The Portland Path Blazers announced that creator and president emeritus Harry Glickman passed away Wednesday. He was 96.

” The Trail Sports jackets have long been the recipient of Harry’s vision, generosity, and motivation,” Trail Sports jackets chair Jody Allen stated in the group’s declaration. “As the group’s founder and very first general supervisor, his management contributed in sparking our city’s pride and passion for sports. I am grateful for Harry’s numerous contributions to the franchise over the years. He will be missed by numerous.”

Glickman, together with Herman Sarkowsky, Larry Weinberg and Robert Schmertz, became part of Portland’s initial ownership group when the city was approved an NBA growth team in 1970. He also led the franchise till 1994, even after the group was sold to the late Paul Allen.

The group won a title under his watch in 1977 and went to 3 NBA Finals. The Trail Blazers also sold out 814 straight home games, a record for expert sports in the United States. Between 1970 and 1994, they reached the postseason 17 times.

” Harry was the meaning of a true Trail Sports jacket,” team president and CEO Chris McGowan said.

Path Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey added that Glickman “laid the structure and established the benchmark for small market success in the NBA.”

” He was the driving force that set the stage for the 1977 NBA Championship, a seminal minute that raised Portland and permitted it to sign up with the elite of professional sports franchises,” he continued. “His contributions to the city of Portland and the Path Blazers are immense and for that all of us owe him an excellent debt of gratitude.”