Mel Hirsch


Mel Hirsch
Mel Hirsch basketball player.jpg
Hirsch in 1945
Personal information
Born(1921-07-31)July 31, 1921
DiedDecember 1968 (1969-01) (aged 47)
Listed height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
CollegeBrooklyn (1939–1943)
Playing career1946–1947
PositionPoint guard
Career history
1946–1947Boston Celtics
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at
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Melvin M. Hirsch (July 31, 1921 – December 1968) was an American professional basketball player.[1][2] He played for the Boston Celtics of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which would later become the National Basketball Association (NBA), for 13 games in the 1946–47 season. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, he was the shortest player in NBA history until Muggsy Bogues more than 40 years later. He is the third shortest NBA player of all time, after Bogues and Earl Boykins.

A stand-out player at Brooklyn College, Hirsch graduated in 1943 and served in the US Army Air Corps as a Navigator on C-47 aircraft in the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron in the South Pacific. He played on the squadron's officer's basketball team.[3]

Hirsch died in December 1968, aged 47, from leukemia.

BAA career statistics

  GP Games played
 FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage
 APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game

Regular season

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 Boston 13 .200 .500 .8 1.5
Career 13 .200 .500 .8 1.5


  1. ^ "Mel Hirsch Stats". Basketball Reference. Accessed on June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Grasso, John; Bradley, Robert; Hoover, Bill; Bender, David; Lawler, Frank (June 27, 2012). "Known deceased basketball individuals". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Thirsty 13th," by Seth Washburne, published 2011.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Edit this at Wikidata and