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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Sports Commentator
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Feed Him And Fan Him.

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1955
Birth Location:
Rome, Georgia

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Sports Commentator
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Feed Him And Fan Him.

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1955
Birth Location:
Rome
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Biography

NBA guard and television sports analyst, Michael Theodore “Stinger” Glenn was born on September 10, 1955 in Rome, Georgia. Growing up in Cave Springs, Georgia, his father taught and coached at the Georgia School for the Deaf while Glenn’s mother taught him at E.S. Brown Elementary School. Glenn became the top rated high school basketball player in Georgia, averaging 30 points per game when he graduated from Rome’s Coosa High School, third in his class, in 1973. An All Missouri Valley Conference college basketball player, Glenn graduated from Southern Illinois University with honors and a B.S. degree in mathematics in 1977.

Drafted twenty-third overall by the NBA’s Chicago Bulls in 1977, Glenn broke his neck in an auto accident and was released from the team. Later that year, he was signed by the NBA’s Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers). In 1978, Glenn signed with the New York Knicks, playing with Ray Williams, Michael Ray Richardson and the legendary Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. Known for his shooting accuracy, Glenn was named “Stinger” by his teammates. In New York, Glenn attended graduate business classes at St. John’s University and Baruch College and earned his stockbroker’s license. Moving on to the Atlanta Hawks, Glenn became the team’s all-time shooting accuracy leader – making better than half of his shots. In 1984, Glenn, a six-foot, three inch jump shooting guard, shot an astounding 58% from the field. Between 1985 and 1989, Glenn, as a Milwaukee Buck, shared backcourt duties with Sidney Moncrief, Ricky Pierce and Craig Hodges.

During the 1991-1992 NBA season, Glenn served as a sports analyst for ESPN and the Atlanta Hawks on WGNX SportSouth and during the NBA playoffs for TNT and CNN. During the 1992-1993 season, Glenn served as a sports analyst for two weekly shows on CNN, This Week in the NBA and College Basketball Preview. He continued to serve as the Hawks TV analyst until 2003, broadcasting an average of 70 games per year. In 2004, Glenn was appointed Commissioner of the new World Basketball Association, a developmental league that sends players to the NBA and professional teams abroad. Active in community service, Glenn recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of his All-Star Basketball Camp for the Hearing Impaired, where he was honored with the NBA Walter P. Kennedy Citizenship Award. An avid collector of rare African American books, Glenn is the author of From My Library, Volume 1 and 2 and Lessons in Success from the NBA’s Top Players.

Glenn was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 9, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mike Glenn's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mike Glenn lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mike Glenn describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mike Glenn describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mike Glenn describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mike Glenn describes his parents' personalities and occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mike Glenn describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mike Glenn describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mike Glenn describes his grade school experiences in Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mike Glenn describes his grade school experiences in Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mike Glenn remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mike Glenn recalls his childhood passion for basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mike Glenn describes his experiences at Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mike Glenn remembers playing basketball at Coosa High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mike Glenn describes his relationship with the Georgia School for the Deaf
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mike Glenn remembers playing basketball at Coosa High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mike Glenn recalls his decision to attend Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mike Glenn describes his experiences at Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mike Glenn recalls being drafted by the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mike Glenn remembers recovering from a spinal injury
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mike Glenn describes the beginning of his professional basketball career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mike Glenn remembers his teammates on the New York Knicks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mike Glenn describes his tenure on the New York Knicks team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mike Glenn recalls leaving the New York Knicks to sign with the Atlanta Hawks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mike Glenn describes his teams with the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mike Glenn recalls memorable games from his professional basketball career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mike Glenn describes his social life as a professional basketball player
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mike Glenn talks about founding basketball camps for deaf children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mike Glenn recalls playing for the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mike Glenn describes Craig Hodges, his former teammate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Mike Glenn's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mike Glenn remembers retiring from the National Basketball Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mike Glenn describes conflicts between coaches and players in the National Basketball Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mike Glenn remembers giving his jump shot the name Candace
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mike Glenn describes his career as a stockbroker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mike Glenn talks about working on television as a basketball analyst
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mike Glenn describes his commissionership of the World Basketball Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mike Glenn describes the social factors that hold back talented basketball players
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Mike Glenn recalls how he began collecting first edition books
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mike Glenn describes his book, 'Lessons in Success from the NBA's Top Players'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mike Glenn talks about his historical book series, 'Lessons From My Library'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Mike Glenn talks about meeting Charles Blockson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Mike Glenn talks about 19th century African American boxer Tom Molineaux
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Mike Glenn describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Mike Glenn reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Mike Glenn describes his family life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Mike Glenn describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Mike Glenn narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Mike Glenn narrates his photographs, pt. 2