One of basketball's greatest rebounder, durable Harry Gallatin pulled down awesome rebounding numbers throughout his 10-season Hall of Fame career. He joined the New York Knicks after the first 8-games of 1948-1949 season, and played in every single game until he retired in 1958 - 747 straight games. Harry Gallatin played with the Knicks his first nine years and his last year in Detroit.
During the first two seasons, 1948-49, 1949-50, which Harry Gallatin played, no rebounding numbers were counted in the NBA. In 1950-51 when figures for rebounds were first noted he averaged 12.1 rebounds per game, 3rd highest in the league. From then on he notched at least 10 rebounds per game every season of his career, including a NBA leading 1,098 and 15.3 rpg 1953-1954. Harry Gallatin finished 2nd in 1954-55 with 13.8 rpg, and his name is among the top 10 in rebounds almost every season of his career.
Harry Gallatin was also an accurate field goal shooter from the-get-go. Starting in his second year, 1950-51 he placed fifth highest among all NBA players in percentage with .416... then second with .442... third with .444... ninth with .404 in 1953-54. Very high figures for this era in basketball history when the ball was slightly larger than the one used today.
Harry Gallatin also had impressive career numbers in points created. Every year his numbers were over .531 pct, and twice going over .600. In the postseason NBA playoffs he scored 768 points in 64 games, a 12.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg.
Harry Gallatin stats: 8,843 points in 682 games, 2810 FGM, 7057 FGA, .398 pct, 3223 FTM, 4167 FTA, .773 pct, 6,684 rebounds, 9.8 rpg. Note: No rebounding figures were kept for his first two seasons, hence his career total should be over 12.0 per game - from staff of basketball historian
Harry Gallatin played at Northeast Missouri State College