LENNY HALL played basketball for Camden High School, and was a member of the Tony Alfano-coached 1959 and 1960 teams that went undefeated. His teammates included Ron "Itchy" Smith and Golden Sunkett. After high school he went to Florida State University, but his basketball career was cut short by injury.
Lenny Hall returned to Camden and played basketball locally. He joined the Camden Police Department in 1969 where he made his career, retiring in 1996.
Lenny Hall passed away at the age of 70 on March 12, 2014.
|Trenton Evening Times - March 12, 1961|
Hall - Charlie Maddox- Dave Wharton - Steve Schley - Wilson Pitts
1966-1967 Florida State University Basketball Team
Row, Left to Right: Bob Comparto, Rick Campbell, Don Hilsmier, Lenny
Hall, Brian Murphy, Jeff Hogan, Darrel Stewart, Ian Morrison, Russ
1966-1967 Florida State University Basketball Team
Back Row, Left to Right: Ian Morrison, Darrel Stewart, Brian Murphy, Jeff Hogan, Lenny Hall * Middle: Bill Glenn, Dave Ross, Don Biggs, Dick Danford, Ken Doyle, Russ Forkey, Don Hilsmier * Front: Head Coach Hugh Durham, Coach Bill Clendinen
|Philadelphia Inquirer - November 28, 1992|
|Camden Officer's Son Charged With Homicide
The Father Has Fought Hard Against Violence On The Street. Now His Son, 19, Is Held In A Shooting.
By Peter Finn and Dwight Ott
Among the street youths and drug gangs of Camden, Police Officer Lenny Hall is one of the few figures from that other world of law and order who commands fear and respect.
The popular, well-known cop from the Camden Youth Task Force has worked tirelessly to tame the city's gang violence and drug dealing. Hall and three other officers practically live on the streets, bantering with straight youths as well as those who deal in drugs and death.
Their goal, they said last year, was to point to a better way and stop trouble before it begins.
But investigators said Hall's reach was not enough to keep his own son, Adrian, 19, from brushes with the law. Adrian was charged with homicide Thursday.
Adrian Hall got into an argument over a drug transaction at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday outside the Beacon Place Apartments, on Sheridan Street, with Robert Scarborough, 28, of Camden, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.
Hall is accused of fatally shooting Scarborough in the back during the dispute. Prosecutors said one of a number of eyewitnesses had identified Hall.
Hall, of the 1400 block of Van Hook Street, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with homicide Thursday. He was being held in Camden County Jail pending a bail hearing.
His father declined yesterday to discuss his son's arrest, but it has saddened the Camden Police Department.
"It's a shame," said an officer, who asked not to be identified. "These officers spend so much time trying to help other people's kids."
Adrian Hall, a 1991 Camden High School graduate, was a standout half-back with the school's football team.
His only other reported brush with trouble came three years ago.
In 1989 at Camden High School, a 10th grader pulled a .22-caliber revolver in a crowded hallway and fired a shot at Adrian Hall in a dispute over a girl. Hall was not injured.
According to a police report at the time, Adrian Hall told the armed youth to leave his girlfriend alone and a fight ensued. A teacher broke it up and told the two to go their separate ways. Hall went to the third floor, but the other youth followed. The shot was fired during a second confrontation.
Florida State University Report To Boosters - June 2006
Camden Courier-Post * February 7, 2007
grad Hall made history at Florida State
By KEVIN CALLAHAN
years after playing for Florida State University, former Camden High
School star Lenny Hall received his Seminoles letterman jacket.
had one made up, just like the ones in 1966, it had the leather
sleeves," said Hall, a retired Camden police officer. "It was
63, received the letterman jacket during a ceremony in Tallahassee to
honor him on Jan. 20 during a Seminoles' basketball game at the Civic
Center. Hall was the first black player at Florida State.
were doing the Tomahawk cheer and I was leading the crowd doing the
Tomahawk," Hall said, laughing. "Leaving the court, there were
12,000 people yelling, "Lenny, Lenny.'
was Hall's basketball career at Florida State.
his playing career was more surreal since he only played four minutes of
his first game. Then, a knee injury ended his playing days at FSU.
Hall was remembered by Florida State at halftime, when the Seminoles beat
Miami 86-67, for who he was and not what he did.
who lives in Camden, is believed to be the first black player to compete
in college basketball in the Deep South at a predominately white school.
a graduate in 1961 from Camden where he also played baseball and ran cross
country, is proud of the social significance of playing for the Seminoles.
with this being black history month," Hall said.
played on one of South Jersey's all-time great teams at Camden. He was a
sophomore and junior coming off the bench for the 1959 and 1960 undefeated
team led by Ron "Itchy"
Smith and Golden "Sonny" Sunkett. He started as a senior the
next year for coach Tony Alfano
and helped to extend the winning streak to 51 before losing to Farrell
who was inducted into the Al Carino South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame
in 1992, originally attended the all-black Gibbs campus at St. Petersburg
Junior College. He was then recruited by FSU head coach Bud Kennedy. Then,
he made history.
meant a whole lot to me. It still does," said Hall, who worked from
1969 to 1996 for the Camden police department, about being the first black
player at FSU during racial tensions in America. "The people at
Florida State were so warm to me. If anything bad was happening, it was
outside of the campus."
6-foot-5 Hall was recruited along with future Boston Celtics great Dave
still stay in touch with Dave," Hall said. "I followed his whole
collegiate career was limited to two quick baskets and a couple of
rebounds before he tore ligaments in his left knee.
played about four minutes," Hall said.
minutes, but 40 years of impact.
former coach was there (Hugh Durham, who replaced Kennedy, who died of
cancer before the season), probably about half of my teammates," Hall
said about the ceremony. "The president of Florida State (T.K.
Wetherell) was there and so was the Tallahassee Mayor (John Marks). It was
tried to rehabilitate his knee to play again. He eventually came back to
Camden after his junior year at Florida State to pursue a pro career. He
played in the famed Baker League in Philadelphia the same year that Earl
Monroe was a rookie, but the reconstructed knee couldn't do what it used
he took a job with the Health Department in Camden before joining the
Police Department in 1969.
doesn't look back on his basketball career and wonder what might have
happened without the knee injury.
just moved on," he said.
recently endured another physical setback. In 2002, a pituitary tumor
caused him to lose complete vision in his left eye and half the vision in
his right eye.
"I can't drive anymore," Hall said with a chuckle. "I just move on."
|Tallahassee Democrat - March 12, 2014|
|Camden Courier-Post - March 15, 2014|
Leonard R. Hall Sr.
Interment: Harleigh Cemetery.
Lenny Hall was a great athlete, a tremendous cop, and a true friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP my friend. - Gilbert "Whip" Wilson
The heart of the city has went to heaven this morning. It was my esteem pleasure to take care of him these past few month/ years and he will greatly be missed by me. He was a modern day super hero, who not only touched but saved many lives in the city of Camden. I love you Mr. LENNY HALL SR. You have my word that I will continue to love and take care of Lenny Hall Jr.. To the entire Hall family and descendents you have my condolences.
Sherell D. Payton
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