Harry E. "Buddy" Jeannette

From 1938 to 1948, Buddy Jeannette was professional basketball's top backcourt player. One of basketball's early pioneers, his dexterous passing, clutch shooting, hard-nosed defense, and all-around playmaking earned him four Most Valuable Player awards. Playing professionally in three different professional leagues - the NBL, ABL, and the BAA - Jeannette won five championships, in Sheboygan (1943), Fort Wayne (1944, 1945), and Baltimore (1947, 1948). In 1947 he was the first-ever player-coach to win a professional championship with the Baltimore Bullets of the American Basketball League, repeating the accomplishment the following year with the Bullets in the Basketball Association of America. Jeannette was an outstanding four-year player at Washington & Jefferson College. Upon his retirement from playing in 1950, Jeannette continued to coach in the NBA, ABA, and Eastern League, and collegiately at Georgetown University.