PLAYER PROFILE

JERRY BUSH

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Jerry Bush played college basketball at St. John’s University in Brooklyn under the tutelage of former Original Celtics’ star Joe Lapchick. In his senior year, the Redman compiled a fine 15-4 record. It was a success that would be representative of Bush’s entire career which was marked by play on top-caliber teams. In his rookie professional season, Bush joined the Akron Firestone of the National League. With Bush playing a vital role, the Firestone club won the NBL championship in both of Bush’s first two seasons (1938-39 and 1939-40) with the team. In 1941, Bush starred with the Detroit Eagles who won the prestigious Chicago Pro Tournament. In 1942, Bush joined the Fort Wayne Pistons who were just coming into the forefront of professional basketball. The talent-laden Pistons won the NBL title in 1943-44 and 1945-46. The team also captured the Chicago Pro World Tournament title three years (1944-46) in a row. By the time that Bush had retired as a player in 1948, he had played on six championship teams during his eleven pro seasons. Simultaneously with his last two seasons as a player, Bush began his long coaching career. He compiled a 147-64 record in eight seasons at the University of Toledo and an 82-132 record in nine seasons at the University of Nebraska before he retired in 1963.

 

JERRY BUSH Height: 6:03 Weight: 205 College: St.John’s(NY)’38
Gerard L. Bush Born: Sep 6, 1914 Died:  Oct 27, 1976 Hometown: New York, NY
Brother of George Bush REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1937-38 New York Celtics ABL 3 4 2 10 3.3
1937-38 Akron Firestone NBL 18 33 19 85 4.7
1938-39 Akron Firestone NBL 24 50 26 47 .553 126 5.3
1939-40 Akron Firestone NBL 27 63 36 57 .632 162 6.0
1940-41 Akron Firestone NBL 22 29 33 49 .673 91 4.1
1941-42 Wilmington ABL 10 19 7 45 4.5
1941-42 Albany-Glens Falls NYSL 3 4 2 10 3.3
1941-42 Rochester Indep 15 33 16 82 5.5
1941-42 Detroit Eagles Indep
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 23 39 32 52 .615 110 4.8
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 22 55 22 36 .611 132 6.0
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 28 62 30 64 .469 154 5.5
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 34 61 31 43 .721 153 4.5
1946-47 Fort WayneAnderson NBL 36 65 24 40 .600 154 4.3
1947-48 Toledo NBL 22 25 15 19 .789 65 3.0
Major League Totals 269 505 277 1287 4.8
Minor League Totals 3 4 2 10 3.3
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1938-39 Akron Firestone NBL 5 8 14 30 6.0
1939-40 Akron Firestone NBL 8 13 5 31 3.9
1940-41 Akron Firestone NBL 2 1 2 4 2.0
1940-41 Detroit Eagles WBT 4 7 3 3 1.000 17 4.3
1941-42 Detroit Eagles WBT 4 17 4 5 .800 38 9.5
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 6 14 6 34 5.7
1942-43 Fort Wayne WBT 4 9 6 10 .600 24 6.0
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 5 12 7 31 6.2
1943-44 Fort Wayne WBT 3 10 1 2 .500 21 7.0
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 7 14 10 38 5.4
1944-45 Fort Wayne WBT 3 11 6 7 .857 28 9.3
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 4 3 7 12 .583 13 3.3
1945-46 Fort Wayne WBT 5 11 6 8 .750 28 5.6
1946-47 Anderson WBT 2 3 5 6 .833 11 5.5
Major League Totals 62 133 82 348 5.6

 

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