Hal Uplinger

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Hal Uplinger
Born September 30, 1929 (1929-09-30)
Died February 1, 2011 (2011-03) (aged 81)
Citizenship American

Harold F. "Hal" Uplinger (September 30, 1929 – February 1, 2011) was an American professional basketball player and television producer.

A 6'4" (1.93 m) guard from Long Island University, Uplinger spent the 1953-54 NBA season with the Baltimore Bullets, scoring 86 points in 23 games.[1]

He worked for CBS in Los Angeles and New York as the production manager at KCBS, then as sports producer for the CBS Television Network. He produced the American side of Live Aid and was responsible for the international distribution of the 16-hour broadcast to 155 countries and raised $283.7 million for the Band Aid Trust. Hal Uplinger produced many world wide TV broadcasts mainly using top musical talent promoting humanitarian themes.

He is generally considered to be the co-founder, along with Tony Verna, of the system used to present instant replays on television.

He was the Northern League basketball player of the year at John Marshall High School, and an All-Los Angeles City player as well, going on to play for the National Championship Junior College team at Los Angeles City College before playing at L.I.U. for legendary coach Clair Bee. He is the only Marshall High School (opened in 1931) basketball player to ever play in the NBA.

The Santa Monica YMCA Youth basketball league honors his memory, through his god-son Pete Arbogast (also the long time radio Voice of the USC Trojans), with a free throw award named for "Uppie" in each division at the end of each season.

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  1. ^ Hal Uplinger. basketball-reference.com

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