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 that 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. After service in the Army during World War II, returned to Passaic where he finished the final two years of his pro basketball career.


MOONEY LEVINE Height: 5:10 Weight: 165 College: None
Doloman A. Levine Born: Hometown: Passaic, NJ
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1931-32 Passaic YMHA Indep
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
1933-34 Passaic  YMCA Indep
1934-35 Passaic  YMCA Indep
1935-36 Passaic ABL 9 20 8 48 5.3
1935-36 Passaic Monroe Association Indep
1936-37 Passaic YMCA Indep
1936-37 Newark Hebrews Indep
1937-38 Binghamton NYPL 10 3 8 14 1.4
1938-39 Binghamton NYPL 5 11 13 35 7.0
1938-39 Passaic Kenyons Indep
1939-40 Passaic Kenyons Indep
1939-40 Passaic Indep
1939-40 Amsterdam NYSL 8 47 12 106 13.3
1940-41 Hackensack Panthers Indep
1940-41 Passaic Kenyons Indep
`941-42 Passaic Nelleys Indep
1942-46 U.S. Army Military Service
1945-46 Passaic Kenvits Indep
1946-47 Passaic Kenvits Indep 5 19 8 28 5.6
1946-47 Passaic Kenyons
Major League Totals 11 21 8 50 4.5








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