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Learn More About Larry Weinberg


Ever wonder about those jerseys hanging from the rafters in the Rose Garden? We're giving you an overview of all the special people who have had their jerseys retired in Portland.


Larry Weinberg
Jersey Number: 1


Larry Weinberg One of the three founding owners of the Portland Trail Blazers, Larry became president in 1975 and served in that capacity until selling the club to Paul Allen on May 31, 1988.

It was Weinberg, a Beverly Hills, California businessman, Herman Sarkowsky of Seattle and Robert Shmertz of Lakewood, New Jersey who put up the $3.7 million to secure an NBA expansion franchise for Portland in 1970.

Weinberg served as team treasurer for the first five years before being named president in 1975, replacing Sarkowsky who became co-owner of the fledgling Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

Larry, in his red blazer and white slacks, was a familiar occupant of front row seats in Memorial Coliseum cheering his Blazers on. Among his proud moments were being in the champagne-doused Blazers locker room with NBA Commissioner Larry O�Brien, General Manager Harry Glickman and Coach Jack Ramsay moments after the team had won the 1977 world championship, and as the team�s chairman emeritus being courtside for the great title runs of the early 1990s.

The number was officially retired in 1992. Since then Rod Strickland and Derek Anderson have been granted permission by Weinberg to wear the number on their jersey.






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