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Irving "Rip" Terjesen

A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, "Rip" Terjesen played four years of basketball at New York University before joining the Firestone Non-Skids in 1938-39. At NYU he was the Violets' leading scorer two seasons. However, it was while playing three seasons for the Non-Skids that "Rip" gained the most fame. Considered by long-time sports writers and fans alike to be the greatest Firestone teams ever, the 1938-39 and 1939-40 squads captured the National Basketball League championships both seasons. A 6-4 forward-center, Terjesen's forte was his quickness and defensive prowess. His most memorable action, while playing along with Hall of Famers Howard "Soup" Cable, Johnny Moir and Jack Ozburn was in the championship series with the Oshkosh All-Stars in 1939-40. Oshkosh took the first two games of the best of five series, but miraculously, the Non-Skids battled back for victories by the score of 35-32, 41-40 and 61-60.

Inducted 1981 | Basketball