George Glamack

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George Glamack
Personal information
Born (1918-06-07)June 7, 1918
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died March 10, 1987(1987-03-10) (aged 68)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Johnstown (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
College North Carolina (1938–1941)
Position Power forward / Center
Number 99
Career history
1941–1942 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
1945–1947 Rochester Royals
1947–1948 Indianapolis Kautskys
1948–1949 Hammond Calumet Buccaneers
1948–1949 Indianapolis Jets
Career highlights and awards
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George Gregory Glamack (June 7, 1919 – March 10, 1987) was an American basketball player of Serbian origin born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

A 6'6" forward-center, Glamack attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Glamack, an All-American in 1940 and 1941, was nicknamed the Blind Bomber because he had very poor eyesight and had to rely on the lines drawn on the court when shooting.[1] The Spaulding Guide noted that "Glamack, who is ambididextrous when on the court, is also so nearsighted that the ball is merely a dim object, but apparently he never looked where he was shooting, depending upon his sense of distance and direction." The secret of "The Blind Bomber" was looking at the black lines on the court. By doing that he knew where he was in reference to the basket and measure the shot.

He scored 45 points against Clemson in 1941, still the fourth-highest total in UNC history.[2] That year, he led UNC to a Southern Conference championship and the NCAA tournament. In both 1940 and 1941 he won the Helms Foundation Player of the Year which was the only MVP award of that time. He is one of eight players to have his jersey number retired by UNC, the others being Jack Cobb, Lennie Rosenbluth, Phil Ford, James Worthy, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison, and Tyler Hansbrough.

Glamack entered pro basketball in 1941. In 1945 he joined the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League.[3] Glamack scored a team high 12.3 points per game and the team finished with a record of 24-10. They would go on to win the 1946 championship, defeating the Sheboygan Red Skins 3-0.[4] The next year Glamack scored 8.5 poins per game and the team finished with a record of 31-13,[5] the best record in the league. The team went to the finals again in 1947 but lost to George Mikan and the Chicago American Gears. Glamack retired from professional basketball in 1951.


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