|born on||12 February 1917|
|Place||Buffalo, New York, 42n53, 78w53|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||23°26' or|
American athlete, a basketball player in the early years of the game and a Hall of Fame Coach under whose guidance the Syracuse Nationals won the NBA championship in 1955.
Cervi dropped out of high school and began playing pro basketball as a guard in 1937. He spent five years in the military during WWII and in 1946 joined the Rochester Royals.The team won a championship in his first year. In 1948 he moved to the Syracuse Nationals as player-coach. In 1953 he became full time coach but was fired during the 1956-57 season when the team did not seem to be able to replicate its winning record.. For the 1958-59 season he coached the Philadelphia Warriors.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.
He and his wife of 68 years had a son and two daughters.
He died on November 9, 2009 in Rochester, NY, age 92.
- Work : Prize 1955 (NBA Championship)
- Work : Prize 1985 (Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame)
Dr. J. Lee Lehman quotes a sport almanac for date; time unknown
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
- Vocation : Sports : Basketball
- Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (For coaching)
- Notable : Awards : Sports Championship