PLAYER PROFILE

ROY STEELE

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Roy Steele learned to play basketball under the tutelage of famed 23rd Street Wanders’ star Sandy Shields at the Homestead YMCA. Steele was a fine set-shooter and adept passer who was capable of breaking down the most determined defense. His great vision and passing skills culminated in many easy lay ups. Steele and fellow Homestead YMCA alumni Jackie Adams were teammates for nine pro seasons. Familiarity allowed Adams and Steele to develop the most sophisticated offense in the early years of professional basketball. Season after season, Steele and Adams refined their offensive system which was based on rapid ball movement and an intricate short passing game. Steele played alongside Adams for five seasons on their hometown Homestead club in the Central League where they won the 1908-09 championship. After an interlude with South Side he played for a season and a half with Gloversville in the New York State League before he rejoined Adams in Camden, New Jersey for the 1913-14 Eastern Basketball League season. They combined to bring a championship to Camden in 1914-15 season. When Adams retired in 1918, Steele assumed Adams’ role as team leader of Camden’s powerful offense. Steele formed a new partnership with Soup Campbell, a young player from Homestead, which created the most formable scoring duo in the league.   The team enjoyed tremendous post-war success winning the 1919-20 EBL championship and compiled a 112-37 record in three and half seasons before the demise of the league in January of 1923.

 

 

ROY STEELE Height: 5:11 Weight: 175 College: None
Henry Roy Steele Born:  Oct 22, 1886 Died: Jun 17, 1946 Hometown: Homestead, Pa.
Brother of Ross Steele REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1905-06 Homestead YMCA Indep
1906-07 HomesteadButler CBL 48 171 9 351 7.3
1907-08 Homestead CBL 67 226 3 455 6.8
1908-09 Homestead CBL 65 205 2 412 6.3
1909-10 Homestead CBL 67 196 0 392 5.9
1910-11 Homestead CBL 49 147 0 294 6.0
1911-12 South Side
CBL 46 160 6 326 7.1
1912-13 Camden EBL 1 3 0 0 6 6.0
1912-13 Gloversville NYSL 15 35 10 80 5.3
1913-14 Gloversville NYSL 38 94 27 215 5.7
1913-14 Camden EBL 15 19 0 17 38 2.5
1914-15 Camden EBL 42 119 0 80 238 5.7
1915-16 Camden EBL 40 72 0 86 144 3.6
1916-17 Camden EBL 36 76 0 58 152 4.2
1916-17 Paterson IBL 2 4 4 12 6.0
1917-18 Camden EBL 6 15 9 6 39 6.5
1917-18 Wilmerding ICL 10 54 23 45 .511 131 13.1
1918-19 Wilmerding Airbrakes Indep
1919-20 Camden NYSL 37 79 52 120 .433 49 210 5.7
1919-20 Nanticoke NYSL 1 2 2 4 .500 2 6 6.0
1920-21 Camden EBL 39 77 71 157 .452 53 225 5.8
1921-22 Camden EBL 47 92 67 60 251 5.3
1922-23 Camden EBL 22 57 31 83 .373 24 145 6.6
1922-23 Paterson MBL 2 6 1 13 6.5
1923-24 Paterson MBL 17 30 23 83 4.9
1923-24 Camden PBL 35 39 63 128 .492 58 141 4.0
1924-25 Philadelphia Tri-Council PBL 5 2 4 8 1.6
1924-25 Hazleton Professionals AnBL 3 4 0 8 2.7
Major League Totals 742 1926 384 4236 5.7
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