Lenny Rosenbluth, who led North Carolina to a title, dies at 89

Lenny Rosenbluth, the All-America forward who led a North Carolina team with the New Yorkers’ lineup to an undefeated season and a thrilling victory over Wilt Chamberlain’s Kansas in the 1957 NCAA basketball championship game, died Saturday. He was 89 years old.

His death was announced by the North Carolina Department of Athletics, which did not state the cause of his death or specify the place of his death. He lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home to the university’s main campus.

The 6-foot-5-inch Rosenbluth averaged 28 points per game in the 1956-57 season and beat Chamberlain for the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year Award. Tarr’s heel went 32-0 and capped his season with a 54-53 win three more times over Kansas, as Rosenbluth scored 20 points before spoiling late in the platform. Chamberlain, who has become one of basketball’s most dominant players, held 23 points after averaging 30 during the regular season.

In the semifinals, Rosenbluth fired twice in the third overtime of North Carolina’s 74-70 win over Michigan State and finished with 31 points.

A native of the Bronx, he played frugally for the James Monroe High School basketball team in that town, but he made an impressive show playing basketball at the Catskill summer resort hotels, a magnet for leading New York metropolitan area players. It caught the attention of Frank McGuire, who was hired as the North Carolina State coach in 1953 after taking St. John’s, located in Brooklyn at the time, to the NCAA title match.

Rosenbluth has been at the forefront of a pipeline of players from New York to North Carolina coordinated by McGuire.

David Halberstam wrote in the New York Times in 1999: “Basketball was not really a national sport, and the game was often still a city game, and was better played, he thought, in New York.” Bad time for college sports in New York. Point-rigging scandals in the early 1950s devastated the sport domestically.”

McGuire developed the North Carolina team that thrived in a largely Protestant area with a squad that included Rosenbluth, who was Jewish, and four fellow Catholics: Tommy Kearns, who played high school ball at St. Ann’s Academy in Manhattan; Brennan House, of St. Augustine, in Brooklyn; Joe Koig, from St. Francis Prep, in Queens; and Bobby Cunningham of All Hallows in the Bronx.

Rosenbluth averaged 28 points and 8.6 rebounds a game in the 1956-57 season of the Tar Heels. 2,047 career points is the most ever by a North Carolina player appearing in just three seasons.

He was named the second team All-American by the Associated Press and United Press International for the 1955-56 season, when he was young, and the “consensus” All-American for the 1956-57 championship season, meaning that a group of media agreed that he was among the Top Five Players in College Basketball.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors as the sixth player selected in the 1957 NBA Draft. But the Warriors already had high points Paul Arizin In front small. Rosenbluth, his assistant, averaged just 4.2 points in professional seasons.

Leonard Robert Rosenbluth was born on January 22, 1933, the son of Jack and Rose Rosenbluth. His father worked in the television industry.

After graduating from North Carolina and playing for the Warriors, Rosenbluth taught American history and coached high school basketball in Wilson, North Carolina, east of Raleigh. In a sort of comparison to his Tar Heel National Championship side, he once quipped how “in my freshman year we had a perfect season again, except we lost every game”.

Rosenbluth once again taught history and coached high school basketball in Florida for about 35 years. When his first wife, Helen (Oliver) Rosenbluth, better known as Pat, was discovered to have cancer, they returned to Chapel Hill so she could be treated at the University of North Carolina hospital system. She passed away in 2010. He married Diane Stabler in 2011.

Rosenbluth has a daughter, Elizabeth. A son, Stephen, and grandchildren from his first marriage. A list of survivors was not immediately available.

was recruited in International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame In Israel and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Comac, New York, on Long Island.

In 2002, the Atlantic Coast Conference chose Rosenbluth for its fiftieth anniversary basketball team, naming him one of the 50 greatest athletes in conference history. North Carolina’s 10th-ranked retired.

During the 2006-2007 college basketball season, Michael Jordan and James Worthy, who played for the 1982 Tar Heel Championship team, attended a North Carolina teams event. They thanked the players who brought North Carolina to national basketball prominence in 1957.

As Rosenbluth told the New York Times, “They were saying things like, ‘You guys, you started it all. “