Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nat Hickey

Matthew J. "Nat" Hickey


Born:
January 30, 1902


Died:
September 16, 1979
Johnstown, PA


Career
1921-22 Hoboken St. Joseph's (Independent)
1922-23 Eddie Holly's Majors (Independent)
1922-23 New York Crescents (Independent)
1923-24 Eddie Holly's Majors (Independent)
1924-25 Eddie Holly's Majors (Independent)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1928-29 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1930-31 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1931-32 Original Celtics (Independent)
1932-33 Original Celtics (Independent)
1933-34 Original Celtics (Independent) 
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL)
1934-35 Original Celtics (Independent)
1935-36 Original Celtics (Independent)
1936-37 Original Celtics (Independent)
1937-38 Original Celtics (Independent)
1938-39 Original Celtics (Independent)
1939-40 Original Celtics (Independent)
1940-41 Original Celtics (Independent)
1941-42 Original Celtics (Independent) 
1944-45 Pittsburgh Raiders (NBL) - Head Coach / player
1945-46 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL) - Head Coach / player
1946-47 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL) - Head Coach / player
1947-48 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL) - Head Coach / player
1947-48 Providence Steamrollers (BAA) - Head Coach, played one game
1950-51 Johnstown (AAPBL) - Head coach


In 1948, he was named the coach of Providence in the BAA, and struggled to a 4-25 record. He activated himself for one game on January 27, 1948, three days shy of his 46th birthday, and became the oldest person to appear in a BAA.NBA game.

Aside from basketball, Hickey enjoyed a lengthy career in baseball, playing 15 minor league seasons and managing two.

His date of death appeared in the Johnstown Tribune Obituary Index,

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=hickey001mat

Sources:
Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - April 29, 1937
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat Obituary Index

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/h/hickema01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hickena01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hickena01

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