PLAYER PROFILE

RODY COONEY

STATISTICS & HISTORY

In the spring of 1919, Roger “Rody” Cooney was a short, thin, baby-faced seventeen year old student at St. Francis Prep High School in Brooklyn. Cooney was also an extraordinaryly talented athlete who led his school team to the New York City CSAL basketball championship. In the fall of 1919, Cooney returned to St. Francis Prep to complete his senior year, while simaltaeously signing up to play basketball with an array of Brooklyn professional teams.  Within a month, Cooney had become a “school boy sensation” and a hugely popular figure in the tough world of pro basketball.   The unusal situation went on until late December when the CSAL forced St. Joseph’s to drop Cooney from the high school team. While still a teenager, Cooney was soon recognized as one of the  best players in the Greater New York City area – a position he would retain for over a dozen seasons.

Cooney was a mainstay of the famed Brooklyn Visitation Triangles for sixteen (1921-1936) seasons, While the Visitation never reached the mythic status of the Original Celtics, the team remained one of the top teams in pro basketball for over a dozen years.  Cooney was a key performer on the squads that won Metropolitan League  titles during 1923-24, 1924-25, 1926-27 and 1931-32 seasons. The Visitation also won the American Basketball League title in 1930-31. Cooney was never among the team’s leading scorers, but he was the vital cog that made the Visitation work. He was an excellent ball handler and playmaker. Despite weighing barely 140 pounds , Cooney was tough defender who consistently shut down many of the era’s best shooters. In 1932, while still active as a player, Cooney was hired to  to coach St. Francis College in Brooklyn, where he remained for nine seasons, compiling a 125-77 record.

 

RODY COONEY Height: 5:08 Weight: 140 College: None
Roger P. Cooney Born:  May 17, 1902 Died:  Sep 29, 1965 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1919-20 Brooklyn Nonparells Indep
1919-20 Brooklyn St.Mary’s Triangles Indep
1919-20 Brooklyn Chicoras Big Five Indep
1919-20 Brooklyn Atlantic Big Five Indep
1919-20 Brooklyn Arobins Dry Dock Five Indep
1919-20 Brookllyn Somersets Indep
1920-21 Booklyn Nonparells Indep
1920-21 Brooklyn St.Mary’s Triangles Indep
1920-21 Brooklyn Whirlwinds Indep
1920-21 Brooklyn Visitation Triangles Indep
1920-21 Brooklyn Imaculata Indep
1920-21 Brooklyn St. Stephen’s Crowns Indep
1920-21 Brooklyn Chapelle Caseys Indep
1921-22 Brooklyn Visitation Triangles MBL 20 34 41 109 5.5
1921-22 Easthampton IL 18 30 26 86 4.8
1921-22 Brooklyn St. Rose Club Indep
1922-23 Brooklyn Visitation Triangles MBL 37 36 74 146 3.9
1922-23 Troy NYSL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1922-23 SpringfieldHolyoke IL 2 1 4 6 3.0
1922-23 Brooklyn Unique Big Five Indep
1922-23 Brooklyn Seniors Indep
1923-24 Brooklyn Visitaion Triangles MBL 33 44 51 139 4.2
1923-24 Glens Falls NYSL 3 11 3 25 8.3
1923-24 Philadelphia SPHAS PBL 1 0 3 3 3.0
1923-24 Richmond Hills Celtics Indep
1923-24 Brooklyn Edison Big Five Indep
1924-25 Brooklyn Visitation Triangles MBL 17 31 61 123 7.2
1924-25 Brooklyn Edison Big Five Indep
1925-26 WashingtonBrooklyn Visitation ABL 23 32 47 111 4.8
1925-26 Brooklyn Edison Big Five Indep
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitation NLN 24 53 55 161 6.7
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitation MBL 10 21 24 66 6.6
1926-27 Brooklyn Edison Big Five Indep
1927-28 Brooklyn Visitation MBL 12 29 28 86 7.2
1927-28 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 26 50 12 112 4.3
1927-28 Brooklyn Edison Big Five Indep
1928-29 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 25 39 14 92 3.7
1928-29 Brooklyn Edison Big Five Indep
1929-30 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 50 89 17 195 3.9
1930-31 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 28 51 7 109 3.9
1931-32 Brooklyn Visitation MBL 14 32 9 73 5.2
1931-32 Brooklyn Americans Indep
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitation MBL 20 31 9 71 3.6
1932-33 Dunmore PSL 1 1 0 2 2.0
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 27 35 12 82 3.0
1933-34 Pittston PSL 3 6 6 18 6.0
1934-35 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 16 10 8 28 1.8
1935-36 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 10 1 2 4 0.4
Major League Totals 417 660 507 0 1827 4.4
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1923-24 Glens Falls NYSL 4 11 12 34 8.5
1925-26 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 3 5 13 23 7.7
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitation MBL 2 2 5 9 4.5
1930-31 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 6 14 1 29 4.8
1935-36 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 1 0 0 0 0.0
Major League Totals 16 32 31 95 5.9

 

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