7th and 8th Maccabiah
Maccabi Tel Aviv and European Championships
Tal, originally from Trenton, NJ, is Israel’s first modern-day sports hero. A University of Illinois All America in 1965, he joined the Maccabi-Tel Aviv team after leading his USA team to a gold medal in the 1965 Maccabiah Games.
In 1967, the New Jersey-born basketball star was named Israel’s Sportsman of the Year after leading the Maccabi-Tel Aviv team to a second place finish in the European Cup Basketball Championships. In 1969, he took Israel to its first Maccabiah Games basketball gold medal. In 1970, Brody officially made Aliyah – became a citizen of Israel and continued his professional career with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Over the course of his playing career, Tal’s Maccabi-Tel Aviv team won Israel’s first European Cup Championship in 1977, 10 Israeli Championships and six Israel State Cups. Tal resides with his wife Tirtza in the Tel Aviv area and is the Goodwill Ambassador for Israel.