Bennie Borgmann
Personal information
Born(1900-11-22)November 22, 1900
Haledon, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedNovember 11, 1978(1978-11-11) (aged 77)
Hawthorne, New Jersey, U.S.
Listed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolClifton (Clifton, New Jersey)
Playing career1919–1936
Coaching career1926–1954
Career history
As player:
1919–1920Paterson Silk Sox
1919–1920Paterson Kleen Maids
1921–1922Paterson Powers Brothers
1921–1923Springfield Gunners
1922–1927Paterson Legionnaires
1923–1924Cohoes Trojans
1925–1926Original Celtics
1926–1927Kingston Raiders
1926–1930Fort Wayne Hoosiers
1929–1930Paterson Whirlwinds
1930–1931Paterson Crescents
1930–1931Chicago Bruins
1931–1932Bridgeton Moose
1931–1932Long Island Pro-Imps
1932–1933Paterson Continentals
1932–1933Brooklyn Americans
1932–1933Bridgeton Gems
1933–1934Newark Joe Fays
1934–1935Newark/New Britain Mules
1935–1936Paterson Panthers / Trenton Moose / Passiac Reds
As coach:
1926–1927Fort Wayne Hoosiers
1930–1931Paterson Crescents
1935–1936Paterson Panthers / Trenton Moose / Passiac Reds
1945–1946Paterson Crescents
19461948Syracuse Nationals
1948–1949Saint Michael's
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • Metropolitan League champion (1923)
  • NYSPBL champion (1923)
  • ABL scoring leader (1929–1931)
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Bernhard Borgmann Jr. (November 22, 1900 – November 11, 1978) was a professional basketball player and coach.

Born in Haledon, New Jersey, he played for 17 years between 1919 and 1936, and is mostly known for his time with the Kingston Colonials and Original Celtics. Borgmann is regarded as the best offensive player of his era, leading various leagues in scoring 15 times in a 12-year span. He also served as the first coach of the Syracuse Nationals of the National Basketball League—now the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers—from 1946 to 1948. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961.[1]

Borgmann also played as a middle infielder in the baseball minor leagues from 1928 to 1942, managed in the minors from until 1950, and scouted until 1974.[2] He died in Hawthorne, New Jersey, where he had been a longtime resident.[3]

Borgmann was featured in the book Basketball History in Syracuse, Hoops Roots by Mark Allen Baker, published by The History Press in 2010.


  1. ^ Bernhard "Bennie" Borgmann Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Accessed November 27, 2007.
  2. ^ McKenna, Brian. Early exits: the premature endings of baseball careers, 2007, p. 141.
  3. ^ "Chiefs Get New Boss Syracuse, N. Y., The Daily Record, September 9, 1941. Accessed August 29, 2020. "Bennie Borgmann of Hawthorne, N. J., will not be re-signed as manager of the Syracuse Chiefs of the International Baseball League, Clarence M. Schindler, club president, announced."