Jackie the Dupe

In January of 1951, Hank Poppe (shown to the left of the Bronx DA) was the ex-player who approached Junius Kellogg to shave points in a basketball game against DePaul. We have talked about Poppe at length. However, he had a co-conspirator, Jack “Jackie” Byrnes (left of the Bronx, DA), who was not as connected […]

Dr. Martin Luther King and an Encounter with Junius Kellogg

I have never met one writer on non-fiction who ever felt their book was complete. Research into a topic, whether the biography of a basketball player or a book on types of citrus fruits, is ever quite done. Research into many topics is much like peeling the layers of a huge onion, one layer at […]

Did Junius Ever Meet Dr. King?

On August 28, 1963, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most memorable speeches of the 20th Century, the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It was one speech among many on that warm, late summer day, and spoke to justice, jobs and equality (‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’). […]

Crossroads of 1950s New York

The “power” nightclub, bar and eatery where New Yorkers met in the 1950s was called Toots Shor’s. The most famous of all his establishments, he had three, was located at 51 W. 51st Street. As I write this, I can’t help but think that although Junius Kellogg’s uniform number while he played at Manhattan College […]

Friends in Unknown Places

Milt Gross No one is uplifted in a vacuum. I just made that up for myself, but I’m only halfway through my coffee and it’s entirely possible that many people, much wiser than myself have already come up with that phrase. I am an ex-New Yorker. I lived in the Yorkville area of Manhattan for […]

Some Behind the Scenes Detail of the Betting Scandal

Madison Square Garden III, the third version of the “Garden” was located on 50th Street and 8th Avenue. It also had a 49th Street exit. It was built in 1925 and torn down in 1968. The effort to rebuild MSG at the site of the old Pennsylvania Station was not without its controversy. Those who […]

Measuring Courage

In my research for “The Man Who Saved Basketball,” I initially focused on the articles and interviews that fixed on Junius Kellogg’s participation in helping to break open the biggest scandal in the history of collegiate basketball. Then I found numerous articles and pictures on his tragic automobile accident. However, beyond those mentions, information has […]

The Many Connections of Junius Kellogg

As I have been working on my book about Junius A. Kellogg, tentatively entitled “The Man Who Saved Basketball,” I could not help but be impressed with his numerous connections to sports figures, jazz musicians, adaptive sports (such as wheelchair basketball, NYC politicians, social organizations, the disabled community and within the Manhattan College community. Not […]

Junius Kellogg Speaks, May 1951

My friend and teacher, Mae Breckenridge-Haywood is the president of the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth (VA). Over the years, Mae has persevered in capturing and assembling the rich history of the African American experience in the Portsmouth/Norfolk area of our country. While this post isn’t about Mae, I must say that she is […]

Recent Article from “Sports History Weekly” October 25, 2018

The Extraordinary Life Of A Wheelchair Basketball Hero Heroism, tragedy and rebirth shaped the extraordinary life of Junius A. Kellogg, a college hoops star who became a successful wheelchair basketball coach and ambassador of the sport following a car accident that left him paralyzed. Most every reference to Junius Kellogg focuses on a basketball game […]