Hal Greer, Marshall and National Basketball Association great, passes away at 81

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2018

Greer spent all 15 seasons of his pro basketball career with the organization, helping lead the 76ers to an NBA championship in 1967 with Wilt Chamberlain.

"I'm terribly saddened by the news of Hal's passing", said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick.

A second-round pick out of Marshall in 1958, Greer was the first player to have his number (15) retired by the team. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones".

The West Virginia native was already an established player for the Syracuse Nationals when the franchise moved to Philadelphia and became the 76ers in 1963.

One of the greatest players in the history of the Philadelphia 76ers has passed away.

Greer was also a 10-time NBA All-Star and named MVP of the All-Star game in 1967. Greer perhaps shined the brightest during the 1968 All-Star game, when he lit up Madison Square Garden with 21 points in just 17 minutes while playing with a record 17 future Hall of Famers.

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We extend our deepest condolences and send our love, thoughts and prayers to the Greer family during this hard time.

Greer was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 alongside Slater Martin, Frank Ramsey, Willie Reed, Clarence Gaines and Ava Duer. To further celebrate his place in team history, Greer also became the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in 2017.

During the Sixers' 1966-67 title run, Greer averaged a team-high 27.7 points over 15 playoff games and helped Philadelphia dethrone the reigning eight-year champion Boston Celtics. He was also the second-leading scorer on Philadelphia's National Basketball Association championship team of 1966-67 and would earn a spot on the National Basketball Association 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.

His life will be celebrated at tonight's Sixers-Heat game in Philadelphia.

The Sixers said Greer was survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.

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