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Marvin Rudolph enshrined as a referee in 2007

Marvin Rudolph

Enshrined 2007


Marvin "Mendy" Rudolph officiated 2,112 NBA games in his career, a record at the time of his retirement. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Rudolph was considered one of the greatest officials of all time, and was selected to referee eight NBA All Star Games and at least one NBA Finals game for 22 consecutive seasons - including the 1961 Finals, when along with Earl Strom, he officiated all seven games, the only time in NBA history the same officials worked an entire Finals series. As the NBA Head of Officials, Rudolph wrote the NBA Official's Manual and Case Book, and was widely respected by fellow officials, coaches, players and members of the media. Mr. Rudolph passed away in 1979 at the age of 53.


 
 
  • Wrote the NBA Official's Manual and Case Book
  • Officiated 2,112 NBA games in his career
  • Selected to referee eight NBA All Star Games and at least one NBA Finals game for 22 consecutive seasons
  • Worked the entire 1961 Finals series
 
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