Harvey Pollack Rumors
Hundreds of mourners packed a Philadelphia funeral home Friday to honor Harvey Pollack, the longtime NBA employee and statistics icon who died Tuesday at the age of 93. Friends, family and colleagues described a man who loved basketball, statistics and, most of all, his family. Pollack began his career in 1946 with the Philadelphia Warriors and worked the last 28 years as the 76ers’ director of statistical information. Among the six people who eulogized Pollack were Hall of Famer Julius Erving. “Iconic is sometimes overused or overstated, but in this instance I think it is appropriate,” Erving said in describing Pollack.
“He may never have laced up his sneakers, but few have done more to advance the game, in the NBA or Philadelphia basketball, than Harvey,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said. “He did what he loved until the end, and shared that love of statistics and basketball with his family, who we remember at this difficult time.
Harvey Pollack, the last original employee of the NBA’s inaugural season to still be working in the league, has died. He was 93. Pollack died on Tuesday. Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team’s director of statistical information.
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.
Stat guru Harvey Pollack, hurt in a one-car crash in an parking garage in Center City on New Year’s night, remains in Hahnemann Hospital with injuries including a broken hip, ribs and pelvis. He is still on a ventilator for most of the days, though doctors are trying to take him off it more each day.
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.
“I’m surprised he didn’t walk out of the car and brush himself off,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said after the team’s shootaround Friday in Phoenix. “He’s a stud, an absolute stud. Our thoughts are with him clearly.” Pollack started working for the Philadelphia Warriors in the NBA’s first season. He coined the term “triple-double” and was courtside when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points on March 2, 1962.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Bulls.com’s Sam Smith reported legendary 76ers statistician Harvey Pollack handed Derrick Rose a copy of his annual book pregame. When Pollack told Rose he had been in the NBA since its inception, Rose asked Pollack to autograph it.
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.