PLAYER PROFILE

ED SADOWSKI

STATISTICS & HISTORY

In his prime, Ed Sadowski was 6′ 5″, and weighed close to 250 pounds. With his enormous chest and chop haircut, he looked more like a pro-wrestler than a basketball player. Sadowski was an intimidating player on a basketball court, but he was an easy-going and well-liked figure off the court. Early in his career, Sadowski moved surprisingly well considering his bulk. His wide body and good positioning made him a strong rebounder and effective defender. Sadowski’s main offensive weapon was his patented flat-arch hook shot. Sadowski starred in college for old pro Honey Russell at Seton Hall. The Pirates were undefeated in Sadowski’s (1939-40) senior year. In 1940, Sadowski started his pro career under another famed early pro star, Dutch Dehnert with the National Basketball League Detroit Eagles. He was named the National Basketball League Rookie of the Year and first team all-league. He also led the Eagles to the prestigious Chicago World Pro Tournament title. In 1941, Sadowski signed with Wilmington of the American Basketball League. He starred on the team that won two consecutive (1941-42, 1943-44) ABL titles. (The team did not compete in 1942-43).  Sadowski spent the 1945-46 with the Fort. Wayne Pistons who compiled the best record in the NBL. In 1946, Sadowski signed as player-coach of the Toronto entry in the new Basketball Association of America, but it was quickly apparent that it was a role to which he was ill-suited. Relieved to be traded to Cleveland, Sadowski finished second in league scoring and was named a first-team all-star. Sadowski remained one of the new league’s  top scorers for three more seasons. Tired of the travel routine, he finished up his career with one season in the compact minor-league version of the ABL. Sadowski retired after the 1950-51 season. Sadowski is remembered as one of the most talented offensive stars and best-beloved figures in the professional game in the 1940’s.

 

ED SADOWSKI Height: 6:05 Weight: 245 College: Seton Hall’40
Edward Frank Sadowski Born: Jul 11, 1917 Died: Sep 18, 1990 Hometown: Akron, Oh.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1935-36 Akron Killian Celtics Indep
1936-37 Seton Hall (Frosh) College 5 12 4 28 5.6
1937-38 Seton Hall College 16 85 38 208 13.0
1938-39 Seton Hall College 22 137 83 357 16.2
1939-40 Seton Hall College 12 55 34 144 12.0
1939-40 Syracuse NYSL 4 10 2 22 5.5
1940-41 Detroit NBL 24 95 66 101 .653 256 10.7
1941-43 US Army Military Service
1941-42 New York Celtics Indep
1941-42 Wilmington ABL 24 65 34 164 6.8
1941-42 Detroit Eagles Indep
`941-42 Passaic Kenyons Indep
1942-43 Camden/Brooklyn ABL 8 32 27 91 11.4
1942-43 Rochester Eber Seagrams Indep 5 20 14 54 10.8
1942-43 Wilmington Clippers Indep
1943-44 Wilmington ABL 23 78 43 199 8.7
1943-44 Brooklyn Eagles Indep
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 1 4 2 10 10.0
1944-45 Rochester Pros Indep 4 25 20 70 17.5
1944-45 Long Island Grumman Hellcats Indep
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 34 122 82 120 .683 326 9.6
1946-47 TorontoCleveland BAA 53 329 219 328 .668 46 877 16.5
1947-48 Boston BAA 47 308 294 422 .697 74 910 19.4
1948-49 Philadelphia BAA 60 340 240 350 .686 160 920 15.3
1949-50 PhildelphiaBaltimore BAA 69 299 274 373 .735 136 872 12.6
1950-51 Paterson ABL 28 113 63 110 .573 289 10.3
Major League Totals 352 1717 1315 4749 13.5
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1935-36 Akron Firestone MBC 2 2 0 4 2.0
1940-41 Detroit NBL 3 7 9 23 7.7
1940-41 Detroit WBT 4 18 22 29 .759 58 14.5
1943-44 Wilmington ABL 2 7 5 19 9.5
1944-45 Fort Wayne ABL 7 17 11 45 6.4
1944-45 Fort Wayne WBT 3 6 8 12 .667 20 6.7
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 4 20 17 23 .739 57 14.3
1945-46 Fort Wayne WBT 5 15 6 9 .667 36 7.2
1946-47 Cleveland BAA 3 22 27 34 .794 71 23.7
1947-48 Boston BAA 3 19 23 38 .605 61 20.3
1948-49 Philadelphia BAA 2 6 8 13 .615 20 10.0
Major League Totals 38 139 136 414 10.9
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