Laszlo Bellak

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Laszlo Bellak
Full nameBellák László
Nationality Hungary  United States

Laszlo Bellak (February 12, 1911 in Budapest, Hungary – September 20, 2006, in Miami, Florida) was a Hungarian and American table tennis player.

Table tennis career[edit]

He represented Hungary 59 times in international competition.[1] The won 21 medals at the World Championships, seven of which were gold. This included six wins as a member of the Hungarian National Team that won the Swaythling Cup in 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, and 1938.[2]

Bellak moved to the United States at the start of World War II, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in India and Burma.[1] He was decorated three times, and was honorably discharged with the Victory Medal, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

He won the U.S. Men’s Singles title in 1938, the U.S. Men’s Doubles in 1937, 1939, and 1943, and the U.S. Mixed Doubles in 1941.[2] He also won three English Open titles.

Halls of Fame[edit]

Bellak was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980[3] and the International Table Tennis Foundation Hall of Fame in 1993.[4]

Bellak, who was Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.[2]

He was inducted into the Florida Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996.[5]


He authored Table Tennis—How A New Sport Was Born: The History of the Hungarian Team Winning 73 Gold Medals (1990).[6]


  1. ^ a b Marshall, Ian (September 20, 2006). "Farewell to the Clown Prince of Table Tennis, Laszlo Bellak (1911-2006)". ITTF News. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Laszlo Bellak". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Laszlo ("Laci") Bellak--Part I". USA Table Tennis - USATT Hall of Fame -. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  4. ^ (PDF). ITTF |archiveurl= missing title (help). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 17, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "Florida Table Tennis Hall of Fame Biographies". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
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