Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

Harry Glickman, the founder and president of the Portland Trail Blazers, passed away in June of this year. He was 96.

Glickman made Portland a major sports city, and the sports landscape of the Pacific Northwest would be completely different were it not for him. 

Now, just a little more than a month after his passing, the Blazers have found a simple way to honor him. 

The team announced via a Twitter post on Wednesday that they would have a special Harry Glickman patch on their jerseys when they start playing games as part of the NBA restart in Orlando.

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Not only does the patch feature Glickman, but it also features the team's original vertical logo.

That specific version of the logo is special to the Glickman family. Not only was it the team's first, but it was actually conceived by Glickman's cousin, Frank. 

From helping create the logo, to bringing the team to Portland, there is no Trail Blazers franchise as we know it without Glickman. 

In a press release at the time of Glickman's passing, the team said:

 

Glickman has long been considered the father of professional sports in Oregon, having brought a wide variety of sporting and entertainment events to the region over the course of his long and illustrious career. He was well known for his most famous mantra, “My word is my handshake.”

Glickman’s crowning achievement came in 1970 when the National Basketball Association granted Portland an expansion franchise. Glickman brought together the original ownership group of Herman Sarkowsky, Larry Weinberg and Robert Schmertz, who paid the NBA’s $3.7 million expansion fee.  Glickman was one of the shareholders who sold the club to Paul Allen in 1988.

Glickman served as the leader of the franchise, including as general manager, from its inception until his retirement in 1994, when he became president emeritus. Under his leadership, the Trail Blazers won the NBA Championship in 1977 and Western Conference championships in 1990 and 1992.  Also, during his tenure, the Trail Blazers set an American professional sports record by selling out 814 consecutive home games. - Trail Blazers press release on passing of Harry Glickman 

Glickman is greatly missed in Rip City, and the jersey patch is a great way to honor the basketball legend.