Hal Lear

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Not to be confused with Hal Greer, another basketball player.
Hal Lear
Personal information
Born (1935-01-31)January 31, 1935
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died June 25, 2016(2016-06-25) (aged 81)
White Plains, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 163 lb (74 kg)
Career information
High school Overbrook (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Temple (1953–1956)
NBA draft 1956 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Position Point guard
Number 16
Career history
1956 Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Harold C. "Hal" Lear, Jr. (January 31, 1935 – June 25, 2016) was an American basketball player.

A 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) guard born in Philadelphia, Lear starred at Temple University in his hometown during the 1950s. He earned the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 1956 after leading Temple to the Final Four, where they lost to the University of Iowa.[1]

After college, Lear was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors with the seventh pick of the 1956 NBA draft. His NBA career was brief, however: he appeared in just three games during the 1956–57 NBA season and scored four points.[2]

In 2013, Temple retired his No. 6 jersey.[3] Lear died on June 25, 2016 at his home in White Plains, New York after an illness.[4]


  1. ^ NCAA Postseason History at BradleyRD Member Page, AOL.com
  2. ^ Hal Lear. basketball-reference.com
  3. ^ Hunt, Donald (January 25, 2013). "Temple's Lear joins select few with retired jersey". phillytrib.com.
  4. ^ Pompey, Keith (June 26, 2016). "Philly hoops legend Hal Lear passes away". philly.com.

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