STATISTICS & HISTORY
Garry Schmeelk grew up in Rockaway Park and attended nearby St. John’s University in Brooklyn. He made his professional debut in 1912 playing with Barney Sedran on the Utica team in the New York State League. Schmeelk steadily improved as a player in his early years as a pro. By the 1915-16 season, he led the Interstate League in scoring with 9.3 points per game. The next year, Schmeelk signed 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 PSL championship. Schmeelk was named player-coach of the 1920-21 Pittston squad and led them to 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 finished in second place and Schmeelk trailed only Benny Borgmann as an individual scorer. In 1925, Schemeelk was named player-coach of the Brooklyn Arcadians in the new American Basketball League. His team won the first-half of the split-season and then missed winning the league title by a single point in a final playoff game loss to Cleveland. Schmeelk began 1926-27 Brooklyn season with five straight defeats and was fired. 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.
|Garrett Eldert Schmeelk||Born: Mar 23, 1891||Died: Oct 17, 1941||Hometown:||Brooklyn, NY|
|REGULAR SEASON RECORD|
|1914-15||New York Nationals||Indep|
|1921-22||New York MacDowell||MBL||16||36||43||115||7.2|
|Major League Totals||447||1087||864||3038||6.8|
|Major League Totals||16||38||25||101||6.3|