Sept. 25, 2006
ST. LOUIS - Marv Schatzman, a member of both the men's basketball 1947-48 Saint Louis Billikens NIT championship team and the Billiken Hall of Fame, has passed away. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and five children.
Schatzman, who attended Soldan High School in St. Louis, was a four-year letterwinner for the Billikens from 1945-1949. He was the invaluable sixth man on the 1947-48 NIT championship team and was runner-up to teammate Ed Macauley in voting for the Most Valuable Player of the NIT Tournament. His 10 points in the NIT semifinal against Western Kentucky helped lift the Billikens to the championship game, where he chipped in three points as the Billikens eased by New York University to claim the NIT crown.
In his four-year Billiken career, Schatzman appeared in more than 100 games and scored over 600 points for a 6.0 points per game average. In addition to his basketball career, Schatzman was a four-year starter at first base for the Billiken baseball squad. After graduation from SLU, Schatzman went on to play professional basketball for the Syracuse Nationals and the Baltimore Bullets.
A long-time supporter of Billiken athletics, Schatzman was inducted into the Billiken Hall of Fame in 1995 for his play on both the court and baseball diamond. He was honored again by the Billiken Hall of Fame in 1996 when the 1947-48 men's basketball team was recognized.