PLAYER PROFILE

MAC KINSBRUNNER

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Mac Kinsbrunner attended high school in Brooklyn and then enrolled upstate at Syracuse University. He returned to his hometown and enrolled at St.John’s University in the fall of 1927. Kinsbrunner was a wonderful all-around athlete who became a five-sport letterman at St.John’s, but it was on the basketball court that he gained his greatest glory. He starred on a team that lost only eight games in four seasons and became nationally known as the “Wonder Five”. Kinsbrunner’s dribbling skills were featured for long stretches in the team’s ball-control offense. After their senior year at  St.John’s the entire squad  turned pro under the banner of the the Brooklyn Jewels.  The young team  enjoyed considerable success during its first two pro seasons. The Jewels tied for first in the Metropolitan Basketball League in 1931-32 and  and then claimed the league championship in the following season. Kinsbrunner continued to improve as a player during his pro career. During the thirties, he became one of the the most consistent scorers in the professional game with seven consecutive top ten finishes. He was also renowned  for his dribbling and passing skills. In 1933, the Jewels joined the reconstructed American Basketball League. The first few seasons in the ABL were successful,  but by their fourth season in the league the Jewels had slumped badly, winning only 11 of 36 games, It was obvious that changes had to be made. By  the start of the 1937-38 season only Kinsbrunner and Matty Begovich remained from the original “Wonder Team”. With the addition of  some talented younger players to the roster, the Jewels went to all the way to the ABL finals, but lost to the Jersey Reds. The following season (1938-39), with Kinsbrunner a key contributor, the Jewels swept through the playoffs undefeated to win their first ABL title. Kinsbrunner continued to star for the Jewels until the team dropped out of the league seven games into the 1941-42 season.

 

MAC KINSBRUNNER Height: 5:09 Weight: 160 College: Syracuse/St.John’s(NY)’31
George Kinsbrunner Born: Mar 21, 1909 Died: Feb 16, 1972 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels MBL 15 47 21 115 7.7
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels MBL 39 108 56 272 7.0
1932-33 Philadelphia Moose ESBL 16 42 40 124 7.8
1933-34 Brooklyn ABL 34 110 45 265 7.8
1933-34 Wilkes-Barre PSL 20 61 31 153 7.7
1934-35 New York ABL 37 119 44 282 7.6
1934-35 Wilkes-Barre PSL 27 97 29 223 8.3
1935-36 New York ABL 39 114 64 292 7.5
1935-36 Wilkes-Barre PSL 14 35 28 98 7.0
1936-37 New York Jewels ABL 34 135 76 346 10.2
1936-37 Wilkes Barre PSL 23 73 68 214 9.3
1937-38 New Haven/New York Jewels ABL 40 124 81 329 8.2
1937-38 Wilkes-Barre NYPA 15 62 60 184 12.3
1938-39 New York ABL 31 71 47 189 6.1
1939-40 New York ABL 30 41 27 109 3.6
1940-41 New York ABL 30 48 17 113 3.8
1941-42 New YorkWilmington ABL 16 22 8 52 3.3
1941-42 Saratoga NYSL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1942-43 CamdenHarrisburgBrooklyn ABL 12 20 16 56 4.7
1942-43 Wilmington Clippers Indep
1943-44 Brooklyn ABL 12 6 6 18 1.5
1943-44 Teterboro Bendix Aviation Indep
1944-45 BaltimorePaterson ABL 13 7 4 18 1.4
1944-45 Hartford Pros Indep
Major League Totals 398 1014 552 2580 6.5
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels EBL 2 10 1 21 10.5
1933-34 Wilkes-Barre PSL 4 11 7 29 7.3
1934-35 New York ABL 5 16 12 44 8.8
1934-35 Wilkes-Barre PSL 6 17 16 50 8.3
1937-38 New York Jewels ABL 6 13 12 38 6.3
1937-38 Wilkes-Barre NYPA 2 10 3 23 11.5
1938-39 New York ABL 4 12 4 28 7.0
1939-40 New York ABL 6 12 2 26 4.3
Major League Totals 23 63 31 157 6.8
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