and twice won the Haggerty
Award as the outstanding player in the New York area.
Tanenbaum was stabbed to death during a robbery in September,