PLAYER PROFILE

JACK OZBURN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Jack Ozburn graduated from Monmouth (Illinois) College in 1934. He was a standout AAU player for the next three seasons. Ozburn attracted national attention when he led the Kansas City Trails to a third place finish in the 1937 AAU tournament and was named an AAU All- American. Prior to the 1937-38 season, he signed with the Akron Firestone of the National Basketball League. Ozburn teamed with fellow backcourt star Soup Cable to lead the Firestone to consistently fine results over the next four seasons. The team won the NBL Western Division in 1937-38, but lost in the playoffs. The Firestone came back to win the next two NBL championships in 1938-39 and 1939-40. With Cable injured during the 1940-41 season, Ozburn was forced to assume more of the work load. His efforts earned him first-team all-league accolades, but the team dropped to third place. Prior to the 1941-42 season, the Firestone Corporation dropped out of NBL. Ozburn played briefly for the Toledo entry in NBL and a strong independent club in Rochester, New York before he signed up for military service in World War II.

 

JACK OZBURN Height: 6:02 Weight: 170 College: Monmouth(Ill)’34
John Andrews Ozburn Born: Jan 4, 1913 Died: Feb 14, 1969 Hometown: Murphysboro, Ill.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1934-35 Tullos Hunt Oilers (La) AAU
1935-36 Denver Safeways AAU
1936-37 Kansas City Trails AAU
1937-38 Akron Firestone NBL 15 59 26 144 9.6
1938-39 Akron Firestone NBL 19 75 34 184 9.7
1939-40 Akron Firestone NBL 26 102 60 80 .750 264 10.2
1940-41 Akron Firestone NBL 24 88 35 211 8.8
1941-42 Toledo NBL 3 7 1 15 5.0
1941-42 East Liverpool Fleetwings Indep
1941-42 Rochester Seagrams Indep
1942-45 Military Service
1943-44 Akron Collegians Indep
Major League Totals 87 331 156 818 9.4
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1937-38 Akron Firestone NBL 2 6 3 15 7.5
1938-39 Akron Firestone NBL 5 18 11 47 9.4
1939-40 Akron Firestone NBL 8 30 20 80 10.0
1940-41 Akron Firestone NBL 2 1 1 3 1.5
1943-44 Akron Collegians WBT 1 3 1 2 .500 7 7.0
Major League Totals 17 55 35 145 8.5
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