PLAYER PROFILE

IRV TORGOFF

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Irv Torgoff graduated from Tilden HS in Brooklyn. He enjoyed an outstanding college career at Long Island University where he was named an All American in his senior year. He was captain of the 1938-39 squad that had a 23-0 record and won the National Invitational Tournament championship. In the fall of 1939, Torgoff signed his first professional contract with the Detroit Eagles of the National Basketball League. The following season, Torgoff signed with the perennially powerful Philadelphia SPHAS. Torgoff immediately won over the tough Philadelphia fans with his tenacious style of play. He was a clutch scorer, determined defender and skilled rebounder. He was also the most versatile athlete on the SPHAS. While he primarily played forward, he was equally capable of playing center or guard. In addition to his athletic skills, Torgoff also quickly acquired a reputation as an “enforcer” when it became necessary to battle some of the league’s tougher players. With Torgoff playing a prominent role, the SPHAS won American Basketball League titles in 1940-41, 1942-43, and 1944-45. In 1946, Torgoff was induced by Red Auerbach to jump to the Washington Caps in the new Basketball Association of America. In two seasons with the Caps, Torgoff developed as a prototype for the famous “sixth man” on Auerbach’s Boston Celtics championship teams in the fifties and sixties.

 

IRV TORGOFF Height: 6:02 Weight: 195 College: LIU’39
Irving Torgoff Born:  Mar 6, 1917 Died:  Oct 21, 1993 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1939-40 Detroit NBL 26 64 43 67 .642 171 6.6
1940-41 Philadelphia ABL 31 88 37 213 6.9
1941-42 Philadelphia ABL 22 67 70 204 9.3
1942-43 Philadelphia ABL 9 28 16 72 8.0
1943-44 Philadelphia ABL 21 82 27 191 9.1
1944-45 Philadelphia ABL 21 58 21 137 6.5
1945-46 Philadelphia ABL 7 9 5 23 3.3
1946-47 Washington BAA 58 187 116 159 .730 30 490 8.4
1947-48 Washington BAA 47 111 117 144 .813 32 339 7.2
1948-49 BaltimorePhiladelphia BAA 42 59 50 64 .781 44 168 4.0
1949-50 Trenton ABL 4 3 0 6 1.5
Major League Totals 284 753 502 2008 7.1
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1938-39 Jersey ABL 1 1 5 7 7.0
1939-40 Detroit NBL 3 10 7 27 9.0
1940-41 Philadelphia ABL 4 7 12 26 6.5
1940-41 Philadelphia WBT 2 2 1 2 .500 5 2.5
1942 Long Island WBT 4 12 8 10 .800 32 8.0
1942-43 Philadelphia ABL 4 3 2 8 2.0
1943-44 Philadelphia ABL 7 17 10 44 6.3
1944-45 Philadelphia ABL 5 12 6 30 6.0
1945-46 Philadelphia ABL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1946-47 Washington BAA 6 13 13 19 .684 5 39 6.5
1948-49 Philadelphia BAA 2 0 0 0 .000 2 0 0.0
Major League Totals 39 77 64 218 5.6
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