|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1995|
Sports Team Owner. As proprietor of the Philadelphia 76ers (1963 to 1976), he was a driving force behind bringing the franchise from Syracuse to Philadelphia. The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, he excelled at football while attending South Philadelphia High School and later he enrolled at Temple University. He dropped out of college during the depression and landed a position with a Philadelphia container company, while working his way up the corporate ladder of success, he became owner of a paper company which evolved into one of the United States' largest merchants in that field. In 1963, Kosloff partnered with attorney Isaac "Ike" Richman to purchased the Syracuse National and relocate the team to Philadelphia, one-year after the Warriors moved out West to San Francisco (Kosloff was close friends with Warriors' owner Eddie Gottlieb) leaving the city without a professional basketball franchise. Kosloff was a key proponent in the reacquiring of legend Wilt Chamberlain from San Francisco in January 1965. On December 3rd, 1965 while watching the 76ers play the Celtics at the Boston Garden, Ike Richman suffered a fatal heart attack leaving Kosloff as sole proprietor. Kosloff's tenure saw the 76ers capture the 1966-1967 NBA Title with a bevy of future Hall of Fame players including Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker, in addition to Chamberlain. To date, may consider this squad as being one of the greatest in NBA history. He oversaw construction of The Spectrum, which became the home arena of the 76ers (as well as the Philadelphia Flyers) for nearly 30-years. One-year later, Jack Ramsay (former St. Joseph's University basketball head coach who was serving as 76ers general manager) took over head coaching duties and during this period the highly unpopular decision to trade Wilt Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers was made. This was the catalyst which sent the franchise into a downward spiral resulting in a 9 win 73 loss record during the 1972-1973 season (to date the worst record in NBA history). Among one of the last high profile transactions made during the Kosloff era was the signing of ABA superstar George McGinnis which helping set the stage for the 76ers appearance in the 1977 NBA Finals. Kosloff sold the team to Fitz Dixon in 1976. In addition to his contributions to sports, he was involved in several charities including the Police Athletic League (PAL), the Boy Scouts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He died of complications from leukemia. (bio by: C.S.)
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