March 1st 1986: Knicks retire Earl Monroe’s jersey
The Knicks retired Earl “The Pearl” Monroe’s #15 on this date. The Pearl played 9 seasons with the Knicks after the team acquired him from the Baltimore Bullets. Monroe won a championship in 1973 and formed 1/2 of a dynamic duo with Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Throughout his NBA career, Monroe excited fans with his acrobatic play and smooth play on the court. He made the All Star team in 1975 and 1977 while with the Knicks. Monroe ranks 8th on the all-time Knicks scoring list.
#15 is a unique number in Knicks history as it’s the only number the organization retired twice. The Knicks later retired the number again in 1992 on behalf of Dick McGuire.
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