PLAYER PROFILE

ANDY SEARS

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Andy Sears was a crusty, barrel-chested, balding, tough-as-nails player from Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. Sears began his basketball career with professional teams in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 1907, he signed with the McKeesport team in the Central Basketball League. Sears distinguished himself as the team’s designated foul shooter, but the team finished a distant last in the league standings. The team was strengthened by the signings of Charley O’Donnell, Mio Boggio and (one year later) George Morris. Beginning with the 1908-09 season, the Sears-coached squad won four titles and finished second three times during the next eight seasons. McKeesport won back-to-back CBL titles in the 1909-10 and 10-11 seasons. When the CBL folded just prior to the start of the 1912-13 season, the team took over the moribund Reading franchise in the Eastern Basketball League and immediately captured the league title in their first season. In 1914-15, they were co-champions with Camden. Sears played the game with a controlled fury, seemingly on the on the verge of throttling someone at any moment. In an era of very rough, physical basketball, punctuated by many fights, Sears led a team that prided itself on its defense and its ability to subdue opponents by intimidation. For many seasons, Sears was considered the best all-round player in EBL. There were better defenders and more talented offensive stars, but no other player in the league combined the two skills as well as Sears. He and backcourt teammate George Morris led the league’s stingiest defense, while Sears ranked among the league’s most accurate shooters from the field and the free-throw line. Sears wrapped up his nineteen year pro basketball career back in Massachusetts with two seasons playing for Springfield in the Interstate League.

 

ANDY SEARS Height: 5:09 Weight: 175 College: None
Andrew Francis Sears Born: Jan 7, 1886         Died: Feb 16, 1930 Hometown: Chicopee Falls, Mass.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1902-03 Holyoke CMBL 19 23 0 46 2.4
1903-04 Holyoke WMBL 44 61 21 143 3.3
1903-04 Williamatic CSL 5 12 0 24 4.8
1904-05 New Bedford/Amesbury NEBL 23 50 0 100 4.3
1904-05 Williamatic CSL 22 50 36 136 6.2
1904-05 Bristol (Ct) Delphis Indep
1905-06 Bristol (Ct) Delphis Indep
1906-07 Bristol (Ct) Delphis Indep
1907-08 McKeesport CBL 69 136 640 912 13.2
1908-09 McKeesport CBL 67 159 658 976 14.6
1909-10 McKeesport CBL 70 160 925 1471 .629 1245 17.8
1910-11 McKeesport CBL 67 169 924 1416 .653 1262 18.8
1911-12 Uniontown CBL 65 175 905 1369 .661 1255 19.3
1912-13 Reading EBL 34 70 468 22 608 17.9
1913-14 Reading EBL 37 76 476 16 628 17.0
1914-15 Reading EBL 38 77 503 12 657 17.3
1915-16 Reading EBL 40 70 519 764 .679 13 659 16.5
1915-16 Danbury Woosters Indep 1 1 14 16 16.0
1916-17 Reading EBL 32 43 424 601 .705 18 510 15.9
1917-18 Reading EBL 2 1 6 2 8 4.0
1917-18 Carbondale PSL 3 3 1 7 2.3
1917-18 All-Holyoke Indep
1917-18 Springfield Red Tops Indep
1918-19 Springfield Red Tops Indep
1919-20 Springfield IL 9 6 56 68 7.6
1920-21 Springfield IL 12 10 14 34 2.8
Major League Totals 631 1289 6540 9118 14.5
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1910-11 Mckeesport WS 3 12 48 72 24.0
1912-13 Reading WS 5 4 68 76 15.2
Major League Totals 8 16 116 148 18.5
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