Bobby Wanzer

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Robert "Bobby" Wanzer (born June 4, 1921 in New York City , † January 23, 2016 ) was an American basketball player . Between 1948 and 1957 he played in the US professional NBA for the Rochester Royals team . Wanzer was 1.83 m tall and played in the position of guard . The backcourt duo of Wanzer and Bob Davies led the Royals to the 1951 NBA championship. For his career achievement, Wanzer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 as a player .

Between 1943 and 1946, including during World War II , Wanzer served in the US Marines . He then became a professional basketball player in the newly formed NBA league. Wanzer was the first NBA player to hit the free throw line in over 90% of the throws. From 1955 he took over the position of player-coach with the Royals. From 1963 to 1987 Wanzer coached the team at St. John Fisher College in Rochester , New York .

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  1. Rochester basketball legend Bobby Wanzer dies at 94