Hank Rosenstein

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Hank Rosenstein
Personal information
Born (1920-06-16)June 16, 1920
Brooklyn, New York
Died February 27, 2010(2010-02-27) (aged 89)
Boca Raton, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Boys (Brooklyn, New York)
College CCNY
Playing career 1946–1947
Position Forward
Number 12, 8
Career history
1946–1947 New York Knicks
1947 Providence Steamrollers
1947–1952 Scranton Miners
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Henry "Hank" Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 – February 27, 2010) was an American professional basketball player. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rosenstein played at City College of New York before starring in AAU Basketball and being named MVP in the Eastern Jewish Center League in 1942–43. He became a member of the New York Knicks of the Basketball Association of America in 1946, playing with them in what is now considered the first NBA game, played in Toronto on November 1, 1946. On January 26, 1947, Rosenstein was sold to the Providence Steamrollers.[1]

After the end of his stint with the Steamrollers, Rosenstein played for five seasons with the Scranton Miners of the American Basketball League, playing on their championship teams in 1949–50 and 1950–51. In the latter year he led the team in scoring.[2]

Rosenstein was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on March 29, 1998. He died of heart failure on February 27, 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida.[2]

BAA career statistics[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 New York 31 .262 .600 .6 4.3
1946–47 Providence 29 .331 .669 .6 8.6
Career 60 .305 .640 .6 6.4


  1. ^ "Hank Rosenstein Stats". Basketball Reference. Accessed on July 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Vincent M. Mallozzi, "Hank Rosenstein, Player in First N.B.A. Game, Dies at 89", New York Times, March 3, 2010; page A27.

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