Al Geddes


 

ALFRED COOPER  'AL' GEDDES played professional basketball in the old National Basketball League, the world's first professional basketball loop. While currently compiled records show him playing for three different Pennsylvania teams between 1898 and 1902, a newspaper article from February of 1928 quotes Camden Electrics coach William "Billy" Morgenweck, who stated the Geddes also played for the Camden team. It is known that he played alongside two all-time great players who later played in Camden, Charles Bossert and John "Snake" Deal. His younger brother, Frank Geddes, also played for the three Pennsylvania teams- Chester, the Philadelphia BC, and the Philadelphia Clover Wheelmen- that Al Geddes appeared with.

Al Geddes was born in Philadelphia on June 5 of 1875 to Alonzo P. and Hannah Mary Clark Geddes. He was living at 4675 Main Street in Philadelphia at the time of the 1900 census, with wife Mary and sons Charles, Alonzo, and Joseph. he was then working as a driver. As Billy Morgenweck stated, Al Geddes did return to Philadelphia after his basketball days ended. he had become a Philadelphia policeman when the census was being taken in 1910. The family, which by then included son Frank and daughter Mary, was living at 77 Reger Street.  By January of 1920 he was living at 79 Ashmead Street in Philadelphia, where he was still working as a policeman.

Al Geddes was fatally injured in an automobile accident on February 9, 1928.


Camden Courier-Post * February 9, 1928

'AL' GEDDES INJURED, TROLLEY HITS AUTO
Former Camden Electric Court Star Dying, Three Compnaions Killed


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