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February 6, 2015 Updates

Legendary Sixers stat man Harvey Pollack remains in the surgical trauma intensive care unit at Hahnemann University Hospital, recovering from serious injuries suffered in a one-car accident on New Year's Day. After serving as a judge in the Mummers Parade, Pollack, 92, crashed his car inside of a parking garage in Center City. He suffered a broken hip, on which he has had surgery, as well as broken ribs, a broken pelvis and many lacerations. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Harvey Pollack, the Sixers' director of statistical information and a dedicated follower of the Flyers and Big Five basketball, was in critical but stable condition Friday after being involved in one-car accident Thursday evening in Center City. He suffered a broken hip, pelvis, and jaw, plus broken ribs, in addition to having facial lacerations. The 92-year-old had hip surgery scheduled for Friday afternoon at Hahnemann University Hospital and will have more procedures. Philadelphia Inquirer

Pollack, 92, the 76ers' director of statistical information, was driving his car in a parking garage after being a judge for the Mummers Parade. His car hit a wall, and Pollack suffered a broken hip, ribs, pelvis and jaw along with facial lacerations. He underwent hip surgery yesterday. "I'm surprised he just didn't walk out of the car and brush himself off," 76ers coach Brett Brown said from Phoenix, where his team played the Suns last night. "He's a stud, an absolute stud. Our thoughts are with him. Clearly, someone like that, who has been involved in the league for over six decades, he's a stud. I see him walking around all the time through the building, and it's always great to have a conversation with him. We send our best wishes. Based on what he's done, you expect him to just bounce back any day and keep moving again." Philadelphia Inquirer

January 2, 2015 Updates

Harvey Pollack, longtime statistician for the Philadelphia 76ers, is hospitalized in critical condition following a one-car accident last evening. Team officials say Pollack, 92, suffered numerous internal injuries, a broken jaw, and facial lacerations. There were no immediate details on the cause of the accident. CBS Philly

Pollack is the only person still working in the NBA since its inaugural season, in 1946. He was the scorekeeper for Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point game on March 2, 1962. CBS Philly

December 27, 2013 Updates

“The word ‘legend’ doesn’t appropriately describe Harvey,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver tells JTA. “He’s really the heart and soul of the 76ers, a walking encyclopedia of NBA history and a testament to the family nature of this league.” Pollack, vigorous at 91, remains a Philadelphia courtside fixture, scrupulously keeping each game’s statistics without so much as eyeglasses to assist. Pollack, in fact, predates the NBA, going back to the Warriors’ Basketball Association of America debut in 1946. Jewish Daily Forward

He long ago developed an intricate code to convey information to a colleague across the court for input into a desktop computer. The colleague recording the data for statistical posterity? His 67-year-old son, Ron, who has worked with dad since 1962. On the night of Chamberlain’s wondrous game in Hershey, Pa., it was Ron who ran copy to the Western Union desk for transmittal to the wire services. Ron’s son Brian, 40, works nearly every game with them from near the basket, calling out turnovers and substitutions. Not even the elder Pollack can monitor everything. Jewish Daily Forward

The term “triple-double” for a player netting 10 or more points, rebounds and assists in a game — Pollack’s doing. These days he even charts which NBA players sport tattoos. Pollack is the Philadelphia 76ers’ director of statistical information, a paltry title for the unofficial historian of all things throughout the National Basketball Association’s existence. Jewish Daily Forward

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Sixers Director of Statistical Information Harvey “Super Stat” Pollack has recorded several stunning figures over the course of his 65-year career. Although the NBA Hall of Famer is best known for writing the “100” sign held by Wilt Chamberlain after his landmark 100-point game, Pollack’s notoriety for a very different number is boosting his profile, too. 3000. Then 3001, 3002, 3003, 3004, and as of today, 3005. Pollack has worn exactly 3005 T-shirts over the course of the last nine years – a different shirt every day – in his quest to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. NBA.com

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