Portland Path Blazers founder Harry Glickman dead at 96
The team announced Glickman’s death; no cause was given. In their tweet, the Trail Blazers described Glickman as: “The daddy of expert sports in Oregon, a real Path Blazer.”
Portland was given an expansion franchise in 1970. Glickman became part of the original ownership team, in addition to Herman Sarkowsky, Larry Weinberg and Robert Schmertz, that paid the league’s $3.7 million expansion fee, according to the team’s site. Glickman was among the investors who sold the club to Paul Allen in 1988.
Glickman held a variety of positions with the group, consisting of basic supervisor, prior to he retired in 1994. He then became president emeritus.
Under Glickman, the Path Blazers reached the NBA Finals 3 times, winning their only title in 1977. Portland likewise won the Western Championship game in 1990 and 1992.
” Harry Glickman laid the structure and developed the standard for small-market success in the NBA,” stated Neil Olshey, the president of basketball operations for the Blazers. “He was the driving force that set the phase for the 1977 NBA champion, a critical minute that raised Portland and enabled it to sign up with the elite of professional sports franchises.”
Likewise while under Glickman, the Trail Blazers set an American sports record with 814 consecutive home sellouts, a task later on surpassed by the Boston Red Sox.
” The Path Sports jackets have long been the beneficiary of Harry’s vision, kindness, and motivation,” said Jody Allen, chair of the Trail Blazers. “As the group’s founder and first basic supervisor, his management was crucial in igniting our city’s pride and passion for sports. … He will be missed by lots of.”
Glickman was born and grew up in south Portland. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1948 with a degree in journalism. After college, he served three years in the U.S. Army and saw action in the European theater with the 12th Armored Department. He was granted a Bronze Star.
Glickman founded the Portland Buckaroos hockey group in 1960. In 12 seasons with him as co-owner and president, the group won 3 titles.
” Harry was the definition of a true Trail Sports jacket,” said Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “Through his commitment and perseverance, Harry not only created an effective sports franchise in a small western market, but has actually united numerous thousands of people around the globe through a shared love of basketball.”
Glickman is endured by his wife, Joanne, boy Marshall, daughters Jennifer and Lynn, 2 grandsons, and a granddaughter.
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