PHILADELPHIA - Even though he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953, Ernie Beck's name still dominates the basketball records at his alma mater.
Beck, a Philadelphia native who attended West Catholic High School before Penn and then played in the NBA for the Philadelphia Warriors, was honored as Philadelphia's Living Sports Legend at the 103rd annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's Awards Banquet on Monday, January 22, 2007.
Fifty-three years after he last played for the Red and Blue (1951-53), Beck's 1,827 points and 1,557 rebounds are still career records for Penn.Among the other all-time records he still holds are 673 points scored for a 25.9 points-per-game average (1952-53) and 556 rebounds (1950-51 season). His 47 points scored in a game with Duke (1952-53) and 45 points against Harvard (1951-52) are the first and second highest single-game totals in Penn history.
After college, Beck played seven seasons in the NBA, the first six with the Warriors and his last year with the St. Louis Hawks.He returned to Philadelphia and was a long-time head coach at Edward Bok Tech of Philadelphia's Public League.
With Beck being named a Living Legend, it completes the recognition of the quartet of great Philadelphia college basketball players of the early 1950s, pre-Big Five: Tom Gola of La Salle (recognized at the 1985 banquet), Paul Arizin (Villanova, 1988), Bill Mlkvy (Temple, 2005), and now Beck.
Beck will be one of the honored guests on the dais at the Sports Writers Banquet, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Hilton Hotel) on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ.Tickets can be reserved by contacting Robbie Kenney at 609-702-7473.
written by Frank Bertucci