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Dr Irwin Dambrot
Birth: May 24, 1928
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 2010
Union County
New Jersey, USA

College Basketball Player. A forward, he was the captain and star of a City College of New York (CCNY) squad that is the only team to capture the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the NCAA Championship in the same season. Raised in New York, the 6'4" Dambrot attended CCNY after graduating from William Howard Taft High School in the South Bronx; during his 1949-1950 senior season, Coach Nat Holman's Beavers were given little chance to advance but pulled-off an upset by defeating top-ranked Bradley in the 1950 NIT finals at Madison Square Garden then 10 days later, also at The Garden, they again beat Bradley, this time for the NCAA title with Dambrot being named most valuable player in the tournament. Named All-American, he was drafted #1 by the Knicks in April 1950 but elected to pass up professional basketball for dental school at Columbia University; over his career at CCNY he scored 977 points in 98 games. In 1951 college basketball was rocked by a point shaving scandal; players from schools in New York City and elsewhere (in addition to CCNY, Manhattan, Long Island University (LIU), New York University, Bradley, Kentucky, and Toledo) were accused of accepting bribes to help gamblers meet the point spread. Dambrot was indicted, along with six of his teammates, for taking $1,000 to lower the victory margin in three games, none of which involved tournament action. A November 1951 guilty plea got him a suspended sentence while his CCNY teammate Ed Warner did six months in jail, and he continued his education. In the aftermath, all of the players were banned from professional basketball for life, the schools suffered various sanctions, LIU All-American Sherman White pulled nine months on Riker's Island, the Knicks had to wait 20 years for a world title, and gambler Salvatore Salazzo did a long term in federal prison for masterminding the whole sorry mess. Dr. Dambrot served in the US Air Force Dental Corps then practiced in Forest Hills, New York for many years; often invited to make appearances, he happily discussed his team's accomplishments but rarely spoke of the later problems. He was named, along with the rest of the 1950 Beavers, to the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. Dr. Dambrot lived his final years in Mendham, New Jersey, attended a 2009 Madison Square Garden ceremony honoring the 1950 CCNY double championship, and died after having Parkinson's Disease for some time. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
Locust Hill Cemetery
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Jan 23, 2010
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