PLAYER PROFILE

GARRY SCHMEELK

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.

 

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: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1912-13 Utica NYSL 12 35 15 85 7.1
1913-14 Paterson NYSL 61 143 100 386 6.3
1914-15 Paterson NYSL 9 13 10 36 4.0
1914-15 New York Nationals 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
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 Military Service
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
1920-21 Pittston PSL 34 33 73 139 4.1
1920-21 Coatesville EBL 7 10 14 19 .737 4 34 4.9
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 1087 864 3038 6.8
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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