PLAYER PROFILE

NAT HOLMAN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Nat Holman was among the most influential figures in basketball’s first fifty years, first as a player, and later as a coach. In the rough and tumble world of the professional game, he
always maintained an aura of a gentleman. Holman, a highly disciplined man who rarely showed his emotions on the court, was a role-model to a whole generation of players in his athletic ability and temperament. Holman was the best all around player of the 1920’s. He excelled at shooting, passing and defense. He was always on the move, cutting and darting about the court. No player in the history of the game to that point, had displayed such a incredible range of offensive and defensive skills. Holman played college ball at the Savage School of Physical Education in New York City  where he was tutored by the old New York Wanderers’ star John Wendelken. Barney Sedran was another mentor who influenced and help mold Holman’s talents. Holman turned pro in 1916. By the 1920-21 season he was the biggest star in the game. He led the Eastern Basketball League in scoring and guided Germantown to the league title. Holman played along side Sedran and Marty Friedman on the New York  Whirlwinds until he was signed by Original Celtics’ owner Jim Furey. From the 1921 through 1928, the Celtics reigned supreme. Holman was a star among stars, the most famous and most emulated of the famed Celtics. The Original Celtics won the American Basketball League championship in the 1926-27 and 1927-28 seasons. Before the 1928-29 season, the ABL broke up the Celtics with the majority of players shipped to Cleveland.  Holman formed a new team to represent New York, but it was not successful. Holman toured occasionally with the Celtics in the early thirties, but devoted most of his energy to his coaching duties at the  City College of New York. Holman had become head coach of CCNY in 1919 at the age of 23. While still in his prime as a player and playing over a hundred games a season, he also coached the college squad with great success. Overall, he coached CCNY for 37 years to 422-188 record. Holman’s 1950-51 CCNY squad was the only team to win the NIT and NCAA titles the same year. Unfortunately, Holman’s triumph quickly toured to tragedy when it was discovered that the players on his championship team were deeply involved in what turned out to be the worst betting scandal in the history of college basketball. Holman himself was untouched by the scandal, but it left him disillusioned and he resigned in 1952. He returned to coach CCNY in 1955-56 and 1959-60 before resigning for good with a .692 winning percentage. Holman also wrote four successful books about basketball and conducted coaching clinics in dozens of counties around the world. Holman was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1964.

 

NAT HOLMAN Height: 5:11 Weight: 160 College: Savage School’17
Nathan Holman Born: Oct 19, 1896 Died: Feb 12, 1995 Hometown: New York, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1916-17 Hoboken IBL 15 18 43 79 5.3
1917-18 Bridgeport CSL 13 31 31 93 7.2
1917-18 Jersey City Greenvilles Indep
1918-19 Military Service
1918-19 Newark Whirlwind AA Indep
1918-19 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons Indep
1919-20 Germantown EBL 28 55 89 145 .614 31 199 7.1
1919-20 Jersey City IBL 9 14 41 69 7.7
1919-20 Scranton PSL 3 7 11 11 1.000 1 25 8.3
1919-20 Albany NYSL 3 6 1 13 4.3
1919-20 Newark Whirlwind AA Indep
1919-20 Brooklyn Van & Schneck Indep
1919-20 New York Whirlwinds Indep
1919-20 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons Indep
1919-20 Danbury Indep
1919-20 Jersey City Greenvilles Indep
1919-20 Newark City AC Indep
1919-20 Passaic AA Indep
1920-21 Germantown EBL 34 79 127 184 .690 48 285 8.4
1920-21 Norwalk CSL 1 4 1 9 9.0
1920-21 Pittsfield NYSL 2 5 10 20 10.0
1920-21 Westfield IL 8 32 29 93 11.6
1920-21 Original Celtics Indep
1921-22 Original Celtics Indep
1921-22 New York EBL 25 46 79 126 .627 32 171 6.8
1922-23 New York MBL 12 31 34 96 8.0
1922-23 Atlantic City EBL 6 11 20 32 .625 12 42 7.0
1922-23 Original Celtics Indep
1923-24 Original Celtics Indep
1924-25 Original Celtics Indep
1925-26 Original Celtics Indep
1926-27 New York NYN 17 27 43 97 5.7
1926-27 Brooklyn ABL 34 82 135 299 8.8
1927-28 New York ABL 45 143 33 319 7.1
1928-29 New York ABL 33 62 35 159 4.8
1929-30 New YorkSyracuseChicago ABL 47 88 51 227 4.8
Major League Totals 335 741 813 2295 6.9
POST SEASON RECVORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1919-20 Scranton PSL 4 13 6 32 8.0
1920-21 Scranton PSL 2 2 10 14 7.0
1920-21 Germantown EBL 2 9 9 27 13.5
1920-21 Scranton WS 3 3 14 20 6.7
1921-22 New York EBL 3 3 14 20 6.7
1926-27 Brooklyn ABL 3 8 12 28 9.3
1927-28 New York ABL 6 11 3 25 4.2
Major League Totals 23 49 68 166 7.2
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