Dr. Warren Perkins – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Warren Easton HS/Tulane University/NBA
A standout athlete at Warren Easton High School (1939-41), Warren Perkins lettered in basketball, baseball, swimming and track and field for the Eagles. He captured a Junior AAU diving championship and a state title in the breaststroke, and in his only season as a basketball player, earned all-city honors.
He would become a basketball star for Tulane University from 1946-49 while also lettering in baseball and track and field. The gap between his high school and college careers was due to four years of service in the air corps during World War II. He led the Green Wave to its best season, 24-4, in 1947-48.
Perkins scored over 300 points in all three of his seasons with the Green Wave, including 330 points in his senior season when he earned All-SEC First-Team recognition. He also earned All-SEC First Team honors as a sophomore. Tulane, coached by Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Cliff Wells, posted a 69-16 record with Perkins in the lineup.
Following his Tulane career, the 6-3 Perkins joined the professional ranks and was in the starting lineup for the first-ever NBA game when his Tri-City Blackhawks played the Denver Nuggets in Moline, Ill., on October 30, 1949.
After two years in the fledgling NBA, he attended the Chicago School of Podiatry and went on to to a 52-year medical career, while also spending time as an assistant coach at Tulane and as Chairman of the New Orleans Open golf tournament.
A charter member of the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977 (the first basketball player in the Tulane Hall), he was also inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2007). He was born February 2, 1922 and he died on September 12, 2014 at the age of 92.