Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Updated: November 12, 11:55 AM ET
'Fat Freddie' Scolari dies at 80
SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Fred Scolari, a two-time NBA All-Star
who coached the Baltimore Bullets in the 1951-52 season, died at
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