"A Tribute to the Legendary Red Klotz" event and a book launch for his recently published biography takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Steve and Cookie's By the Bay in Margate.

Author Tim Kelly will be on hand to sign a limited edition hardcover version of his book, "The Legend of Red Klotz: How Basketball's Loss Leader Won Over the World - 14,000 Times," which will be available for $34.95.

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The event will feature an appearance by three-time NBA champion Chris Ford and radio and TV talk show host and Press of Atlantic City columnist Pinky Kravitz, a longtime friend of the Klotz family.

Klotz, 92, has been a Margate resident for more than 50 years. He is the owner and former star player and coach of the Washington Generals, longtime opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters. Since 1952, Klotz has been involved in 14,000 games against the Globetrotters, all of them losses except for a 100-99 victory in 1971. Klotz's long two-hand set shot found the bottom of the net with three seconds left in the game to provide the margin of victory.

In addition to the book signing, there will be an informal tribute to Klotz, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free and open to the public. Steve and Cookie's By the Bay restaurant is located at 9700 Amherst Ave.


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