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Barney Cable

Basketball ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Today’s high priced professional basketball stars who think they are being exploited should have been around when Barney Cable played. The former Rochester High School and Bradley University star played for the Detroit Pistons, Syracuse Nets, Chicago Packers, and Baltimore Bullets between 1968 and 1965. His first contract was for $8,000 per year and his top salary as a pro cager was $12,000 per year. Barney also had a brief fling as a player-coach with the Wilmington (DE) Bombers of the Easter Basketball League in 1967. At Rochester High School, Barney whipped in 58 points in a Section 8 game against Mars High School to set a Beaver County single game scoring record. He graduated in 1954 and enrolled at Bradley University, where he tied for team scoring honors as a sophomore. During Barney's junior year (1957), Bradley compiled a 22-7 record and won the National Invitation Tournament title. Although Barney was slowed by a knee injury in 1958, the Bradley team went to the NIT classic again, but was eliminated by Xavier in the quarterfinals.