Louis Herman "Red" Klotz
October 21, 1920
July 12, 2014
1938-39 South High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1939-40 South High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1940-41 Villanova University (College)
1941-42 Villanova University (College)
1942-43 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1945-46 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Scranton/Pittston (PSL)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1947-48 Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
1948-49 Cumberland Dukes (AABL) Head coach / player
Washington Generals (Independent) Head coach / player
Born in Philly, Klotz lead South HS to two city basketball championships before heading to Villanova. After two years at 'Nova, he left to join the U.S. Army. After a few season of pro ball, including a stretch with the Bullets, Klotz formed the Washington Generals, who were the foil to the Harlem Globetrotters. He played for and coached the Generals for many years, and is the only non-Globetrotter to have a number retired by the Globetrotters.
Klotz played for the Generals through his 50's and was still playing pick-up games in his 80's. He died of cancer in 2014.
He was married to Gloria and had three sons and three daughters.
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