“Long Tom” Riley was a better than average Turn of the Century New England basketball player.  Riley was huge man, by the standards of the era, at six-feet-two and two hundred and ten pounds. Riley  spent the early seasons of his career playing with  an independent team in his home town of Ware, Massachusetts. Riley spent the 1902-03 season with the Ware team in the tough Massachusetts Basketball League. Riley lead the team in scoring despite the presence of Ed Wachter and Jimmy Williamson, two of the very top pro stars, on the roster. Riley spent the later year of his career playing with Wachter for an independent team in Brattleboro, Vermont.


TOM RILEY Height: 6:02 Weight: 210 College: None
Thomas Joseph Riley Born:  Mar, 1879 Died: Aug 8, 1914 Hometown: Ware, Ma.
Brother of Timothy Riley REGULAR SEASON RECORD
“Long Tom” Riley
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1897-098 Ware Indep
1898-99 Ware Indep
1899-00 Ware Indep
1900-01 Ware Indep
1901-02 Westfield Social Club Indep
1902-03 Ware MCL 27 49 102 200 7.4
1903-04 SpringfieldWare WML 4 2 0 4 1.0
1904-05 Ware Indep
1905-06 Ware Indep
1906-07 Brattleboro (Vt) Indep
1907-08 Brattleboro (Vt) Indep 22 19 1 39 1.8
1908-09 Brattleboro (Vt) Indep
Major League Totals 31 51 102 204 6.6





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