Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Len Cohen

Leonard "Bones" Cohen

October 30, 1928
Passaic, NJ

May 30, 2017

1946-47 Passaic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Passaic YMHA (Independent)
1948-49 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1949-50 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1950-51 Passaic YMHA (Independent)
1950-51 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1950-51 Jewish War Veterans - New Jersey (Independent)
1951-52 Aberdeen Company B (Independent)

Cohen was a prolific scorer out of the 2nd Ward in Passaic, New Jersey. He played three seasons in the ABL, being named MVP. He would sign with the New York Knicks of the NBA, but was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1951, serving through 1953. After the army, he tried out with the Knicks but despite his long-range shooting skills, he did not make the club. He left basketball behind and became a policeman and detective. After retiring from the force, he opened a delicatessen in Passaic. He retired for good around 1990 and moved to Florida.

His daughter, Debra Kim Cohen (b. 1969) gained some infamy when she was an underage gambler who lost thousands of dollars at various Atlantic City casinos at the age of 17. Leonard would wind up filing a lawsuit against Caesar's,  seeking damages for allowing her to gamble despite her age.

He is not the Leonard Cohen born in 1927 who died in January of 2001.

95% sure he is Leonard Cohen, born 10/30/1928, died 5/30/2017

"Memories of our 'Y'" by Bob Rosenthal


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