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Maurice Stokes
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Basketball Player
    (June 17, 1933-April 6, 1970)
    Born in Rankin, Pennsylvania
    Drafted second overall by the Rochester Royals in the 1955 NBA Draft
    Power forward and center for the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals (1955-58)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1956)
    Became paralyzed days after making an awkward fall on the basketball court in the last game of the 1957-58 season
    Subject of the 1973 movie 'Maurie'
    Despite being considered one of the NBA's first stars, his career legacy waned into obscurity by basketball pundits.
    His career was cut short by a life-altering injury, which could have been prevented if proper medical attention had been given when the initial accident happened.
    He opted to return to play three days after sustaining a head injury, rather than sit out until he was fit to play.
    He was considered a perfectionist by his coaches and teammates alike.
    He was passed over from several colleges, who felt he was too slow.
    He came from a blue-collar working class family.
    He left St. Francis College as the school's all-time leader in rebounds.
    He was a dominating defensive force during his three seasons in the NBA.
    He earned All-Star honors and made the All-NBA Second Team in all three seasons of his career.
    He had a close friendship with his fellow teammate Jack Twyman, who would become his legal guardian in the years following his accident.

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