Just after the turn of the century, Herm Baetzel played professional basketball with the Jasper club in the Philadelphia Basketball League. In 1906, after just four seasons, Baetzel retired as player, but he remained one of the most influential figures in the game for decades. Baetzel was considered the dean of professional basketball referees from 1910  until 1930. The only other referee of his stature at the time was Ward Brennan who was based in New York City.  Baetzel, who lived in Philadelphia, officiated in the Eastern Basketball League from 1909 until the league’s demise in 1923. He also refereed in the Pennsylvania State Basketball League, the Metropolitan Basketball League and the American Basketball League.


HERM BAETZEL Height: 5:10 Weight: 170 College: None
Herman L. Baetzel Born:    Apr, 1881 Died:  Jun 1, 1938 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1902-03 Jasper PBL 26 53 3 109 4.2
1903-04 Jasper PBL 16 37 0 74 4.6
1904-05 Jasper PBL 2 1 0 2 1.0
1905-06 Jasper PBL 16 34 0 68 4.3
Major League Totals 18 35 0 70 3.9
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