Dave DeBusschere No. 22 Power forward Personal information Date of birth October 16, 1940 Place of birth Detroit, Michigan Nationality American Date of death May 14, 2003(aged 62) Place of death New York City, New York High school Austin Catholic (Detroit) Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg) Career information College Detroit (1959–1962) NBA Draft 1962 / Pick: Territorial Selected by the Detroit Pistons Pro career 1962–1974 Career history As player: 1962–1968 Detroit Pistons 1968–1974 New York Knicks As coach: 1964–1967 Detroit Pistons Career highlights and awards Career statistics Points 14,053 (16.1 ppg) Rebounds 9,618 (11.0 rpg) Assists 2,497 (2.9 apg) Stats at NBA.com Stats at Basketball-Reference.com Basketball Hall of Fame as player
David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American NBA and major league baseball player and coach in the NBA. In 1996, DeBusschere was named as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
DeBusschere was born in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Austin Catholic Preparatory School, where he founded the "white shirted league" -- the tradition of wearing white shirts to the school's games, so as to make fans more visible. He was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after a twelve-year career (1962–1974), in which he averaged 16.1 points and eleven rebounds while being named to eight NBA All-Star teams; he was renowned for his physical style of play and tenacious defense, as he was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team six times.
DeBusschere was drafted by the Detroit Pistons out of the University of Detroit in 1962, a territorial draft selection which was common at the time. During his rookie season he averaged 12.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, and was later named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. However, DeBusschere was injured during his second season and only played in 15 games, resulting in the Pistons finishing with a disappointing record of 23-59.
In the 1964-1965 season, at the age of 24, he was given the position of player-coach for the Pistons, and thus became the youngest-ever coach in league history. However, this stint as coach was not successful and he became a full-time player. During the 1968-1969 season, DeBusschere was traded to the New York Knicks for Walt Bellamy and Howard Komives.
DeBusschere spent his best years in New York. He became one of the most talented and feared players in the league and one of the greatest power forwards the NBA had ever seen. He played a physical game on both ends of the floor, often ending the season as one of the league's best rebounders. DeBusschere, along with future HOFers Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and Walt Frazier became NBA champion when the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970 NBA Finals. With Earl Monroe in the backcourt, they became champions again in 1973, beating the Lakers 4-1 in the finals.
Life after basketball
DeBusschere retired in 1974. His #22 jersey was retired by the Knicks, though not until many years after his retirement; it is thought the delay was due to DeBusschere's taking a front-office job with the rival New York Nets (now New Jersey Nets) of the then-American Basketball Association upon his retirement. He later became ABA's commissioner, as well as the assistant coach and director of basketball operation of the Knicks during the 1980s. During this time DeBusschere drafted fellow Knicks legend Patrick Ewing.
DeBusschere was later the author of a book entitled The Open Man, which was a chronicle of the New York Knicks' 1969-1970 championship season.
DeBusschere became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. An eight-time NBA All Star, he became a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.
Dave DeBusschere Pitcher Born: October 16, 1940 Died: May 14, 2003(aged 62) Batted: Right Threw: Right MLB debut April 22, 1962 for the Chicago White Sox Last MLB appearance September 2, 1963 for the Chicago White Sox Career statistics Win-loss record 3–4 Earned run average 2.90 Complete games 1 Teams
In 1962 DeBusschere was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent. He was pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1962-63. He pitched a shutout on August 13, 1963, against the Cleveland Indians, giving up six hits, one walk and striking out three. In 22 career at bats, he had only one hit, a single off Bennie Daniels on July 17, 1963. He pitched in the White Sox' minor league system for two more seasons before giving up pitching to focus on both playing and coaching basketball.
He is one of only 12 athletes to have played in both Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, or its predecessor the Basketball Association of America, the others being: Mark Hendrickson, Danny Ainge, Gene Conley, Ron Reed, Dick Groat, Steve Hamilton, Cotton Nash, Frank Baumholtz, Dick Ricketts, Howie Schultz and Chuck Connors.
In May 2003, Dave DeBusschere collapsed on a Manhattan street when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 62 years of age. DeBusschere is interred at Saint Joseph's Church Cemetery in Garden City, Nassau County, New York.
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- ^ "Hendrickson Becomes Latest to Play In Both NBA and Major League Baseball". WSU Cougars. CBS Interactive. August 9, 2002. http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/080902aaa.html. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
- ^ Crowe, Jerry (August 13, 2002). "The Inside Track; Morning Briefing; New Coach Pulls the Strings in Washington". The Los Angeles Times. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/148709171.html?dids=148709171:148709171&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Aug+13%2C+2002&author=Jerry+Crowe&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=The+Inside+Track%3B+MORNING+BRIEFING%3B+New+Coach+Pulls+the+Strings+in+Washington&pqatl=google. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
- NBA.com career summary
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Dave DeBusschere at Find a Grave
Detroit Pistons head coach
1962 NBA Draft Territorial pickDave DeBusschere · Jerry Lucas First round Second round New York Knicks 1969–70 NBA Champions Regular season • Playoffs New York Knicks 1972–73 NBA Champions Regular season • Playoffs Detroit Pistons Formerly the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons and the Fort Wayne Pistons • Founded in 1941 • Based in Auburn Hills, Michigan Franchise Arenas Head coaches
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