PLAYER PROFILE

BENNY BORGMANN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Benny Borgmann was the greatest offensive player of his generation. He led leagues in scoring fifteen times over a twelve year period. Borgmann’s primary scoring weapon was his set shot, but he could also drive to the basket with great skill. At times he was criticized for putting scoring before team play and it was true that Borgmann played on few championship teams considering the length of his career. The best team Borgmann played for was the 1923-24 squad that split its season between Kingston, New York and Paterson, New Jersey. The team won both the New York State League and Metropolitan League titles. In addition, Borgmann’s team claimed the mythical national professional title by winning four of six games from the mighty Original Celtics. During the series, Borgmann ran wild against the great Nat Holman and scored half his team’s points.  Borgmann led Fort Wayne to the American Basketball League final in 1927-28 and 1928-29. During his career, he coached his hometown Paterson club in the ABL on three different occasions and later was coach of Syracuse in the National Basketball League. In addition, Borgmann played thirteen seasons of minor league baseball and also managed for eleven seasons in the minors. He was a baseball scout until 1974. Borgmann was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961.

 

 

BENNY BORGMANN Height: 5:07 Weight: 165 College: None
Bernhard Borgmann Jr. Born: Nov 2, 1898 Died:  Nov 11, 1978 Hometown: Paterson, NJ
(Brother of Frank Borgmann) REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1916-17 Paterson IBL 1 1 0 2 2.0
1918-19 Indep
1919-20 Paterson EBL 1 3 2 8 8.0
1919-20 Paterson Kleen Maids Indep 29 114 115 343 11.8
1920-21 Paterson Indep
1921-22 Paterson MBL 18 71 76 218 12.1
1921-22 Kingston NYSL 27 84 124 292 10.8
1921-22 Springfield IL 2 5 9 19 9.5 #
1922-23 Paterson MBL 42 140 205 485 11.5
1922-23 Kingston NYSL 39 136 186 458 11.7
1922-23 Springfield IL 4 18 17 53 13.3
1923-24 Paterson MBL 38 108 191 295 .565 407 10.7
1923-24 Cohoes NYSL 15 61 85 207 13.8
1924-25 Paterson MBL 33 92 206 390 11.8
1924-25 Tri-Council PBL 7 27 37 91 13.0
1925-26 Paterson MBL 2 11 10 32 16.0
1926-27 Paterson*Kingston NYN 21 69 114 252 12.0
1926-27 Fort Wayne ABL 34 87 206 380 11.2
1927-28 Fort Wayne ABL 51 128 143 399 7.8
1928-29 Fort Wayne ABL 42 100 125 325 7.7
1929-30 Fort WaynePaterson ABL 50 149 118 416 8.3
1930-31 PatersonChicago ABL 35 115 71 301 8.6
1930-31 Honsdale PSL 2 8 15 31 15.5
1931-32 Bridgeton EBL 27 72 119 263 9.7
1931-32 Long Island MBL 5 15 16 46 9.2
1932-33 PatersonBrooklyn Americans MBL 20 61 59 181 9.1
1932-33 Bridgeton EBL 26 60 119 239 9.2
1933-34 Newark ABL 32 120 81 321 10.0
1934-35 Newark/New Britain Mules ABL 33 88 82 258 7.8
1935-36 Paterson/Trenton/Passiac ABL 13 15 16 46 3.5
Major League Totals 618 1836 2417 6089 9.9
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1922-23 Paterson MBL 3 11 15 37 12.3
1923-24 Cohoes NYSL 2 8 16 32 16.0
1927-28 Fort Wayne ABL 3 4 8 16 5.3
1928-29 Fort Wayne ABL 4 14 12 40 10.0
1930-31 Honsdal;e PSL 3 7 17 31 10.3
Major League Totals 12 37 51 125 10.4
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