Harry Weltman

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Harry Weltman (May 4, 1933 – May 8, 2014) was an American basketball executive.

Basketball career[edit]

Weltman served as general manager of the Spirits of St. Louis in the American Basketball Association. He was also a co-owner of that team with Ozzie and Daniel Silna.[1] In the 1974-75 ABA season, the New York Nets defeated the Spirits 12 straight times, but then the Spirits beat the Nets 4 games to 1 in the 1975 Eastern Division Semifinals, a major upset.[2]

Weltman later served as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.[2]

On September 26, 2013, Weltman was inducted into the The Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Weltman was a Cleveland native from a Jewish family. He and his wife Rosemary had two children, Jeff and Mandy. Jeff followed in his father's footsteps into the NBA, where he currently works as executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA's Toronto Raptors.[4]

Weltman died on May 8, 2014 from complications from Alzheimer's 4 days after his 81st birthday.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1974-75 Spirits of St. Louis notes at RememberTheABA.com
  2. ^ a b Maier, Butch, 'Hanging out with former Cavaliers GM Harry Weltman', Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 06, 2008
  3. ^ "Harry Weltman Induction Year: 2013". Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Former Cavs GM Weltman recalled as influential, effective". Cleveland Jewish News. 13 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Valade, Jodie (May 8, 2014). "Former Cavaliers GM Harry Weltman, 81, dies". Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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