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2005

University of Central Florida

Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Basketball, NBA, George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers, Glasses, Big man, 24-second clock

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In Memory Of George Mikan, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2005

In Memory Of George Mikan, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

He made the number 99 on his jersey famous decades before Wayne Gretzky wore it on his hockey sweater. George Mikan, the 6'10" center of the Minneapolis Lakers died on Thursday at the age of 80. He was the first big man in professional basketball, the first in college basketball, and he was a key reason the NBA succeeded when other leagues had failed. Leonard Koppett in his history of the NBA called the first eight years of league existence the "The Mikan Era." That is certainly how I remember those years as a boy in Minneapolis.