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The New Haven Register sports department is celebrating our 200th birthday by sharing 200 of the most interesting stories relating to sports in Greater New Haven over the past 200 years. Check back daily for historical updates.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tony Lavelli, Yale basketball

Yale Athletics / Register File photos

NOTE: A photo that was originally posted here was not Tony Lavelli. There were two notations on the photo that it was Lavelli in the Register files, however thanks to reader Joel Alderman, a Lavelli fan growing up who kept a scrapbook, he was able to find the original photo in a newspaper clipping, which was of Gordy Davis (more on Davis below).

We apologize for the error and have updated with Lavelli photos from Yale.


The multi-talented Tony Lavelli was a pure showman.

The first player from Yale to be drafted into the NBA, Lavelli was a scoring sensation who was named the College Player of the Year in 1949 when he averaged 22.4 points per game.

He was the fourth pick of the Boston Celtics and played three professional seasons.


Read Bill Cloutier's complete story.

The 1949 Draft

Below is photo and bio of Gordy Davis from Yale

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