August 16, 1922
April 11, 2004
Boca Raton, FL
1939-40 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 St. John's University (College)
1943-44 St. John's University (College)
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
Born to Joe and Ida Gotkin in Brooklyn, Gotkin was one of the great guards in the collegiate game during the 1940's. As a sophomore, he lead St. John's to the NIT title in 1943. The following year, with all but himself leaving school for the war, St. John's repeated and won the 1944 NIT. In his senior season, St. John's lost in the NIT semi-finals, denying Gotkin and SJU a third consecutive NIT title.
After graduating, the 5'8 Gotkin played in the ABL for a couple seasons while working at the family business (infant clothing). He got his teaching degree and taught in Brooklyn high schools for 25 years before retiring and moving to Florida.
He married Dolores Miller (1925-2003) in 1946 and they had two sons.
Obituary, NY Times, April 15, 2004
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