Harry J. "Big Hesh" Boykoff, also known as Heshie and Big Boy (July 24, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York – February 20, 2001 in Santa Monica, California of Lung cancer) was an American Basketball player.
He played collegiately for St. John's University (New York City).
He played for the Waterloo Hawks (1949-50), Boston Celtics and Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1950-51) in the NBA for 109 games.
In one game at Madison Square Garden in 1947, while playing for St John's, he scored 54 points by himself,more than the entire opposing team combined.
While playing for the Celtics, he was the highest paid NBA player, at around $15,000.
In his 48'-49' season for Waterloo he was fourth in the entire league in scoring % at .413
He became so proficient at blocking shots that because of his play, the rules of the game were changed to prevent shots being blocked on their way down towards the basket ( Goal Tending)
He led St John's to the NIT championship in 1943. He was awarded the MVP and picked on several All-American teams. He received a gold basketball emblematic of his selection on the All-America basketball team appearing in The Sporting News, the national sports newspaper
As good a player as he became, Boykoff was not impressed. I'm not an athlete, he said. I'm just a big guy and a lucky one.
Later in life Harry appeared in films and television shows such as Star Trek, Fraisure, Town & Country, The Crew, on Mc Donald's Cups/commercials, and a few others.
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