Bobby Vance grew up in East Berlin, Connecticut, a small town just outside New Britain, where he attended high school . In the fall of 1909, Vance entered Notre Dame University where he was an immediate stand out on the basketball team. Just three months later, in January of 1910, Vance departed Notre Dame to play professional basketball in the the Central Basketball League. The teenager held his own among some of the best pro players of the era.  In 1911, he began a four-year stint in the New York State Basketball League. Vance was an extremely talented scorer, who also quickly developed a  reputation for being  impulsive and immature.   During his four years  in the NYSL, he played for five different teams. In  the 1915-16 season, Vance was the third leading scorer in the Pennsylvania State Basketball League, but he could find no takers in the league for his services the following  season. Instead, he signed to play for Scranton in the minor-league level Intercounty league. Vance led the league in scoring by a wide margin and his team to the championship. With league play shutting down due to the onset of World War I in 1917, Vance agreed to play for Lew Wachter, the former Troy manager-coach, who was promoting basketball teams that barnstormed throughout  New England.  Vance had  previously played for and against Wachter in the NYSL. Vance remained  associated with Wachter through the early 1920’s, sometimes playing for him and sometimes leading an opposition team.


BOBBY VANCE Height: 5:09 Weight: 160 College: Notre Dame’10
Robert Vance Born: 1892  Died: Jul 1969 Hometown: East Berlin, Ct.
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1909-10 Notre Dame College
1909-10 Uniontown CBL     23     54        0   108      4.7
1910-11 Uniontown CBL      14        8        7     23       1.6
1911-12 Hudson NYSL 50 187 48 422 8.4
1912-13 CohoesAlbany NYSL 34 81 49 211 6.2
1913-14 TroySyracuseUtica NYSL 59 159 91 409 6.9
1914-15 Gloversville NYSL 23 52 24 128 5.6
1915-16 Milford CML
1915-16 Hazleton PSL 24 59 217 335 14.0
1916-17 Scranton ICL 149 98 396
1916-17 Paterson IBL 1 2 2 6 6.0
1917-18 Windsor (Vt) Indep
1917-18 Springfield (Vt) Indep
1918-19 Windsor (Vt) Indep
1918-19 Springfield (Vt) Indep
1919-20 Springfield (Vt) Indep 33 158 50 366 11.1
1920-21 Springfield (Vt) Indep
Major League Totals 228 602 438 1642 7.2
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