PLAYER PROFILE

BILL CHANECKA

STATISTICS & HISTORY

From his years as a young high school player through his long career in professional basketball, Bill Chanecka was always a standout for two reasons; he was a a marvelous scorer and he was a valued teammate who consistently was an integral part of championship teams.

Chanecka was a football and basketball star at Central High School in Binghampton, New York.  In his senior year, he led the basketball team to an undefeated season. After service in the  Navy  during World War II, Chanecka, along with his brother Steve,  signed to play professional basketball with the Wilkes-Barre Barons  of the newly formed Eastern Basketball League. Chanecka led the the team in scoring, averaging 21.9 points per game and helped the Barons win the 1947 EBL championship.  The following season, he Barons joined  the American Basketball League, no longer a major league, but arguably the top minor league in the country. Wilkes-Barre won ABL championships in 1948 and 1949. Chanecka was named MVP of the league both seasons . In March of 1949,  he set a single game ABL scoring record of 58 points. In 1952, Chanecka returned to the Eastern Basketball League where he played for another seven seasons. Cahnecka helped the Williamsport Billies win two EBL championships.

 

BILL CHANECKA Height: 6:04 Weight: 185 College: None
William J. Chanecka Born: Apr 21, 1924       Died:  Jan 27, 2010 Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Brother of Steve Chanecka REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1943-46 U.S. Navy Military Service
1945-46 Wilkes Barre PSL 2 3 0 6 3.0
1946-47 Wilkes Barre EBL 27 123 84 330 12.2
1947-48 Wilkes Barre ABL 30 188 129 184 .701 505 16.8
1948-49 Wilkes Barre ABL 40 269 180 247 .729 718 18.0
1949-50 Wilkes Barre ABL 37 233 141 202 .698 72 607 16.4
1950-51 Wilkes Barre ABL 38 181 111 159 .698 106 473 12.4
1951-52 Pottsville EBL 23 133 71 337 14.7
1951-52 Carbondale ABL 13 74 43 191 14.7
1952-53 Wilkes Barre-Williamsport EBL 17 78 38 194 11.4
1953-54 Williamsport EBL 28 160 82 402 14.4
1954-55 Williamsport EBL 29 140 69 349 12.0
1955-56 Williamsport EBL 27 120 61 301 11.1
1956-57 Williamsport EBL 30 132 76 340 11.3
1957-58 Williamsport EBL 6 3 4 10 1.7
1958-59 Wilkes Barre EBL 28 86 22 194 6.9
1964-65 Scranton EBL 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0.0
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1946-47 Wilkes Barre EBL 5 22 15 59 11.8
1947-48 Wilkes Barre ABL 5 32 17 81 16.2
1947-48 Wilkes-Barre WBT 1 3 2 3 .667 8 8.0
1948-49 Wilkes Barre ABL 7 44 32 120 17.1
1949-50 Wilkes Barre ABL 3 14 16 44 14.7
1951-52 Pottsville EBL 5 30 24 84 16.8
1952-53 Williamsport EBL 4 33 8 74 18.5
1953-54 Williamsport EBL 6 26 15 67 11.2
1954-55 Williamsport EBL 3 11 2 24 8.0
1955-56 Williamsport EBL 6 23 9 55 9.2
1956-57 Williamsport EBL 3 10 5 25 8.3
1958-59 Wilkes Barre EBL 6 18 11 47 7.8
Major League Totals 1 3 2 3 .667 8 8.0
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