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 Post subject: Jack Twyman died this week
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:34 pm 
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Most of you probably don't know who he was, even though he's in the basketball Hall of Fame.

He was a star player in the formative years of the NBA and I first knew of him when he was the analyst on the NBA Game of the Week Sunday afternoons on ABC in the 60s and 70s.

But I also knew of him for another reason I didn't fully appreciate at the time.

Back in the days before WFAN, one of the first sports talk radio shows in New York was on 660 AM (WNBC in those days).

The nightly show was hosted by Bill Mazer and at least once a year, usually around this time, Mazer would have Jack Twyman on to talk about an annual summer all-star game he hosted at Kutsher's in the mountains upstate.

The all-star game, with pro players volunteering their time, would be played for the benefit of Maurice Stokes, a former teammate of Twyman's who had suffered a head injury in an NBA game and later went into a coma, emerging completely paralyzed, except for the ability to blink his eyes.

Twyman, at age 24, became the legal guardian of Stokes, 23 at the time of his injury, and cared for Stokes until Stokes died in 1970 at the age of 36.

At the time, I didn't realize how remarkable it was, considering all the care someone like Stokes required just to live and the fact that NBA players didn't make much money in those days.

There was also the element of a white man taking extraordinary care of a black man at a time when tensions between the races were at their highest in this country.

It's truly a remarkable story

Here's a link to an article with more details. It calls Twyman the greatest teammate of all-time.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2 ... ati-royals

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