PLAYER PROFILE

ELMORE MORGENTHALER

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Elmore Morgenthaler attended high school in Hobbs, New Mexico and then worked for the Santa Fe Railroad during World War II before he entered the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in the fall of 1945 as a 23 year old freshman.  There was nothing too unusual about his story up until then, but within a few months, the unheralded young man’s  name would be in every newspaper across the country. For much of the 1945-46 college basketball season, he led all players in scoring before finally finishing in second place behind Oklahoma A&M All-American Bob Kurland and just ahead of DePaul All-American George Mikan. The following season, Morgenthaler transferred to Boston College  where he played most of the 1946–47 season before quitting college basketball at the end of February 1947 to play professionally for the Providence Steamrollers of the new Basketball Association of America.  Morgenthaler put up some impressive numbers during his pro career in lesser leagues, but failed to make any impression in the course of  his two seasons in the BAA. During a brief stint with the Philadelphia Warriors, he was described as “being only slightly less mobile than the statue of William Penn atop city hall.” Throughout his playing career, Morgenthaler was listed as a seven-footer, but he was actually closer to 6’10” in height.

 

ELMORE MORGENTHALER Height: 6:10 Weight: 235 College:   New Mexico Mines’46/Boston College’47
Elmore Robert Morgenthaler Born: Aug 3, 1922 Died: Nov 25, 1997 Hometown: Hobbs, New Mexico
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1946-47 Providence BAA 11 4 7 12 .583 15 1.4
1947-48 Birmingham PBLA 7 35 32 50 .640 102 14.6
1947-48 Philadelphia ABL 28 167 147 481 17.2
1948-49 Philadelphia BAA 20 15 12 18 .667 42 2.1
1948-49 Atlantic City/Philadelphia ABL 17 130 107 367 21.6
1949-50 Hartford-Scranton ABL 37 267 194 728 19.7
1950-51 Grand RapidsWaterloo NPBL 35 143 145 431 12.3
1950-51 Scranton ABL 6 19 16 54 9.0
1951-52 Scranton ABL 21 54 31 139 6.6
1952-53 Scranton ABL 1 1 0 2 2.0
Major League Totals 73 197 196 590 8.1
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1949-50 Scranton ABL 7 47 40 134 19.1
1951-52 Scranton ABL 10 15 14 44 4.4
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