"Pop" Morgenweck

FRANK "POP" MORGENWECK was born on July 15, 1875 in Egg Harbor NJ. With a relative, William E. "Billy" Morgenweck, he was one of the organizers of the first basketball league in the United States in the 1890s, the National Basketball League. He also coached the Camden Electrics in 1903-04 and the Camden Athletics in 1933-34

At 5'8" and 165 pounds, Morgenweck, known as "Pop" played on a professional level till the age of 41. In basketball's early years, the sport needed astute business leaders and visionaries like Frank Morgenweck. From 1901 to 1932, Morgenweck operated teams in more than 14 Eastern and Western cities. Three of his franchises won championships, (Kingston, NY-1912 and 1925; Patterson, NJ-1917; Rochester, NY-1930) . Throughout his 30-year involvement with professional basketball, "Pop" was an influential personality among players, coaches and owners. In 1931 he was elected president of the Old-Timers Association, consisting of former pro basketball players from as far back as the the 1890s.

Frank Morgenweck passed away in Massachusetts on December 8, 1941. His family was still in Camden into the 1960s. He was one of six men enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1962. It should be noted that the Hall was established in 1959, and that Morgenweck was among the first 47 men so honored.

Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1936

New York Five Seeks to Climb in American League
Tilt at Phila.

Frank Morgenweck's Kingston (N. Y.) City Service five will battle Eddie Gottlieb's Sphas tonight in an attempt to move within a half game of first position in a regularly sched­uled American Basketball League contest at the Broadwood Hotel Ballroom, Broad and Wood streets, Philadelphia, at 9.15 p. m.

It seems "Morgy," the dean of pro basketball coaches, has little love for the manager of the Sphas or for any of the players who have already won the first-half season championship. And, to hear Frank tell it, his former New York state champs are the boys "who'll put the Sphas in their place."

A few weeks ago such words would have sounded like idle talk on the part of the Kingston manager. However, at the present time it might well be worth listening to.

Only one game separates the Jewels, who are in first place, and the last-place club. The New Yorkers have a bead on the second semester title, and an accurate one. They twice knocked over the Jewels, within the first week of the second­half season, and they're here seeking a new deal in the rivalry with the Sphas.


High School:

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  • National League Philadelphia Phillies (1901-02)

  • New England Basketball League Haverhill (1903-04)

  • Western Mass. League Westfield Whirlwinds, player/coach (1903-04)

  • New York League Kingston Colonials I, player/coach (1910-14)

  • Central Basketball League Pittsburgh South Siders, player/coach (1911-12)

  • NY Cohoes Cohosiers, player/coach (1914-15)

  • Metropolitan League Elizabeth Points, player/coach (1915-16)

  • Interstate League Kingston Pathfinders, player/coach (1915-16)

  • IL North Hudson Pathfinders, player/coach (1915-16)

Pro Coaching:

  • NL Philadelphia Phillies (1902-03)

  • NL Wilmington Peaches (1902-03)

  • NL Camden Electrics (1903-04)

  • WML Westfield Whirlwinds, player/coach (1903-04)

  • NY Kingston Colonials I, player/coach (1910-14)

  • CEN Pittsburgh South Siders, player/coach (1911-12)

  • NY Newark Palatials (1913-14)

  • NY Cohoes Cohosiers, player/coach (1914-15)

  • MET Elizabeth Points, player/coach (1915-16)

  • IL Kingston Pathfinders, player/coach (1915-16)

  • IL North Hudson Pathfinders, player/coach (1915-16)

  • NY Paterson Crescents I (1916-17)

  • IL Passaic City Athletic Association (1919-20)

  • NY Kingston Colonials II (1921-22, 1923-25, 1927-28)

  • MET Paterson Legionnaires (1922-27)

  • NY Amsterdam Flashes (1923-24)

  • MET Passaic Panthers (1924-25)

  • MET Passaic Mets (1925-26)

  • MET Perth Amboy Mets (1925-26)

  • American Basketball League Fort Wayne Hoosiers (1927-28)

  • Paterson Whirlwinds (1928-29)

  • ABL Rochester Centrals (1929-30)

  • ABL Chicago Bruins (1930-31)

  • Eastern League Bridgeton Gems (1931-33)

  • MET Paterson Continentals (1932-33)

  • NL Camden Athletics (1933-34)

  • NY Kingston Colonials III (1935-38)

Career Highlights:

  • Business leader and visionary of basketball during its early years

  • Operated professional teams in 14 cities from 1901 to 1932 in the National League, Central League, New York

  • State League, Inter-State League, Metropolitan League, American League and others

  • Three of his teams won titles: Kingston (NY)-Hudson River League (1912 & 1925); Paterson (NJ)-Inter-State league (1917); Rochester (NY)-American League (1930)

  • Influential figure in his 30 years in basketball

  • Elected president of Old Timers organization at its reunion in 1931 (organization comprised of old-time
    professional players dating back to the 1890s)