Ernest Houghton

Ernest Baker Houghton (October 10, 1893 – July 24, 1941)[1] was an American college basketball standout at Union College in the 1910s. He was a Helms Athletic FoundationAll-American in both 1914 and 1915, and was named their National Player of the Year after the 1914–15 season.[2][3][4] He also played football and baseball at Union.[1]

American basketball player and coach
Ernest Houghton
Personal information
Born (1893-10-10)October 10, 1893
Died July 24, 1941(1941-07-24) (aged 47)
Brighton, New York
Nationality American
Career information
College Union (NY) (1912–1915)
Position Guard
Career history
As player:
1915–1916 Kingston
1916–1917 Hudson
1917–1918 Gloversville
1919–1920 Rochester Kodaks
As coach:
1915–1917 Peddie School
1917–1918 The Albany Academy
1917–1918 Union (NY) (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

After college, Houghton played in one of the earliest professional basketball leagues in the United States – the New York State League. He played for Hudson and was a high scoring player, but the league was disrupted and ultimately folded due to World War I. In 23 games, Houghton scored 100 career points. Houghton coached high school basketball at the Peddie School in New Jersey and high school basketball and football at The Albany Academy in New York.[5] He also served as an assistant coach to Union College’s men’s basketball team, while his day job was selling life insurance.[6][7]

Houghton died in his home in Brighton, New York at age 48, caused by heart seizures.[1]

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  1. “E.B. Houghton Passes at 48”. Democrat and Chronicle. July 25, 1941. p. 17. Retrieved May 27, 2020 via
  2. “1913–14 Season Summary”. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  3. “1914–15 Season Summary”. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  4. “Pro Basketball Leagues 1917-1918”. 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  5. “Houghton May be Coach for Union”. The Post-Star. October 17, 1917. p. 6. Retrieved May 27, 2020 via
  6. “Ernest Houghton Wins Promotion In Insurance Field”. The Post-Star. January 8, 1918. p. 7. Retrieved May 27, 2020 via
  7. “Union College Star to Play on Kodak Team Here”. The Buffalo News. December 30, 1919. p. 19. Retrieved May 27, 2020 via

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