Cliff Anderson played two years of varsity basketball at City College of New York under the tutelage of famed early professional basketball star, Nat Holman, who said that Anderson was the best big man he had ever coached.  Anderson, the team’s best defender and leading scorer was instrumental  in the success (22-3 record over two seasons) of the CCNY squad. Anderson had a meteoric pro basketball career. Within a few seasons as a pro, he ranked as one of the very best big men in the game. In an era when most centers seldom scored very much, Anderson stood out because he was usually the leading scorer on most of the teams he played for. Tall (6’04) by the standards of the era, Anderson elevated the ball over his head, away from shorter defenders, and and released his shot without bringing it down to his chest.  In 1926, after just three seasons of pro basketball, Anderson announced that he was retiring from the game, at age 23, to enter business. While Anderson did continue to play for a number years afterward on a limited basis, his focus definitely shifted away from the sport. Anderson had a long and successful association with the Kinney Shoe Corporation, eventually  becoming the company president in 1959. He also  served on the Board of Directors of F.W.Woolworth and the Coca Cola Bottling Company.


CLIFF ANDERSON Height: 6:04 Weight: 175 College: C.C.N.Y.’22
Clifford Oscar Anderson Born: Mar 2, 1903 Died: Jun 7, 1992 Hometown: New York, NY
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1920-21 C.C.N.Y. College
1921-22 C.C.N.Y. College
1922-23 Bronx Starling Grey Big-Five Indep
1923-24 Kingston MBL 12 13 24 50 4.2
1923-24 Long Island Pros Indep
1923-24 Astoria Lincoln Council KofC Indep
1924-25 Greenpoint MBL 37 59 166 284 7.7
1924-25 Long Island Pros Indep
1924-25 Brooklyn Non-Pareils Indep
1924-25 Long Island Pros Indep
1925-26 Greenpoint MBL 31 51 132 234 7.5
1925-26 Long Island Pros Indep
125-26 Brooklyn Non-Pareils Indep
1926-27 Greenpoint*Trenton NLN 14 17 69 103 7.4
1927-28 Brooklyn ABL 13 31 18 80 6.2
1927-28 Brooklyn Non-Pareils Indep
1928-29 Voluntarily Retired Indep
1929-30 Cleveland ABL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1931-32 New York Celtics Indep
Major League Totals 108 171 409 751 7.0
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1925-26 Greenpoint MBL 3 1 14 16 5.3
Major League Totals 3 1 14 16 5.3


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