Frank Hill was one of the best centers in the early years of professional basketball. Hill was an outstanding athlete, who was widely admired for his hard work and dedication to the game as well as his strong sense of fairness and integrity about how the game should be played. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Hill was still in high school when he began playing pro basketball in 1903 with his hometown team, the Paterson Crescents. For the next decade, with Hill as a mainstay, the team remained among the very top echelon of pro basketball. In 1909, after touring as an independent squad for a half-dozen seasons, the Crescents joined both the Hudson River League  and Eastern Basketball League. Paterson finished the 1909-10 HRL season in second place just one game behind the powerful Troy Trojans. In 1910-11, the same two teams battled late into the season with the same result, this time Paterson missing the championship by just two games. Hill engaged Troy’s star center Ed Wachter in many memorable battles. By the 1913-14 season, Paterson’s fortunes had declined. The Crescents could manage only a 5th place finish in the New York State Basketball League and Hill was suspended by the team for refusing to take road trips. With his playing career drawing to a close, Hill was busy building a new career for himself as a referee and coach. Hill quickly established himself as one of the most respected referees in pro basketball. He also became a highly successful college coach. Hill coached Seton Hall to a 45-11 record in five seasons and compiled a 220-166 record at Rutgers during his 28-year tenure as head coach.


FRANK HILL Height: 6:01 Weight: 175 College: None
Francis Joseph Hill    Born: Sep 14, 1879 Died: Aug 22, 1944 Hometown: Newark, NJ
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1903-04 Paterson Crescents HRL
1904-05 Paterson Crescents Indep
1904-05 W.\est Hudson Entre Nous Indep
1905-06 Paterson Crescents Indep
1905-06 West Hudson Entre Nous Indep
1906-07 Paterson Crescents Indep
1906-07 W. Hudson Entre Nous Indep
1907-08 Paterson Crescents Indep
1907-08 West Hoboken Liberty Five Indep
1908-09 Paterson Crescents Indep
1908-09 W. Hudson Entre Nous Indep
1908-09 West Hoboken Liberty Five Indep
1909-10 Princeton EBL 13 30 0 60 4.6
1909-10 Paterson HRL 24 69 0 138 5.8
1910-11 Paterson HRL 34 74 39 187 5.5
1911-12 Paterson HRL 22 38 54 130 5.9
1911-12 Cohoes NYSL 11 27 15 69 6.3
1911-12 Princeton TCL 1 4 0 8 8.0
1912-13 Kingston NYSL 1 1 0 2 2.0
1912-13 Paterson Crescents Indep
1913-14 Paterson NYSL 38 47 32 126 3.3
1914-15 Paterson Crescents Indep
Major League Totals 143 286 140 712 5.0
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