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Encyclopedia > Lenny Sachs

Leonard David Sachs (August 7, 1897-October 27, 1942) was a college basketball coach, high school football coach, and professional football player and coach born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1961 he was posthumously enshrined as a coach in the Basketball Hall of Fame. August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // The game of basketball was devised by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. ... // Original meaning and etymology The original meaning of the term coach was: a horse-drawn vehicle designed for the conveyance of more than one passenger — and of mail — and covered for protection from the elements. ... High school football or prep(s) football is the most popular interscholastic sport at high schools in the United States and among the most popular in Canada after ice hockey. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders The 312 Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 0 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ...

Sachs attended Carl Schurz High School in Chicago where he earned 11 varsity letters before his graduation in 1914. Upon graduation from high school, Sachs joined the US Navy during World War I, where he continued playing sports, earning an All-Service team honorable mention in football in 1918 while playing on the Cleveland Naval Reserves football team. 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Combatants Allied Powers: British Empire France Italy Russia United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary Bulgaria Germany Ottoman Empire Commanders Ferdinand Foch Georges Clemenceau Joseph Joffre Victor Emmanuel III Luigi Cadorna Armando Diaz Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Herbert Henry Asquith Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Wilhelm II Paul... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The United States Navy Reserve, until 2005 known as the United States Naval Reserve, is the reserve component of the United States Navy. ...

After the war, Sachs enrolled at Chicago's American College of Physical Education (which later merged with DePaul University) and graduated in 1923. While attending college, Sachs played for the Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League from 1920 to 1922. DePaul University is a private institution of higher education and research in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th century French priest, Saint Vincent de Paul. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Arizona Cardinals are a National Football League team based in Tempe, Arizona. ... Bills Dolphins Patriots Jets Ravens Bengals Browns Steelers Texans Colts Titans Broncos Chiefs Raiders Chargers Cowboys Giants Eagles Redskins Bears Lions Packers Vikings Falcons Panthers Saints Buccaneers Jaguars Cardinals Rams 49ers Seahawks The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...

Sachs was hired as basketball coach in 1923 at Loyola University Chicago, even while continuing his NFL career. From 1923 to 1926 Sachs played for the Milwaukee Badgers, Hammond Pros, and Louisville Colonels, ending his career as a player-coach for the 1926 Louisville Colonels (a road-only team based in Chicago). A garden sign welcomes residents and visitors to Rogers Park as home of Loyola University Chicago. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Milwaukee Badgers was an football team, that played in the National Football League from 1922 to 1926. ... The Hammond Pros from Hammond, Indiana played in the National Football League from 1920 to 1926. ... The Louisville Colonels were a Major League Baseball team that played in the American Association throughout that leagues ten-year existence from 1882 until 1891, first as the Louisville Eclipse (1882- 1884) and later as the Louisville Colonels (1885 -1891). ...

After abandoning his NFL career, Sachs began to flourish as a basketball coach. In the 1926-27 season, the Loyola basketball team improved to 13-4. In 1927-28, the team set a new Loyola record for wins in a season by earning a record of 16-4. And in 1928-29, Loyola was a perfect 16-0 under Sachs' guidence. Loyola recorded 31 consecutive victories between 1928-1930.

In the 1930s, Sachs developed an innovative fast-break offense and a 2-2-1 zone defense that prompted a rule change in 1937 to prevent goaltending. His 1938-39 team was 21-0 before losing to 44-32 to Long Island University in the National Invitational Tournament Final at Madison Square Garden. Zone defense is a type of defense used in sports which is the alternative to man-to-man defense; instead of each player guarding a corresponding player on the other team, each defensive player is given an area, or a zone, to cover. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Long Island University (LIU) is a private university located on Long Island in the U.S. state of New York. ... The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a mens college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ...

On October 27, 1942, Sachs was fatally struck by a heart attack while advising the Wendell Phillips High School football team for their appearance in the Chicago Public League championship. He was 45 years old.

Sachs amassed a record of 224-129 as a college basketball coach. In 1935 he earned a graduate degree from Loyola. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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  • Basketball Hall of Fame Lenny Sachs bio
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