Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Basketball
Inducted: 1979
Country: United States
Born: May 19, 1928 in New York, New York
Died: December 10, 2015 in Syracuse, NY

A New York University All-America in 1948, Dolph Schayes starred for the professional National Basketball Association's (NBA) Syracuse Nationals (later the Philadelphia 76ers) from 1948 to 1964. His 1955 Nats won the NBA Championship. He was named to 12 consecutive NBA All Star Games from 1951 to 1962.

The league's Rookie of the Year in 1949, Schayes owned five NBA records by the time he retired as an active player: most consecutive games played—764 games (from Dolph Schayes, who, on January 11, 1958, became the highest scorer in NBA February 17, 1952, December 27, 1961); most minutes played—29,800; most field goals—6,135; most free throws made—6,979; and most points scored—19,249.

He finished his career fourth alltime in rebounding, winning the rebound title in 1951 with 1,080 boards.to history with 11,770 points.

On January 11, 1958, Schayes became the highest scorer in NBA history, reaching 11,770 points to surpass the great George Mikan. It was Wilt Chamberlain who eventually topped his scoring record. Regarded as the first true "power forward," Schayes had a career scoring average of 18.2 points per game.

He became player-coach of the 76ers in 1964, confining himself to coaching after that season. His Philadelphia team won the 1965-66 NBA Championship, and Schayes was named the League's Coach of the Year. From 1966 to 1970, he also served as supervisor of NBA referees. Schayes coached the NBA Buffalo Braves franchise from 1970 to 1972.

In 1977, Schayes was head coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Games basketball team, and with the inspired play of his 6'11" high-school-age son Danny, the Americans won the gold medal.

Schayes was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1972.

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