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Hal Greer will attend Field House farewell

Feb. 01, 2012 @ 12:12 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Hal Greer is coming home to participate in Marshall University's farewell to Veterans Memorial Field House.

About 100 former Marshall players are anticipated for the Feb. 10 event in the Field House that includes an alumni game, a salute to veterans and a silent auction of items in the facility. Tickets are $15. Marshall teams played in the Field House from 1950 to 1981. It will be demolished to make way for a Thundering Herd soccer complex and veterans park.

"I am so excited to go back to Huntington," Greer said in a Marshall news release. "There are so many friends I hope to see and be a part of honoring the Field House. There are so many great memories there for me."

Greer, a 75-year-old Huntington native retired in Arizona, played for Marshall from 1955 to 1958 as the school's first black scholarship student-athlete. He was a two-time All Mid-American Conference guard and an All-America honorable mention selection in 1958.

He was a Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame inductee in 1979.

The Douglass High School graduate played 15 years in the NBA for the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers. He was a 10-time NBA All-Star and a seven-time All-NBA player. His 21,586 career points still ranks 30th in NBA history. He was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary Team in 1996.

-- The Herald-Dispatch

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