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Mike Glenn

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.

Accession Number

A2006.108

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/9/2006

Last Name

Glenn

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

Coosa High School

E. S. Brown Elementary School

Southern Illinois University

St. John's University

Search Occupation Category
First Name

Mike

Birth City, State, Country

Rome

HM ID

GLE01

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Georgia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Virgin Islands

Favorite Quote

Feed Him And Fan Him.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

9/10/1955

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Steak

Short Description

Television sports commentator and basketball player Mike Glenn (1955 - ) played in the NBA and was a television basketball analyst, author, and commissioner of the World Basketball Association.

Employment

National Basketball Association

Merrill Lynch

Atlanta Hawks

World Basketball Association

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

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

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Mike Glenn describes his relationship with the Georgia School for the Deaf
Mike Glenn recalls memorable games from his professional basketball career
Transcript
I know that you were considered at one time, was it, one of the best or the best basketball player in the state, I think--$$Um-hm. And that's pretty interesting, too. Yes, I was. Mainly 'cause of growing up at the deaf school [George School for the Deaf, Cave Spring, Georgia] and practicing and all this legacy that I had. I was voted number one player in the State of Georgia. I was in the top ten my junior year, and number one my senior year [at Coosa High School, Rome, Georgia], and had choices of colleges all over the country. So, it was really a wonderful time, a wonderful experience for me to go to that level that you recognize where it had come from. It had come from deaf kids, basically. It had come from a place where people didn't even want to go down to the deaf school and couldn't even--were afraid of these deaf kids, and I had so much joy and opportunity that came through my experience with deaf kids. So, I do that as a basis of my talk a lot of times, too. When I talk about having friends from all diverse cultures that all of the blessings I received basically emanated from my relationship with deaf kids.$$Could you sign?$$Oh, yeah. Of course I could sign before I could talk, you know. The girls really started teaching me first. I remember dad [Charles Glenn, Sr.] had this one girl on his team. Her name was Mildred, M-I-L-D-R-E-D, and her last name was Nelson, N-E-L-S-O-N. She was the best player on his team. Matter of fact, Mildred was the best player in the history of Georgia School for the Deaf. Mildred was a beautiful girl. She had smooth, dark beautiful skin. At that time, I thought she looked like a Hershey's bar (laughter). So, Mildred would start teaching me my ABCs and she started teaching me sign language and lessons on inclusion and lessons on sharing, and I would go to the games and I would clap for Mildred. Mildred was knocking down those jump shots and everybody always talked about Mildred Nelson. She was such a great player. And there was another player on dad's team named Lois Smiley. Now, these were the girls on his girls team, obviously. Lois was his best student. Lois was a brilliant math student. He'd teach her separately. Dad--I would go to dad's classes and do the multiplication tables before I started to school and I would do 'em in sign language and I would just compete with his students, and--but Lois was his brightest student by far and he would take her separately and teach her. And he really encouraged and pushed Lois, and Lois went to Gallaudet College, and now it's Gallaudet University [Washington, D.C.]. She was the first student from, black student from Georgia School for the Deaf, a segregated school and less of everything, to go to Gallaudet College, and dad was so proud of her and I was so proud of Lois 'cause she was a great student, great math student, went to Gallaudet, represented Georgia School for the Deaf. So, all that education and basketball was just coming together, and even today, I've had those ladies to come back to a basketball camp [Mike Glenn's All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing]. I've started the nation's first basketball camp for deaf kids, and I've had Lois and Mildred to come back now, and I tell all of the young deaf kids, "This is why I'm here now, because of these deaf girls." This is how I learned how to play and I want them to respect them and love 'em and learn the legacy from them and carry forth the message that I got onto future generations.$Of all the people you've named and some you may not have named, is there any player that in a game where you just couldn't believe what they did? I mean, you know, you played in an era with Dr. J, [Julius Erving], [HistoryMaker] Dominique Wilkins comes in later, but like--is there any story about just--$$There are just--there's a lot of 'em (laughter). There's a lot of 'em. You know, once or twice a year you're going to have those kind of phenomenal games, experiences that some--you have some yourself and you see other players have it. I've seen--oh man, I've seen a lot of them. I've seen--of course Dominique had some tremendous games where he just gets on fire and nobody can stop him. I've seen Larry Bird have a tremendous game where he went for almost sixty on us and we're trying to put everybody on him, and it got to the point that it got comical, you almost cheered for the guy because you're putting everybody on him and the ball keeps going in and it's always funny. It's never funny to the coach, but you just realize that he's in that bubble, and I remember Cliff Levingston was laughing so hard that Bird was hitting all these shots falling out of bounds. I mean, Antoine [Antoine Carr], Kevin [Kevin Willis], me, everybody guarding him and actually it was funny because there's nothing you can do when somebody gets like that. I can remember situations where even like Albert King would get red hot on us, and Don Nelson who is one of my favorite coaches would just look on and say, "We got anybody who can stop him? Anybody can guard him." I mean, he just guarded (unclear) (laughter)--ask anybody, can anybody stop him? I mean, I like that creativity. It was fun at those kinds of times, you know. You try to come up with a strategy, a double team or something like that to stop him, but there were a lot of instances like that. Bernard King would get on a roll, and just knocking out shots, and you kind of forget about some of 'em. But there were a lot of great performances, and players live for that to get in that what they call a zone where they're hot and the basket just gets big and all you want is the ball. You don't even have to look, you just catch and you just let it go and it's gonna go (laughter).$$Now you being a great shooter already--I mean, do you have--is there any like particular game that you remember that you--you know, where you really impressed yourself?$$(Laughter) Yeah, yeah, yeah. There were a few of them, man. I remember a game particularly with the Knicks [New York Knicks], we were playing Cleveland [Cleveland Cavaliers]. I always shot good against Cleveland for some reason. They had some stat that I have the highest field goal percentage against them for a career. Even maybe today, higher then Kareem [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar] and everybody. I don't know, something about Cleveland that I would have these outstanding games, and they were a couple when we needed a big win in our playoff push and I had one of my best games maybe like--I don't know, maybe fourteen out of seventeen shots, and Red [Red Holzman] was just calling plays for me and the teammates trying to get you the ball. That's the most fun time you can have when at a timeout they're asking you, "Where you want the ball? What do you want?" So, that was a play there. There was another big game in Atlanta [Georgia] where it was the last game of the season. We needed this win to make the playoffs and we were playing the Bucks [Milwaukee Bucks] and I came off the bench. Ted Turner was the, always on courtside and had twenty-five off the bench that game, and again they were just running plays for me and the ball was just going in and Ted was just jumping up like a cheerleader, but it was the most important game of the season 'cause we needed that win to make the playoffs, and we won the game and I was able to come up with the twenty-five points that really propelled us into the playoffs which was very significant for the whole organization, so there were some games like that that really, really stand out in my mind, very memorable.