James G. Alaimo
James G. Alaimo
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Team: Basketball

James Gerald Alaimo '58
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Sport: Basketball
Year Inducted: 1974

James Gerald Alaimo '58, a native of Torrington, CT, is considered one of Brown's all-time basketball greats. A medium-sized pivotman at 6-3, 210-pounds, Alaimo became the fourth leading scorer in the school's history with 1046 points and its second leading rebounder with 870. Despite these statistics, Alaimo's ability to play real tough defense became one of his strengths. He was co-captain of the 1957-58 team with Joe Tebo and was named to the All-Ivy team. Alaimo scored a single-game high 38 points in leading Brown to an upset victory over Penn in his junior year. As a climax to a brilliant career, Alaimo was awarded the J. Richmond Fales '10 Trophy as the player who had made the greatest contribution to Brown basketball. Gerry Alaimo was an incredibly hard worker, one whose improvement was continuous for four full years. "Despite his lack of size, Gerry was one of the finest inside men I saw in my time," says Stan Ward, Alaimo's coach at Brown. "He had the strength and muscle to handle the big pivotmen, and his individual battles with Rudy LaRusso of Dartmouth were basketball classics. As a senior, Gerry developed the finesse to handle the big corner man, to such an extent that he became one of the finest forwards in the East." Alaimo was president of his senior class and a member of the Cammarian Club and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Alaimo became Brown's basketball coach in 1969 upon the retirement of Stan Ward and guided the Bears to a third place Ivy League finish in 1973 and a second place finish last spring. According to Gerry Alaimo, his three ambitions in life are a 6-11 center, an Ivy title, and a wife - in that order.