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Class of 1976 - At 6'3" and 215 lbs., Edward "Moose' Krause dominated the post and triggered the establishment of the three-second rule. The three-time All-America was Notre Dame's most prolific scorer in basketball's formative years. After playing, Krause returned to coach the Irish for six seasons, then served as the school's Athletic Director. Class of 1977 - Charles "Tarzan" Cooper excelled at the center position for 20 seasons with various teams, including the New York Renaissance and Washington Bears. He led the Rens in an 88-game win streak and the 1939 World Pro Championship. In 1943, Cooper led the Bears to the World Professional title. An All-America player for the Oregon Ducks, Lauren "Laddie" Gale helped revolutionize the sport by using a one-handed shot. As a junior and senior, Gale scored 815 points and led Oregon to the 1939 NCAA Championship. William "Skinny" Johnson was known for his ability to gain control of the jump ball after every basket, a rule not changed until the mid-1930s. He led Kansas to three Big Six Conference titles and was named an All-America in 1933. Class of 1978 - Joe Fulks was modern pro basketball's first scoring sensation, popularizing the one-handed shot. He played eight seasons in the BAA and NBA, all with the Philadelphia Warriors. "Jumpin Joe" was the first BAA scoring champion in 1947, tallying 1,389 points in 60 games for an average of 23.2 points per game. Hall of Fame coach Clair Bee called John Nucatola "basketball's greatest official." Nucatola refereed in the ECAC, Atlantic Coast, Southern and Big Eight Conferences, in NIT and NCAA tournaments, and in the ABL, the BAA and NBA in the 1930s through 1950s. All are Silver Relief medallions. Cooper and Fulks are in NM condition. Krause is in very good condition; tip of nose slightly worn. Gale is in very good condition; tip of nose slightly worn and scratched. Johnson is in NM condition - this medallion was done in a pitted, rough style casting and is not "smooth" like the others. Nucatola is in very good condition; tip of nose and lower lip chipped.
Basketball Hall of Fame Classes of 1976, 1977 & 1978 Medallions Including Joe Fulks (6)
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Minimum Bid: $250
Price Realized: $439
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Friday, December 30, 2005.
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