May 1, 1963

Ray Flynn was more than a little miffed at being chosen by the Philadelphia Warriors in the fourth round of the NBA Draft.

The Providence College star, who earned MVP honors in the NIT at Madison Square Garden, had been all-but assured by the New York Knicks that they would select him early in the draft.

Relying on that assurance, Flynn applied and was accepted by St. John’s University, where he would take up graduate studies during the off-season.

Instead, Flynn ignored the NBA for the season and played for the Wilmington Blue Bombers of the Eastern Professional Basketball League. A year later, the Warriors traded his rights to the Celtics, who cut him just before the start of the 1964-65 season.

There was a happy ending for Flynn, who eventually embarked on a political career during which he served as mayor of Boston for nine years, then as Ambassador to the Holy See (the leadership of the Catholic Church) for four years.

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