Matthew "Nat" Hickey (January 30, 1902–January 1, 1979) was an American professional basketball player and coach.
A 5'11" guard/forward, Hickey played during the 1920s through 1940s as a member of multiple professional teams, including the Cleveland Rosenblums of the American Basketball League and the Pittsburgh Raiders, Indianapolis Kautskys, and Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the National Basketball League.
During the 1947-48 season, Hickey served 29 games as coach of the Providence Steamrollers of the Basketball Association of America (the forerunner to the NBA). Hickey's team posted a 4-25 record during his tenure. On January 28, 1948, two days before his 46th birthday, Hickey decided to activate himself as a player for one game. He attempted six field goals, making none; he also received five personal fouls. He scored two points off of foul shots. As a result of that one-game appearance, Hickey still holds the record for the oldest player in NBA history at 45 years and 363 days.
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- Sachare, Alex (1994). The Official NBA basketball encyclopedia (1994 ed.). Villard Books. ISBN 978-0-679-43293-0 Check
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