PLAYER PROFILE

CHARLEY O’DONNELL

STATISTICS & HISTORY

When Charley O’Donnell died in 1952, he was eulogized as one of the most beloved players to ever step on a  basketball floor.  For over a decade, he ranked as one of the greatest forwards in the game. Fans admired him for his quiet strength and wonderful skills on the court. Players admired him for his sportsmanship and on-the-court intelligence. Horse Haggerty, who played with many of the greatest stars of the era, rated O’Donnell among the  very best to ever play the game  and the most influential person in his career. “He taught me everything  I knew about the game.” Another hallmark of of O’Donnell’s  career was that every team for which played  was successful. From 1904 through 1906 , he played for Tamaqua, the best independent team in Pennsylvania. In four years with McKeesport in the Central Basketball League, the team won two championships. In 1911, McKeesport defeated De Neri four games to none in a post-season World Series. During  five years with Reading in the Eastern Basketball League, his team won two championships. In 1913 , Reading defeated the great Troy Trojans three games to two  in a post season tournament to determine the best pro team in the country. After retiring from basketball, O’Donnell became a successful businessmen and served for many years as the postmaster in his hometown of Frackville, Pennsylvania.

 

CHARLEY O’DONNELL Height: 6:00 Weight: 170 College: None
Charles Alphonsus O’Donnell Born: Dec 29, 1885 Died: 1952 Hometown: Frackville, Pa.
Brother of Martin O’Donnell REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1903-04 Ashland Indep
1904-05 Tamaqua Indep
1905-06 Tamaqua Indep
1905-06 McKeesport Indep
1905-06 Pittsburgh Lyceum Indep
1906-07 Tamaqua Indep
1906-07 McKeesport CBL 24 57 0 114 4.8
1907-08 Reading Indep 64 248 0 496 7.8
1908-09 Reading Indep 15 66 0 132 8.8
1908-09 McKeesport CBL 49 102 0 204 4.2
1909-10 McKeesport CBL 63 118 2 238 3.8
1910-11 McKeesport CBL 60 118 0 236 3.9
1911-12 Uniontown CBL 49 77 0 154 3.1
1912-13 Reading EBL 32 66 0 41 132 4.1
1913-14 Reading EBL 31 55 0 57 110 3.5
1914-15 Reading EBL 42 68 0 53 136 3.2
1915-16 Reading EBL 39 73 0 52 146 3.7
1916-17 Reading EBL 40 62 0 55 124 3.1
1917-18 Reading EBL 1 1 1 2 3 3.0
Major League Totals 430 797 3 1597 3.7
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1910-11 McKeesport WS 2 4 0 2 8 4.0
1912-13 Reading WS 5 4 3 11 2.2
Major League Totals 7 8 3 19 2.7

 

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