PLAYER PROFILE

ERNIE REICH

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Ernie Reich began playing basketball as a teenager in New York City’s settlement house leagues. By 1910, he was good enough to join St. Gabriel’s, one of the city’s most powerful independent teams where his teammates included Johnny Beckman and Chris Leonard. Beginning in 1915, Reich spent two seasons with Jersey City of the Interstate League. During the 1917-18 season, he finished among the league leaders of the Connecticut State League in addition to playing on three independent teams. By the 1919-20 season Reich was among the game’s elite. He was fast, possessed a fine set-shot and was a clever ball handler. He played for Reading of the Eastern Basketball League where he finished among the league’s scoring leaders. The same year, he was signed to captain the Original Celtics who posted a 65-4 record. Reich played forward alongside former St. Gabriel’s teammate Johnny Beckman. Reich was the perfect complement to the fiery Beckman in personality and playing ability. Reich was a key figure with the Celtics who emerged as the most famous team of the 1920s. In early February of 1922, Reich developed pneumonia and died unexpectedly at the age of 28. Reich’s tragic death was a stunning conclusion to a golden career.

 

 

ERNIE REICH Height: 5:08 Weight: 155 College: None
Ervine B. Reich Born: Nov 24, 1892 Died: Feb 23, 1922 Hometown: New York, NY
Brother of Alfred Reich REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1908-09 New York St.Gabriel’s Indep
1909-10 New York St.Gabriel’s Indep
1010-11 New York St.Gabriel’s Indep
1911-12 New York St.Gabriel’s Indep
1911-12 Sheepshead Bay Indep
1911-12 White Plains HRL 1 0 7 7 7.0
1912-13 New York St.Gabriel’s Indep
1913-14 Brooklyn TSL 1 4 1 9 9.0
1914-15 Jersey City Indep
1915-16 Jersey City IBL 36 72 58 202 5.6
1915-16 Utica NYSL 1 0 3 3 3.0
1915-16 Newark St Michaels ECBL 5 21 10 52 10
1915-16 Danbury Wooster SC Indep 1 3 0 6
1915-16 Norwalk 6th Co. Indep
1916-17 Jersey City IBL 33 42 65 149 4.5
1916-17 De Neri EBL 8 7 0 8 14 1.8
1917-18 Norwalk CBL 21 53 26 132 6.3
1917-18 Newark Turners Indep
1917-18 New Brunswick Wright-Martin Indep
1918-19 Newark Whirlwinds Indep
1918-19 Staten Island Mine-Sweepers Indep
1918-19 Staten IslandDowney Shipyard Indep
1918-19 Norwalk Indep
1918-19 Ansonia Indep
1919-20 Scranton PSL 13 25 35 5 85 6.5
1919-20 Bridgeport IBL 14 23 23 69 4.9
1919-20 De NeriReading EBL 31 70 73 132 .553 28 213 6.9
1919-20 Brooklyn St James Triangles Indep
1919-20 Newark Turners Indep
1919-20 Stamford Indep
1919-20 Newark City AC Indep
1919-20 Original Celtics Indep
1920-21 Original Celtics Indep
1920-21 Reading EBL 28 58 46 162 5.8
1920-21 Stamford CSL 1 2 1 5 5.0
1921-22 New York EBL 13 27 11 38 .289 6 65 5.0
1921-22 Original Celtics Indep
Major League Totals 207 407 359 1173 5.7
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1919-20 Scranton PSL 4 8 10 26 6.5
1920-21 Reading EBL 1 1 2 4 4.0
Major League Totals 5 9 12 30 6.0
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