Nat Militzok

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Nat Militzok
Personal information
Born (1923-05-03)May 3, 1923
Bronx, New York
Died May 14, 2009(2009-05-14) (aged 86)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Stuyvesant (New York City, New York)
College CCNY
Playing career 1946–1952
Position Forward
Number 4, 16
Career history
1946–1947 New York Knicks
1947 Toronto Huskies
1948–1951 Scranton Miners
1951–1952 Saratoga Harlem Yankees
Stats at

Nathan "Nat" Militzok (May 3, 1923 – May 14, 2009) was an American professional basketball player. He played the forward position for various teams, including the New York Knicks.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Militzok, who was Jewish, was born in The Bronx, New York.[1][4][5][6] Recalling his childhood, he said: "I never saw a dirt field. Everything was cement. ... We had two choices: either go to the schoolyard and play ball or hang around on the corner and get in trouble. So, we played basketball all our lives."[4] He attended Stuyvesant High School, where he played for the basketball team.[2][6]

He began his college basketball career as a freshman at CCNY in 1941, playing for a team that had a 16–1 record.[1] He then transferred to Hofstra University, where he played for two seasons.[1][7] World War II broke out, and he joined the Navy. Stationed at Cornell University, he joined its basketball team in 1944.[1][7]

Professional career[edit]

After the end of World War II, Militzok joined the New York Knicks in 1946 in the Basketball Association of America, which merged with the National Basketball League in 1949 to become the NBA.[1] Militzok played in the first game in NBA history for the Knicks against the Huskies on November 1, 1946, and was credited with the first assist in the league's history.[1][8][9] He was traded to the Toronto Huskies in February 1947 for cash.[1][2][10]

He joined the Scranton Miners of the American Basketball League in 1948–49.[1] He played with them through 1951–52, when he was sent to the Saratoga Harlem Yankees.[1]

Later life[edit]

After his basketball career, he became an attorney.[3]

In 1999, he and the other Jewish players on the Knicks, Sonny Hertzberg, Ralph Kaplowitz, Leo Gottlieb, Hank Rosenstein, and Ossie Schectman, were inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in New York.[1]

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 36 .243 .548 .8 4.0
1946–47 Toronto 21 .295 .615 .7 4.8
Career 57 .262 .571 .7 4.3


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Militzok, Nat". Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nat Militzok NBA & ABA Statistics". November 1, 1946. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Deaths MILITZOK, NAT". New York Times. May 19, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Basketball: The Original City Game". Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bob Wechsler. Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Nat Militzok". Miami Herald. May 19, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Robert Peterson. Cages to jump shots: pro basketball's early years. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Charles Rosen. The first tip-off: the incredible story of the birth of the NBA. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ Jeffrey A. Kroessler. The Greater New York Sports Chronology. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ George Kalinsky (1997). The New York Knicks: The Official 50th Anniversary Celebration. Macmillan USA. Retrieved August 11, 2011.