PLAYER PROFILE

CHRIS LEONARD

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Chris Leonard graduated from Manhattan College in 1912. The following year he joined the St. Gabriels semi-pro team where his with teammates included Johnny Beckman and Ernie Reich. Leonard was an excellent defender who was comfortable at either as a guard or center. On offense his shooting skills were limited but he used his size and strength to his advantage around the basket where he scored on tap-ins or lay ups. Playing close to the basket, he was frequently fouled and was always among the leading scorers from the free throw line. Leonard played two seasons for the Paterson Crescents, the second in the Interstate League where they won the 1915-16 league title. Leonard’s reputation continued to grow through the later part of the decade. By the 1919-20 season, he was among the highest paid players in pro basketball. In 1920-21, he led Pittston to the Pennslyvania State League  finals. He also was a key member of the New York Whirlwinds who battled the Original Celtics to a draw in two games to decide the mythical pro title. At the end of the season, Celtics’ promoter Jim Furey signed Leonard and Whirlwind teammate Nat Holman to a contract for the upcoming 1921-22 season. When he joined Celtics in 1920, Leonard was 30 years old, a prosperous businessman, with a fine basketball career behind him. At an age when most players were ready for retirement, Leonard embarked on a seven year odyssey with the Celtics that took them to the pinnacle of professional basketball. Leonard was nicknamed “The Dog” by his teammates because of his tenacious tactics on defense.

 

CHRIS LEONARD Height: 6:03 Weight: 190 College: Manhattan’12
Christopher Michael Leonard Born: Feb 10, 1890   Died: May 11, 1957 Hometown: New York, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1912-13 New York St.Gabriels Lyceun Indep
1913-14 New York St.Gabriels Indep
1913-14 Brooklyn TSL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1914-15 Rosedale(NJ) Indep 11 33 0 66 6.0
1914-15 Paterson Crescents Indep
1915-16 Paterson IBL 35 43 77 163 4.7
1915-16 Danbury  Wooster AC Indep 20 48 1 97 4.9
1915-16 Bridgeport Blue Ribbins Indep 30 70 9 149 5.0
1916-17 DanburyNewark Turners IBL 36 44 119 207 5.8
1916-17 Jasper EBL 13 12 0 6 24 1.8
1916-17 Hazleton PSL 2 1 9 0 11 5.5
1917-18 DanburyJersey City CBL 15 18 31 67 4.5
1917-18 Jasper EBL 6 9 9 3 27 4.5
1917-18 CarbondalePlymouth PSL 12 4 46 54 4.5
1917-18 Newark Turners Indep 54 88 196
1917-18 New Brunswick Wright-Martin Aeroplane Co. Indep
1918-19 Military Service
1918-19 Newark Turners Indep 26 56 85 197 7.6
1918-19 Norwalk Indep
1918-19 Staten island Downey Shipyard Indep
1919-20 De NeriBridgeport EBL 14 15 46 81 .568 6 76 5.4
1919-20 Pittston PSL 41 41 125 154 .812 15 207 5.0
1919-20 Troy NYSL 7 8 41 57 8.1
1919-20 New YorkBrooklyn IBL 5 7 11 25 5.0
1919-20 New York Whirlwinds Indep
1919-20 Newark Turners Indep
1920-21 Original Celtics Indep
1920-21 Coatesville EBL 9 6 17 51 ## 6 29 3.2
1920-21 Pittston PSL 40 46 164 256 6.4
1920-21 Hartford IL 3 5 12 22 7.3
1921-22 Original Celtics Indep
1921-22 New York EBL 23 32 44 85 .518 15 108 4.7
1922-23 Atlantic City EBL 6 14 18 35 .514 5 46 7.7
1922-23 New York Celtics MBL 9 11 21 43 4.8
1922-23 Original Celtics Indep
1923-24 Original Celtics Indep
1924-25 Original Celtics Indep
1925-26 Original Celtics Indep
1926-27 Brooklyn ABL 17 11 11 33 1.9
1927-28 New York ABL 25 16 8 40 1.6
Major League Totals 318 343 809 1495 4.7
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1915-16 Paterson IBL 5 4 11 19 3.8
1916 Paterson WS 4 4 2 10 2.5
1920-21 Pittston PSL 2 2 10 14 7.0
1921-22 New York EBL 3 1 4 6 2.0
1926-27 Brooklyn ABL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1927-28 New York ABL 3 0 1 1 0.3
Major League Totals 18 11 28 50 2.8

 

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