(Born Sept. 15, 1915, Panama City, Pan.
—Died Jan. 26, 2009, Bronx, N.Y.)
John Isaacs was inducted into the Basketball Hall
of Fame in Springfield, Mass this weekend.
jacket ceremony and press conference at the hall are from left: Alex Isaacs for his late father,
John Isaacs, Dick Bavetta, John Calipari, Louis Dampier, Lidsay Gaze, Spencer Haywood,
Tom Heinshon, Lisa Leslie, Dikembe Mutombo, George Raveling and Jo Jo White.
September 10, 2015. (Michael S. Gordon / The Republican)
Alex Isaacs accepts the Hall of Fame Award
for his father, John Isaacs, at the Induction
Ceremony in Springfield, MA.
Mr. Isaacs was a man who always made time to speak,
educate and inspire those around him. He was very
generous with countless individuals, not only in the
urban, inner-city of NYC, but also at various suburban
basketball camps and conferences throughout the country.
He was a cornerstone at the Lou Carneseca Basketball Camp where he instructed and guided hundreds of
young athletes for many years...He also held court
at the Pelham Fritz League
in Harlem on Sundays. He
also worked at the Madison
Boys and Girls Club on Hoe
Avenue in the Bronx, well
in to his 90's.
Mr. Isaacs was a great community role model,
and significant contributor to the New York community.
True Legends of the Game
Henry "Hank" DeZonie & John "Boy Wonder" Isaacs
Link to 2004 New York Post Article
WORLD CHAMPIONS OF BASKETBALL
Mr. Isaacs [Third from left]
"Happy Birthday Blessings
and Congrats to Mr. I"
The following is an excerpt from
Encyclopedia Britannica & Link to The Black Fives
Panamanian-born American basketball player who was a standout point guard for
the Harlem Renaissance, a barnstorming all-black professional basketball team that
rose to prominence in New York City during the era that preceded the formation
of the National Basketball Association (NBA); noted for his exceptional passing
and playmaking ability, Isaacs helped lead the Renaissance—or Rens, as the team
was popularly known—to a showdown victory in 1939 over the National
Basketball League’s Oshkosh (Wis.) All-Stars in a game that was billed as the first
world professional basketball championship. Isaacs also won a world championship
title in 1943 with the Washington (D.C.) Bears, another all-black team.
After retiring from the professional ranks in the early 1950s, Isaacs served for many
years as a counselor and coach at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in the
Bronx, where he mentored a number of future NBA players.
Life and Times of John Isaacs