Little big man

March 14, 1998

HE STOOD 5 feet 11 inches tall, hardly a giant by modern basketball standards -- or even by the vagabond standards of the 1940s. Yet Harry "Buddy" Jeannette was a giant in his time, and a fabled part of Baltimore's professional basketball history.

Buddy Jeannette died Wednesday at age 80. Many younger sports fans won't recognize the name. But older basketball aficionados know what he did for the Baltimore Bullets. He was star player, coach and general manager for the team in three leagues. His contribution to the sport was so great he earned induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

He brought two championships to Baltimore in the 1940s after World War II, playing pivotal roles as the team's floor leader, ball-stealer and point-scorer -- as well as coach. In the 1960s, he was general manager for the Bullets of that era, helping to draft a future Hall of Fame member, Earl "the Pearl" Monroe.

Buddy Jeannette knew how to win. For three decades, he was Baltimore's "Mr. Basketball."

Pub Date: 3/14/98

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