PLAYER PROFILE

LEN SHEPHERD

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Len Shepherd was never a star, but he enjoyed  a successful fifteen-year pro basketball career because he was extremely tough, always  hard-working and very versatile. Sheperd entered professional basketball in 1917 with a team in Easthampton, Massachusetts. That was followed by four successful seasons in  the Interstate Basketball League.  In January of 1924, Shepherd was signed by the Marty Friedman to play for  the  Cleveland Rosenblums,, an independent  team loaded with stars such as Honey Russell, Ray Kennedy and Stretch Meehan. Friedman,  who had been impressed with Shepherd when they both played in the Interstate League  a few years earlier, saw Shepherd as the perfect compliment to his star-studded lineup. Shepherd remained with Rosenblums for three seasons including their 1925-26 debut in the American Basketball League. Shepherd spent  two seasons with the famed Beloit Fairies and was a member of the Toledo Red Men when they won the 1929-30 National Professional Basketball League championship.

 

LEN SHEPHERD Height: 6:00 Weight: 175 College: None
Leonard Frederick Shepherd Born:  Mar 29, 1897        Died:  Jan 7, 1991 Hometown: Northampton, Ma.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1917-18 Easthampton Indep
1918-19 Easthampton Indep
1919-20 Easthampton IL 17 40 4 84 4.9
1920-21 Westfield IL 28 49 22 120 4.3
1921-22 Westfield IL 3 1 7 9 3.0
1922-23 Turners Falls IL 23 49 34 132 5.7
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblooms Indep
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblooms Indep
1925-26 Cleveland ABL 23 19 27 65 2.8
1926-27 Fort Wayne ABL 15 18 23 59 3.9
1927-28 Beloit Fairies Indep
1928-29 Beloit Fairies Indep
1929-30 Toledo NPBL 21 33 14 80 3.8
1930-31 Toledo ABL 8 6 0 12 1.5
1930-31 Dayton Kellys Indep
1933-34 Toledo Crimson Coaches Indep
Major League Totals 138 215 131 561 4.1
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1925-26 Cleveland ABL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1929-30 Toledo NPBL 6 10 2 22 3.7
Major League Totals 7 10 2 22 3.1
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