PLAYER PROFILE

PAUL BIRCH

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Paul Birch  attended Homestead High School (1927-1931)  and later returned to coach Homestead to the 1939 Pennsylvania state titleHe played at Duquesne University form 1932-1935 under coach Chick Davies and helped lead the Dukes to a record of 51-4.  Birch was named a First-Team Converse All-American in 1935. Birch toured  with the Original Celtics from the mid-thirties into the  early forties. He joined Pittsburgh in the National Basketball League for the 1938-39 season and led the team in scoring. Birch also spent four seasons in the NBL (1941-45) with the Fort Wayne Pistons.  In  1946-47, he coached Pittsburgh in the  inaugural  season of the Basketball Association of America and later coached Fort Wayne for three seasons ( 1951-54)  in the NBA. After leaving the NBA, Birch was a high school coach in the Pittsburgh area for twenty years. He coached General Braddock High School to the 1972-73 Pennsylvania state title.

 

PAUL BIRCH Height: 6:01 Weight: 195 College: Duquesne’35
Paul V. Birch Born:  Jan 4, 1910: Died: Jun 5, 1982 Hometown: Homestead, Pa.
Polly Birch REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1934-35 Original Celtics Indep
1935-36 Original Celtics Indep
1936-37 Original Celtics Indep
1937-38 Original Celtics Indep
1938-39 Pittsburgh NBL 22 85 51 221 10.0
1938-39 Pittsburgh Pirates Indep
1939-40 Original Celtics Indep
1940-41 Original Celtics Indep
1941-42 Original Celtics Indep
1941-42 Fort Wayne NBL 8 16 10 42 5.3
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 23 29 20 78 3.4
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 22 27 17 32 .531 71 3.2
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 28 29 7 15 .467 65 2.3
1945-46 Youngstown NBL 31 35 26 96 3.1
1947-48 Youngstown AAL 4 8 1 17 4.3
48-50 Voluntraily Retired
1950-51 Erie AAL 4 1 3 5 1.3
Major League Totals 116 144 81 369 3.2
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1941-42 Fort Wayne NBL 6 15 7 37 6.2
1941-42 Fort Wayne WBT 1 2 0 0 .000 4 4.0
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 6 3 2 8 1.3
1942-43 Fort Wayne WBT 4 8 4 8 .500 20 5.0
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 5 7 2 16 3.2
1943-44 Fort Wayne WBT 3 2 0 0 .000 4 1.3
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 3 2 3 7 2.3
1944-45 Fort Wayne WBT 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0.0
Major League Totals 28 39 18 96 3.4
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