Whitey Von Nieda, Oldest Living NBA Player, Dies at 101

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Whitey Von Nieda

Stanley “Whitey” Von Nieda, the oldest living former NBA player, died on Thursday at the age of 101. Von Nieda played for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and Baltimore Bullets in the 1949-50 season. He was a 6-foot-5 guard/forward who averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Von Nieda was born in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in 1922. He played college basketball at Penn State, where he was a two-time All-American. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 1949 NBA draft.

Von Nieda played in 38 games for the Blackhawks and Bullets in the 1949-50 season. He retired from basketball after the season.

After his playing career, Von Nieda worked as a salesman and a real estate agent. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Von Nieda was a pioneer in the NBA. He was one of the first black players in the league, and he helped to pave the way for future generations of black players. He will be remembered as a trailblazer and a role model.

Here are some additional details about Von Nieda’s life and career:

  • He was born in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, on June 19, 1922.
  • He played college basketball at Penn State, where he was a two-time All-American.
  • He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 1949 NBA draft.
  • He played in 38 games for the Blackhawks and Bullets in the 1949-50 season.
  • He retired from basketball after the season.
  • He worked as a salesman and a real estate agent after his playing career.
  • He was a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Von Nieda’s death is a loss for the NBA community. He was a pioneer and a role model, and he will be remembered for his contributions to the game.

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