Buddy Jeannette

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Buddy Jeannette
Buddy Jeannette.jpg
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)
Playing career 1938–1950
Position Guard
Number 26, 6, 14
Career history
As player:
1938–1939 Cleveland White Horses
1939–1941 Detroit Eagles
1942-1943 Sheboygan Red Skins
1943–1946 Fort Wayne Pistons
1946–1950 Baltimore Bullets
As coach:
1946–1951 Baltimore Bullets
1952–1956 Georgetown Hoyas
Baltimore Bullets
1969–1970 Pittsburgh Pipers
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Harry Edward "Buddy" Jeannette (September 15, 1917 – March 11, 1998)[1] was an American 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 National Basketball League (NBL) four times, and won titles with the NBL's Sheboygan Red Skins in 1943 and Fort Wayne Pistons in 1944 and 1945. Jeannette also won a title with the American Basketball League's Baltimore Bullets in 1947.

Most of his playing career came prior to the formation of the modern National Basketball Association (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 (BAA). In the 1948 BAA playoffs, he became the first player-coach to win a professional championship. After his playing career ended in 1950, he coached the original Bullets for one more season. He then became the head coach at Georgetown University for four seasons, leading the team to an appearance in the 1953 National Invitation Tournament.

Jeannette returned to the ranks of professional coaching in the NBA to lead the modern Baltimore Bullets twice, once for a full season and once as an interim coach. He later would coach the American Basketball Association's Pittsburgh Pipers for part of a season.

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

BAA/NBA career statistics

  GP Games played  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Jeannette won a BAA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1947–48 Baltimore 46 .349 .758 1.5 10.7
1948–49 Baltimore 56 .367 .784 2.2 5.6
1949–50 Baltimore 37 .284 .820 2.5 5.2
Career 139 .341 .781 2.1 7.2


Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1948 Baltimore 11 .492 .881 1.1 8.8
1949 Baltimore 3 .154 1.000 1.7 2.7
Career 14 .432 .891 1.2 7.5

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Baltimore Bullets (Basketball Association of America) (1947–1951)
1947–48 Baltimore
Western Division
Won BAA Final
1948–49 Baltimore
Eastern Division
Lost Eastern Division Semifinal
1949–50 Baltimore
Eastern Division
1950–51 Baltimore
Eastern Division
Georgetown Hoyas (college independent) (1952–1956)
1952–53 Georgetown
NIT First Round
1953–54 Georgetown
1954–55 Georgetown
1955–56 Georgetown
Baltimore Bullets (National Basketball Association) (1964–1965)
1964–65 Baltimore
Western Division
Lost Western Division Final
Baltimore Bullets (National Basketball Association) (1966–1967)
1966–67 Baltimore
3-13[4][note 1]
Western Division
Pittsburgh Pipers (American Basketball Association) (1969–1970)
1969–70 Pittsburgh
15-30[5][note 2]
Eastern Division
Total: 210–271[note 3]

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Jeannette was one of three head coaches for Baltimore during the season. Mike Farmer had coached Baltimore to a 1-8 record in its first nine games when Jeannette took over. Jeannette served as interim head coach for the next 16 games. Gene Shue then took over as head coach, posting a 16-40 record to lead Baltimore to a 20-61 finish.
  2. ^ Jeannette was Pittsburgh's second head coach of the season, taking over the team from John Clark after it had gone 14-25 in its first 39 games. Jeannette coached Pittburgh's remaining 45 games, leading the team to a 29-55 finish.
  3. ^ Jeannette's overall record as a head coach of professional teams was 161-222. As a college head coach, he was 49-49 overall.


  1. ^ "Hall of Famer Buddy Jeannette, Bullets player-coach, dies at 80 He won pro championship with Baltimore in '48". Baltimore Sun. March 12, 1998. Archived from the original on 2010-12-07.
  2. ^ "Buddy Jeannette". basketball-reference.
  3. ^ basketball-reference.com Coaches: Buddy Jeannette
  4. ^ basketball-reference.com 1966–67 Baltimore Bullets Roster and Stats
  5. ^ basketball-reference.com 1969–70 Pittsburgh Pipers Roster and Stats

Further reading

  • 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.

External links

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