PLAYER PROFILE

ED WACHTER

STATISTICS & HISTORY

 

Ed Wachter did not play basketball in high school in his hometown of Troy, New York, but gained an early introduction to the game playing on a teams organized by his older brother , Lew. Wachter turned pro in at age 19 and soon made his mark playing in leagues in Massachusetts from 1902 to 1905. For the next four seasons, Wachter toured extensively with powerful independent teams based in upstate New York and Vermont. In 1909, Wachter began a history making six-year association with his hometown Troy team. Wachter led the Trojans team to four consecutive championships, two in the Hudson River League  and two more in the New York State Basketball League. Troy’s championship streak was broken by a single game the next season by a Utica team starring Barney Sedran and Marty Friedman. The following season, Troy was well on its way to still another title when the NYSL disbanded midway through the 1914-15 season. Wachter possessed a combination of size, speed and agility that few centers of the era could come close to matching. He excelled as a rebounder and defender and was equally adept at scoring on tap-ins or set shots. In addition, Wachter was a fine free thrower who was a strong advocate for rules that enabled the fouled player to shoot his own free throws. Wachter was an intelligent and innovative performer. He is credited with inventing the bounce pass and developing the fast-break offense.In 1915-16, was Wachter’s last full season as a player. In the years that followed, he made token appearances with various teams, but concentrated most of his time to coaching. Wachter began his career as college coach in 1914, while still active as a player and went on to  became the most successful college coach of the first generation of pro stars. During the next twenty five years, He coached at Albany State, Ressselaer Ppolytechnic Institute, Williams, Harvard and Lafayette. Wachter also was very active in the development of rules and campaigned (without success) for a single national organization to govern basketball at all levels. He also authored books on the game and was a longtime mentor for many young men entering the coaching profession. In 1961, Wachter was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

ED WACHTER Height: 6:02 Weight: 180 College: None
Edward A. Wachter Jr. Born: Jun 30, 1883 Died:  Mar 12, 1966 Hometown: Troy, NY
Brother of Charles, Joseph, Louis and
Victor Wachter REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1898-99 Troy YMCA Indep
1899-00 Troy Columbias Indep
1900-91 Troy Columbias Indep
1901-02 Troy Columbias Indep
1902-03 Troy Columbias Indep
1902-03 Maynard NEBL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1902-03 Ware MCBL 15 18 7 43 2.9
1903-04 Ware WMBL 45 119 18 256 5.7
1903-04 Haverhill NEBL 27 91 0 182 6.7
1904-05 LowellHaverhill NEBL 54 195 0 390 7.2
1904-05 Schenectady Co. E Indep
1904-05 Troy Columbias Indep
1905-06 Schenectady Co. E Indep
1905-06 Brattleboro(Vt) Indep
1905-06 Troy All-Americans Indep
1906-07 Winsted (CT) Indep
1906-07 Gloversville Co. G Indep 43 213 0 426 9.9
1907-08 Gloversville Co. G Indep
1908-09 Gloversville Co. G Indep
1908-09 McKeesport CBL 7 15 18 48 6.9
1909-10 Gloversville Co. G Indep
1909-10 Troy HRL 17 35 89 159 9.4
1910-11 Troy HRL 18 34 34 102 5.7
1911-12 Troy NYSL 42 116 55 287 6.8
1912-13 Troy NYSL 39 141 70 352 9.0
1913-14 Troy NYSL 56 111 143 365 6.5
1914-15 Troy NYSL 21 48 49 145 6.9
1914-15 Troy Trojans Indep
1915-16 Utica NYSL 38 67 125 259 6.8
1915-16 Kingston IBL 5 10 12 32 6.4
1916-17 Hudson NYSL 3 4 9 17 5.7
1917-18 Did Not Play
1918-19 Military Service
1918-19 Windsor (Vt) Namcos Indep
1919-20 Windsor (Vt) Namcos Indep
1919-20 Springfield IL 1 2 0 4 4.0
1920-21 Albany NYSL 3 1 1 3 1.0
1921-22 Cohoes NYSL 6 6 11 23 3.8
1921-22 Adams IL 3 6 6 18 6.0
1922-23 Troy NYSL 2 0 5 5 2.5
1922-23 Quebec Half Moons Indep
Major League Totals 403 1019 652 2690 6.7
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1903-04 Manchester NEBL 5 16 0 32 6.4
1904-05 Haverhill NEBL 7 16 0 32 4.6
1912-13 Troy WS 5 6 26 38 7.6
1915-16 Kingston NYSL 2 0 4 4 2.0
1920-21 Albany WS 3 1 1 3 1.0
Major League Totals 22 39 31 109 5.0
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