Country: United States
Born: May 13, 1924, in Portland, Oregon
As president of the Portland Trailblazers of the National Basketball
Association (NBA), it was Glickman in 1973 who opened up America’s
Northwest to big league professional sports.
Through his singular efforts, the Blazers were the first Major League
sports franchise in the northwestern United States. NBA basketball,
football, and Major League Baseball franchises in Seattle, Washington,
were soon to follow the Blazers’ lead. In 1977, the Blazers captured
Earlier, in 1960, Glickman organized the Portland Buckaroos of the
Western Hockey League. His Bucks won nine league championships and
four playoff titles.
Glickman was elected to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In
honor, the Oregon Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association renamed
the State Athlete of the Year Award the Harry Glickman Award.