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Consistently named an All-Pro with numerous teams in the 1910-30 era, Player Bernard "Bennie" Borgmann was also a baseball player, including a stint in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932. He spent over 50 years in pro sports, playing in close to 3,000 basketball and 2,000 baseball games. Forest "Red" DeBernardi was one of the great players of Amateur Athletic Union basketball, leading his teams to 10 national AAU Tournaments (1920-29). An eight-time AAU All-American, DeBernardi was selected as the center on the All-Time College Basketball team by the Associated Press in 1938. George Hoyt was one of New England's foremost referees for 34 years. Known as "Mr. Basketball" in the sport's pioneer years, Hoyt was a champion of developing uniform national rules and procedures. Coach George Keogan introduced the shifting man-to-man defense and strong pivot play to the college ranks in 1923 at Notre Dame. He compiled a 327-97 record in 20 seasons leading the Fighting Irish, and never had a loosing season. Contributor John J. O'Brien formed the Interstate League in 1915 and launched the Metropolitan Basketball League in 1922. The "Metro" was one of the premier early leagues. He later served as the ABL President from 1931 to 1952. A star player under Dr. James Naismith at Kansas, Ernest Quigley became one of the most respected referees of his era. He officiated more that 1,500 games and ten consecutive AAU Tournaments during his 40-year career. As a member of the Passaic (NJ) High School "Wonder Teams" of the 1920s, John Roosma led the school to 57 of its 159 consecutive victories. At West Point, he was a three-time All-America, scoring 1,126 points in 74 games and led the Cadets to an undefeated 17-0 season in 1923. A strong advocate of "big man" basketball, Leonard Sachs helped develop the fast-break offense and 2-2-1 zone defense as the coach of Loyola University. From 1923 to 1942, he guided Loyola teams to a 224-149 record. A founder of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Contributor Arthur Schabinger served on the NABC Rules Committee and on the AAU Basketball Committee. An advocate for the 10-second rule, he helped organize the US Olympic Basketball Trials in 1936. Player Christian Steinmetz was one of the premier scorers in the early years of the game, finishing his 40-game career with 950 points at the University of Wisconsin. In 1904-05 he scored 23 more points than were scored against the Badgers by all of their opponents. David Tobey refereed every important pro and college game in New York City from 1918 to 1945. Tobey was among the first to referee to use the then-experimental three-man crew. Contributor Arthur Trester founded the Indiana High School Athletic Association and what is now known each spring as "Hoosier Hysteria." He developed the Indiana State Basketball Tournament, and helped high school basketball flourish on a national level. The dominant professional player from 1901 to 1924, Ed Wachter consistently led his team and leagues in scoring. His Troy (NY) Trojans were pro ball's first great team, winning league titles 1909 to 1915. In a career lasting almost five decades, David Walsh ranked among the top referees on the East Coast. He was the Supervisor of Officials for the ECAC, and wrote the first Manual of Basketball Officiating. All are Silver Relief medallions. Borgmann, DeBernardi, Keogan, Sachs, Schabinger, Wachter and Walsh are in NM condition. Hoyt is in excellent condition; very slight scratches on background. O'Brien is in excellent condition; very slight scratch on tip of nose. Quigley is in fair to good condition; scratched and chipped on tip of nose, on top lip and on right eyebrow, Roosma is in excellent condition; slight scratch on forehead. Steinmetz is in very good condition; slight scratch on background. Tobey is in excellent condition; very slight scratch on tip of nose. Trester is in fair to good condition; tip of nose worn and chipped.
Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1961 Medallions Including Bennie Borgmann (14)
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Minimum Bid: $250
Price Realized: $1,140
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Friday, December 30, 2005.
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