1949–50 CCNY Basketball Team Signed AUTO GPC – Point Shaving Scandal National Champions PSA/DNA

One of the most historic pieces of College Basketball History you will ever see.

Includes (in order of their signatures – top to bottom):

Eddie Roman (D. 1988 at age 57) the team's 6-foot-6-inch center, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to fix the outcome of games at Madison Square Garden. After serving two years in the Army, Roman earned his undergraduate degree in physical education at Seattle University. He returned to New York to do work at City College and New York University toward a master's degree and a doctorate in psychology. He worked in the city public school's system in Queens.

Irwin Dambrot (D. 2010) was a 6-foot-4, 175-pound All-American forward and the only senior in the starting lineup. His free-throw defeated Ohio State 56-55 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. He also made a game-saving play at the end of the title game against Bradley to earn MVP honors. After the scandal broke, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, ended his basketball career, and enrolled at Columbia University Dental School. He served in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps and then practiced dentistry in Forest Hills, Queens and Manhattan. In 1989, Dambrot went to Kansas City for the 50th anniversary of the NCAA tournament, when all previous MVPs were invited; he met a lot of coaches and was treated royally. In December 2009, a month before his death, Dambrot was on hand in a wheelchair at Madison Square Garden when the Garden cited the double championship as the No. 1 college basketball moment in the game's 75-year history there. He also notably played for the 1950-51 Paterson Crescents of the ABL

Alvin Roth (D. 2003) was 6'4", weighed 210 pounds and played guard. He was one of the players arrested in the scandal and agreed to serve in the United States Army for a time in exchange for suspending his jail sentence. After discharge, Roth finished City College business school and became an insurance executive in Westchester County, New York.

Herb Cohen During the 1950 season, Cohen played in 24 games and averaged 3.6 points per game (he led the CCNY team in scoring in their game against Loyola of Chicago with 14 points). Cohen played in all four games of the NIT, and averaged 1.3 points per game, but played in only one game in the NCAA tournament and did not score. The 1949-50 CCNY team was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. He was arrested in his connection with the scandal.

Arnie Smith was at CCNY as the school was involved in the point-shaving scandal that rocked the sport in the early 50's. Arnold was not free of controversy, himself. Although not involved in point shaving, he was booted from the team in December of 1951 when it was discovered that his admission records had been altered. Smith then joined the Guards when they took Carbondale's place in the ABL. He scored six points in his only appearance with Middletown on January 27, 1952. He was drafted by the Rochester Royals in the 1952 NBA Draft, but never suited up with the club.

Larry Meyer

Big Ed Warner (D. 2002) came from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx to play college basketball for Nat Holman at the City College of New York. A 6'3" forward, he regularly battled with bigger men to average 14.8 points per game as a sophomore for the Beavers during their championship year. In the 1950 NIT, he upped this average to 21.7 per game and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as CCNY defeated Bradley in the final at Madison Square Garden. A couple of weeks later, the Beavers again beat Bradley, this time in the 1950 NCAA tournament, to become the only team to win both tournaments in the same year. He was the only one of the players to go to jail for his crimes when he was sentenced to six months at Rikers Island. He received a prison sentence because he had a record as a juvenile delinquent and was incorrigible and uncontrollable in the courtroom. In the 1960s, he was imprisoned again after pleading guilty to attempting to sell heroin. Warner had worked as a high school basketball referee, but in April 1984 he was partly paralyzed when his automobile was struck from behind in Upper Manhattan. Ed Warner died in Harlem at age 73 in 2002.

Floyd Layne is an American former basketball player and coach. He played college basketball for the City College of New York (CCNY) and was implicated in the point shaving scandal in 1951. Layne was instrumental in the team that won the NIT and NCAA championship in 1950 for CCNY.  Layne played professionally in the Eastern Professional Basketball League (EPBL) from 1954 to 1963. He was selected to the All-EPBL First Team in 1955 and the Second Team in 1956. He led his team to CBA Finals appearances in 1956-57 (Hazelton) and 1961-62 (Williamsport). Floyd was instrumental in developing Nate Archibald at the Harlem Youth Center. Layne was appointed as head coach of the CCNY basketball team in 1974; he served in that role for 14 years.

Arthur Artie Glass

Ron Nadell  a star player for the Erasmus Hall High School basketball team and named co-captain of the CCNY Beavers for the 1950-51 season.

Leroy Watkins (D. 2008) A player at CCNY during the point-shaving scandal. Nat Holman put Watkins(who played very little that season) in to jump-center for the opening tipoff against Kentucky in the NIT, and he surprisingly outjumped 7-foot Bill Spivey. Watkins, innocent of any wrong-doing, would go on to play in the ABL for a few years. He would later play in the ABL for Saratoga, Middletown, and Pawtucket

Joe Galiber (D. 1995) would go on to become a state senator representing the Bronx

Mike Wittlin

Norm Mager  (D. 2005) was a 6-foot-5 senior and the top reserve on the team. He averaged 3.6 points per game during the season, but had a strong postseason, averaging 12.6 points per game in the 1950 NCAA tournament and was named to the All-Eastern regional team. He was also important in the Beavers' NIT run, averaging 4.7 points per game. Following the close of his collegiate career, Mager was drafted in the fifth round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets. Mager played 22 games for the Bullets, averaging 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. However, his career came to a premature end in the wake of the CCNY Point Shaving Scandal, where it was revealed that players on the team had taken money to manipulate the point-spread of several games. Mager was thrown out of the NBA and other members of the CCNY team were banned for life from the league

Nat Holman (D. 1995) was an American professional basketball player and college coach. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and is the only coach to lead his team to NCAA and National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championships in the same season. He is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

If it weren't for winning the National Championship, this team would be considered the 1919 Black Sox (White Sox) of College Basketball.

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1949–50 CCNY Basketball Team Signed AUTO GPC – Point Shaving Scandal National Champions PSA/DNA