This Day in History: 1937-02-11
The Holy Name basketball team’s coach Johnny Parlagi was featured in the weekly sports column of the West Mahwah news in the Ramsey Journal. He served both as canter on the team and its coach, although he was only 23 years old. Described as a “towering” 6 feet two inches tall, Parlagi had played basketball at Don Bosco, and on the Ramsey High JV in 1929 and as a varsity reserve in 1930. His real development as a player had taken place since he left high school, the reporter commented. He played a slow, de liberate style. His favorite shot was a two-handed set shot from medium distance. He was described as reluctant to make “run-shots” and somewhat deficient in his timing on the center jump. As a coach he was praised for his fair mindset, modest style. He was said to be “more willing to lose a player than spoil the morale of the team”.