Etlinger was one of the first Jewish college basketball players, playing at Washington University in St. Louis during the sport's infancy at the dawn of the 20th century. The game was invented in 1891, and by the time Etlinger finished his career in 1910, over 100 institutions competed in intercollegiate play.
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Etlinger played three seasons for Washington University (located in St. Louis) as college basketball started to become popular. In 1908, his sophomore season, Washington played six games and won four, including their sole game in the Missouri Valley Conference (the conference is one of the oldest and began in 1905 with Washington University as a founding member).
The following year (1909), Washington played a total of eight games against conference rivals Kansas and Missouri and went 3-5 (2-2 against Missouri and 1-3 against Kansas). In Etlingerís final season (1910), Washington finished the year 3-5. One of Hyman's opponents for Missouri that season was a top player named A. Cohen (his first name is unknown).
Etlinger played at Washington University from 1908-1910.
Use links below to navigate through the basketball section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
Ronald Encyclopedia of Basketball, edited by William G. Mokray (Ronald Press: 1962)