PLAYER PROFILE

BRUCE HALE

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Bruce Hale attended Galileo High School in San Francisco and then went on to college at nearby Santa Clara University. Hale spent five years in the service during World War II. While stationed in Dayton, Ohio, he was launched into prominence when he led an independent team, the Dayton Acmes, to the finals of the World Basketball Tournament in 1945. After his discharge from the service, he  remained in the Midwest where he enjoyed a successful five  year professional  career. In his very first year as a pro, while playing for the Chicago Gears, he was installed as player-coach late in the season and guided the team to the National Basketball League championship. In 1954, Hale was hired as head basketball at the University of Miami and compiled a 220-112 record over the next thirteen seasons. Hale’s most successful seasons at Miami featured Rick Barry who led the NCAA in scoring during the 1964-65 season with a 37.4 points-per-game average and who would became his son-law. In 1967. Hale  left Miami and signed as the coach of the Oakland Oaks in the newly formed American basketball Association. Barry also signed a contract with Oaks, but an injunction forced him to sit out the season. Oakland posted a 22-56. record and Hale was ousted as coach before Barry joined the team the following season. Beginning  in 1970, Hale returned to college coaching for three years at  St.Mary’s College of California and posted a 9-33 record.

 

BRUCE HALE Height: 6:01 Weight: 175 College: Santa Clara’41
William Bruce Hale Born:  Aug 31, 1918 Died: Dec 30. 1980 Hometown: San Francisco, Ca.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1941-46 Military Service
1946-47 Chicago NBL 41 156 116 141 .823 428 10.4
1947-48 St.Paul PBLA 9 57 31 36 .861 145 16.1
1947-48 Indianapolis NBL 48 196 155 215 .721 547 11.4
1948-49 IndianapolisFort Wayne BAA 52 187 172 228 .754 156 546 10.5
1949-50 Indianapolis NBA 64 217 223 285 .782 226 657 10.3
1950-51 Indianapolis NBA 26 40 14 23 .609 42 94 3.6
Major League Totals 240 853 711 928 .766 2417 10.1
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
      1944-45 Dayton Acmes WBT 4 29 19 22 .864 77 19.3
     1945-46 Dayton Mickeys WBT 1 6 7 9 .778 19 19.0
1946-47 Chicago NBL 11 35 24 30 .800 94 8.5
1947-48 Indianapolis NBL 4 21 20 25 .800 62 15.5
      1947-48 Indianapolis WBT 1 4 1 2 .500 9 9.0
1949-50 Indianapolis NBA 6 14 15 17 .882 17 43 7.2
1950-51 Indianapolis NBA 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0.0
Major League Totals 28 109 86 105 .819 304 10.9

 

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