Heh, the conversation about that fake all-white basketball league (and subesequent questions over whether Jews would get to play) got me thinking about the bygone era when Jews ran this thing:
Sure the dude that invented basketball was Canadian, but there was a time when Jews dominated basketball the way they now dominate media and finance. And world governments. OK, I'm kidding about world Jew domination, but I'm not kidding about basketball. In fact, the first basket scored in the
NBAwas on November 1, 1946 by Ossie Schectmanof the New York Knickerbockersagainst the Toronto Huskies. Schectman and his teammates Sonny Hertzberg, Stan Stutz, Hank Rosenstein, Ralph Kaplowitz, Jake Weber, and Leo "Ace" Gottlieb went on to win the opening game 68 - 66.
This, of course, is a favorite of mine:
New York Daily News sports editor Paul Gallico wrote in the mid 1930s that basketball "appeals to the
Hebrewwith his Orientalbackground [because] the game places a premium on an alert, scheming mind and flashy trickiness, artful dodging and general smartalecness." We see how qualities such as cunning and wiliness were posited as the keys to Jewish basketball success and how these kinds of statements were indicative of early 20th century America.
Heh "scheming mind." Here's a trailer from the film, The First Basket.