PLAYER PROFILE

KID DARK

STATISTICS & HISTORY

William “Kid” Dark was an outstanding player who ranked among the very best shooters and passers in the early years of professional basketball. His playing skills were notable, but Dark was also greatly admired for the intangibles he brought to the game. He was a dynamic leader who brought a ferocious competitive spirit to every team on which he played. Dark was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, but moved to Philadelphia as a teenager. In 1904, the 18 year old Dark debuted in professional basketball with Philadelphia League  St.Simeon Saints. In his second pro season, he led the PBL in scoring. In 1906, Dark jumped to the new Central League where he enjoyed his most productive years. He spent four seasons in Greensburg and played for two years in Connellsville. When the Central League folded, Dark signed with Gloversville in the New York State Basketball League for the 1912-13 season. In addition to a change in team, the move marked a change in Dark as a player. Over the years he had gained some weight and had lost some of his speed and agility which hindered his effectiveness as a scorer. In later years of his career, Dark played much of the time as a guard. His ability to play both positions made him a valuable player in an era when most teams carried only one or two reserves. In 1913-14, Dark joined De Neri’s Eastern League squad where he remained for the next three and half seasons. Dark continued to play pro basketball into the early 1920s barnstorming with team throughout western Pennsylvania.

 

KID DARK Height: 5:07 Weight: 165 College: None
William Joseph Dark Born:   Aug 4 , 1886 Died: Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1904-05 St.Simeon PBL 6 13 28 54 9.0
1905-06 St.Simeon PBL 28 51 256 358 12.8
1906-07 Greensburg CBL 41 69 176 314 7.7
1907-08 Greensburg CBL 55 126 45 297 5.4
1908-09 Greensburg CBL 30 57 16 130 4.3
1909-10 Greensburg CBL 65 150 28 328 5.0
1910-11 Connellsville CBL 67 138 81 357 5.3
1911-12 Connellsville CBL 48 69 22 160 3.3
1912-13 Gloversville NYSL 44 64 44 172 3.9
1913-14 De Neri EBL 30 65 13 43 143 4.8
1914-15 De Neri EBL 38 55 31 53 .585 47 141 3.7
1915-16 De Neri EBL 39 86 283 508 .557 36 455 11.7
1916-17 De Neri/AllentownJasper EBL 39 51 445 674 .660 33 547 14.0
1917-18 Jasper EBL 6 9 18 6 36 6.0
1917-18 Hazleton PSL 7 13 16 42 6.0
1918-19 Philadelphia Rookwoods Indep
1918-19 Philedalphia Midvale ALP 5 4 14 6 22 4.4
1919-20 Passiac IBL 1 1 3 5 5.0
1919-20 De NeriN.Philadelphia EBL 14 17 31 47 .660 14 65 4.6
1920-21 Coatesville EBL 23 25 45 64 .703 15 95 4.1
1921-22 Voluntarily Retired
1922-23 Philadelphia St.Peter’s PBL 2 0 1 1 0.5
Major League Totals 581 1059 1581 3699 6.4
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1916-17 Jasper EBL 1 0 0 0 0.0
Major League Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0
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