Kareem Abdul Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. An eloquent individual, Jabbar came out of an introverted phase to make numerous television show appearances and commercials. He appeared on television and in a handful of films, including a memorable turn as a copilot in the comedy Airplane! Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Sr, Jabbar's father, was not among the group that delivered the young future Rabbi to freedom. The Sporting News College Player of the Year 1967, 1969. . Many called him the greatest collegiate player ever.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, May 2014 Photo from Wikipedia Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. He studied Jeet Kune Do under Bruce Lee. Jabbar also appeared in the Stephen King television mini-series The Stand in 1994. However, he was also on the threshold of even greater basketball accomplishments. He was calm, in no hurry to impress me with his knowledge or his power. The no-dunking rule was in the years after Alcindor graduated. Power was an all-boys Catholic high school founded in 1906 by Monsignor James W.
As a sophomore averaging 19 points per game, Jabbar led his team to 27 straight victories en route to the 1963 New York City Catholic High School championship. Eight days later, Houston held Alcindor—who was playing with a patch over his left eye—to 15 points to win one of the most-watched basketball games ever played, 71-69. The association has won seven consecutive awards for its performance in the parade. Following the 1970 season, he changed his name to Kareem Abdul Jabbar and professed his membership in the Hanafi Muslim sect of the Islamic religion. The freshman beat the varsity, the defending champs! For more information, see Helen Borrello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1995. Alcindor, was a Lieutenant in the New York City Transit Police where he worked with his friend named Smitty.
Those days are over, folks. Jabbar officially retired from the sport of basketball after the 1989-1990 season. He was unusually large and tall from a young age. The Bruin freshman went on to finish the season 21-0, winning by an average margin of 57 points per game. In 2002 a formal alumni association was created under the name Power Memorial Academy Alumni Association. However, after reading about what Mr.
It was at once formal, my full name. Again the school grew, requiring more space. Alcindor had a strained relationship with his coach. But I, and millions of other Americans black and white, remember him as the man whose mind and body once shook the world. His 2,067 total points were a New York City high school record. Paul Deegan's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1974 is a biography for children, and Kareem, Basketball Great 1975 , by Arnold Hano, is a biography through the eyes of a sports fan.
At the request of the , the Christian Brothers re-occupied the former site of All Hallows and opened a new school, named Power Memorial Academy after Monsignor Power, who had died in 1926. Two shining models of how diligence, discipline and perseverance can overcome even the most daunting obstacles to achieve the American Dream. In 1975, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and earned even more accolades. Army's 183rd Combat Engineers, an all Black unit. Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau is a tall man who brightens any room with his Torah depth and stature.
He was almost mystical in his approach, yet that approach only strengthened our confidence. Alternative Titles: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. Two months later, the teams would meet again in the Final Four. He spent the year building his coordination. He has continued working as a producer and developer for motion pictures and television. His awareness of racial prejudice was strong, and he became a follower of the teachings of Malcolm X, who stressed pride among African American people. At birth he weighed 12 lb 11 oz.
New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914 , p. Mario Elie played and Chris Mullin also played at Power in the late 1970s, although Mullin later transferred to. In November 1965, over 12,000 spectators packed into the brand new Pauley Pavilion to see the top-ranked team in the nation take on a group of 18-year-olds who had not practiced together much. Markovich opened fire on students practicing for the St. Lau, in his youth, was a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp, which was the first camp to be liberated by U. The Brothers accepted the invitation and began to teach in the.