PLAYER PROFILE

SWEDE GRIMSTEAD

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Swede  Grimstead was one of pro basketball’s most colorful players of the teens and twenties. Grimstead played amateur basketball around New York City before Lew Wachter signed him to a professional contract for his 1911-12 Troy New York State League team. Talented, but very raw and inexperienced, Grimstead was released after a few games. He played with three more teams the same season without a great deal of success. He gained considerable experience during the 1912-13 season when he toured with Frank Basloe’s Oswego Indians. By the 1913-14 season, Grimstead had blossomed into a first-rate center, good enough to hold his own against perennial Troy all-star Ed  Wachter. Grimstead’s Utica team won the NYSL championship edging out Wachter’s Troy squad for the title. Flamboyant and eccentric on and off the court, Grimstead .regularly skirmished with law enforcement officials, usually for a harmless (at least in his mind) prank or barroom celebration. During the 1920-21 season, he was a valuable member of Scranton’s Pennslyvania State League championship team and also played along side Dutch Dehnert and Johnny Beckman with the Original Celtics. In his prime, Grimstead was a strong defender and surprisingly good ballhandler for a big man. He enjoyed success in the mid-twenties with the Brooklyn Visitation who twice won the Metropolitan League championship with Grimstead at center. Grimstead finished his 17 -year pro career with two years in the ABL in a supporting role on three teams.

 

SWEDE GRIMSTEAD Height: 6:01 Weight: 180 College: None
Oscar L. Grimstead Born:  Mar 23, 1891   Died:   Mar 28, 1934 Hometown: New York, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1911-12 Paterson HRL 3 6 0 12 4.0
1911-12 HudsonTroyCohoes NYSL 33 60 15 135 4.1
1912-13 Cohoes NYSL 9 19 11 49 5.4
1912-13 Oswego Indians Indep
1913-14 Utica NYSL 63 116 49 281 4.5
1914-15 Gloversville NYSL 21 40 28 108 5.1
1914-15 Oswego Indians Indep
1915-16 De Neri EBL 40 65 0 52 130 3.3
1916-17 Plymouth PSL 39 83 92 29 258 6.6
1917-18 Plymouth PSL 48 70 57 31 197 4.1
1917-18 Windor Namcos Indep
1918-19 Military Service
1918-19 Original Celtics Indep
1919-20 Plymouth PSL 19 32 25 85 .294 5 89 4.7
1919-20 GloversvilleTroy NYSL 9 17 4 38 4.2
1919-20 North PhiladelphiaGermantown EBL 21 42 30 60 .500 23 114 5.4
1919-20 Jersey CityNewark IBL 6 7 5 19 3.2
1919-20 Thompsonville IL 16 69 10 148 9.3
1919-20 Brooklyn Non Perils Indep
1919-20 Passaic City AA Indep
1919-20 Newark City AC Indep
1919-20 Stamford Indep
1920-21 PittstonNanticokeScranton PSL 28 30 21 12 81 2.9
1920-21 Trenton EBL 3 6 1 4 .250 6 13 4.3
1920-21 Thompsonville IL 11 16 9 41 3.7
1920-21 Original Celtics Indep
1920-21 Bruggy All Stars Indep
1921-22 ScrantonCamden EBL 34 45 28 59 .475 36 118 3.5
1921-22 Brooklyn Dodgers MBL 14 24 17 65 4.6
1921-22 Hartford IL 1 0 1 1 1.0
1921-22 Original Celtics Indep
1922-23 Elizabeth MBL 30 52 36 140 4.7
1922-23 SchecnectadyAlbany NYSL 21 18 21 57 2.7
1922-23 Greenfield IL 3 2 0 4 1.3
1922-23 Philadelphia EBL 1 =2 0       2  .000        1 4 4.0
1923-24 Brooklyn MBL 38 39 47 125 3.3
1923-24 MohawkUtica NYSL      6       6        6        18     3.0
1924-25 Brooklyn MBL 26 7 23 37 1.4
1924-25 Shanahan PBL 11 9 8 26 2.4
1925-26 Brookyn MBL 8 5 1 11 1.4
1925-26 CamdenPottsville EBL 7 7 0 14 2.0
1926-27 Paterson*Kingston

Ridgewood*Orange

NLN 16 8 8 24 1.5
1926-27 Rochester ABL 29 31 16 78 2.7
1927-28 Albany MBL 5 1 6 8 1.6
1927-28 WashingtonChicago ABL 35 16 7 39 1.1
Major League Totals 619 934 575 2443 3.9
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1920-21 Scranton PSL 2 4 1 9 4.5
1920-21 Thompsonville IL 4 4 1 9 2.3
1920-21 Scranton WS 2 5 2 12 6.0
1922-23 Elizabeth MBL 3 5 2 12 4.0
1924-25 Brooklyn MBL 1 1 3 5 5.0
Major League Totals 12 19 9 47 3.9

 

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