Jack Twyman, NBA Star Known for Off-Court Assist, Dies at 78
June 1, 2012 10:31 AM Subscribe
In the 1950s, Maurice Stokes
was a superstar basketball player for the Rochester (later Cincinnati) Royals
. Stokes was Rookie of the Year and an NBA All-Star in each of his three seasons, trailing only Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson in scoring. But at age 24, a brain injury sustained in the last game of the 1958 season left him almost completely paralyzed. With his teammate alone in an unfamiliar city, Jack Twyman
became his guardian and advocate. Stokes died in 1970, after years of care and friendship with the Twyman family; Jack Twyman
[NYT] died yesterday.
In 2004, after years of lobbying by Twyman, Stokes
was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Twyman, a six-time All-Star who played all eleven seasons of his career with Rochester/Cincinnati, was enshrined in the Hall in 1983.
A short series of videos on Maurice Stokes and his legacy: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
The movie Maurie
(also known as Big Mo) was made in 1973.