PLAYER PROFILE

ELMER RIPLEY

STATISTICS & HISTORY

 

Elmer Ripley began playing basketball as a teenager at Curtis High School in Staten Island  and remained active in the game as a player and later a coach for the next sixty-six years. Ripley began his pro career on independent teams around New York City. He quicky was recognized as an outstanding defensive player, who was also a capable scorer when needed. Ripley enjoyed some of the best years of his career playing in the Pennsylvania State League where he led two different teams (Carbondale in 1916 and Scranton in 1921) to championships. Ripley played briefly with the famed Original Celtics in the early twenties. In 1925, he joined the Brooklyn entry in the newly-formed American Basketball League and was a key element in the team winning the first-half of the split-season championship. Ripley enjoyed one of the longest and most varied coaching careers in college basketball history. While still active as a player, his began his first coaching job at Wagner University where he remained from 1922 through 1925.   In 1927,  he began the first of his three stints as coach of Gerorgetown University (1927-29) and departed with an impressive 24-6 record. He coached Yale for six seasons (1929-35) and departed with an 82-50 record. In 1939, he returned to Georgetown University were he was 69-39 over four seasons (1939-43). During World War II, he made brief stops at Columbia University, 16-19 in two seasons (1943-45)  and   Notre Dame, a 17-4 record (1945-46).  Ripley returned to Georgetown University for the third time (1946-49) but posted a disappointing 46-49 record in three seasons. He finished out his college coaching career with two years (1949-51) at John Carroll University with 11-32 record and West Point (1951-52) were he finished up at 19-17. Ripley also coached the 1956  Israeli Olympic Basketball Team and the 1970 Canadian Olympic Basketball Team. In 1973, Ripley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

ELMER RIPLEY Height: 5:08 Weight: 170 College: Brown’10
Elmer Horton Ripley Born: Jul 21, 1891 Died: Apr 29, 1982 Hometown: Staten Island, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1913-14 Hoboken Rosedale(NJ) Indep
1914-15 Hoboken Rosedale(NJ) Indep 25 40 0 80 3.2
1914-15 New York Nationals Indep
1915-16 Hoboken Rosedale(NJ) Indep
1915-16 Brooklyn IBL 31 43 49 135 4.4
1915-16 Carbondale PSL 19 31 0 6 62 3.3
1915-16 Utica NYSL 12 9 5 23 1.9
1916-17 Carbondale PSL 39 75 110 30 260 6.7
1916-17 Hoboken IBL 4 3 14 20 5.0
1917-18 CarbondaleWilkes- Barre PSL 38 51 89 28 191 5.0
1918-19 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons Indep
1918-19 Staten Island Standard Shipyard Indep
1919-20 Paterson IBL 8 14 16 44 5.5
1919-20 Scranton PSL 43 67 89 172 .517 35 223 5.2
1919-20 Trenton EBL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1919-20 Newark National Turners Indep
1920-21 Scranton PSL 40 64 127 34 255 6.4
1920-21 Germantown EBL 11 11 22 44 4.0
1920-21 NY Bruggy All Stars Indep
1921-22 ScrantonCoatesville EBL 36 61 107 226 .473 15 229 6.4
1921-22 Brooklyn Dodgers MBL 14 9 26 44 3.1
1921-22 EasthamptonWare IL 2 6 3 15 7.5
1922-23 Coatesville EBL 23 40 63 100 .630 14 143 6.2
1922-23 Elixabeth MBL 32 50 83 183 5.7
1922-23 CohoesAlbany NYSL 10 21 18 60 6.0
1922-23 Brooklyn Nonpareils Indep
1923-24 Paterson MBL 16 22 32 76 4.8
1923-24 Cohoes NYSL 4 5 9 19 4.8
1923-24  Shanahan PBL 2 2 6 10 5.0
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblooms Indep
1923-24 Fort Wayne KofC Indep
1924-25 Fort Wayne KoC Indep
1924-25 Canton Oscars Indep
1924-25 New York Celtics Indep
1925-26 Brooklyn ABL 30 59 96 214 7.1
1926-27 Washington ABL 32 55 80 190 5.9
1927-28 WashingtonCleveland ABL 33 44 21 109 3.3
1927-28 Carbondale PSL 4 6 21 33 8.3
1928-29 Fort Wayne ABL 3 0 1 1 0.3
Major League Totals 483 742 1066 2550 5.3
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1920-21 Scranton PSL 2 5 8 18 9.0
1920-21 Germantown EBL 2 0 6 6 3.0
1920-21 Scranton WS 5 9 14 32 6.4
1922-23 Elizabeth MBL 3 5 5 15 5.0
1925-26 Brooklyn ABL 3 5 11 21 7.0
1927-28 Cleveland ABL 1 1 1 3 3.0
1927-28 Carbondale PSL 3 3 13 19 6.3
Major League Totals 16 25 45 95 5.9
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