Charles “Doc” Turner Inducted in 1998

Contributor Inducted in 1998
Charles "Doc" Turner Charles “Doc” Turner, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 1998
Phot credit: (NYCBOF, 1998)
Charles "Doc" Turner, an international training superstar Charles "Doc" Turner was the quintessential "man for all seasons". Though basketball was his first love and Long Island University his Brooklyn home base for eons he was a player, coach, and trainer for the Pittsburgh and Kansas City franchises of the old Negro Baseball League, a consultant in 1977-78 to the N.Y. Cosmos of the N.A.S.L. and the New York Football Giants in early 80's. From 1958 to 1965 Turner was “Minister of Sports” in Venezuela and also aided Spain, Belgium, and Switzerland in their Olympic endeavors. He was named “Director of Sports Medicine” for Portugal in 1966.

Closer to home this training ambassador to the world hooked up with the fabled N.Y. Rens in the late 1930s and early 1940s, he was an original member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 1975) and was the Head Trainer for the N.J. Americans of the ABA and N.Y. Nets of the ABA and NBA. Turner found a permanent home at LIU where he served as Head Trainer for 11 years. It was at the Brooklyn-based school where he first developed bee pollen as an antidote for various athletic injuries. It was during this period that he joined the Five-Star Basketball Camp family for 15 summers. He resigned from LIU in 1979 to start his own clinical practice at the age of 80 years young. He trained some of the most gifted athletes and trainers in the world of sports around the globe. Among Doc's training disciples are Roger Hinds (Head Trainer, Dallas Mavericks), Mike Saunders (Head Trainer, N.Y. Knicks), Joel Rosenstein (N.Y. Cosmos and Rockland Co. Rehabilitation Services), Frank Waters (Head Trainer and Coordinator of the District of Columbia Trainers Assoc.), James "Healer" Ross (Head Trainer, Five-Star Camp for the past 17 years and Asst. Athletic Dir. at Xavier of Ohio) and the late Dr. William Chisholm (Professor and Head Trainer at Brooklyn College).
Turner was only the fourth trainer to be named to the prestigious Helms Foundation "Hall of Fame", and is the first to be inducted into New York City's. He was indeed a contributor of immense proportions to the well-being of athletes throughout the world and especially the "Big Apple".