Sid Tanenbaum

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Sid Tanenbaum
Personal information
Born (1925-10-08)October 8, 1925
Brooklyn, New York
Died September 4, 1986(1986-09-04) (aged 60)
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
College NYU (1943–1947)
BAA draft 1947 / Undrafted
Playing career 1947–1949
Position Guard
Number 6, 9
Career history
19471949 New York Knicks
1949 Baltimore Bullets
Career highlights and awards

Sidney Tanenbaum (October 8, 1925 – September 4, 1986) was an American professional basketball player. He was a 2× consensus first-team All-American (1946, 1947), and 2× Haggerty Award winner (1946, 1947). He went on to play professionally for the New York Knicks and the Baltimore Bullets.

Early life[edit]

Tanenbaum was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in its Brownsville neighborhood, and was Jewish.[1] He was an all-scholastic player at Thomas Jefferson High School.[1] He met his wife, Bobbie Wolfson, in college when he was a junior.[2]


A 6' 0" guard/forward, Tanenbaum played college basketball at New York University, where he was captain of the team in 1947, and was a two-time All-American and two-time Haggerty Award winner as the outstanding player in the metropolitan area.[3][4][5][1] He also won the 1947 Bar Kochba Award, which honored him as the best Jewish American athlete in the nation, and was named first team All-Met in all four of his varsity seasons.[6][3][3][7] Wilbur Wood, the sports editor of the New York Sun, wrote of Tanenbaum in 1947: "He is the finest all-around basketball performer ever to don Violet livery."[4] He left NYU as the school's all-time leading scorer, with 992 points.[8][1] NYU annually awards its top student-athlete the Sid Tanenbaum Memorial Award.[7]

Tanenbaum played two seasons (1947–49) in the Basketball Association of America as a member of the New York Knicks and Baltimore Bullets.[1][7] On February 11, 1949, the New York Knicks traded him to the Baltimore Bullets for Connie Simmons.[9] He scored 633 points in 70 games and tallied 162 assists.[10] He was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 1997 into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[11][6]

After his basketball career, he lived in Woodmere, New York, with his wife Barbara and sons Steven and Michael (an optometrist).[1][2] Sid owned a machine shop specializing in metal spinning and stamping in Far Rockaway, Queens, known as the Able Metal Spinning and Stamping.[12][7][2]


Tanenbaum was murdered on September 4, 1986, aged 60, when he was stabbed to death by a local 37-year-old woman in his shop.[12][2] Police described Tanenbaum as "something of a benefactor in his neighborhood" who often gave money to people living in the streets.[3] According to reports, he was stabbed because he decided to stop lending money to his attacker after assisting her many times in the past, and when he turned his back she attacked him.[3][13]

BAA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1947–48 New York 24 .250 .838 1.5 10.1
1948–49 New York 32 .283 .844 2.2 8.0
1948–49 Baltimore 14 .309 .791 3.9 9.6
Career 70 .274 .830 2.3 9.0


Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1948 New York 3 .333 .727 1.3 10.0
1949 Baltimore 3 .207 1.000 3.3 5.7
Career 6 .274 .813 2.3 7.8

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