PLAYER PROFILE

JAKE FULLER

STATISTICS & HISTORY

At five-feet three-inches and 150 pounds, Jake Fuller did not look like an athlete. The short, rotund Fuller, however, was a very tough and aggressive  defender with good speed who also was a decent shooter, a rare combination in the early professional game. Fuller grew up on New York City’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century and began playing basketball at the University Settlement House. He was a  member a 1906 New York City championship midget team nicknamed the “Busy Izzies,” Fuller’s teammates included future professional stars Barney Sedran, Marty Friedman and Ira Streusand. Fuller entered the City College of New York in the fall of 1907 along with Sedran and Streusand, but dropped out after just one year. In 1909, Fuller embarked on a decade-long career in professional basketball when he signed to play with Hudson in the newly-formed Hudson River League. In the fall of 1911, the “Busy Izzies,” including Fuller, Sedran, Friedman and Streusand reunited on the Newburgh team in the HRL. Newburgh was in first place with a 15-9 record when the league folded in late January of 1912. The “diminutive Hercules,” as Fuller was often referred to in the newspapers, was huge fan favorite throughout his career. Fuller served in the military during World War I. He played on the American Expeditionary Force basketball team in Europe alongside Friedman who captained the team.

 

JAKE FULLER Height: 5:03 Weight: 150 College: CCNY (Frosh)’08
Jacob Charles Furstman Born: Mar 15, 1889        Died:   Mar 24, 1952 Hometown: New York, NY
Brother of Alexander Fuller REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1907-08 Clark Settlement Indep
1908-09 Clark Settlement Indep
1908-09 NY University Five Indep
1909-10 Hudson HRL 11 6 0 12 1.1
1910-11 Hudson HRL 31 42 22 106 3.4
1911-12 YonkersNewburgh HRL 23 42 0 84 3.7
1911-12 Hudson NYSL 2 5 4 14 7.0
1913-14 Newburgh/SyracuseKingston NYSL 57 59 85 203 3.6
1914-15 Kingston NYSL 22 38 37 113 5.1
1915-16 Jersey CityElizabethNorth Hudson IBL 9 11 27 49 5.4
1915-16 Jasper EBL 19 28 0 10 56 2.9
1915-16 Newark Bayviews ECBL 1 2 2 6 6.0
1916-17 Jersey CityNewark Turners IBL 12 19 25 63 5.3
1916-17 Jasper EBL 2 0 0 0 0 0.0
1918-19 Military Service
1919-20 Bridgeport EBL 3 4 5 13 .385 6 13 4.3
1919-20 Ansonia IBL 14 13 5 31 2.2
1920-21 Holyoke IL 13 24 17 65 5.0
1920-21 Stuyvesvant Big Five Indep
Major League Totals 218 291 227 809 3.7
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