PLAYER PROFILE

BUSHELL BEGGS

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Harry “Bushell” Beggs” was a rarity among early professional basketball player.. Most players of  the era moved directly from high school into independent or pro league basketball. Beggs played college basketball at three colleges during the two  years before he joined the Reading Independents in 1905. The following season (1906-07), Beggs finished fourth in individual scoring in the inaugural season of the Central Basketball League. In the fall of 1907,  Beggs rejoined the Reading Independents where he captained the team and was its leading scorer for the next two seasons. Playing top-notch team including the independent powerhouse Paterson Crescents and Eastern and Central Basketball League teams, Reading won 113 and lost 20 games.    Beggs played in  the CBL for three seasons before returning once again to Reading where he was hired to captain the EBL team. Beggs joined a talented squad that included nay of his teammates from the powerful Reading Independents pf there seasons early. Everything was in place for what turned out to be the greatest season of Beggs’ career. Reading won the EBL championship and then won a playoff series against the famed Troy Trojans for the overall professional basketball championship.

 

 

BUSHELL BEGGS Height: 5:08 Weight: 175 College: Lehigh’04’Ursinus’05/Lebanon Valley’05
Harry Linton Beggs Born: Nov 1, 1883  Died:  Apr 7, 1963 Hometown: Reading, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1905-06 Reading Independents Indep
1906-07 Butler CBL 35 127 183 437 12.5
1907-08 Reading Independents Indep 64 384 68 836 13.1
1908-09 Reading Independents Indep 56 242 115 599  10.9
1909-10 Greensburg CBL 55 115 126 240 .525 356 6.5
1910-11 Connellsville CBL 58 143 2 288 5.0
1911-12 Connellsville CBL 55 119 0 238 4.3
1912-13 Reading EBL 40 85 5 51 175 4.4
1913-14 Reading EBL 38 75 20 23 170 4.5
1914-15 Reading EBL 30 41 31 65 .477 31 113 3.8
1915-16 Reading EBL 12 10 0 11 20 1.7
1916-17 Reading EBL 12 21 18 34 .529 11 60 5.0
1917-18 Military Service
1919-20 Reading EBL 4 1 6 13 .462 1 8 2.0
1919-20 Reading Walnuts Indep
Major League Totals 339 737 391 1865 5.5
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1912-13 Reading WS 5 8 2 18 3.6
Major League Totals 5 8 2 18 3.6
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