John Barsha
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    Guard
HS: Brooklyn Boys New York, NY
Born: 12/25/1898 Russia
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Fls DQ Pts PPG
1917-18 So G
17
16
17
 
 
0
 
---
 
 
34
2.0
1918-19 Jr G
 16
16
24
 
 
50
 
 
 
 
98
6.1
1919-20 Sr G
18
18
29
 
 
5
 
 
 
 
63
3.5
Career    
51
50
70
0
0.0
55
0
0.0
0
0
195
3.8

An excellent all-around athlete, John Barsha was a tremendous basketball player and helped spark Syracuse University to a 16-1 record and the National Championship in 1918 as a starting guard. Tom Thorpe, a well-known basketball referee of the time, called Barsha "the greatest player in the country." He was the captain of the John Barshateam his senior season. Barsha was a speedy guard and a good free throw shooter, the team's designated shooter his junior season.

Barsha's family immigrated from Russia to the United States when he was a small boy. He changed his name from Abraham Barshofsky to Barsha during his senior year in high school to hide his participation in an unscheduled game his basketball team played without the coach's knowledge.

Barsha was also an All-American football player for the Orangemen, lettering four seasons 1916 through 1919, and catcher on the baseball team. He later played in the NFL (in 1920 he played 3 games as a blocking fullback for the Rochester Jeffersons).

NFL Statistics
Seasons Pos G Rush Att Yards Rush YPA Rec. Rec. Yards TDs Rush Yds/G Pass Yds Pass Att. Pass Com. % TDs Int
1 FB
3
0
0
0.0
0
0
1
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

John Barsha would earn his law degree and would practice law in Manhattan for several years. His son Jerry would be a television newscaster in the Syracuse area for several years.

Barsha passed away in 1976.

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