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Charles "Charley" Eckman (September 10, 1921 – July 3, 1995) was an NBA basketball coach, minor league baseball player, NCAA and NBA basketball referee, broadcaster, and author.

He coached the Fort Wayne Pistons from 1954 through 1957.

Making the 1955 and 1956 NBA Finals losing to the Syracuse Nationals in 1955 and the Philadelphia Warriors in 1956

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1995, he died of colon cancer. His autobiography, It's a Very Simple Game! The Life and Times of Charley Eckman was published posthumously.

External links

  • Web site dedicated to Eckman
  • Charley Eckman and Fred Neil, It's a Very Simple Game! The Life and Times of Charley Eckman, Borderlands Press (1995), ISBN 1-880325-15-2
Preceded by
Paul Birch
Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons head coach
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Red Rocha







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