Harvey Pollack: 3000 t-shirts and counting - 9/21/2011
Sixers Director of Statistical Information Harvey “Super Stat” Pollack has recorded several stunning figures over the course of his 65-year career.
Although the NBA Hall of Famer is best known for writing the “100” sign held by Wilt Chamberlain after his landmark 100-point game, Pollack’s notoriety for a very different number is boosting his profile, too.
3000. Then 3001, 3002, 3003, 3004, and as of today, 3005.
Pollack has worn exactly 3005 T-shirts over the course of the last nine years – a different shirt every day – in his quest to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
This journey through T-shirts began on June 28, 2003, shortly after the death of Pollack’s wife.
“While she was alive, as fast as I wore T-shirts, she washed them and they were back in my drawer the next week,” Pollack explained. “I never knew how many I had.”
Once she passed, he ventured down to the basement to retrieve his well-worn shirts, counting them to see if he had enough to wear a different shirt each day from the following day, June 28, through Labor Day.
After two straight days of wearing a T-shirt to the office, a Sixers coworker jokingly suggested that Pollack aim for entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. He decided to call the Book’s office, and found out that no one had yet tried to set a record for the most number of T-shirts worn on a consecutive, daily basis.
3005 shirts later, Pollack is well on his way to getting his name in the Guinness Book of World Records. He maintains his record by keeping a spreadsheet of the date, shirt number and a brief description of what is on the shirt, and receives new shirts weekly from numerous supporters.
But keeping his record going isn’t Pollack’s only focus. He is also diligent in giving back to local and international communities who are in need of clothing. From the Salvation Army to Haiti in the wake of their earthquake, Pollack has donated 2900 of the more than 3000 shirts he’s worn, and he’s looking for another “worthy organization” to whom he can give the next batch of 100 T-shirts.
So what keeps Pollack going?
“I’m not going to stop, because I have people who’ve given me shirts to wear,” he said. “I’m not going to let them down.”
To donate shirts to Harvey’s quest, send them to his attention at:
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19147