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Luis Martín (Argentina)
Born on October Saturday, 1913, in in Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina.
Nationality:
Argentina

Enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame on September Tuesday, 2009.

Highlights

  • Luis Martín is widely considered as one of the biggest all-time historians of the game, a true professor on the history of basketball
  • In 1924, when he was only 11 years of age, he started collecting press clippings on the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Three years later, in 1927, he fell in love with basketball and began concentrating fully in gathering a truly impressive and unique collection of basketball written material and memorabilia
  • In 1927, he began playing basketball at the Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes de Buenos Aires. He then played in a club called El Tala and retired as a player in 1940
  • Preliminary school teacher as of 1931
  • Physical education instructor as of 1939
  • Member of the Argentinean Basketball Federation (an institution which no longer exists), where he occupied several positions and assumed its representation to the national governing body, the Argentinean Basketball Confederation: 1942-1954
  • Executive of the Argentinean Basketball Confederation: from the mid-40s to 1954
  • Technical Commissioner in South America: 1949-1968
  • Editor of the Rules and Regulations in the South American Zone: 1953-1962
  • Member of the Technical Commission of FIBA as of 1949
  • Key member in the local organising committee of the 1st edition of the FIBA World Championship, which took place in 1950, in Buenos Aires
    Co-authored, together with A. Leslie Colbeck, R. William Jones, Robert Busnel and Witold Szeremeta, the book 'The Basketball World' published by FIBA in 1972
  • Director of the Argentinean National Institute of Sport for over 20 years

Distinctions & Recognitions

  • FIBA Order of Merit in 1994
  • Radomir Shaper Award in 2000 (post-mortem), a prize given since 2000 to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the development of the basketball rules