Harry Hough

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Harry Douglass Hough (June 1, 1883 in Trenton, New Jersey - April 20, 1935) was a professional basketball player and college coach. In 1908 the Pittsburgh South Side team paid him $300 a month to play for them, making him the highest paid basketball player in the world. He also served as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh Panthers basketball team during the 1907-08 season guiding his team to a 10-6 record, while also attending the university's chemistry department.[1] He also coached at Princeton University for a brief period.

In the 1909-10 season, playing for Pittsburgh South Side in the Central Basketball League Hough made 963 free throws, the most free throws recorded by any professional player in a single season.[2]


  1. ^ "Basket Ball". The Courant. Pittsburgh, PA: Western University of Pennsylvania. 23 (3): 9. December 1907. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  2. ^ Historical Dictionary of Basketball

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