Buddy Jeannette

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Buddy Jeannette
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Personal information
Born (1917-09-15)September 15, 1917
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Died March 11, 1998(1998-03-11) (aged 80)
Nashua, New Hampshire
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school New Kensington
(New Kensington, Pennsylvania)
College Washington & Jefferson (1934–1938)
Pro career 1938–1950
Position Guard
Number 26, 6, 14
Career history
As player:
1938–1939 Cleveland White Horses (NBL)
1939–1941 Detroit Eagles (NBL)
1942 Sheboygan Red Skins (NBL)
1943–1946 Fort Wayne Pistons
1946–1950 Baltimore Bullets (ABL/BAA/NBA)
As coach:
1946–1951 Baltimore Bullets
19641967 Baltimore Bullets
1969–1970 Pittsburgh Pipers
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Harry Edward "Buddy" Jeannette (September 15, 1917 – March 11, 1998[1]) was a professional basketball player and coach.

Jeannette was widely regarded as the premier backcourt player between 1938 and 1948. He was named to the First Team of the NBL four times, and won titles with the NBL's Sheboygan Red Skins (1943) and Fort Wayne Pistons (1944, 1945). Jeannette also won a title with the ABL's Baltimore Bullets in 1947.

Most of his playing career came prior to the formation of the modern NBA or its predecessor leagues; however Jeannette did serve three years as a player-coach for the original Baltimore Bullets of the Basketball Association of America. In the 1948 BAA playoffs, he became the first player-coach to win a professional championship. After his playing career ended, he coached the original Bullets for one more season. He then became the head coach at Georgetown University for four seasons.

Jeannette returned to the ranks of professional coaching to lead the modern Bullets twice, once for a full season and once as an interim coach. He later would coach the ABA's Pittsburgh Pipers.

In 1994, Jeannette was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Jeannette attended Washington and Jefferson College, in Washington, Pennsylvania.[2]


Further reading[edit]

  • Peterson, Robert W. (2002). "Seeds of the NBA". Cages to Jump Shots: Pro Basketball's Early Years. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 124–141. ISBN 0-8032-8772-0. 

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