Sixers Unveil Details for Dolph Schayes' Number "4" Retirement Saturday, March 12
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – MARCH 8, 2016 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced details for the ceremony and tributes supporting former Sixer Dolph Schayes’ number “4” retirement, scheduled for the Saturday, March 12 game at 7:00 p.m. against the Detroit Pistons. Schayes, a 12-time NBA All-Star, Hall of Fame inductee, and member of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, passed away on December 10, 2015 at the age of 87.
Sixers Play-By-Play Announcer Marc Zumoff will act as the master of ceremonies for a halftime presentation at center court which will include speeches by Schayes’ son, former NBA player Danny Schayes, Sixers’ alums Wali Jones, Chet Walker, and World B. Free, and Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil. Sixers Center Nerlens Noel, who will continue to wear number “4” in Schayes’ honor, will address the crowd prior to the game. Special video tributes from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA legends Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Tommy Heinsohn will play throughout the game. Sixers players will wear shooting shirts with “NATS #4” on the front and “SCHAYES #4” on the back. The first 15,000 fans will receive a Dolph Schayes tribute poster presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
“Dolph Schayes is one of the all-time legends of the game and we are proud to rightfully raise his number to the rafters alongside his fellow Sixers greats,” said Philadelphia 76ers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “It is heartwarming to know that, prior to his passing, Dolph was humbled and excited to learn of our plans to retire his number this season. We look forward to honoring his life and career with his family and the fans of Philadelphia.”
Schayes was one of the league’s most dynamic players for the Syracuse Nationals from 1949-63 and led the team to an NBA Championship in 1955, when he averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds during the playoff run. He accompanied the franchise in its relocation to Philadelphia, where he spent the 1963-64 season as player/coach. Additionally, at the time of his retirement, he was the NBA’s all-time leading scorer (18,438 points).
Schayes will join Allen Iverson (3), Julius Erving (6), Maurice Cheeks (10), Wilt Chamberlain (13), Hal Greer (15), Bobby Jones (24), Billy Cunningham (32) and Charles Barkley (34) as players with their numbers retired, along with legendary public address announcer Dave Zinkoff (microphone).
Individual tickets for the Saturday, March 12 game at 7:00 p.m. against the Detroit Pistons, during which Dolph Schayes’ number “4” will be retired, as well as all single game tickets and ticket packages, are on sale now by phone at 215-339-7676, online at SIXERS.COM, and in person at the box office.
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For more information contact the Director of Corporate Communications, Lara Toscani, at LaraToscani@Sixers.com or 610-675-8153.
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