Paul Birch (basketball)

Paul Vincent "Polly" Birch (January 4, 1910 – June 5, 1982) was an American basketball player and coach. He coached the now-defunct Pittsburgh Ironmen of the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association (NBA)) in 1946, and the NBA's Fort Wayne Pistons from 1951 through 1954. Birch had played for the Pistons during the early 1940s, and the Youngstown Bears of the NBL.[1]

Paul Birch
Personal information
Born(1910-01-10)January 10, 1910
Homestead, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 5, 1982(1982-06-05) (aged 72)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolHomestead
(Homestead, Pennsylvania)
CollegeDuquesne (1932–1935)
Playing career1938–1948
Career history
As player:
1938–1939Pittsburgh Pirates
1941–1945Fort Wayne Pistons
1945–1946Youngstown Bears
1946–1948Youngstown Cubs
As coach:
1945–1946Youngstown Bears
1946–1947Pittsburgh Ironmen
19511954Fort Wayne Pistons
Career highlights and awards


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