PLAYER PROFILE

NAT HICKEY

STATISTICS & HISTORY

 

Nat Hickey was a two-time all-state performer for his high school basketball team in Hoboken, New Jersey.. In the early 1920s , he played professional basketball with independent teams in the New York city area such as the Holly Majors and New York Crescents.  Prior to the 1925-26 season, Marty Friedman signed Hickey to a contract with the Cleveland Rosenblums who had just entered the American Basketball League. . Hickey quickly established himself as the team’s top offensive star on Cleveland’s ABL championship team. In his first five seasons in the ABL, Hickey never finished below fourth place in the individual scoring race. When the ABL disbanded in 1931, Hickey was signed by the Original Celtics. He barnstormed with the famed team until the Celtics final seasons in the early 40’s.  In the mid-forties, Hickey served as  player-coach of teams in both the National Basketball League  and the Basketball Association of America. . At age 45, the always-fit Hickey still played in an occasional game. Hickey’s last stint in pro basketball was in 1950-51 as coach of a minor-league team in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The season ended tragically when a car Hickey was driving to an away game slid off an icy road and killed a player. In addition, to his basketball duties, Hickey played minor-league baseball during the summer for fifteen years.

 

 

NAT HICKEY

Height: 5:11 Weight: 180 College: None
Matthew Hickey Born: Jan 30, 1902 Died: Sep 16, 1979 Hometown: Hoboken, NJ
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1921-22 Hoboken St. Joseph’s Indep
1922-23 Eddie Holly’s Majors Indep
1922-23 New York Crescents Indep
1923-24 Eddie Holly’s Majors Indep
1924-25 Eddie Holly’s Majors Indep
1925-26 Cleveland ABL 30 68 62 198 6.6
1926-27 Cleveland ABL 41 103 137 343 8.4
1927-28 Cleveland ABL 47 155 69 379 8.1
1928-29 ClevelandChicago ABL 46 124 74 322 7.0
1929-30 Chicago ABL 53 133 51 317 6.0
1930-31 Chicago ABL 21 49 32 130 6.2
1931-32 Original Celtics Indep
1932-33 Original Celtics Indep
1933-34 Original Celtics Indep
1934-35 Boston ABL 13 50 38 138 10.6
1934-35 Original Celtics Indep
1935-36 Original Celtics Indep
1936-37 Original Celtics Indep
1937-38 Original Celtics Indep
1938-39 Original Celtics Indep
1939-40 Original Celtics Indep
1940-41 Original Celtics Indep
1941-42 Original Celtics Indep
1944-45 Pittsburgh NBL 2 3 2 8 4.0
1945-46 Indianapolis NBL 13 30 13 73 5.6
1946-47 Buffalo/Tri-Cities NBL 8 9 6 12 .500 24 3.0
1947-48 Tri-Cities NBL 3 1 1 1 1.000 3 1.0
1947-48 Providence BAA 2 0 2 3 .667 0 2 1.0
Major League Totals 279 725 487 1937 6.9
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1925-26 Cleveland ABL 3 8 16 32 10.7
1926-27 Cleveland ABL 3 9 7 25 8.3
1927-28 Cleveland ABL 2 2 3 7 3.5
1946-47 Tri-Cities WBT 1 0 3 3 3.0
Major League Totals 9 19 29 67 7.4
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