Fats Jenkins was born in Harlem in 1898. He attended high school in Manhattan where he received great acclaim as a baseball and basketball star. As a teenager, Jenkins joined the St. Christopher Club, the most prominent black team in New York City. He also played for the New York Incorporators, the Commonwealth Big Five and the Loendi Big Five.  In 1924, Jenkins joined Bob Douglas’ New York Renaissance team. The Rens barnstormed up to 200 games a year. With the decline of the Original Celtics in the early 1930’s, the Rens became the premier professional basketball team in the country. Between 1931 and 1936, the team compiled an amazing 473-49 record. On a team known for its speed and quickness, Jenkins stood out. He was widely considered the fastest man in basketball and the heart of the Rens fast breaking style of basketball. He was also a relentless defender who excelled at stealing the ball. Throughout the thirties, Jenkins coached the team on the road for Douglas who often did not travel with team. In 1938-39, his final season as a Ren, the 41 year-old Jenkins helped the Rens,  long the uncrowned professional champions, finally formally capture the title at the initial World Professional Tournament in Chicago. The Rens were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1963, but surprisingly Jenkins has not been honored as an individual for induction. Jenkins also starred in Negro League baseball for over twenty years including a long stint with the New York Black Yankees.


FATS JENKINS Height: 5:06 Weight: 160 College: None
Clarence Reginald Jenkins Born: Jan 10, 1898 Died: Dec 6, 1968 Hometown: New York, NY
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1914-15 New York St.Christopher Indep
1915-16 New York St.Christopher Indep
1916-17 New York St.Christopher Indep
1917-18 New York St.Christopher Indep
1918-19 New York St.Christopher Indep
1919-20 New York St.Christopher Indep
1920-21 New York St.Christopher Indep
1921-22 New York Commonwealth Big Five Indep
1922-23 New York Commonwealth Big Five Indep
1923-24 New York Commonwealth Big Five Indep
1923-24 Pittsburgh Loendi Big Five Indep
1924-25 New York Rens Indep
1925-26 New York Rens Indep
1926-27 New York Rens Indep
1927-28 New York Rens Indep
1928-29 New York Rens Indep
1929-30 New York Rens Indep
1930-31 New York Rens Indep
1931-32 New York Rens Indep
1932-33 New York Rens Indep
1933-34 New York Rens Indep
1934-35 New York Rens Indep
1935-36 New York Rens Indep
1936-37 New York Rens Indep
1937-38 New York Rens Indep
1938-39 New York Rens Indep
1939-40 Chicago Crusaders Indep
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1938-39 New York Rens WBT 2 2 3 3 1.000 7 3.5
Major League Totals 2 2 3 3 1.000 7 3.5




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