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Richman, Ruby


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Olympic Info:
Richman was a player/coach for the Canadian basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. During the preliminary tournament, the Canadians went 0-7, losing to the Soviet Union (87-52), Hungary (70-69), Japan (58-37), Italy (66-54), Puerto Rico (88-69), Mexico (78-68), and Poland (74-69). In the semifinal elimination (to determine 13th to 16th place), Richman hit a game-winning shot from half-court to defeat Peru, 82-81. In their final game, Canada lost to Hungary 68-65 and officially finished in 14th place with an overall record of 1-8.

Career Highlights:
In the early 1950s, Richman was offered a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but turned it down to continue his education. Known as "Mr. Basketball" in Canada in the 1960s and 1970s, and a good ball handler and excellent shooter, he was a member of the University of Toronto's 1958 National Championship team. A member of the Canadian National team for ten years, he also coached the 1967 Pan American Games. Richman played in five Maccabiah Games for Canada (1961, 1965, 1969, 1973, and 1977); he served as player/coach in all but 1961.

By the mid-1970s, Richman was serving as the president of Basketball Canada and played an important role in organizing the basketball competition at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He also promoted basketball by bringing NBA teams (the Los Angeles Lakers and Kansas City Kings) to Toronto for exhibitions. Richman is currently the vice president/general manager of the Chicago Skyliners of the ABA. He is also a consultant with the World Hockey Association and served as chairman of Canadian Olympic Basketball Committee and the Canadian Olympic Association. Richman is a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1932


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New York Times, October 11-October 25, 1964