Harry A. Alderman
Alderman was a terrific forward for Yale University from 1919-1921.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Oct. 30, 1901 - d. April 8, 1993
A three-year regular on the Yale varsity basketball team, Alderman played in an era of low scores and slow pace. During this era of play, there was no shot clock, or ten-second rule to cross midcourt. A center jump followed every basket, and a running clock caused countless minutes to run off the game clock. Because of these rules, stalling was a common tactic, and scores tended to be in the 20s or 30s as teams worked for the perfect shot.
Alderman first played for the Elis in 1919, when they finished second in the Ivy League (then called the Eastern League) with a conference record of 4-2 (they had an overall record of 7-2). The following year, he teamed with All-Ivy guard Solon Cohen to lead Yale to another second place finish in the conference, with a record of 6-4 (16-8 overall). In a late season game, Alderman and Cohen paced Yale to a 42-21 victory over Dartmouth.
In Alderman's senior season (1921), he was Yale's top scorer, and one of the best players in the league. Although his team struggled to a 1-9 conference mark (7-17 overall), Harry finished sixth in the league in scoring (with 84 points) while playing in all ten games. In addition to scoring 15 field goals, Alderman was also the team's designated free throw shooter. He registered 52 points from the charity line (until 1923, one player on each team shot all free throws).
New Haven, Connecticut
Alderman played forward at Yale, 1919-1921.
Use links below to navigate through the basketball section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
Ronald Encyclopedia of Basketball, edited by William G. Mokray (Ronald Press: 1962)
Ellis Island to Ebbets Field, by Peter Levine (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992)
New York Times, February 28, 1920
New York Times, March 14, 1921