Just days after his 90th birthday, college and NBC basketball great Togo Palazzi died Friday, according to NBC and sources at the Boston Celtics, where he played many decades ago.
Wing Togo Palazzi was born on August 8 in Union City, New Jersey in 1932.
He was the hero of the 1954 National Invitational Team, was named captain, and was also the MVP player of the game.
Palazzi was drafted by the Celtics in the first round of the 1954 NBA draft.
Palazzi played parts of three seasons with Boston before his rights were sold to the (then) Syracuse Nationals (today’s Philadelphia 76ers) in 1956.
He averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while with the Celtics.
He also played on the first championship team while with the Celtics, in 1956-57.
Coach and camp director
Later, Palazzi became a coach and gave speeches to youth basketball camps.
He was camp director for the Togo Palazzi/Sterling Recreational Basketball Camp in Sterling, Massachusetts.
No cause of death was announced by the family so far.
The family will be releasing Palazzi’s obituary shortly.