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William Bruce Hale (August 30, 1918 – December 30, 1980) was an American professional basketball player and coach.

Bruce Hale
Personal information
Born(1918-08-30)August 30, 1918
Medford, Oregon
DiedDecember 30, 1980(1980-12-30) (aged 62)
Orinda, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolGalileo
(San Francisco, California)
CollegeSanta Clara (1938–1941)
Playing career1946–1951
PositionGuard / Forward
Number22, 35, 7
Coaching career1948–1973
Career history
As player:
1946–1947Chicago American Gears
1947–1948St. Paul Saints
1947–1948Indianapolis Kautskys
1948Indianapolis Jets
1948–1949Fort Wayne Pistons
19491951Indianapolis Olympians
As coach:
1948Indianapolis Jets
1954–1967Miami (FL)
1967–1968Oakland Oaks
1970–1973Saint Mary's
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

A 6'1" guard/forward from Medford, Oregon, Hale played college basketball at Santa Clara University, then played professionally in the early NBA as a member of the Indianapolis Jets, Fort Wayne Pistons, and Indianapolis Olympians. He averaged 9.1 points per game over his NBA career.[1] He later held coaching positions with the University of Miami, the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association, and St. Mary's College of California. Before he died of a heart attack in 1980, he had been working as a marketing director at the KNBR radio station.[2]

Hale's daughter, Pam, married basketball player Rick Barry, who played for Hale at the University of Miami.[3]

Hale was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.[4]

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BAA/NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  PPG  Points per game
 Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1948–49 Indianapolis 18 .329 .761 3.8 12.6
1948–49 Fort Wayne 34 .313 .750 2.6 9.4
1949–50 Indianapolis 64 .353 .782 3.5 10.3
1950–51 Indianapolis 26 .396 .609 1.9 1.6 3.6
Career 152 .333 .763 1.9 3.0 9.1

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1950 Indianapolis 6 .350 .882 2.8 7.2
1951 Indianapolis 1 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0
Career 7 .350 .882 .0 2.4 6.1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bruce Hale playing statistics. basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "Former basketball coach dies". The Ledger. January 2, 1981. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Frank Deford. "Razor-cut Idol Of San Francisco". Sports Illustrated. February 13, 1967. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
  4. ^ University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame inductees Archived 2010-11-19 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.

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