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Howard Cann

Full name: Howard Gardsell Cann
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Born: October 11, 1895 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 18, 1992 in Irvington, New York, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Howard Cann competed in the shot put for the US at the 1920 Olympics, but he was far better known as a basketball player. He started college at Dartmouth, but later played for NYU and the New York AC. In 1920 he led NYU to the AAU National Championship and was voted player of the year by the Helms Athletic Foundation. He later coached the NYU basketball team from 1923-58. As coach, he led NYU to the final game of the 1945 NCAA tournament, and the 1947 NIT tournament, but they lost both games in the finals. In the days prior to national collegiate tournaments, Cann led NYU to an undefeated season in 1933-34. In 1968, Howard Cann was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. His brother, Ted Cann, was a world-class swimmer who set a world record in the 220 yard freestyle, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in World War I.

Personal Best: SP – 13.97 (45-10) (1920).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 8 QR

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Standings 8 QR
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Athletics United States Qualifying Round 8 13.520
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