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Wednesday, January 3, 2001
Updated: January 11, 5:33 PM ET
Glickman was on '36 Olympic squad

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Marty Glickman, a track star who was pulled from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because he was Jewish and later enjoyed a long career as a broadcaster, died Jan. 3, 2001. He was 83.

Glickman entered Lenox Hill Hospital on Dec. 2 and underwent heart bypass surgery Dec. 14. He died of complications from the operation, said his daughter, Elizabeth.

Glickman starred in track and football at Syracuse and was selected for the Berlin Games. On the eve of the 400-meter relay, he and teammate Sam Stoller were pulled from the race. They were told by American team officials that because they were Jewish a victory would embarrass the host Nazis.

"It was blatant anti-Semitism," Glickman said.

Two years ago, Glickman was honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee with the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Award for service to the Olympic community.

After the Olympics, he returned to Syracuse, where he started working in radio in 1937. He graduated in 1939 and went on to broadcast sports for 55 years.

Glickman first did college basketball doubleheaders from Madison Square Garden in 1945. A year later, he became the voice of the newly formed New York Knicks, and stayed until 1955. He was also the first voice of the NBA on network television, in 1954.

He thrived on the pace of basketball. His crisp diction and rapid-fire radio delivery became his trademark.

"In radio, you're your own boss," he said. "I had to paint the word picture. That's a very important goal. Not only creating in the mind of a listener what it looks like, but what it feels like."

Glickman's style was studied by Marv Albert, who worked as his assistant and got his first break in broadcasting subbing for Glickman on a Knicks game at Boston when his boss was caught in a snowstorm in Paris.

Albert called Glickman, "the greatest radio broadcaster of all time. He's the one who set all the terminology for basketball play-by-play and, to some extent, football play-by-play."

Glickman was the voice of the NFL Giants, for 23 years, of the Knicks for 21, Yonkers Raceway for 12, the Jets for 11.

Glickman was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Sportscasters Hall of Fame and the New York Sports Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, four children, 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He is to be cremated and no funeral is planned.