R.I.P. Oscar Benjamin Schectman

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Who is Oscar Benjamin Schectman?  “Ossie” Schectman scored the first 2 points in the history of  the National Basketball League!

Schectman, who played one season for the New York Knicks, scored the basket in a game against the Toronto Huskies on November 1, 1946.

Born on March 20, 1919, Schectman grew up on New York’s Lower East Side, where he and his friends, who didn’t have the money to purchase a real basketball, often played with taped-together rags, using laundry baskets as hoops.

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Ossie Schectman, center, with former Toronto Huskies players, from left, Dick Schulz, Gino Sovran, Harry Miller and Ray Wertis in 1996.

Schectman, a 6-foot guard played in the American Basketball League with the Philadelphia Sphas — whose nickname came from the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association — before the Knicks signed him in 1946 to play in the new Basketball Association of America, which later became the NBA.   Schectman played just one season and 54 games with the Knicks.  He averaged 8.1 points and was third in the league with 2.0 assists.

For his one season as a Knick, Schectman made $9,000, which included a $1,000 bonus for the playoffs.  The Knicks’ entire payroll, as he recalled, was $60,000. – nytimes.com

Click here to see a video of Ossie making the first basket in NBA history!

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