Woody Sauldsberry

Woody Sauldsberry
Personal information
Born (1934-07-11)July 11, 1934
Winnsboro, Louisiana
Died September 3, 2007(2007-09-03) (aged 73)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Compton Union (Compton, California)
College Texas Southern
NBA draft 1957 / Round: 8 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1955–1966
Position Power forward / Center
Number 14, 21, 35, 18
Career history
1955–1957 Harlem Globetrotters
19571960 Philadelphia Warriors
19601961 St. Louis Hawks
1961–1963 Chicago Packers / Zephyrs
1963 St. Louis Hawks
1965 New Haven Elms
1965–1966 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,930 (10.7 ppg)
Rebounds 3,618 (7.8 rpg)
Assists 498 (1.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry Jr. (July 11, 1934 – September 3, 2007) was an American National Basketball Association player.

Sauldsberry was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana and graduated from Compton Union High School, where he was the star of his basketball team, and then went on to attend Texas Southern University. In 1957 he was drafted in Round 8 by the Philadelphia Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors). The following year in 1958, he was named the league's Rookie of the Year — the second African American ever to win the award and becoming the lowest overall draft pick ever to win the award, a record he still holds. In 1959 he played in the NBA All-Star Game. Later in his career he played for the St. Louis Hawks, Chicago Zephyrs and Boston Celtics.

Statistically, Woody Sauldsberry was an extremely poor shooter, having a field goal percentage of just 34.8% for his career. As a result, he has the lowest number of win shares of any player in NBA history, -7.9.[1]

During the 1950s Sauldsberry was part of the Harlem Globetrotters.

After becoming bitter over discrimination and shunning the basketball world, he died in poverty in Baltimore, Maryland after having a foot amputated due to diabetes.[2]


  1. "Player Season Finder | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  2. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24225281

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