PLAYER PROFILE

JOE FOGARTY

STATISTICS & HISTORY

 

Joe Fogarty turned to professional basketball immediately after graduating from high school in Philadelphia. At age 18, he led the American Basketball League, a Philadelphia minor league in scoring. By the next season, he was among the top-five scorers in the very fast New England Basketball League. One of the most accurate shooters of his era, Fogarty intimidated opponents with a combination of speed, strength and intelligence that was unmatched in the early years of pro basketball. He was one of the first players to score a 1,000 points in a single season and he was the first player to reach 10,000 career points. Early in his career he has an amazing run of  seven consecutive championship in five leagues: Camden, 1902-03 National League; Springfield, 1903-04 Western Massachusetts League; South Framingham, 1903-04 New England League; Natick, 1904-05 New England League; DeNeri, 1905-06 Philadelphia League; East Liverpool, 1906 07 and 1907-08 titles in the Central League. Starting with the 1908-09 Johnstown  team in the Central League,  and for the rest of his career, Fogarty  always acted  in the role of player-coach of his team. In thirteen seasons, he posted a ,598 winning percentage when in charge of a team and added two more championships to bring his career total to nine champion ship teams. Fogarty also coached college basketball at three schools, Lafayette, Muhlenburg and Swarthmore, while still active as a player.  Fogarty’s final coaching position was a three-year stint at Yale University that ended with his death from pneumonia in 1925. Fogarty ranks as the greatest scorer and most successful player in terms winning games and championships in the first 20 years of professional basketball, and yet somehow he was never elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

JOE FOGARTY Height: 5:09 Weight: 165 College: None
Joseph John Fogarty Born: Mar 7, 1884       Died: Aug 15, 1925 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1901-02 St.Bridget’s Indep
1902-03 St.Bridget’s ABL 11 54 45 153 13.9
1903-04 ChicopeePittsfield

Northampton

WMBL 51 217 32 466 9.1
1903-04 Lynn/So. Framingham NEBL 27 125 0 250 9.3
1904-05 De Neri PBL 6 20 4 44 7.3
1904-05 Natick NEBL 43 178 0 356 8.3
1905-06 De Neri PBL 12 74 83 231 19.3
1905-06 Tamaqua Indep
1906-07 East Liverpool CBL 47 200 194 594 12.6
1907-08 East Liverpool CBL 60 251 373 875 14.6
1908-09 Johnstown CBL 67 222 377 821 12.3
1909-10 Johnstown CBL 63 192 736 1114 .661 1120 17.8
1910-11 Johnstown CBL 63 207 799 1210 .660 1213 19.3
1910-11 Kingston HRL 3 24 8 56 18.7
1911-12 Johnstown CBL 65 203 856 1229 .697 1262 19.4
1912-13 De Neri EBL 37 106 364 87 576 15.6
1913-14 De Neri EBL 35 69 403 52 541 15.5
1914-15 De Neri EBL 38 95 417 614 .679 54 607 16.0
1915-16 TrentonGreystock EBL 32 38 332 463 .717 30 408 12.8
1916-17 Greystock EBL 40 89 576 760 .758 56 754 18.9
1917-18 Greystock EBL 1 0 3 3 3.0
1919-20 ReadingDe Neri EBL 4 8 1 5 .200 3 17 4.3
Major League Totals 694 2318 5558 10194 14.7
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1904-05 Natick NEBL 1 2 0 4 4.0
1910-11 McKeesport WS 1 1 13 15 15.0
1915-16 Greystock WS 2 1 15 17 8.5
1916-17 Greystock EBL 3 5 46 56 18.7
Major League Totals 7 9 74 92 13.1
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