Professional
Basketball
in
Camden NJ
The Early Years


Camden Post-Telegram - May 1, 1914

When James Naismith, a physical education instructor, was asked to create an indoor game that would provide an "athletic distraction" for a rowdy class through the brutal New England winter, he never would have imagined the world-wide impact of the game he would invent. Under orders from Dr. Luther Gulick, head of physical education at the School for Christian Workers (now Springfield College), Naismith had 14 days to create a game for a rowdy group of 18 students. Naismith came up with the game we know as basketball.

Basketball became almost an immediate sensation, and with seven years of its invention, the first professional basketball league was organized, the National Basketball League. Camden NJ in the 1890s was a place that men with ideas for new and exciting things would come, a place where the latest inventions would not only be developed, but would be produced and gain world-wide fame. In many ways, Camden of these years could be compared to the Silicon Valley of the 1990s. Within a span of twenty years, new technologies such as the condensed soup made by the Campbell company and Eldridge Johnson's Victrola, as well as less well remembered inventions at the Warren Webster Company, the Esterbrook and C. Howard Hunt Pen Companies, Acme Staple and others put the words "Made in Camden, New Jersey" probably in the mouths of more people who did not speak English than did!

It was only natural then, when the entrepreneurs who organized the National Basketball League looked for places for the new sport to be played, Camden was among the first chosen. The Camden Electrics, under owner and player-coach William E. "Billy" Morgenweck, had organized were playing the game as early as as 1895. 

1895-1896
Camden Electrics

Front: B. Bates, Jim the Mascot, 
H. Reiners
Middle: H. Gifford, Ray Wynn,
A. Austermuhl, H. Blankorn,
Charlie Newcomb, Leon Goff, 
George Tyler.
Rear: C.F. Ware, H. D'Emo,
L. Oliphant, H. Nixon, E. Garrigues, Randolph Cramer,

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1898-1899
Camden Electrics

Front: C. Weaver,
J. Zimmerman,
Randolph Cramer,
Eddie Ferat, W.A. Stewart
Rear: William Morgenweck,
A.P. Cartwright, R.J. Kelly,
Charlie Newcomb,
A. Middleton, A. Austermuhl

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The Electrics were one of the six original professional teams when the league began play in the 1898-1899 season. Of the six teams, besides Camden, three were in Philadelphia, one in Millville NJ, and the other in Trenton. Two of the Philadelphia teams folded prior to New Years Eve 1898, but the other four completed the season, with the Trenton Nationals winning the first championship with an 18-2-1 record. Camden finished 11 games back, with 7 wins against 13 defeats and a tie.  

1898-99 NBL Wins Losses Ties
Trenton Nationals   18 2 1
Millville Glassblowers  14 6 2
Camden Electrics   7 13 1
Clover Wheelman aka 
Philadelphia Clover Wheelmen*** 
5 14 1
Germantown Nationals*  1 4 0
Hancock Athletic Association**    0 6 1
*Germantown played their last game on 29Dec98 and dropped out of the league shortly afterwards. **Hancock failed to show for a game in Camden on 31Dec98. Shortly afterwards a letter dated 28Dec98 was received by the League from Hancock who withdrew from the league. On 07Jan99 a league meeting was held in which the Hancock franchise was officially annulled. ***Since the loss of the Hancock franchise left the city of Philadelphia with just one team, the "Big Five of the Clover Wheelmen" were ordered to rename their team "the Big Five of Philadelphia" for the balance of the season.

The following season was more stable for the new league. The New York Wanderers joined, and only one team, out of Chester PA dropped out, and they were immediately replaced by the Millville team, which had originally elected not to participate that season. Trenton and Millville providing again to be the best teams in the loop, with Trenton gaining a disputed championship. Camden opened the season at home with a win over Bristol, but they finished the season only 2 games over the .500 mark.

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 19, 1899

1899-1900 Wins Losses Ties

First "Half"

     
Trenton Nationals 8 0 0
New York Wanderers 3 2 0
Camden Electrics  4 4 0
Pennsylvania Bicycle Club 4 4 0
Bristol Pile Drivers 3 6 0
Chester* 0 6 0

Second "Half"

     
Trenton Nationals 14 4 1
Millville Glassblowers**  14 4 1
New York Wanderers 13 7 1
Camden Electrics  11 9 0
Bristol Pile Drivers 6 14 1
Pennsylvania Bicycle Club 0 20 0
*Chester dropped out during the first half  **Millville joined the league on 3Jan00 
NBL PLAYOFF - 2nd half 
28Apr00 at Bristol - Millville 18, Trenton 13
(game protested by Trenton since Millville used Hilly Wallace who was ineligible to play for them - League President Fogel ruled that game was to be replayed)
05May00 at Camden - Trenton 4, Millville 0 forfeit 
(Millville refused to play game since they wanted to use Wallace) 
08May00 at Camden - Trenton 22, Millville 19
NBL CHAMPIONSHIP
Trenton wins 2nd half playoff and thus wins both season halves making championship series unnecessary

The National Basketball League began the the 1900-1901 season with an expanded schedule of 32 games, and seven teams. Of the seven teams, six had participated in league play before, the only new entry, from Burlington NJ, failed to complete the season. With 5 of the seven teams finishing with records of .500 or better, NBL fans saw good competitive play from most teams throughout the season. In his season the Camden team also went by the handle of Camden Skeeters, apparently after what many call the New Jersey state bird, the mosquito! With the split season dropped, no playoffs were necessary, and the New York Wanderers captured the League title by three games.

1900-1901 Wins Losses Pct.
New York Wanderers 23 9 .719
Trenton Nationals 20 12 .625
Millville Glassblowers 18 14 .563
Bristol Pile Drivers 17 15 .531
Camden Skeeters 16 16 .500
Pennsylvania Bicycle Club 8 24 .333
Burlington 0 12 .000
*Burlington dropped out during the season

1900-1901 Camden Skeeters

NAME G FG FT TP PPG

Bishop

1 0 0 0 0

Charlie Bossert

7 25 28 78 11.1

Charlie Carr

23 40 0 80 3.5

George Cartwright

8 12 1 25 3.1

Ike Charlton*

21 11 31 53 2.5

Commons

17 17 2 36 2.1

Randolph "Red" Cramer

24 41 30 112 4.7

Dennison

5 3 0 6 1.2

Bob Dippy

32 17 0 34 1.1

Ed Ferat

31 44 108 196 6.3

Jud Hancock

9 13 3 29 3.2

A. "Budge" Middleton

32 19 0 38 1.2

Howard Randolph

10 10 14 34 1.9

Wick

3 0 1 1 0.3

*Totals for Charlton reflect games played for Philadephia

The 1901-1902 season may have been the most successful year of the National Basketball League in terms of stability. The schedule expanded once again to 40 games, every game save one was played as scheduled, no teams dropped out, and there was only one rally weak team in the league. Camden finally became more than a .500 team, and lost the league crown to the Bristol Pile Drivers by only 3 games.

1901-1902 Wins Losses Pct.
Bristol Pile Drivers 28 12 .700
Camden  25 15 .525
Trenton Nationals 23 17 .625
Millville Glassblowers 21 19 .525
New York Wanderers 18 21 .461
Philadelphia Phillies 4 35 .103

1901-1902 Camden Skeeters

NAME G FG FT TP PPG

Charlie Bossert

41 102 7 211 5.1

Charlie Carr

6 0 0 0 0

Randolph "Red" Cramer*

24 33 59 125 5.2

John "Snakes" Deal

42 112 381 605 14.4

Bob Dippy

29 11 0 22 0.8

Ed Ferat

41 88 5 181 4.4

Winnie Kincaid

41 18 0 36 -.9

A. "Budge" Middleton

37 28 1 57 1.5

Bill Thomas

4 4 5 13 3.3

*Cramer's totals are for games with Camden and Philadelphia Phillies

 1902-1903 was the season that made brought Camden its first professional sports title, a season that would forever place the city in as the home of one of the greatest professional teams of all times. The league had returned to the split season format, but it hardly mattered, as the Coach Billy Morgenweck's Camden Electrics cruised to 36 wins against only 9 defeats, a winning percentage of .800 Coach Morgenweck's brother, Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, a future member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, was a team owner and coach that year. No playoffs were necessary, needless to say

1902-03
Camden Electrics
Picture was mislabeled
when printed in 
1942 Camden Courier-Post

Front: Eddie Ferat
Sitting: Bob Dippy,
Winnie Kinkaid,
John "Snake" Deal,
Billy Keenan, Howard Forest
Standing:
William Morgenweck,
Charles Bossert,
Howard Middleton,
Charles Stevenson

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The National Basketball League however, fared less well than its best team. Two teams dropped out before the season finished. The Burlington team was doing so poorly that its owner-coach, Frank Reber, fired his entire team, purchased the Bristol franchise and used Bristol's players to represent Burlington. There was another mid-season ownership change as Frank Morgenweck disbanded his team, in order to purchase the Wilmington DE, ball club. 

1902-1903 Wins Losses Pct.

First "Half"

     
Camden Electrics 15 2 .882
New York Wanderers 11 2 .846
Bristol Pile Drivers** 12 5 .706
Philadelphia Phillies* 10 7 .588
Trenton Potters 6 9 .400
Conshohocken 4 11 .267
Burlington Shoe Pegs** 2 12 .143
Wilmington* 2 14 .125

Second "Half"

     
Camden Electrics 21 7 .750
Burlington Shoe Pegson 16 11 .593
Wilmington Peaches 14 12 .538
Trenton Potters 14 15 .483
New York Wanderers 11 14 .440
Conshohocken 4 21 .160
*21Dec02 Philadelphia resigns from league 
Phillies Manager Frank Morgenweck purchases the Wilmington franchise from Charles Kraus. **30Dec02 Burlington resigns from league.
Burlington Manager Reber purchase the Bristol franchise and has the former Bristol team represent Burlington.
 NBL CHAMPIONSHIP As Camden won both halves of the season they were awarded the NBL pennant and cup without the necessity of any playoff games.

1902-1903 Camden Electrics

NAME G FG FT TP PPG

John "Snakes" Deal

47 144 452 940 15.7

Charlie Bossert

46 138 42 318 6.9
Bill Keenan* 18 50 0 100 5.6

Ed Ferat

47 126 41 293 6.2

A. "Budge" Middleton*

11 11 0 22 2.0

Winnie Kincaid*

8 8 4 20 2.5

Howard Thomas*

8 8 0 16 2.0

* First Half Stats only

Things did not go very well during the off season in 1903 in the National Basketball League. Only five teams  elected to play that year, more importantly, New York, Burlington, and Wilmington, all with experienced owners and coaches, failed to return. The league began the season with only five teams. Trenton dropped out on December 26, 1903, and Camden left on  December 31st. The disbanded on National Basketball League January 4, 1904, not without controversy, and at least one law suit followed its demise. Billy Morgenweck was subsequently sued by investors in the team, including local businessman Sig Schoenagle.

1903-1904 Wins Losses Pct.
Camden Electrics 10 4 .714
Conshohocken 8 4 .667
Trenton Potters 8 5 ..615
Millville Glass Blowers 6 9 .400
St. Bridget's Biddies 2 12 .143
*Trenton resigned from league on 26Dec03 
**Camden resigned from league on 31Dec03
 League disbanded Jan04

Trenton Times - June 10, 1905 

After the dissolution of the Eastern League, the Camden Electrics carried on as a semi-pro team. Pro basketball would return to Camden in 1910 in a reborn Eastern Basket Ball League. The Camden Electrics, however, were not a part of the new league, the new team being the Camden Alphas. The Electrics were, however, active in semipro circles as late as 1914, when they went 16-3-1, won the New Jersey independent championship and came within a game of winning a Pennsylvania championship.

Camden Post-Telegram - May 1, 1914


Camden Post-Telegram - December 11, 1914

Scores of downtown basketball bugs will accompany the local Eastern League team to Cooper Battalion Hall, Philadelphia, this evening, and root for Adams and his colleagues to atone for their recent defeat by walloping Greystock.



WILLIAM E. "BILLY" MORGENWECK was born September 9, 1869 in New York State. He was, with a relation, Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, one of the organizers of the first basketball league in the United States in the 1890s, the National Basketball League. Billy Morgenweck took to the then-new game as well, as an owner and player-coach of the Camden Electrics. The Electrics, paced by star guard Charles Bossert, were one of the top teams of the early 1900s, playing at the old Sixth Regiment Armory at West and Mickle Streets. The 1902-03 Electrics won 36 times against only 9 defeats. As Camden won both halves of the season they were awarded the NBL pennant and cup without the necessity of any playoff games. He also coached Charlie Newcomb, who went on to fame as a trap shooter. The league folded during the 1903-04 season. Billy Morgenweck was subsequently sued by investors in the team, including local businessman Sig Schoenagle.

After the breakup of the NBL, Billy Morgenweck left the sport, but returned as coach of the Camden Alphas in the Eastern Basketball League in the 1910s, tying for first in the league in 1913-14 and 1914-15. By 1920 he owned a property at 17 Broadway, near Federal Street, in Camden, where he lived and operated a tailor's shop, with wife Margaret and son William P. Morgenweck.

Billy Morgenweck passed away on March 9, 1930. He was survived by his wife Margaret and son William P. Morgenweck, who owned a dyeing factory. Billy Morgenweck  was buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden NJ.


STATISTICS of CAMDEN PLAYERS in the EASTERN BASKET BALL LEAGUE
[1909-10 TO 1917-18, 1919-20 TO 1922-23]
Contributed by John Grasso and Robert Bradley of the Association for Professional Basketball Research 

1910-11 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                          G  FG   FT   TP   PPG
 Howard "Kidder" Bourquin               22  17    0   34   1.5
 Ormond "Army" Fitzgerald               38  83  116  282   7.4
    Ford                                 5   3    0  6   1.2
 Jimmy Kane                              1   2    0  4   4.0
 Gus Krueger                            29  20    0  40   1.4
    Loos                                29  36    0  72   2.5
 Bill Lukens                            22  20   28  68   3.1
 Walter McCallion                       37  71   33  175   4.7
    Paterson                             4   1    0   2   0.5
 Howard Thomas                          36  35  314  384  10.7
 Kirk Thomas                            38  41    0  82   2.2
    Weaver                               9   1    0  2   0.2

 1911-12 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                          G  FG   FT  TP   PPG
 
Howard "Kidder" Bourquin               22  17    0  34   1.5
 Ormond "Army" Fitzgerald               38  83  116 282   7.4
    Ford                                 5   3    0   6   1.2
 Jimmy Kane                              1   2    0   4   4.0
 Gus Krueger                            29  20    0  40   1.4
   
Loos                                29  36    0  72   2.5
 Bill Lukens                            22  20   28  68   3.1
 Walter McCallion                       37  71   33 175   4.7
    Paterson                             4   1    0   2   0.5
 Howard Thomas                          36  35  314 384  10.7
 Kirk Thomas                            38  41    0  82   2.2
    Weaver                               9   1    0   2   0.2

 1912-13 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                          G   FG   FT TP   PPG
 Jack Adams                             34   91  467 649  19.1
    Blackburne                           2    1    0   2   1.0
 
Howard "Kidder" Bourquin               10   10    0  20   2.0
 W. Brooks                               4    3    0   6   1.5
 Jimmy Brown                            34   72   15 159   4.7
 Eddie Dolin                            34   64    0 128   3.8
 John Featherstone                      10    5    0  10   1.0
 Eddie Ferat                             5    4   17  25   5.0
 Howard "Pud" Henry                      1    0    0   0   0.0
 Bill Herron                            29   26    0  52   1.8
 Gus Krueger                             2    0    0   0   0.0
    Loos                                 2    0    0   0   0.0
 Allie McLaughlin                       36   20    0  40   1.1
 Jack Nugent                             2    0    0   0   0.0
 
Roy Steele                              1    3    0   6   6.0
 Kirk Thomas                             5    2    0   4   0.8
   
Thompson                            11   10    0  20   1.8
    Weaver                               2    0    0   0   0.0  

Camden Courier - July 28, 1913

Alpha Club - Broadway - Basketball - Roy Steele - Jackie Adams
Eddie Dolin - Allie McLaughlin - J-mmy Brown - Bill Herron

 1913-14 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                          G   FG   FT TP   PPG
 Jack Adams                             39   76  507 659  16.9
 Jimmy Brown                            38   98   14 210   5.5
 Rube Cashman                           28   23    7  53   1.9
    Deighan                              3    4    0   8   2.7
 Eddie Dolin                           40   57    1 115   2.9
 Eddie Ferat                             2    2    0   4   2.0
 Bill Herron                            38   23    0  46   1.2
 Roy Steele                             11   18    0  36   3.3
 Walter Swenson                         12   12    0  24   2.0
    Thompson                            15   16    0  32   2.1
    White                                1    1    5   7   7.0

 1914-15 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                          G   FG   FT TP   PPG
 Jack Adams                             37   66  482 614  16.6
 Jimmy Brown                            34  117   30 264   7.8
 Neil Deighan                           28   32    0  64   2.3
 Eddie Dolin                            40  108    1 217   5.4
 Bill Herron                            22    5    0  10   0.5
 Roy Steele                             40  114    0 228   5.7

1915-16 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                          G   FG   FT TP   PPG
 Jack Adams                             40   71  527 669  16.7
 Jimmy Brown                            39  132    2 266   6.8
   
Deighan                             37   43    0  86   2.3
 Eddie Dolin                            40   94    0 188   4.7
 Eddie Ferat                            11    9    0  18   1.6
    Hayney                               9    2    0   4   0.4
 Roy Steele                             40   72    0 144   3.6  

 1916-17 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                          G   FG   FT TP   PPG
 Jack Adams                             39   55  547 657  16.8
 
Jimmy Brown                            40  125   13 263   6.6
    Creeley                              8   11    0  22   2.8
 Neil Deighan                           40   56    0 112   2.8
 Eddie Dolin                            39   84    0 168   4.3
 Brad Hall                               1    1    0   2   2.0
    Hayney                               7    2    0   4   0.6
  Roy Steele                             36   76    0 152   4.2

 1917-18 EBL

 CAMDEN ALPHAS                           G   FG   FT TP PPG
 Jimmy Brown                             5  16  11  43 8.6
 Neil Deighan                            6   8  11  27 4.5
    Engle                                6   6  13  25 4.2
    Kelly                                4   5   4  14 3.5
    Kilpatrick                           2   1   2   4 2.0
    Miller                               1   1   2   4 4.0
 Roy Steele                              6  15   9  39 6.5

 1919-20 EBL

 CAMDEN CRUSADERS                       G   FG   FT TP   PPG
 James "Soup" Campbell                  37  91   93 275  7.4
 Neil Deighan                           38  57   65 179  4.7
 Rich Deighan                            3   5    4  14  4.7
 Eddie Dolin                            37  78   66 222  6.0
 Joe Hyde                               11   3    6  12  1.1
 Dave Kerr                              37  74   50 198  5.4
 Dick Leary                              1   2    2   6  6.0
 Sam Lennox                             16   9    7  25  1.6
 Roy Steele                             37  79   52 210  5.7

 1920-21 EBL

 CAMDEN CRUSADERS                       G   FG   FT TP   PPG
 James "Soup" Campbell                  26  57   63 177  6.8
 Neil Deighan                           35  59   45 163  4.7
 Sam Deines                              6   4    1   9  1.5
 Eddie Dolin                           38  99   73 271  7.1
 Dave Kerr                              38  75   54 204  5.4
 Ross Steele                             6   0    0   0  0.0
 Roy Steele                             39  77   71 225  5.8
 Lou Sugarman                           23  32   33  97  4.2

 1921-22 EBL

 CAMDEN SKEETERS                         G   FG   FT  TP   PPG
 James "Soup" Campbell                  45  136  136 408   9.1
    Costello                             8   16    8  40   5.0
 Neil Deighan                           40   46   47 139   3.5
 Sam Deines                              7    2    3   7   1.0
 Eddie Dolin                            47  101   94 296   6.3
 Oscar Grimstead                        12    9    7  25   2.1
 Dave Kerr                              44   96   68 260   5.9
 
Roy Steele                             46   89   56 234   5.1

 1922-23 EBL

 CAMDEN SKEETERS                         G   FG   FT  TP  PPG
 James "Soup" Campbell                  23   59  79  197  8.6
 Neil Deighan                           22   26  22   74  3.4
 Eddie Dolin                            21   40  31  111  5.3
 Dave Kerr                              23   5   30  140  6.1
 Roy Steele                             22  57  31  145  6.6
 Charles "Skeets" Wright                14   8  31   47  3.4


STANDINGS of CAMDEN PLAYERS in the EASTERN BASKET BALL LEAGUE
[1909-10 TO 1917-18, 1919-20 TO 1922-23]
Contributed by John Grasso and Robert Bradley of the Association for Professional Basketball Research 

1909-10 EBL                   W   L  PCT.
Trenton Potters              20  10  .667
Reading Bears                20  10  .667
Jasper Jewels                18  12  .600
DeNeri                       15  15  .500
Sixth Regiment/Germantown**  11  19  .367
Elizabeth/Princeton Tigers    6  24  .261
*Elizabeth was replaced by Princeton 18Dec08 who assumed their 0-7 record
**Sixth Regiment moved to Germantown 4Jan10
EBL PLAYOFF
22Mar10 at Trenton - Trenton 34, Reading 18
24Mar10 at Reading - Reading 29, Trenton 24
25Mar10 at Trenton - Trenton 33, Reading 24
1910-11 EBL                   W   L  PCT.
DeNeri                       28  12  .700
Jasper Jewels                23  17  .575
Greystock Greys              22  18  .550
Reading Bears                21  19  .525
Camden Alphas                14  26  .350
Trenton Potters              12  28  .300
WORLD SERIES OF BASKETBALL
[DeNeri - EL, McKeesport - CBL]
 1Apr11 at DeNeri (Philadelphia) - McKeesport 33, DeNeri 22
 8Apr11 at DeNeri (Philadelphia) - McKeesport 35, DeNeri 21
12Apr11 at Pittsburgh - McKeesport 42, DeNeri 22
15Apr11 at Pittsburgh - McKeesport 57, DeNeri 20
1911-12 EBL                   W   L  PCT.
Trenton Potters              29  11  .725
Jasper Jewels                29  11  .725
Greystock Greys              20  20  .500
DeNeri                       18  22  .450
Camden Alphas                13  27  .350
Reading Bears                11  29  .275
EBL CHAMPIONSHIP
 6Apr12 at Trenton - Trenton 30, Jasper 13
11Apr12 at Jasper (Philadelphia) - Jasper 28, Trenton 22
19Apr12 at Trenton - Trenton 19, Jasper 15
1912-13 EBL                   W   L  PCT.
Reading Bears                30  10  .750
DeNeri                       29  11  .725
Trenton Potters              21  19  .525
Jasper Jewels                20  20  .500
Camden Alphas                11  29  .275
Greystock Greys               9  31  .225
PLAYOFF SERIES FOR EASTERN TITLE
[Reading - EBL vs. Troy - NYSL]
 1Apr13 at Reading - Reading 38, Troy 24
 2Apr13 at Reading - Reading 33, Troy 16
 8Apr13 at Troy - Troy 28, Reading 14
 9Apr13 at Troy - Troy 47, Reading 13
19Apr13 at Reading - Reading 31, Troy 29
1913-14 EBL                   W   L  PCT.
Jasper Jewels                23  17  .575
Camden Alphas                23  17  .575
Trenton Potters              23  17  .575
Reading Bears                22  18  .550
DeNeri                       20  20  .500
Greystock Greys               9  31  .225
EBL PLAYOFF SERIES
23Mar14 at Trenton - Trenton 30, Camden 24
25Mar14 at Camden - Camden 34, Trenton 22
26Mar14 at Jasper - Jasper 42, Camden 18
27Mar14 at Trenton - Jasper 24, Trenton 20
28Mar14 at Camden - Camden 33, Jasper 24
30Mar14 at Jasper - Jasper 29, Trenton 20
1914-15 EBL                   W   L  PCT.
Camden Alphas                25  15  .625
Reading Bears                25  15  .625
Trenton Potters              20  20  .500
Greystock Greys              18  22  .450
DeNeri                       17  23  .425
Jasper Jewels                15  25  .375
EBL PLAYOFF SERIES
23Mar15 at Camden - Camden 45, Reading 35
24Mar15 at Reading - Reading 52, Camden 29
third game not played as teams couldn't agree on site
1915-16 EBL                   W   L  PCT.
Greystock Greys              27  13  .675
Reading Bears                23  17  .575
Camden Alphas                21  19  .525
DeNeri                       20  20  .500
Jasper Jewels                17  23  .425
Trenton Potters              12  28  .300
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS
[Greystock - EBL, Paterson - IBL, Wilkes-Barre - PSL]
 7Apr16 at Greystock - Greystock 38, Paterson 16
 8Apr16 at Paterson - Paterson 30, Greystock 17
third game scheduled at Greystock but Paterson declined to play
and Greystock claimed forfeit victory
12Apr16 at Wilkes-Barre - Wilkes-Barre 31, Paterson 22
15Apr16 at Paterson - Wilkes-Barre 22, Paterson 17
1916-17 EBL


FIRST HALF           W   L  PCT.   SECOND HALF            W   L  PCT.
Jasper Jewels       14   6  .700   Greystock Greys       14   6  .700
Greystock Greys     12   8  .600   Jasper Jewels         10  10  .500
Reading Coal Barons 12   8  .600   Camden Alphas         10  10  .500
Camden Alphas       11   9  .550   Trenton Potters       10  10  .500
Trenton  Potters    10  10  .500   Reading Coal Barons   10  10  .500
DeNeri               1  19  .050   DeNeri                 6  14  .300
EBL CHAMPIONSHIP
21Mar17 at Camden - Jasper 30, Greystock 26
26Mar17 at Camden - Greystock 35, Jasper 17
30Mar17 at Camden - Greystock 23, Jasper 21
1917-18 EBL                  W  L  PCT.
Jasper Jewels                4  2  .667
DeNeri                       5  3  .625
Trenton Potters              4  3  .571
Greystock Greys              4  3  .571
Camden                       2  4  .333
Reading Bears                2  6  .250
The league suspended play on 03Dec17
1918-19 EBL
No season due to World War I
1919-20 EBL
FIRST HALF                     W   L  PCT.  SECOND HALF               W   L  PCT.
Camden Crusaders              15   5  .750  Camden Crusaders         15   4  .789
Germantown G's                11   9  .550  Reading Bears            10   8  .556
DeNeri                        10  10  .500  Trenton Potters          11   9  .550
Trenton Potters                9  10  .474  Germantown G's           10  10  .500
Reading Bears                  8  12  .400  DeNeri                    7  11  .389
North Philadelphia Phillies*   6  13  .316  Bridgeport Blue Ribbons   4  15  .211
*North Philadelphia dropped out during the first half
No championship series necessary since Camden won both halves
1920-21 EBL
FIRST HALF          W   L  PCT.   SECOND HALF              W   L  PCT.
Reading Bears      15   5  .750   Germantown              16   4  .800
Trenton Tigers     15   5  .750   Camden Crusaders        15   5  .750
Camden Crusaders   14   6  .700   Reading Bears           11   9  .550
Philadelphia        7  13  .350   Trenton Tigers          11   9  .550
Germantown          5  15  .250   Philadelphia             5  15  .250
Newark/Coatesville* 4  11  .267   Coatesville Coats        4  16  .200
*Newark was dropped from the league 20Nov20 with a record of 0-5 and 
was replaced by Coatesville who assumed their record
EBL FIRST HALF PLAYOFF
Reading 27, Trenton 19
EBL CHAMPIONSHIP
At Germantown - Germantown 30, Reading 14
At Reading - Germantown 30, Reading 25
1921-22 EBL
FIRST HALF            W   L  PCT.   SECOND HALF         W   L  PCT.
Trenton Tigers       24   3  .889   New York Celtics   16   4  .800
Camden Skeeters      20   7  .741   Camden Skeeters    15   5  .750
Scranton Miners***   11  11  .500   Trenton Tigers     15   5  .750
Wilkes-Barre         10  13  .435   Coatesville Coats   5  14  .263
Reading Bears        10  14  .417   Wilkes-Barre        3  13  .188
Coatesville Coats     8  14  .364   Reading Bears       2  15  .118
Philadelphia**        5  15  .250
Harrisburg/New York*  5  16  .238
*** Scranton dropped out
**  Philadelphia dropped out
*   Harrisburg transferred to the
    New York Whirlwinds 16Nov21 who were dropped by the league on 19Dec21
    and replaced by the New York Celtics during the first half
EBL CHAMPIONSHIP
31Mar22 at Trenton - New York 24, Trenton 20
 1Apr22 at New York - Trenton 22, New York 17
 ?Apr22 at Camden - New York 27, Trenton 22
1922-23 EBL
FIRST HALF                     W   L  PCT.   SECOND HALF           W   L   PCT.
Trenton Tigers                16   3  .842   Trenton Tigers        2   1   .667
Camden Skeeters               16   4  .800   Camden Skeeters       2   1   .667
Coatesville Coats              9  11  .450   Coatesville Coats     2   2   .500
Atlantic City**                7  10  .412   Philadelphia Jaspers  0   2   .000
Philadelphia Jasper Jewels     5  13  .385
Reading Bears*                 3  15  .167
The league disbanded on 18Jan23
**  The Atlantic City Sandpipers were replaced by the Atlantic City Celtics who
   dropped out during the first half
* Reading dropped out during the first half of the season


Camden Courier-Post * October 20, 1931

FIVE CLUBS LINE UP IN EASTERN LEAGUE
York and Brooklyn Visitations Seen as Sixth Club Possibility

 Either the Brooklyn Visitations or York (Pa.) clubs may be admitted into the Eastern Basketball League to round out a six-club circuit.

This was learned at the reorganization meeting of the league last night in Philadelphia after it became definitely known that Reading will not enter the race this season and that Trenton has been counted out of it as a possibility.

Curly Christian, manager of the Reading Bears last season, announc­ed that the club is unable to secure a hall for the team, while it was learned that efforts to place a team in Trenton also failed. It was then brought out that both York and Brooklyn Visitations might look fa­vorably on a chance to enter the circuit, and it is understood that the league will make overtures to the managers of both clubs.

 The addition of the Brooklyn Visitations or York would be welcomed by the circuit, as it is understood that both clubs can play Sunday basketball and their ability to cope with the other teams in the league is well known.

Camden, Bridgeton, Sphas, Wilmington and the Philadelphia Moose posted franchise money at the meeting last night, after William Scheffer was re-elected president of the organization. Caddy Franklin was again named secretary, and Ben Emery was elected vice-president.

Playing nights at home for the various clubs also were set. Camden and Wilmington drew Wednesday nights, the Sphas, last year's cham­pions, are at home Thursday nights; Moose, formerly the Philadelphia Elks, have Saturday night and Bridgeton will be at home on Tuesday nights.

No definite date has as yet been set for the start of the first half, but another meeting will be held on Friday night when a schedule committee will be appointed.


Camden Courier-Post * October 28, 1931

JASPER GETS FRANCHISE IN EASTERN COURT LOOP
League to open Season November 9; Bridgeton in Opener Here on 11th
CAMDEN STRENGTHENED

 Howard Wood's Jasper Club, or Kensington, was admitted to the Eastern Basketball League last night, to round out a six-club circuit.

Jasper, one of the standbys of the Eastern League a decade or more ago, was given the preference by the Eastern League moguls over several applicants for the vacant berth at the final meeting of the circuit in Philadelphia last night.

The team managed by Wood, former Hancock star of the old Philadelphia League, is expected to be one of the strongest in the circuit. While Wood gave no inkling to his possible roster, it is reported that several of last season's Reading players, notably Teddy Kearns and George Glascoe, will be in the line­up as well as several other stars well known to local fandom.

The season will open on Monday, November 10, when Philadelphia Moose (formerly the Elks) invade Kensington to test the new Jasper team. The following night the champion Sphas travel to Bridgeton, while the Norman Cochrane-Jimmy Brown coached Camden "Skeeters" will open their season here on Wednesday night of the same week when Bridgeton is entertained.

The remainder or the first week's schedule finds Jasper invading Wil­mington on Wednesday night, the Sphas entertaining Jasper on Thursday night, and Camden stacking up against the Moose on Friday night at. Broad and Thompson Streets, Philadelphia.

The remainder or the first halt schedule will be released shortly by Caddy Franklin, league secretary.

With the brilliant Joey Sheehan and "Skin" Bollerman added to the already tine Camden team, the Skeeters appear due for a great campaign on the wooden way,

'The local pilots announced last night that the opening lineup will probably have Eddie Lobley and "Sure Shot" Johnson as the for, wards; Jacobs, center, with Joe Sheehan and Bill Bergen at the defensive positions. Bart Sheehan and Bollerman also are available and either may get the last minute call for starting duty.


Camden Courier-Post * April 8, 1942



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