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Jack Garfinkel

Jack Garfinkel
Personal information
Born (1918-06-13)June 13, 1918
Died August 14, 2013(2013-08-14) (aged 95)
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Career information
High school Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, New York)
College St. John's (1938–1941)
Pro career 1946–1949
Position Guard
Number 15, 21
Career history
1944–1945 Philadelphia Sphas (ABL)
1945–1946 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946–1949 Boston Celtics (BAA)
Career highlights and awards
  • 1941 Haggerty Award (NCAA)
  • National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2004)
Career BAA statistics
Points 476
Rebounds Not tracked
Assists 134
Stats at

Jack "Dutch" Garfinkel (June 13, 1918 – August 14, 2013) was an American basketball player.

Garfinkel attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn and then nearby St. John's University to play for future Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick. In 1941, he won the Haggerty Award, given to the top player in the New York City metropolitan area.

After his college career was over, Garfinkel served in the United States Army during World War II. He then played for the Philadelphia Sphas of the American Basketball League, the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League (NBL), and finally settled in with the Boston Celtics of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), where he was a member of the franchise's first team in 1946–47.[1] Garfinkel lasted three seasons with the Celtics, but his career ended prior to the NBL/BAA merger that formed the National Basketball Association in 1949.[2]

After his playing days were over, Garfinkel became a basketball coach and official. He died on August 14, 2013.[3]


  1. ^ Jewish Sports HOF profile, accessed November 1, 2010
  2. ^ NBA statistics, accessed November 1, 2010
  3. ^ "Jack Garfinkel obituary". New York Times. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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