Ed Warner (basketball)

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Ed Warner
Personal information
Born (1929-07-05)July 5, 1929
Died September 7, 2002(2002-09-07) (aged 73)
Harlem, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school DeWitt Clinton (Bronx, New York)
College CCNY (1949–1951)
Position Forward
Number 8
Career highlights and awards

Edward L. Warner (July 5, 1929 – September 7, 2002) was an American college basketball player. He was one of the stars of the 1949–50 CCNY Beavers men's basketball team, the only team to win both the NCAA tournament and the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in the same year. He was also a central figure in the point shaving scandal that came to light in the aftermath of that season.

College career[edit]

Warner came from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx to play college basketball for Nat Holman at the City College of New York. A 6'3 forward, Warner regularly battled with bigger men to average 14.8 points per game as a sophomore for the Beavers during their championship year. In the 1950 NIT, Warner upped this average to 21.7 per game and was named tournament Most Valuable Player as CCNY defeated Bradley in the final at Madison Square Garden. A couple of weeks later, Warner and the Beavers again beat Bradley, this time in the 1950 NCAA tournament, to become the only team to win both tournaments in the same year.[1]

Point shaving scandal[edit]

The next season, Warner and teammate Ed Roman were named co-captains for the Beavers and were poised to defend their championship titles. However, on February 18, 1951, New York City District Attorney Frank Hogan arrested seven men for shaving points - including Ed Warner. While a number of the implicated CCNY players received suspended sentences, Warner was sent to prison for six months. One lawyer in the case remarked:

"(Judge Saul) Streit considered Warner to be incorrigible and uncontrollable. Warner was too flamboyant and he also had a record as a juvenile delinquent. Streit believed in rehabilitation by deprivation"[2]

For his involvement in fixing games, Ed Warner was permanently banned from playing in the National Basketball Association.

Later life[edit]

After serving his sentence at Rikers Island prison, Warner played several years in the Eastern Basketball Association. In the 1960s, he again found himself in prison for attempting to sell heroin. Warner then officiated high school basketball games until he was partly paralyzed in a car accident in 1984. Ed Warner died on September 7, 2002.[1]


  1. ^ a b Richard Goldstein (September 11, 2002). "Ed Warner, 73, College Star Convicted of Shaving Points". New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rosen, Charley (1999). Scandals of '51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press.