Born in Brooklyn, Bobby Wanzer was a standout player at Seton Hall University before joining the Rochester Royals in 1948. Wanzer and teammate Bob Davies formed one of the NBA's best backcourt tandems of their era.
Wanzer helped lead the Royals to the NBA championship in 1951. He was a five-time all-star. He served as player-coach for two seasons, then head coach for two more after the Royals moved to Cincinnati in 1957.
He returned to Rochester in 1962 and became the first men's basketball coach for St. John Fisher College. Wanzer led the Cardinals to a record of 311-249 during his 24-year career.
Wanzer served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, participating in the occupation and defense of Guam in 1944. He was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
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