A timeline of Harry Glickman's life
Arguably no one has impacted sports in Portland as much as Hary Glickman.
The 96-year old Portland sports icon passed away Wednesday leaving behind quite the legacy, especially in the hearts of Rip City.
Now, let's take a look back at an overview of his life.
He grew up in Portland attending Lincoln High School where he played basketball.
In college, he majored in journalism at the University of Oregon but left university to fight in World War II. He would rejoin the college and graduate in 1948 wanting to pursue sports journalism.
After an offer from the Oregonian fell through at the time, Glickman opened a company named Oregon Attractions as he pursued a career in sports booking. Beginning with boxing matches before branching off into other events such as booking Judy Garland in 1955.
Portland Trail Blazers
Glickman had wanted to bring a basketball franchise to Portland ever since the city passed a bond to build Memorial Coliseum in 1954. The NBA refused his offer and the ABA folded before the team could be created.
In 1970, Glickan raised $3.8 million in a matter of days to win a bid for an expansion franchise in the National Basketball Association that would become the Portland Trail Blazers.
Seven seasons later, he was holding the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1977 NBA Finals.
He would serve as the owner of the team until selling to Paul Allen in 1988.
Marshall Portland Family Entertainment
After his NBA career ended, Glickman served his son in Marshall Portland Family Entertainment which promoted baseball and soccer in Portland. The venture eventually managed a $38 million renovation for the 21,000 seat Civic Stadium that would later become Providence Park: the home of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC.
Larry O'Brien Trophy (1977)
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (1986)
Portland, Oregon's Citizen of the Year (1992)
John Bun Award given to him by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement