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Sam Serves

Basketball was his game and Sam Serves, a native of Canton who has resided in Akron of 68 years, played it well enough to earn him induction into four halls of fame. Serves' basketball career got started at Akron East highland School in 1936. In four seasons he had played his way into a 1971 induction into the Oriental's Hall of Fame. Two years of City Class A League ball followed high school graduation during which Serves, the Akron Spotless Spot team capture the son of Greek immigrants, helped the Akron Spotless Spot team capture the 1942 National Hellenic Championship in Chicago. His efforts in that tournament earned Serves a 1948 induction into the National Hellenic Basketball Association Hall of Fame. Russ Beichly, head basketball coach at The University of Akron, saw a need for Serves' talents and signed him to play for the Zips in 1942. However, after scoring 209 points, second on the team, and helping UA capture 18to 22 games, Serves was off to serve in the U.S. Army. Medically discharged one year later, Serves returned to help the Zip cagers compile a 21-2 record and win the 1944-45 Ohio Conference Championship. Serves was accorded first team honors on the All-OC and All-Ohio dream teams - honors he would repeat in both 1946 and '47. The scrappy guard finished his career with 1013 points, the second Zip cager in UA basketball history (Fritz Nagy was the first) to surpass 1000 points. As a result, Serves was installed into UA's Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

Inducted 1992 | Basketball