PLAYER PROFILE

BARNEY SEDRAN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Barney Sedran was cut from the basketball team at De Witt Clinton High School in New York City because he was too small. While Sedran never grew beyond 5’3″ in height, he rose in stature to become one of the giants of the early professional game. Sedran developed his love for the game playing basketball in settlement-house leagues on New York’s Lower East Side. In one of these leagues, he met Marty Friedman with whom he enjoyed a remarkable professional partnership and a lifelong friendship. Sedran starred for three years at City College of New York  before he graduated in 1911.That fall, he began his professional career with Newburgh of the Hudson River League where he joined Marty Friedman. The “Heavenly Twins” has they became known, played three seasons with Utica of the New York State League where they won the 1913-14 championship. When the NYSL folded in January of 1915, Sedran and Friedman signed with a little-known team in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. They immediately embarked on a record- breaking thirty-five game win streak, that was finally broken only when Sedran missed a game to be in New York to attend his mother’s funeral. Contemporary accounts of Sedran’s play always praised his court- intelligence and courageous style. Fast and deceptive, Sedran was a great outside and inside shooter, smart passer, and great ball handler. He was always in motion, setting up plays that resulted in baskets. Veteran defender Allie McWilliams commented that guarding the 5’4″, 118-pound Sedran, was like guarding a mosquito. By 1920, Sedran was making over $10,000 a year playing basketball, an enormous sum at the time. During the 1920-21 season, he and Friedman led Albany to the NYSL title and Easthampton to the Interstate League title. The same season, he played with the team that Sedran himself described as the very best team he ever appeared with, the New York Whirlwinds. Along with Sedran and Friedman, the Whirlwinds featured Nat Holman, Chris Leonard, Ray Kennedy and Harry Riconda. Matched against the Original Celtics for the mythical pro title, Sedran led all scorers from the field as the Whirlwinds crushed the Celtics 40-24 in their first meeting. The Whirlwinds lost the second game by a basket and the third game was never played when Holman and Leonard jumped to the Celtics. The 1923-24 season saw the amiable split of the dozen-year partnership with Marty Freidman when Sedran was lured west to Fort Wayne, Indiana to captain the powerful Knights of Columbus squad. Sedran turned successfully to coaching in the ABL in the thirties and forties. He won two league championships at the helm of Wilmington in 1942 and 1944.

 

 

BARNEY SEDRAN Height: 5:03 Weight: 125 College: CCNY’11
Bernard Sedran Born: Jan 28, 1891 Died:  Jan 14, 1969 Hometown: New York, NY
Benjamin Sedransky REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1911-12 Newburgh HRL 23 56 2 114 5.0
1912-13 Utica NYSL 48 125 41 291 6.1
1913-14 Utica NYSL 60 177 90 444 7.4
1914-15 Utica NYSL 24 49 40 138 5.8
1914-15 Carbondale ICL 9 29 42 100 11.1
1915-16 Jasper EBL 39 55 404 626 .645 31 514 13.2
1915-16 Brooklyn IBL 4 8 11 27 6.8
1916-17 Jasper EBL 38 91 109 162 .673 22 291 7.7
1917-18 Jersey City CSL 6 12 8 32 5.3
1917-18 CarbondaleWilkes-Barre PSL 45 87 84 8 258 5.7
1918-19 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons Indep
1918-19 Staten Island Standard Shipyard Indep
1919-20 Albany NYSL 36 73 58 204 5.7
1919-20 Passiac IBL 13 27 23 77 5.9
1919-20 Turner Falls IL 11 45 17 107 9.7
1919-20 New York Whirlwinds Indep
1919-20 Newark City AC Indep
1920-21 Albany NYSL 41 101 127 329 8.0
1920-21 Bridgeport CSL 2 5 4 14 7.0
1920-21 Easthampton IL 22 71 73 215 9.8
1920-21 Trenton PSL 1 2 2 6 6.0
1921-22 MohawkCohoesAlbany NYSL 13 29 54 112 8.6
1921-22 Brooklyn Dodgers MBL 10 14 10 38 3.8
1921-22 New York EBL 2 3 6 7 .857 0 12 6.0
1921-22 Easthampton IL 22 58 46 162 7.4
1922-23 Albany NYSL 28 55 68 178 6.4
1922-23 Brooklyn Dodgers MBL 20 32 31 95 4.8
1922-23 Philadelphia EBL 11 18 27 56 .482 7 63 5.7
1922-23 Northampton IL 3 3 6 12 4.0
1923-24 Albany NYSL 1 3 0 6 6.0
1923-24 Yonkers MBL 4 3 0 6 1.5
1923-24 Canton Oscars Indep
1923-24 Fort Wayne KoC Indep
1924-25 Fort Wayne KoC Indep
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblums Indep
Major League Totals 527 1202 1341 3745 7.1
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1916-17 Jasper EBL 2 2 0 4 2.0
1920-21 Easthampton IL 4 13 8 34 8.5
1920-21 Albany WS 5 14 15 43 8.6
Major League Totals 11 29 23 81 7.4

 

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