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Dave DeBusschere

Born: Oct. 16, 1940 in Detroit
Died: May 14, 2003 in New York
Debut: 1962 | Pos: P
H: 6-6 | W: 225 | B: R | T: R

2 3 4 24 0 102.1 61 2.90

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Dave DeBusschere, a Hall of Famer in basketball and a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, died on May 14, 2003 at the age of 62.

He collapsed on a Manhattan street and died at NYU Downtown Hospital.

From 1962-63, DeBusschere pitched to a 3-4 record with a 2.90 ERA in 102.1 innings. A year later, he became the NBA’s youngest coach when he took over for the Detroit Pistons at just 24.

He was traded to the Knicks in 1968 and played on championship teams in 1970 and 1973. His credits also include serving as the last commissioner of the American Basketball Association and he was general manager of the New York Knicks when the team drafted Patrick Ewing in 1985.

Debusschere starred in basketball and baseball at the University of Detroit. He is one of a few players to reach the professional level in both baseball and basketball.

In 1962, he signed with the Chicago White Sox and was a territorial draft pick by the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. He posted a 79-143 record for Detroit before he was replaced in 1967 by Donnis Butcher.

He was traded to New York in 1968 and earned a reputation for his rebounding and defense. He was selected for the NBA’s All-Defensive Team from 1969-74.

He retired with a career average of 16.1 points, 9,618 rebounds and 2,497 assists.

Following his playing career, he was GM of the ABA’s New York Nets and, a year later, became the commissioner of the league. After some time in private business, he returned to the NBA in 1982 to become the GM of the Knicks.

DeBusschere was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame in 1983 and was selected as one of the league’s 50 greatest players in 1996.