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Barney Sedran

Enshrined 1962
New York, NY
January 28, 1891 - January 14, 1969

Biography

Barney Sedran, "The Mighty Mite of Basketball," is the smallest player to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. At only 5-foot-4 and 115 pounds, Sedran's lightning-fast moves and superior passing judgment made him a wizard on the court. Despite his size, Sedran was the "go-to" player and his team's leading scorer. After three standout years at City College of New York, Sedran turned professional in 1912 with the Newburgh Club and then starred with Utica of the New York State League. Sedran was considered one of the early game's best players and his spirited play often led to victories over the dominant Original Celtics. Sedran, who once scored 34 points playing without the benefit of a backboard, teamed at Utica with 5-foot-7 Hall of Famer Max Friedman to form the "Heavenly Twins."

Career Highlights

Led Newburgh to Hudson Valley League championship, 1912
World Professional title with Utica, 1914
Led Carbondale to Pennsylvania League championship and 35 straight wins, 1917
Led Albany to New York State League Title, 1921