PLAYER PROFILE

SNAKE DEAL

STATISTICS & HISTORY

John “Snake” Deal was a talented all-around athlete who was successful as both a pro basketball and baseball player. Deal was an immediate sensation in the newly formed National Basketball League.  His first NBL season with the Philadelphia Clovermen  was abruptly halted, however,  after seven games by a knee injury. In his second season, he led the NBL in scoring, but alienated himself from Camden owner-coach Bill Morgenweck. Deal was an intelligent and opinionated man. It was a combination that did not always  sit well with teammates or coaches. Deal was one of the most creative shot makers in the early years of the pro game. He was not afraid to shoot on the run or even leave his feet while shooting, both sacrilegious concepts at the time. Before the 1900-01 season, Morgenweck exiled Deal to the lowly Pennsylvania BC where Deal led the league again in scoring with 12 points per game. Deal returned to Camden the next two seasons and once again led the league in scoring both seasons.  He was instrumental in Camden’s 1902-03 championship season. Deal had a solid 1903-04 season with the Western Massachusetts Basketball League, but was cut early the following season because of a falling out with his teammates. Deal played three years in the Central League, two with the powerful East Liverpool squad.  Deal continued to pro basketball until 1919, mostly with independent teams. Deal also had a twelve-year professional baseball career that included 65 games with the Cincinnati Red Legs in 1906.

 

SNAKE DEAL Height: 6:00 Weight: 165 College: None
John Wesley Deal Born: Jan 21, 1879 Died: May 9, 1944 Hometown: Germantown, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1897-98 Germantown Indep
1898-99 Philadelhpia Wheelmen NBL 7 8 31 47 6.7
1899-00 NBL 20 64 82 210 10.5
1900-01 Pennsylvania BC NBL 21 61 134 256 12.2
1901-02 Camden NBL 42 112 381 605 14.4
1902-03 Camden NBL 47 144 442 730 15.5
1903-04 WMBL 46 150 23 323 7.0
1904-05 Natick NEBL 11 37 0 74 6.7
1905-06 East Falls PBL 4 12 30 54 13.5
1905-06 Conshohocken Indep
1906-07 East Liverpool CBL 21 69 34 172 8.2
1907-08 East Liverpool CBL 41 160 92 412 10.0
1908-09 Johnstown CBL 55 151 82 384 7.0
1909-10 Phillipburg TCL
1910-11 Indep
1911-12 Indep
1912-13 Hazleton Indep 88 145 321 #DIV/0!
1913-14 Hazleton Indep 97 248 442 #DIV/0!
1914-15 Hazleton Indep 34 57 125 #DIV/0!
1914-15 Tamaqua PSL 7 5 84 138 .609 94 13.4
1915-16 Philadelphia Rockwoods Indep
1916-17 Lancaster Indep
1917-18  Did Not Play
1918-19 Philadelphia Rockwoods Indep
Major League Totals 322 973 1415 3361 10.4
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