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Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Updated: November 12, 11:55 AM ET
'Fat Freddie' Scolari dies at 80

Associated Press

SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Fred Scolari, a two-time NBA All-Star who coached the Baltimore Bullets in the 1951-52 season, died at age 80.

He died last Oct. 17 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

Scolari was a guard who in 1946 joined the Washington Capitols coached by Red Auerbach. He also played for Baltimore, Syracuse, Fort Wayne and the Boston Celtics.

Nicknamed "Fat Freddie'' because of his physique, Scolari used a from-the-hip shot and an aggressive defense style that helped him make All-Star teams in the first two seasons of the NBA.

Scolari left the NBA in 1955, sold insurance briefly, then became executive director of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club for 31 years. A native of San Francisco, he is a member of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Scolari died from injuries he suffered after falling down the stairs at his home in Danville, according to his friend Russell Gumina, executive director of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club.

He is survived by his wife Gloria, two sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren.