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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Rest in Peace, Mike Gale

One of the highlights of my writing career is having the opportunity to cover the NBA All-Star Weekend from 2005-2010—and many of my favorite All-Star Weekend memories are associated with the ABA Reunions held during several of those All-Star Weekends. I interviewed Mike Gale at the 2007 ABA Reunion in Las Vegas. Gale, a key rotation player for the 1974 ABA Champion New York Nets who twice made the ABA All-Defensive First Team (1973, 1974), passed away on Thursday at the age of 70.

Gale is at least the third ABA Reunion participant who I interviewed who has passed away. Warren Jabali passed away in 2012. Fatty Taylor, who organized the 2005 ABA Reunion, passed away in 2017. Also, Moses Malone passed away in 2015. I did not formally interview Malone, but I spoke with him at the 2005 ABA Reunion, and I took a photograph of him alongside Julius Erving that will always be a cherished moment and memory for me.

Here is my 2007 article about Mike Gale: Mike Gale's Journey from Elizabeth City State to the ABA Finals 

Gale, like almost every ABA player who I met at the ABA Reunions or on other occasions, was a friendly, perceptive, and enjoyable interview subject. I appreciate the way that he and the other ABA players welcomed me with open arms, and I hope that he rests in peace.

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posted by David Friedman @ 12:14 AM



At Sunday, August 02, 2020 8:38:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


With Mike Gale's passing, jersey nerds like myself were reminded of the SI cover where he's wearing a Bullets jersey, inside out. I vaguely recall hearing about a similar situation where Doc and a few teammates had to wear the opposition's jerseys for a game. It may have been exhibition. Do you have any recollections of this?


At Sunday, August 02, 2020 11:41:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...


I do not remember that happening with Doc and his teammates. Michael Jordan's jersey was stolen prior to a 1990 game versus Orlando, so Jordan wore 12 instead of 23 for that game.

The SI cover you referenced is from May 8, 1978.


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