Feigenbaum, George : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Feigenbaum, George

In the 1940s and 1950s, Feigenbaum played professional basketball in both the American Basketball League and the NBA.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. July 2, 1928 - d. Dec. 2000

Career Highlights:
A basketball player from New York City, Feigenbaum was named All-PSAL in 1945 and was the city's top scorer. During the 1947-48 season, at the age of 19, George began playing professionally . That year, he played in three games with the Philadelphia Sphas (the nickname stood for the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association) in the American Basketball League. In the 1930s and early 1940s, the ABL was the top pro league in the East, but with the founding in 1946 of the Basketball Association of America (forerunner of the NBA), regional leagues soon receded into the background. Nonetheless, the ABL still attracted some of the best basketball talent in the East because the BAA did not become the dominant league until the 1949-50 season (when it was renamed the NBA).

After his short stint with the Sphas, Feigenbaum became a regular with the Trenton Tigers in 1948-49 and finished fifth on the team in scoring with 370 points in 40 games (9.2 average). Trenton finished third in the league with a 25-16 record, but lost in the playoffs. The next year, Feigenbaum switched teams again within the ABL, playing 23 games with the Hartford Hurricanes and averaging 13.6 points per game. He also played in NBA for the first time, appearing in 12 games, scoring 36 points for the Baltimore Bullets who finished 25-43 and missed the playoffs.

Over the next few years, Feigenbaum continued to play professionally as he moved from team to team. He played in the ABL for Allentown and Scranton in the early 1950s, but did not appear in more than 11 games in any season (the ABL folded after the 1952-53 season). Feigenbaum also made his second appearance in the NBA in 1952-53, this time with the Milwaukee Hawks. He played in five games and scored 16 points for the Hawks. He also played in another league, the Eastern League, which was an outlet for players who sought to participate in top competition, but could not fulfill the full-time demands of the NBA.

Origin:
New York

Career Dates:
Feigenbaum played guard at Long Island University and the University of Kentucky. He played in the ABL with the Philadelphia Sphas in 1947-48; for Trenton in 1948-49; with Hartford in 1949-50; with Allentown in 1950-51; and for Scranton from 1951-53. Feigenbaum then played in the NBA with the Baltimore Bullets in 1949-50 and for the Milwaukee Hawks in 1952-53.

Physical description:
6'1", 185 pounds.

Career Statistics:
In the NBA:
Games: 17
Points: 52
Points Per Game: 3.1

Field Goals Made: 18
Field Goals Attempted: 79
Field Goal Percentage: .278

Free Throws Made: 16
Free Throws Attempted: 33
Free Throw Percentage: .485

Rebounds : not available
Assists: 19
Assists Per Game: 1.1

Personal Fouls: 29
Disqualifications: 1 (incomplete record)



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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
The Official NBA Encyclopedia: Third Edition, edited by Jan Hubbard (New York: Doubleday, 2000)


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