July 24, 1922|
Brooklyn, New York
February 20, 2001 (aged 78)|
Santa Monica, California
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
(Brooklyn, New York)
|College||St. John's (1942–1943, 1945–1947)|
|Number||13, 24, 16|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Harry J. Boykoff (July 24, 1922 – February 20, 2001) was a professional American basketball player. During his career he was often referred to as "Heshie", Big Hesh", and "Big Boy". He stood 6' 10" (2.08 m) tall.
Boykoff played high school basketball for Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, and college basketball for St. John's University (New York City), where he was an All American three years in a row.
In a 1947 game at Madison Square Garden, while playing for St John's, he scored 54 points, more than the combined total of the opposing team.
Boykoff led St John's to the 1943 National Invitation Tournament championship. He was awarded the MVP Award, and was named on several All-American teams. He received a gold basketball emblematic of his selection on the All-America basketball team appearing in The Sporting News, a national sports newspaper.
In his 1948–49 season for Waterloo, Boykoff's shooting average (41.3%) was the fourth-highest in the league.
While playing for the Celtics, he was the highest paid NBA player, at around $15,000 per year.
Even with his outstanding record, Boykoff remained humble. He was quoted as saying:
I'm not an athlete, I'm just a big guy and a lucky one.
- Basketball Reference website, accessed January 8, 2011; note that the IMDB page for Harry Boykoff lists his height as 6'8".
- Harry Boykoff
- Boykoff, Harry : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
- Harry Boykoff, 78, St. John's Star in the 1940's, Dies - The New York Times
- Litsky, Frank (2001-04-15). "Harry Boykoff, 78, St. John's Star in the 1940's, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Jews in Sports
- Harry Boykoff on IMDb