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Thomas W. Hurley

Basketball ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Veteran New Brighton sports fans rate Tom Hurley as probably the best all around basketball player their high school ever produced. Tom was a 1931 New Brighton graduate, where he was captain of the cage squad his senior year. The Lions were section champions his junior and senior seasons and went to the WPIAL finals in 1931 before losing in overtime to New Kensington. Tom was named to the Beaver County All Star team as a senior and to the All WPIAL teams by both the Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. After attending Duquesne University for one semester, Tom transferred to Geneva College and was a four year basketball regular there. The highlight of his Geneva career was a victory that ended Long Island Universityís 52 game winning streak in 1936; at the time Long Island was ranked No 1 in the nation and had two All Americans on its squad. Geneva also topped Long Island in another 1938 surprise, the last time the two schools met on the basketball hardwood. Another highlight of Tomís Geneva years were victories over highly touted City College of New York teams in 1935 and 1936, the second of which was played in Madison Square Garden before 18,000 fans. These wins helped him win many All Star honors. Before entering Geneva, Tom played semipro ball for the Beaver Falls St Maryís team in the Penn-Ohio League and later coached and played for St Maryís again. He also coached the New Brighton team for five years after World War II. Tom was inducted into the New Brighton Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. He died in 1983 at age 71.