PLAYER PROFILE

LEROY EDWARDS

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Leroy “Cowboy”  Edwards attended high school in Indianapolis before he entered the University of Kentucky. In 1935.  He was named an All-American under legendary coach Adolph Rupp, who called Edwards the best pivot man he ever saw. After just one season at Kentucky, Edwards turned professional with the Indianapolis U.S. Tire Company,  a team in the Midwest Basketball Conference. During the 1935-36 season, he led the league in scoring with over ten points per game. The next season, he played with Dayton in the same league until January when he jumped his contract to join the Oshkosh All-Stars, a strong independent team.  In 1937, Oshkosh joined the new National Basketball League. The All-Stars won the Western Division each of  the first three years in the new league, but met the same fate in the finals each year, a defeat at the hands of the Akron Firestone Non-Skids. Finally, the All-Stars broke through and won consecutive titles in 1941 and 1942. Edwards’s main offensive weapon was a virtually unstoppable hook shot which he could deliver effectively with either hand. A slow runner, Edwards depended upon his strength to compensate and gain position under the basket for his patented offensive moves. After the 1942 championship, Oshkosh went into a period of decline, but Edwards maintained his stellar play throughout his eleven and half seasons with the team. When he retired in 1949, he could look back on three league MVP awards and being named a first or second team NBL all-star eight times.

 

COWBOY EDWARDS Height: 6:04 Weight: 220 College: Kentucky’35
Leroy H. Edwards Born: Apr 11, 1914 Died: Aug 25, 1971 Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1935-36 Indianapolis US Tire MBC 13 52 33 137 10.5
1936-37 Dayton MBC 11 33 28 94 8.5
1936-37 Oshkosh Indep
1937-38 Oshkosh NBL 13 83 44 63 .698 210 16.2
1938-39 Oshkosh NBL 28 124 86 118 .729 334 11.9
1939-40 Oshkosh NBL 28 111 139 204 .681 361 12.9
1940-41 Oshkosh NBL 23 57 76 121 .628 190 8.3
1941-42 Oshkosh NBL 24 85 92 262 10.9
1942-43 Oshkosh NBL 23 74 72 105 .686 220 9.6
1943-44 Oshkosh NBL 19 48 52 92 .565 148 7.8
1944-45 Oshkosh NBL 30 125 157 242 .649 407 13.6
1945-46 Oshkosh NBL 34 120 119 200 .595 359 10.6
1946-47 Oshkosh NBL 44 135 144 222 .649 414 9.4
1947-48 Oshkosh NBL 46 76 142 205 .693 294 6.4
1948-49 Oshkosh NBL 10 7 8 20 .400 22 2.2
Major League Totals 346 1130 1192 3452 10.0
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1937-38 Oshkosh NBL 5 24 21 69 13.8
1938-39 Oshkosh NBL 5 23 24 70 14.0
1938-39 Oshkosh WBT 3 14 8 12 .667 36 12.0
1939-40 Oshkosh NBL 8 33 27 93 11.6
1939-40 Oshkosh WBT 2 10 6 26 13.0
1940-41 Oshkosh NBL 5 23 25 71 14.2
1940-41 Oshkosh WBT 4 8 6 12 .500 22 5.5
1941-42 Oshkosh NBL 5 30 23 83 16.6
1941-42 Oshkosh WBT 4 5 8 9 .889 18 4.5
1942-43 Oshkosh NBL 2 8 8 24 12.0
1942-43 Oshkosh WBT 3 5 6 9 .667 16 5.3
1943-44 Oshkosh NBL 3 6 5 17 5.7
1943-44 Oshkosh WBT 2 8 12 12 1.000 28 14.0
1944-45 Oshkosh WBT 2 15 6 8 .750 36 18.0
1945-46 Oshkosh NBL 5 14 14 21 .667 42 8.4
1945-46 Oshkosh WBT 6 31 21 40 .525 83 13.8
1946-47 Oshkosh NBL 6 7 3 14 .214 17 2.8
1946-47 Oshkosh WBT 4 8 9 16 .563 25 6.3
1947-48 Oshkosh NBL 4 13 15 23 .652 41 10.3
1948-49 Oshkosh NBL 6 7 5 16 .313 19 3.2
Major League Totals 84 292 252 836 10.0
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