PLAYER PROFILE

DUTCH GUENTHER

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Walter “Dutch Gunther” did not play basketball in high school or college. He first gained notice for his basketball skills while playing in Springfield, Massachusetts church leagues. When he was just 18 years old, he signed to play with the Fisk Red Tops, one of the best independent teams in Massachusetts. By the early 1920’s, Gunther was widely considered to be the best player in New England. In 1923, he led the Massachusetts Interstate League in scoring. When Boston joined the American Basketball League in 1925, Guenther was the first player signed to a contract. He led the team in scoring and was the best all-around player on the team. When Boston dropped out at mid-season, Guenther was quickly signed by the Cleveland Rosenblums who went on to win the ABL championship. In an era, when basketball was a very rough and sometimes brutal sport, Guenther was noted for his sportsmanship and fair play.

 

DUTCH GUENTHER Height: 6:01 Weight: 180 College: None
Walter E. Guenther Born: Feb 1, 1899 Died: Jun 2, 1962 Hometown: Springfield, Ma.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS  AVG
1917-18 Springfield Fisk Red Tops Indep
1918-19 Springfield Fisk Red Tops Indep
1919-20 Springfield IL 20 31 0 62 3.1
1920-21 Springfield IL 32 70 48 188 5.9
1921-22 Springfield IL 24 36 45 117 4.9
1922-23 GreenfieldSpringfield IL 18 38 40 116 6.4
1923-24 Amsterdam NYSL 6 10 9 29 4.8
1923-24 Boston Whirlwinds Indep
1924-25 Boston Whirlwinds Indep
1925-26 BostonCleveland ABL 20 36 39 111 5.6
1926-27 Chicago ABL 42 57 93 207 4.9
1927-28 Waterbury CSL 2 3 4 10 5.0
Major League Totals 162 278 274 830 5.1
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1920-21 Thompsonville IL 5 10 7 27 5.4
1925-26 Cleveland ABL 1 0 0 0 0.0
Major League Totals 6 10 7 27 4.5

1920’s, Guenther was wisly

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