Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Ray Felix

Raymond Darlington Felix

December 10, 1930
New York, NY

July 28, 1991
Queens, NY

1947-48 Metropolitan High School - New York City (High School)
1948-49 Metropolitan High School - New York City (High School)
1949-50 Long Island University (College)
1950-51 Long Island University (College)
1951-52 Long Island University (College)
1952-53 New York Rens (Independent)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1953-54 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)
1955-56 New York Knicks (NBA)
1956-57 New York Knicks (NBA)
1957-58 New York Knicks (NBA)
1958-59 New York Knicks (NBA)
1959-60 New York Knicks (NBA)
1959-60 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1960-61 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
1961-62 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

A towering giant coming out pf Metropolitan High School in New York City, Felix played at LIU and was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the NBA draft. He played a season with the Manchester club of the ABL before being drafted, and was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year and becoming the second black athlete name to the NBA's All-Star Team. After the Bullets folded in November of 1954, Felix would find himself with the Knicks. He played 5 and a half seasons with the Knicks, average 12.0 points a game. He was traded by the Knicks to the Lakers in 1960 for a couple of draft picks, and finished his career in 1962 after the Lakers moved to Los Angeles. He returned to New York and worked for many years with the New York Parks Department. He also was a supervisor at the Harlem Men's Shelter for the homeless. Felix died of a heart attack in 1991.

Felix and his wife, Gloria, had one son, Ray Jr.

Obituary, New York Times, July 31, 1991


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