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Marv Albert marks half-century of Knicks games
Marv Albert’s call of the Knicks’ victory in Boston on TNT Thursday had a neat historical undertone: It came four days before the 50th anniversary of his first-ever Knicks call – also in Boston.
As noted by sports media historian David Halberstam for Bleacher Report, Albert made his Knicks radio debut on Jan. 27, 1963, as a 21-year-old fill-in for his mentor, Marty Glickman, who was delayed returning from Europe.
Glickman recommended Albert, who took the train from New York to Boston to call the Knicks’ 123-110 loss for WCBS-AM. It dropped them 15-36 en route to a league-worst 21-59 finish; the Celtics were 35-16.
Richie Guerin led the visitors with 20 points before 4,090 spectators.
Halberstam wrote that the game was heard on tape delay, after WCBS’ airing of the Texaco Metropolitan Opera.
Albert’s self-assessment at the time? Merely that he had done “a bad imitation of Marty.”