THE PILLAR OF ACHIEVEMENT

 
HARRY GLICKMAN
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, NFL football, and Major League Baseball franchises in Seattle, Washington, were soon to follow the Blazers’ lead. In 1977, the Blazers captured the NBA championship.

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 his honor, the Oregon Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association renamed the State Athlete of the Year Award the Harry Glickman Award.

 
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