In December of 1959, Boys High School coach Mickey Fisher told a reporter, “There are all kinds of pressures on me.”
The New York colleges were desperately trying to keep Connie Hawkins in town, David Wolf recounted on page 44, in his book ‘Foul’, which documented the NBA’s wrongful implication of The Almighty Hawk in a betting scandal and subsequent anti-trust settlement against the league for over $1.3 million and the lifting of its 5-year ban.
As a senior sensation, Hawkins was considered a must-procure attraction for Madison Square Garden, Wolf wrote. St. John’s, a perennial national power, was the most persistent. Connie arrived at practice one day wearing a red satin St. John’s uniform and a new pair of sneakers.
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