Ernie Calverley

Ernest A. Calverley (January 30, 1924 – October 20, 2003) was an American professional basketball player. He was an All-American while playing for the University of Rhode Island. He played professionally with the Providence Steamrollers of the Basketball Association of America for three seasons from 1946 to 1949. Calverley led the league in assists and was an All-BAA Second Team selection in his first season in the league.

Ernie Calverley
Ernie Calverley 1948.jpg
Calverley in 1948
Personal information
Born(1924-01-30)January 30, 1924
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
DiedOctober 20, 2003(2003-10-20) (aged 79)
Providence, Rhode Island
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight145 lb (66 kg)
Career information
High schoolPawtucket (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)
CollegeRhode Island (1943–1946)
Playing career1946–1949
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1957–1968
Career history
As player:
19461949Providence Steamrollers
As coach:
1957–1968Rhode Island
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,961 (11.9 ppg)
Assists572 (3.5 apg)
Stats at

College careerEdit

Calverley was retroactively declared the men's basketball season scoring leader for 1944. But Calverley was most notable for one particular shot. Dubbed the "shot heard round the world", it was a midcourt shot from 62 feet away, as time expired at Madison Square Garden in the 1946 National Invitation Tournament against Bowling Green to tie the game and send it to overtime. Even after 50 years, he stated that he didn't think it was going to go in, as he had to make sure it did not hit the scoreboard while shooting with both hands.[1] Rhode Island State (now known as the University of Rhode Island) would win 82-79 in overtime to send them to the semifinal round. The Rams would eventually lose in the NIT final against Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats by one point. Not soon after, Calverley would join the BAA.

Professional careerEdit

Calverley led in assists per game in the league's first and second years, while playing for his home state team, the Providence Steamrollers. In his rookie season, Calverley was selected to the All-BAA Second Team. In his career, he missed only three games (one for each season). He had a 70.7% free throw percentage, which contrasted with his 29.1% lifetime field goal percentage. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics from the Providence Steamrollers in the dispersal draft in 1949 after the team disbanded. A month later, he was put on waivers, and he never played again.

Later lifeEdit

He later returned to URI to coach the Rams and led them to two NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances in 1961 and 1966, losing both times in the first round. Calverely died of complications of an infection after insertion of a pacemaker on October 20, 2003.[2]

BAA career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 *  Led the league

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 Providence 59 .293 .703 3.4* 14.3
1947–48 Providence 47 .271 .665 2.5 11.9
1948–49 Providence 59 .313 .756 4.3 9.4
Career 165 .291 .707 3.5 11.9


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  2. ^ "Ernie Calverley- Rhode Island Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03.

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