John (Bud) Palmer, a pioneer in sports broadcasting who was the first captain of the New York Knickerbockers, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in West Palm Beach. He was 91.
Born in Hollywood, Calif., Palmer was an All-American in both soccer and lacrosse at Princeton and also played basketball. He became one of the founding members of the Knicks in 1946, playing in the start-up Basketball Association of America (BAA), which became the NBA in 1949. Palmer led the Knicks in scoring and into the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the club.
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