Pro basketball in the 1930’s was dominated by slow, methodical playmaking that featured one or two exceptional outside shooters.  Solomon “Mooney” Levine was one of the best shooters around for many years.  Mooney was named to the All-New Jersey State High School basketball team in both his junior and senior years.  Mooney had feelers from a number of colleges, but in the teeth of the Depression, he chose to remain in Passaic  at a time one the New Jersey city was a hotbed of independent basketball that could provide him with some  much needed income. His longest associations were with the Passaic YMHA, and in later years, the Passaic Kenyons.  Levine remained immensely popular in Passaic throughout the decade. In the late 1930’s, Levine played minor league professional basketball in upstate New York.  He was the leading scorer in the New York State League at the time it suspended operation in December of 1939.


MOONEY LEVINE Height: 5:10 Weight: 160 College: None
Solomon A. Levine Born: July 27, 1912 Died: Nov 1, 1976 Hometown: Passaic, NJ
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1931-32 Passaic YMHA AAU
1932-33 Passaic Wooley City Indep
1932-33 Passaic YMHA Indep
1932-33 Hackensack Jewish Five Indep
1933-34 Newark ABL 2 1 0 2 1.0
1933-24 Passaic YMHA Indep
1934-35 Passaic YMHA Indep
1935-36 Passaic ABL 9 20 8 48 5.3
1935-36 Passaic YMHA Indep
1935-36 Passaic Monroe Association Indep
1936-37 Passaic YMHA Indep
1937-38 Binghamton NYPL 10 3 8 14 1.4
1938-39 Binghamton NYPA 5 11 13 35 7.0
1938-39 Passaic Kenyons Indep
1939-40 Passaic Kenyons Indep
1939-40 Amsterdam NYSL 8 47 12 106 13.3
1940-41 Hackensack Panthers Indep
1940-41 Passaic Kenyons Indep
1941-42 Passaic Kenyons Indep
1941-42 Passaic Neillys Indep
1942-46 US Army Military Service
Major League Totals 11 21 8 50 4.5
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