Garfinkel spent three years playing professional basketball for the Boston Celtics during the 1940s. Garfinkel is most notably known for his innovation of the no-look pass. During his three year playing career, Garfinkel recorded nearly 500 career points and registered over 100 assists.
After his time with the Celtics Garfinkel went on to coach basketball and well as officiate. Garfinkel grew up in Brooklyn and attended Thomas Jefferson High School and then went on to play collegiate basketball for St. John’s University under future Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick. During his senior season at St. John’s Garfinkel was awarded the Haggerty Award which is given to the top player in the New York City metropolitan area. In 2004, Garfinkel was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.