PLAYER PROFILE

JOE CAVANAUGH

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Joe Cavanaugh, along with his brothers Archie and Willie, were mainstays of their hometown Manayunk Yunkers in the Philadelphia Basketball League. In 1909, the franchise transferred to North Philadelphia. A dozen games into the season, Cavanaugh was at the center of a series of events responsible for the collapse of the league. After being disqualified from a game by referee Whitey Schoenhut, Cavanaugh struck the official in the jaw, knocking him out. League President William Scheffer quickly announced that Cavanaugh was banned from the league. When some of the teams in the league failed to back Schaffer in his action against Cavanaugh, he resigned and the league collapsed.  Cavanaugh had a well deserved reputation as a fiery brawling battler who succeeded by intimidating opponents and referees alike. He was a good athlete who excelled at the center jump and played ferocious defense. Cavanaugh was the center on two successive Eastern Basketball League championship teams: Reading in 1912 and Jasper in 1913. While still active in professional basketball, Cavanaugh began a thirty year career with the Philadelphia Police Department.

 

JOE CAVANAUGH Height: 6:00 Weight: 170 College: None
Joseph P. Cavanaugh Born: 1888  Died:  Apr 14,  1958 Hometown: Manayunk, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1905-06 St.Bridget PCL
1906-07 Manayunk PBL 23 51 23 125 5.4
1907-08 Manayunk PBL 22 52 7 111 5.0
1908-09 North Philadelphia PBL 12 21 0 42 3.5
1909-10 De Neri EBL 5 5 3 13 2.6
1910-11 Homestead CBL 47 42 0 84 1.8
1911-12 Connellsville CBL 63 114 0 228 3.6
1912-13 Reading PBL 34 38 0 23 76 2.2
1913-14 ReadingJasper PBL 30 29 0 58 1.9
1914-15 Jasper PBL 37 30 0 0 .000 21 60 1.6
1915-16 Jasper PBL 40 24 0 0 .000 15 48 1.2
1916-17 De Neri PBL 10 5 0 6 10 1.0
Major League Totals 323 411 33 855 2.6
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1912-13 Reading WS 5 6 4 16 3.2
Major League Totals 5 6 4 16 3.2
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