Fred Scolari

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Fred Scolari
Fred J. Scolari.jpg
Personal information
Born (1922-03-01)March 1, 1922
San Francisco, California
Died October 17, 2002(2002-10-17) (aged 80)
San Ramon, California
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Galileo (San Francisco, California)
College San Francisco (194?–1946)
Position Point guard
Number 14, 23, 20, 14, 20, 10, 24
Career history
As player:
1946–1951 Washington Capitols
1951 Syracuse Nationals
1951–1953 Baltimore Bullets
1953–1954 Fort Wayne Pistons
1954–1955 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1951–1952 Baltimore Bullets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Fred J. Scolari (March 1, 1922 – October 17, 2002) was an American professional basketball player. At 5'10", he played the guard position.

Though he was blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and often overweight, "Fat Freddie" excelled in basketball at Galileo High School and the University of San Francisco. In 1946, he joined the Washington Capitols of the Basketball Association of America (now the NBA) at the start of a nine-year (1946–1955) professional career with the Capitols, Syracuse Nationals, Baltimore Bullets, Fort Wayne Pistons and Boston Celtics. He was one of the last two NBA players who played in its predecessor BAA from its inception in 1946 to retire.

Scolari became known for his unorthodox, yet effective, shooting style, in which he released the ball from his hip. He led the BAA in free-throw percentage for the 1946–47 BAA season. He was also a well-regarded defender, and was voted to the All-BAA Second Team in 1947 and 1948.

After his basketball career ended, he became a successful insurance salesman. He later served as director of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club in San Francisco. In 1998, he was elected to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

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