Saturday, January 13, 2018

Rip Gerson

Jack "Rip" Gerson

April 6, 1906

March 2, 1961
New Jersey

1923-24 Commerce High School - New Jersey (High School)
1924-25 Commerce High School - New Jersey (High School)
1927-28 St.John’s University (College) Freshmen
1928-29 St.John’s University (College)
1929-30 St.John’s University (College)
1930-31 St.John’s University (College)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1936-37 New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1939-40 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1941-42 Albany (NYSL)

Gerson went to Brooklyn Pharmacy College after high school for two years, but then went to St. John's to play basketball. He was a member of SJU's Wonder Five, which lead to the sport's first big scandal. The members of St John's team had also played pro and semi-pro basketball under assumed names. This discovery lead to the ineligibility of members of the team and other New York area players and lead to a tightening in the rules for collegiate athletic eligibility. Gerson signed with the Jewels after leaving St. John's.

After playing professional basketball for a decade, Gerson owned and operated a bar and grill in Newark, New Jersey.

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