Jerry Harkness

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Jerry Harkness
No. 21, 15
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1940-05-07) May 7, 1940 (age 74)
Harlem, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school DeWitt Clinton
(Bronx, New York)
College Loyola (Illinois) (1960–1963)
NBA draft 1963 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1963–1969
Career history
1963–1964 New York Knicks
19671969 Indiana Pacers (ABA)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 618 (7.2 ppg)
Rebounds 233 (2.7 rpg)
Assists 156 (1.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jerald B. "Jerry" Harkness (born May 7, 1940) is an American former professional basketball player. He played for the New York Knicks of the NBA and the Indiana Pacers of the ABA. Harkness attended Loyola University Chicago, where he was captain of the team that won the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. He is a civil rights activist.

Early life and career[edit]

Harkness was born in Harlem. Before playing in the professional leagues, the 6'3" Harkness was a star at DeWitt Clinton High School and Loyola University Chicago.[1] At Loyola, he served as captain of the team that upset the University of Cincinnati to win the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

He then moved on to the professional leagues, after being drafted by the Drafted by the New York Knicks in the 2nd round (10th pick overall) of the 1963 NBA Draft. Harknes played one season (1963–64) with the NBA's New York Knicks. He then played two seasons (1967–1969) with the ABA's Indiana Pacers.[2]

Though his professional career was relatively short, he left his mark in the record books on November 13, 1967, when he hit a 92-foot (28 m)-long game-winning buzzer beater to lead the Pacers past the Dallas Chaparrals. This is still the longest shot ever made in any American professional basketball game.[3]

Life after basketball[edit]

Harkness became the first African-American salesman for Quaker Oats.[4][5] In 1970, Harkness became the first African-American fundraiser in Indianapolis, working for the United Way of Greater Indianapolis. He was Indianapolis' first African-American sportscaster.[6]

He has also devoted much of his time to civil rights issues. He worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the early 1970s,[7] and he currently serves as executive director of the Indianapolis Chapter of 100 Black Men, a national organization dedicated to supporting and training young African American males.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

On July 11, 2013, in the Oval Office of the White House, Harkness and former Loyola teammates John Egan, Les Hunter and Ron Miller met with President Barack Obama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school's 1963 national championship.[9] To date it remains the only NCAA Division I basketball championship won by a university from the state of Illinois.[10] In September 2013, Harkness and the entire 1963 Loyola Ramblers NCAA Championship basketball team was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.[11] The 1963 Loyola Ramblers were inducted in the College Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2013,[12][13]

In June 2013, Harkness was awarded the Muhammad Ali Athlete Award.[14] He is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame[15] and the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jerry Harkness". Loyola University. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jerry Harkness publisher= databaseBasketball". Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Boys' Life Mar 1995. Boy Scouts of America, Inc. 1995. p. 13. 
  4. ^ "Q & A WITH JERRY HARKNESS: 50 YEARS AFTER THE GAME OF CHANGE AND HIS TRIP TO THE WHITE HOUSE". Legends of Basketball. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jerry Harkness plays game-changing role in basketball history (Part 2)". NBA.com. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Black History Month: Hoosier history makers". Indy Star.com. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Former Rambler Jerry Harkness to Speak at MLK Day Celebration". Loyola University. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jerry Harkness". The History Makers. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Q & A WITH JERRY HARKNESS: 50 YEARS AFTER THE GAME OF CHANGE AND HIS TRIP TO THE WHITE HOUSE". Legends of Basketball. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "NCAA Champ Coach Rick Pitino Set for Hall of Fame Class of 2013 along with 1963 NCAA Champion Loyola Ramblers". Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "NCAA Champ Coach Rick Pitino Set for Hall of Fame Class of 2013 along with 1963 NCAA Champion Loyola Ramblers". Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Loyola 1963 Men's Basketball NCAA Title Team To Enter The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame". Loyola University. Retrieved December 28, 2013. , making it the first team inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  13. ^ "Loyola’s 1963 Championship Basketball Team Inducted Into Hall Of Fame". CBS Chicago. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Harkness To Receive Muhammad Ali Award At Giants Awards Dinner". Loyola University. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ "A Hall of Fame night at the New York Athletic Club". New York Amsterdam News. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Loyola 1963 Men's Basketball NCAA Title Team To Enter The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame". Loyola University. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963 - The Team That Changed the Color of College Basketball" by Michael Lenehan, published by Agate Publishing, Feb 18, 2013.

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