Laub Earns Induction into National Jewish Sports HOF|
Aug. 20, 2014
CINCINNATI – The only student-athlete in NCAA history to play six varsity years and the first basketball assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati, former Bearcat great Jack “Black Cat” Laub will earn induction into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum™ on Sept. 14 in Commack, New York.
Laub, who played basketball for two seasons at the City College of New York prior to serving in World War II, came to UC in 1946. Mid-American Conference rules allowing war veterans to play college sports, gave Laub the opportunity to help guide the Bearcats to four consecutive MAC titles and a combined 77-27 record from 1947-1950 under UC head coach John Weithe.
Laub joined fellow UC great Dick Dallmer as the first two Bearcats selected in the NBA Draft in 1950. Chosen by the Baltimore Bullets, Laub was traded to the Minneapolis Lakers and eventually landed with the Scranton Miners of the Eastern Basketball League where he helped the franchise win two regular-season championships from 1951-52.
Appointed by Wiethe, Laub became UC’s first basketball assistant coach in 1951 and helped direct the Bearcats to their first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament that same year. As head scout, Laub is also credited with suggesting Weithe give a scholarship to Jack Twyman, who eventually became an All-American at UC and was later inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Under Weithe’s direction, Laub also started the UC Roundball club as a fundraiser for the basketball program. The group later grew into what is now UCATS, the athletic department’s fundraising unit that provides financial support to fund student-athlete scholarships and other special athletics needs.
Laub became head basketball coach at U.S. Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in 1959. The move helped pave the way for then-Kings coach Ed Jucker to become head coach at UC. Jucker, who succeeded George Smith prior to the 1960-61 campaign, guided the Bearcats to consecutive national championships in 1961 and 1962.
UC’s McMicken College of Arts & Sciences honored Laub with the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award for his efforts in helping pioneer the idea of discount drugs. Laub, who devoted his business career to reducing prescription costs for consumers, opened the first discount drug store chain in the New York area and later helped open the first mail-order pharmacy.
Laub will join former UC baseball player Sandy Koufax and former UC football head coach Sid Gillman as members of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum™.
Since its 1975 inception, The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum™ has preserved and promoted the athletic accomplishments of sports legends. The Hall of Fame houses and showcases a vast collection of sports memorabilia; provides inter-active opportunities for young people and honors the lives and careers of men and women, superstars of baseball, football, lacrosse, golf, gymnastics, wrestling, track and field, swimming, boxing, tennis, basketball and broadcast journalism, that have distinguished themselves on and off the field.
Some information in this release was provided by UC Magazine.