Alvin Roth (basketball)

Alvin "Fats" Roth (November 2, 1929 – June 19, 2003) was an American professional basketball player known for his playing days at the City College of New York (CCNY) between 1949–50 and 1950–51. Roth was a contributing member of the only basketball team in NCAA history to win both the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and NCAA Tournament in the same season.[1] Roth was one of four sophomore starters on the CCNY squad that defeated Bradley in both championship games.[2][3]

Alvin Roth
Personal information
BornNovember 2, 1929
DiedJune 19, 2003(2003-06-19) (aged 73)
Rockland, New York
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolErasmus (Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeCCNY (1949–1951)
NBA draft1951 / Undrafted
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

Roth was 6'4", weighed 210 pounds and played guard.[1] He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended Erasmus Hall High School, where as a senior in 1947–48 he led them to a PSAL championship.[1][3] Due to his poor academic grades, Roth was ineligible to attend CCNY his freshman year;[3] one year later Roth was admitted to the school as a sophomore.[3] It was this season that CCNY won both national basketball championships (the NIT was actually considered the premier national championship at the time). One year later, news broke about a point-shaving scandal that was sweeping east coast universities, and at its heart was CCNY's squad led by Nat Holman.[1][3] Roth was one of the players arrested in the scandal.[1] In July 1952, a judge suspended his sentence after Roth volunteered to join the United States Army as a private in the following month.[4]

Roth's admission into CCNY despite his poor grades was a result of transcript altering by Holman.[3] Nationally, all of the players who were convicted of participating in the scandal were banned from ever playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1]

Professional careerEdit

Eastern LeagueEdit

Due to his ban, Roth played for a time in the Eastern League, although it is unknown which team he played for.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

After his playing days, Roth went back to CCNY to earn his business degree, then moved to the suburbs of New York City to sell insurance.[1] He died June 19, 2003 in Rockford, New York.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Roth, Al". 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Sclar, Arieh (2008). A Sport at which Jews Excel: Jewish Basketball in American Society, 1900–1951 (PDF). pg. 242. ProQuest LLC. ISBN 9780549922049. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, Randy; Olson, James (1989). Winning is the Only Thing: Sports in American Since 1945 (PDF). pg. 82. The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 9780801842405. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "'Fixed' Player Draws Suspended Sentence", The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, volume 69, number 37, July 30, 1953, page 24. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Alvin Roth's obituary