Donald D. "Buddy" Ackerman
September 4, 1930
New York, NY
July 9, 2011
1950-51 Long Island University (College)
1951-52 Covert Blackbirds - NYC (Independent)
1952-53 Jersey City Titans (Independent)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 Hamilton Standard - Connecticut (Independent)
1953-54 New York Knicks (NBA)
Ackerman, a talented player at LIU, signed with the Jersey City Titans in October of 1952, but after the club was denied entry into the ABL, he signed with the Manchester team. He average 12.4 points for the BA's, missing a few games due to his honeymoon. He was invited to the New York Knicks camp the following fall, played 28 games with the Knicks that season. He was traded to the Celtics after the season, but Ackerman declined to play, wanting not to live in Boston. He started a successful landscaping business that he ran for over 40 years. In 1970, he started a CYO basketball porgram at St. Anthony's on Long Island and coached many youths over the years.
Buddy married Marie (d. 1988) in 1953 and they had four daughters and three sons.
LIU Athletics, July 11, 2011
Obituary, newsday.com, 2011