#6 Mark Haller
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    Center
HS: Carthage Carthage, NY
Born: 3/31/1916 Carthage, NY
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Fls DQ Pts PPG
1936-37 So G
3
0
1
 
 
1
 
 
 
 
3
1.0
1937-38 Jr C
15
11
+33
 
 
+19
 
 
 
 
131
8.7
1938-39 Sr C
17
15
47
 
 
41
 
 
 
 
135
7.9
Career    
35
26
+81
0
0.0
+61
0
0.0
0
0
269
7.7

Mark Haller played center for Syracuse basketball for three seasons. Haller was an outstanding shooter and an excellent free throw shooter.

Mark Haller Syracuse Orangemen BasketballWhile at Carthage high school, Haller won the Syracuse YMCA free throw shooting contest.

Haller would barely play his sophomore season, appearing in only three games, all of them at guard. Haller would earn the starting center job his junior season, replacing Ed Sonderman. Haller was known as being very efficient, with a high shooting percentage. He would be among the top scorers his junior season. He would injure his knee in the Army game, forcing him to miss a game, and slowing him down for a few games.

Haller would be second on the team in scoring his senior season, and led the team in free throws made. He would hit the game winning shot against Georgetown, breaking a tie with 50 seconds remaining in the game.

Following graduation, Haller would play professional basketball with the Syracuse Reds, joining former teammates Wilmeth Sidat-Singh and Bobby Stewart. He served in the Navy in World War II and was stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Haller had the opportunity to play for the base basketball team, and in 1942 the team played in the Chicago World Tourney, where they went 1-1.

Haller spent his professional career in sales. From 1945 to 1957 he was vice president of gum products for a candy business in Boston. In 1957 he joined the N.A. Taylor company in Gloversville, NY. The company manufactured marine accessory products, and Haller would gain prominence in the industry. He retired in 1981.

Haller passed away in April 2015 at the age of 99. [1]

[Statistics missing from 5 games in 1937-38, indicated by the +]

[Photograph courtesy of Jay LaFontaine and Mark Haller]

[1] Mark Haller obituary, Leader-Herald

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