Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Legend of John Isaacs [2015] Basketball Hall of Famer

The Legend of John Isaacs [2015] Basketball Hall of Famer

                                            John Isaacs
                                                 (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. 

Inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 at Thursday
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 

               HARLEM RENS BASKETBALL TEAM [1939]
                              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

1 comment:

  1. Dear Lahh,

    Last week newly elected Basketball Hall of Fame member John "Boy Wonder" Isaacs would have been 100 years old! Perfect score ('100')

    Celebrate his birthday with this exclusive long read:

    The Life and Times of John Isaacs, Basketball’s ‘Boy Wonder’

    This is an extended remix version of the the original piece that appeared in the 2015 Enshrinement Weekend Yearbook of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame a few weeks ago. And, it's only available here!

    If you like details, history, and "what else was going on" knowledge, then you'll enjoy this reading, so please check it out.

    The article also features the rare photographic image above, of John with his 1934-35 Textile High School team, the New York City Public School Athletic League varsity basketball champions.

    Finally, below are some of my shares from the Enshrinement Weekend itself, in case you missed them on social media.

    Wishing you a great week!


    Claude Johnson
    Founder & Executive Director
    The Black Fives Foundation