PLAYER PROFILE

HERM WITASEK

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Herm Witasek was a star player  at the University of North Dakota. After graduation in 1935, he signed to play professional basketball with a strong independent team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Two years later, in the fall of 1937,  Oshkosh joined the newly-formed, National Basketball League. Oshkosh appeared in the NBL finals five consecutive years (1938-1942), winning twice, in 1938 and 1942. Witasek, along with Hall of Fame center, Leroy Edwards, were the only players to appear in all five seasons. Witasek was never among Oshkosh’s top scorers, but he did a lot of other things well. He was the team’s  best defender and was the was an inspirational floor-leader. Service in the army during World War II ended Witasek’s basketball career.

 

HERM WITASEK Height: 6:03 Weight: 215 College: North Dakota’35
Herman J. Witasek Born:  Oct 16, 1913 Died: Jun 25, 1963 Hometown: Lankin, ND
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1931-32 North Dakota (Frosh) College
1932-33 North Dakota College
1933-34 North Dakota College
1934-35 North Dakota College
1934-35 Crookston Gunners Indep
1935-36 Oshkosh All Stars Indep
1936-37 Oshkosh All Stars Indep
1937-38 Oshkosh NBL 13 29 11 69 5.3
1938-39 Oshkosh NBL 28 56 29 141 5.0
1939-40 Oshkosh NBL 28 62 38 68 .559 162 5.8
1940-41 Oshkosh NBL 24 54 28 45 .622 136 5.7
1941-42 Oshkosh NBL 21 25 20 70 3.3
1941-45 U.S. Army Military
Major League Totals 114 226 126 578 5.1
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1937-38 Oshkosh NBL 5 4 1 9 1.8
1938-39 Oshkosh NBL 5 15 5 35 7.0
1938-39 Oshkosh WBT 3 4 2 5 .400 10 3.3
1939-40 Oshkosh NBL 8 16 12 44 5.5
1939-40 Oshkosh WBT 2 4 0 8 4.0
1940-41 Oshkosh NBL 5 11 6 28 5.6
1940-41 Oshkosh WBT 4 7 1 3 .333 15 3.8
Major League Totals 28 54 26 134 4.8
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