Worthy Patterson

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Worthy Patterson
Personal information
Born (1931-06-17) June 17, 1931 (age 86)
New Haven, Connecticut
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Greenwich (Greenwich, Connecticut)
Tilton School (Tilton, New Hampshire)
College Connecticut (1950–1954)
NBA draft 1954 / Undrafted
Playing career 1957–1960
Position Guard
Number 17
Career history
19571958 St. Louis Hawks
1958–1960 Scranton Miners (EBA)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7 (1.8 ppg)
Rebounds 2 (0.5 rpg)
Assists 2 (0.5 rpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Worthington R. "Worthy" Patterson, Jr. is an American basketball player who played for the Connecticut Huskies college basketball team and the St. Louis Hawks of the National Basketball Association. After his basketball career, Patterson worked as a Music executive.

Early life[edit]

Patterson was born on June 17, 1931 in New Haven, Connecticut.[1] He was introduced to basketball at the Boys Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. He attended Greenwich High School from 1946 to 1950 and then spent one year at The Tilton School, where he played for Coach Weldon Haire.[2][3]

College career[edit]

Patterson played guard for the UConn Huskies from 1951 to 1954. During that time he was named first team All-Yankee Conference twice (1952–53 and 1953–54) and helped lead the team to three consecutive Yankee Conference Championships and an appearance in the 1954 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Patterson signed with the Celtics shortly before the start of training camp in 1954.[4] He was waived by the team two days before the start of the regular season.[5]

After he was cut, Patterson returned to UConn and earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education. After graduating, Patterson, who was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps in college, went into the United States Army. He spent two years in the Army and was stationed at Fort Sill.[3]

In 1957, Patterson returned to professional basketball as a member of the St. Louis Hawks. He was released after spending three months with the team, during which time he played in 4 games, scoring 7 points in 13 minutes of play.[1][3]

After his release, Patterson worked in the Hawks' front office for 4–6 weeks as part of the team's effort to integrate. He spent the 1958–59 and 1959–60 seasons with the Scranton Miners of the Eastern Basketball Association.[3]

Music executive[edit]

After retiring from basketball, Patterson worked as a salesman. He spent six years at Technical Tape Corporation, working as a sales trainee, assistant to the Vice President of Sales, assistant to the General Manager, and assistant to the Purchasing Agent.[3]

Patterson left Technical Tape Corporation for RCA, where he worked at an RCA Records factory before becoming a salesman in the New England territory. He was later transferred to the company's promotions office in New York City. He then spent five years with Warner Bros. Records.[3]

In 1969 he was appointed manager of artist relations east at Dot Records.[6]

In 1970 he returned to RCA as head of promotions.[7] Among the acts at RCA at this time were Hall & Oates, Waylon Jennings, and Vickie Sue Robinson.[3]

Later that year moved to Chess Records, where he was named national promotions director.[8] In 1971, Patterson was promoted to Sales Director.[9]

In 1972 Patterson became Eastern district sales manager for Warner/Reprise Records. In 1973, he joined Warner Brothers’ subsidiary Casablanca Records, where he was charge of promotions for the new label. Casablanca's acts included Kiss, Donna Summer, The Village People, and Toni Tennille.[3]

He later moved to Motown, where he worked for eight years in sales and promotions.[3]

He worked at Bertelsmann Music Group for eight months in 1991 before retiring.[3]

He came out of retirement in the mid-1990s to serve vice president of marketing and promotion for Monad Records.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Patterson and his wife Queen have two children, Worthy III and Tanya. Worthy III played basketball at Pepperdine University.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Worthy Patterson". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Owens, Joseph (January 5, 1954). "He Leads Connecticut U. Basketballers". Baltimore Afro-American. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Worthy Patterson". UCONN Hoop Legends. UConn Hoop Legends. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Worthy Patterson Reports to Celtics". AP. September 23, 1954. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Celtics Ask Waivers On Worthy Patterson". The Hartford Courant. October 28, 1954. 
  6. ^ "Executive Turntable". Billboard. May 3, 1969. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Famous Music in Mass Revamping". Billboard. June 6, 1970. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Executive Turntable". Billboard. January 2, 1971. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "A Shift or Twist". Washington Afro-American. January 19, 1971. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  10. ^ Rosenberg, Merri (February 4, 1996). "Making Records Far From the Urban Beat". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 December 2011.