Name: Cliff Stein
Year Inducted: 1978
Category: Friends of Basketball
Schools / Organizations:
Murphysboro High School
Cliff Stein began his association with basketball at a young age. After losing his father to a heart attack at the age of 10, Cliff was often at the high school gym, shooting a basketball, listening to the coaches, and running errands for the team. Cliff developed into a standout player as an 8th grader. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with the same heart condition as his father. Although he never played basketball again, he organized a group of young people to perform ball-handling demonstrations for crowds throughout the southern Illinois area. They were known as the Zips. The Murphysboro coach at the time, Tom Ashman created a scholarship that bore Cliff Stein’s name and made sure that all players who played for him at the high school knew about Cliff Stein.