NBA Legend Dolph Schayes Selected For 2015 Bronx Walk of Fame

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced today that NBA legend Dolph Schayes will be inducted into the 2015 Bronx Walk of Fame.


16512378824_65edf358a9_b“We have a long tradition of producing basketball legends in The Bronx, and Dolph Schayes is one of those greats that laid the foundation for future generations,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “He is a pioneer who was among one of the NBA’s first stars, and his popularity helped to build the league into the juggernaut it is today. His ability to drive to the basket as well as hit lethal two-handed set shots made him a force to be reckoned with in the NBA.”


“I am honored to be inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame,” said Schayes. “Growing up in The Bronx made a huge impact on my life and made me who I am. This borough is very special to me and I am very grateful to be recognized by Borough President Diaz.”


Schayes grew up on Davidson Avenue and 183rd Street, near Jerome Avenue in University Heights, attended Creston Junior High School 79 and DeWitt Clinton High School (1945–48), where he led the basketball team to the borough championship.


After playing for New York University – where he won the Haggerty Award, given to the All-Metropolitan New York Division 1 men’s college basketball Player of the Year – the 6’8″, 220 lbs Schayes went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals (who would later become the Philadelphia 76ers). There he enjoyed a stellar career appearing in 12 NBA All-Star games, being named into six All-NBA first teams and winning the NBA Championship in 1955. Schayes led the fabled Nats in their defeat of the Fort Wayne Pistons in seven games.


Schayes, who was a player-coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1963, eventually took his talents to the sideline and earned an NBA Coach of the Year award in 1966.


dolph schayes_bio_smFor his contributions to the game and the league, Schayes was named onto the NBA’s 25th Anniversary Team, the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. He was also inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the U.S. National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Jewish American Sports Hall of Fame.


Dolph Schayes will be officially inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame as part of the 44th annual Bronx Week, a program of The Bronx Tourism Council. Bronx Week is an annual highly-anticipated 11-day event where the entire borough, including government, business, and the community-at-large, come together to celebrate “The Best of The Bronx” through festivals, concerts, health fairs, parades, performances and a host of other activities.


Bronx Week 2015 will take place from May 7-17. At the end of the 11-day celebration, our hometown heroes like Schayes are inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame, where their names are emblazoned on a street sign to reside on the historic district of the Grand Concourse forever.


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