PLAYER PROFILE

GARRY SCHMEELK

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Garry Schmeelk grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. He began his twenty year basketball career playing for a local team called the Big Atlantics who grew into one of the best independent teams in the Metropolitan New York area. In the fall of 1911, Schmeelk enrolled at nearby St. John’s University in Brooklyn where he briefly played college basketball.  In January of 1912, Schmeelk left school to join the New York Nationals, a professional basketball team that was embarking on the first of four historic barnstorming trips to  the mid-west. Over the next  four years, the Nationals, dazzled fans in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin and on the final trip,  California,  with a level of skill  they had never been witnessed before.  Schmeelk emerged as the star of the team because he was a talented athlete who also possessed a likable personality that made made him extremely popular with fans and fellow players alike. By the 1915-16 season, when he led the Interstate League in scoring with 9.3 points per game, Schmeelk had become one of the biggest stars in pro basketball.  The following year, Schmeelk signed as player-coach with  Pittston in the Pennsylvania State League  where he began a successful association with Bucky Harris, the longtime  major league baseball manager who was a also a very capable basketball  player. During his four seasons in Pittston, Schmeelk was perennially among the league’s top scorers. In 1917-18, Pittston captured the PSL championship and during the  1920-21 season, Schmeelk led Pittston to  the first-half championship, but lost the season title in the playoffs. Despite his stocky build, Schmeelk moved well during the prime years of his career. In later seasons, when he ballooned to as much as 225 pounds, Schmeelk used his bulk to his advantage with bull-like charges to the basket. In 1921, Schmeelk returned to New York to play for MacDowell in the new Metropolitan League. Both he and the team enjoyed fine seasons. In 1923-24, Schmeelk enjoyed success as player-coach of the Glens Falls entry in the New York State League. His team won the the championship series and Schmeelk trailed only Benny Borgmann as an individual scorer. In 1925, Schmeelk was named player-coach of the Brooklyn Arcadians in the new American Basketball League. His team won the first-half of the split-season, but lost to Cleveland in the championship series. Schmeelk was fired after Brooklyn began the 1926-27 season with five straight defeats. He was then hired by George Halas to run his floundering Chicago team, but Schmeelk could not turn the situation around and was fired again at the end of the season.

 

GARRY SCHMEELK Height: 5:11 Weight: 205 College: St.John’s(NY)’12
Garrett  Eldert Schmeelk Born:    Mar 23, 1891 Died: Oct 17, 1941 Hometown: Rockaway Beach, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1907-08 Far Rockaway Beach  Big Atlantics Indep
1908-09 Far Rockaway Beach  Big Atlantics Indep
1909-10 Far Rockaway Beach  Big Atlantics Indep
1910-11 Far Rockaway Beach  Big Atlantics Indep
1910-11 Brooklyn Loughlin Lyceum Indep
1911-12 St.John’s College 5 11 25 47 9.4
1911-12 New York Nationals Indep
1912-13 Utica NYSL 12 35 15 85 7.1
1912-13 Far Rockaway Big Atlantics Indep
1912-13 New York Nationals Indep
1913-14 Paterson NYSL 61 143 100 386 6.3
1913-14 Far Rockaway Beach  Big Atlantics Indep
1913-14 New York Nationals Indep
1914-15 Paterson NYSL 9 13 10 36 4.0
1914-15 New York Nationals Indep
1914-15 Far Rockaway Beach  Big Atlantics Indep
1914-15 Brooklyn Sisco Five Indep
1915-16 Brooklyn IBL 29 104 62 270 9.3
1915-16 Schenectady NYSL 3 6 9 21 7.0
1915-16 Jasper EBL 10 20 47 90 .522 5 87 8.7
1915-16 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons Indep
191516 Danbury Wooser AAC Indep
1916-17 Pittston PSL 40 102 109 46 313 7.8
1916-17 Paterson IBL 1 1 2 4 4.0
1916-17 Schenectady NYSL 1 6 2 14 14.0
1917-18 Pittston PSL 37 93 69 32 255 6.9
1917-18 BridgeportAnsonia CSL 12 41 3 85 7.1
1918-19 US Navy Military Service
1918-19 Staten Island Downey Shipyard Indep
1919-20 Pittston PSL 45 97 62 209 .297 32 256 5.7
1919-20 Schenectady NYSL 10 26 15 67 6.7
1919-20 AnsoniaBrooklyn IBL 5 17 11 45 9.0
1919-20 Germnantown EBL 6 7 10 17 .588 3 24 4.0
1919-20 Brooklyn Van& Schenck Indep
1920-21 Pittston PSL 34 33 73 139 4.1
1920-21 Coatesville EBL 7 10 14 19 .737 4 34 4.9
1920-21 Brooklyn Arcadians Indep
1920-21 Brooklyn Pros Indep
1920-21 New York Nationals Indep
1921-22 CoatesvilleScrantonNew York EBL 15 54 33 58 .569 14 141 9.4
1921-22 New York MacDowell MBL 16 36 43 115 7.2
1921-22 UticaGloversville NYSL 16 38 33 109 6.8
1921-22 Worcester IL 5 13 8 34 6.8
1922-23 Reading EBL 8 30 16 29 .552 13 76 9.5
1922-23 Elizabeth MBL 16 60 37 157 9.8
1923-24 Yonkers MBL 2 3 3 9 4.5
1923-24 Glens Falls NYSL 18 66 49 181 10.1
1924-25 Washington Palace-Five Indep
1925-26 Brooklyn ABL 15 18 12 48 3.2
1926-27 BrooklynChicago ABL 14 15 17 47 3.4
Major League Totals 447 1137 864 3138 7.0
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1917-18  Pittston PSL 4 9 1 19 4.8
1920-21 Pittston PSL 2 0 2 2 1.0
1922-23 Elizabeth MBL 3 13 5 31 10.3
1923-24 Glens Falls NYSL 5 15 16 46 9.2
1925-26 Brooklyn ABL 2 1 1 3 1.5
Major League Totals 16 38 25 101 6.3
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