PLAYER PROFILE

SONNY HERTZBERG

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Sidney “Sonny” Hertzberg was an outstanding basketball player at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn and at the City College of New York, where he was a teammate of longtime New York Knicks coach, Red Holzman. Hertzberg spent the first four years of his pro basketball career with the New York entry in the American Basketball League. On Nov. 1, 1946, Hertzberg was on the court in Toronto when the the New York Knicks played in the inaugural game of the Basketball Association of America, the forerunner of the NBA. Hertzberg was the floor captain and the leading scorer  for the Knicks in their inaugural 1946-47 season. Hertzberg joined the Washington Capitols early in the 1947-48 season, playing for Red Auerbach. He led the Boston Celtics in scoring in 1949-50, and the next season, when Auerbach became the coach of the Celtics. Hertzberg started in the backcourt alongside Bob Cousy, who was in his rookie season. After retiring as a player, Hertzberg  returned to the Knicks as a scout, assistant coach and broadcasting commentator.

 

SONNY HERTZBERG Height: 5:10 Weight: 175 College: CCNY’42
Sidney Hertzberg Born: Jul 29, 1922      Died:  Jul 25, 2005 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1941-42 Albany NYSL 4 24 9 57 14.3
1942-45 Military Service
1942-43 New York ABL 3 9 1 19 6.3
1943-44 New York ABL 16 67 23 157 9.8
1944-45 New York ABL 17 47 20 114 6.7
1945-46 New York ABL 33 156 105 417 12.6
1946-47 New York BAA 59 201 113 149 .758 37 515 8.7
1947-48 New YorkWashington BAA 41 110 58 73 .795 23 278 6.8
1948-49 Washington BAA 60 154 134 164 .817 114 442 7.4
1949-50 Boston NBA 68 275 143 191 .749 200 693 10.2
1950-51 Boston NBA 65 206 223 270 .826 244 635 9.8
1951-52 Washington-Manchester ABL 18 55 36 146 8.1
1952-53 Manchester ABL 7 6 0 12 1.7
Major League Totals 366 1249 829 3327 9.1
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1945-46 New York ABL 2 5 7 17 8.5
1945-46 Baltimore WBT 3 5 5 7 .714 15 5.0
1946-47 New York BAA 5 15 6 8 .750 36 7.2
1948-49 Washington BAA 11 39 40 47 .851 118 10.7
1950-51 Boston NBA 2 3 4 5 .800 10 5.0
Major League Totals 23 67 62 196 8.5

 

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