Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Basketball
Inducted: 1980
Country: United States
Born: September 15, 1898 in Kiev, Ukraine
Died: December 7, 1979

Eddie "The Mogul" Gottlieb was a founder of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and one of the innovative pioneers who promoted and held together pro basketball during its long and painful emerging decades. Gottlieb coached and managed the Philadelphia Warriors from 1947 to 1955, piloting them to the Basketball Association of America's (BAA) first league championship in 1947. (The BAA, organized after World War II, merged with the National Basketball League to become the NBA in 1949.) The Warriors won their first NBA title in 1956.

In 1952, Gottlieb purchased full ownership of the Warriors from his partners for $25,000 to save professional basketball for the city of Philadelphia. He sold the franchise to San Francisco in 1962.

Prior to the establishment of the NBA, Gottlieb was associated with the legendary Philadelphia SPHAs (South Philadelphia Hebrew Association), first as a player in 1917 and subsequently as its coach and owner. Gottlieb and two friends had organized the SPHAs shortly after high school graduation (see SPHAs bio on pages 30-32). He led the SPHAs to 11 Eastern and American League championships, including American Basketball League titles in 1934, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1943, and 1945.

Many of pro basketball's existing rules can be attributed to Gottlieb. From 1952, until his death in 1979, he was the official schedule maker for the NBA. Gottlieb was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.

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