William E.
"Billy" Morgenweck




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 dry cleaning and tailor's shop, with wife Margaret and son William P. Morgenweck. He also served on the board of directors of the American National Bank of Camden, which was located at Broadway and Liberty Street, in 1927 and 1928. Other directors then were Joseph B. Stern and D.L. Pinson..

Billy Morgenweck passed away on March 5, 1930 while fishing in Florida. 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.


NBL HISTORY
1902-1903 Standings

 

First Half

  W L Pct.   GB
Camden Electrics 15 2 .882   -
New York Wanderers 11 2 .846   4
Bristol Pile Drivers 
(until 30 Dec 02)
12 5 .706   3
Philadelphia Phillies 
(until 21 Dec 02)
10 7 .588   5
Trenton Potters 6 9 .400   9
Conshohocken 4 11 .267   11
Burlington Shoe Pegs 2 12 .143   13
Wilmington 2 14 .125   13

Second Half

  W L Pct.   GB
Camden Electrics 21 7 .750   -
Burlington Shoe Pegs 16 11 .593   5
Wilmington Peaches 14 2 .538   7
Trenton Potters 14 15 .483   7
New York Wanderers 11 14 .440   10
Conshohocken 4 21 .160   17


Trenton Times - June 10, 1905 

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 19, 1906

George Shields - William Hillman William Jobes - Josiah Sage
  Seth Monnell - George Quinn
Martin Carrigan - J.W. Simpson
James Elberson - William Elberson Charles Worthington - Harry Dease Isaac Toy -
Harry A. Haines Sr.
Joseph Ernest - Joseph Gail
Samuel S. Elfreth
William SchreglerCharles H. Ellis

 

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Frank G. Hitchener - William Morgenweck - Sperry & Hutchinson - 
Camden Bowling Alleys - M.W. Taylor Theatrical Agency - John Sherwood - Louis Certain - Richard Carpenter - Daniel Mehlin - Mrs. Ida Paul - Mrs. Farley - John Campbell - Harry Chase - John WIdden - H.W. Wilson - 
Gardner Corson
- Mrs. Borquin - C.M. Alcott

West Street - Mickle Street - Beckett Street - Kaighn Avenue - Line Street
South 8th Street - Mt. Vernon Street - Clinton Street - Cedar Street
North 4th Street - Taylor AvenuePenn Street
Haddon Avenue - Bridge Avenue

Engine Company 1 -  Engine Company 2 - Engine Company 4
Chemical Engine Company

6th Regiment, New Jersey National Guard - Farmers & Merchants Market
Camden Opera House

Gardner Corson was appointed to the Fire Department in November of 1907.


EBL HISTORY
1913-1914 Standings

 

 

  W L Pct.   GB
Jasper Jewels 23 17 .575   -
Camden Alphas 23 17 .575   -
Trenton Potters 23 17 .575   -
Reading Bears 22 18 .550   1
DeNeri 20 20 .500   3
Greystock Greys 9 31 .225   14

1914
Playoff Results
 

EBL Finals
Jasper won round robin
23 Mar 14 at Trenton 30, Camden 24
25 Mar 14 at Camden 34, Trenton 22
26 Mar 14 at Jasper 42, Camden 18
27 Mar 14 at Trenton - Jasper 24, Trenton 20
28 Mar 14 at Camden 33, Jasper 24
30 Mar 14 at Jasper 29, Trenton 20


EBL HISTORY
1914-1915 Standings

 

  W L Pct.   GB
Camden Alphas 25 15 .625   -
Reading Bears 25 15 .625   -
Trenton Potters 20 20 .500   -5
Greystock Greys 18 22 .450   7
DeNeri 17 23 .435   8
Jasper Jewels 15 25 .375   10

1915
Playoff Results
 
EBL Finals
Reading 1, Camden 1
23 Mar 15 at Camden 45, Reading 35
24 Mar 15 at Reading 52, Camden 29
third game not played as teams 
couldn't agree on site



Camden Courier-Post * April 8, 1942

1898-1899
Camden Electrics

Front: B. Bates, Jim the Mascot, H. Reiners
Middle: H. Gifford, Ray Wynn,
Albert Austermuhl, H. Blankorn,
Charlie Newcomb, Leon Goff, 
George Tyler

Rear: C.F. Ware, H. D'Emo, L. Oliphant, H. Nixon, E. Garrigues, Randolph Cramer,
William Morgenweck

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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, Albert Austermuhl

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1901-02
Camden Electrics

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

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Camden
Courier-Post

January 6, 1928

 


Camden Courier-Post

January 9, 1928


Camden Courier-Post * February 9, 1928

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


Camden Courier-Post * June 11, 1932
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Lewis Liberman - Edward Borden - Ralph W.E. Donges - Lewis Starr -Harry M. Schierer
Patrick H. Harding - Robert J. Kearns -
William Morgenweck - Isaac Van Sciver
H. Schoemer - Julius Burman - Solis D. Cohen -
William T. Boyle - Francis D. Weaver
Walter R. Carroll - Joseph H. Carr - E.E. Read Jr. -
Camden Lodge of Elks
Broadway Merchants Trust Company - Church of the Immaculate Conception

The Morgenweck Family Plot at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden NJ
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