Irv Torgoff

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Irv Torgoff
Personal information
Born(1917-03-06)March 6, 1917
Brooklyn, New York
DiedOctober 21, 1993(1993-10-21) (aged 76)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High schoolTilden (Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeLIU Brooklyn (1935–1939)
Playing career1939–1949
Career history
1939–1940Detroit Eagles
1940–1946Philadelphia Sphas
19461948Washington Capitols
1948–1949Baltimore Bullets
1949Philadelphia Warriors
1949–1950Trenton Tigers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Irving Torgoff (March 6, 1917 – October 21, 1993) was an American professional basketball player.

Torgoff was born in Brooklyn, New York and played basketball at Tilden High School. He attended Long Island University from 1935 to 1939 and was a two-time All-American for coach Clair Bee. In 1939, Torgoff led LIU to an undefeated record and a National Invitation Tournament championship over Loyola University Chicago. At the end of the season, he was named the winner of the Haggerty Award as the top collegiate player in the New York City area. After graduating, Torgoff played professional basketball with the Detroit Eagles of the National Basketball League, the Philadelphia Sphas of the American Basketball League, and the Washington Capitols, Baltimore Bullets, and Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Association of America.[1]

Red Auerbach, who coached the Capitols before gaining fame as coach of the Boston Celtics, said of Torgoff, "He was really the first player who became known as a sixth man in basketball. Torgoff was the kind of player who could come off the bench and was as good as any of the starters. He could turn a whole game around. He was one of the great players."[2]

After his basketball career ended, Torgoff sold fabrics and yarn. He died of a heart attack in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1993.[2]

BAA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 Washington 58 .273 .730 .5 8.4
1947–48 Washington 47 .205 .813 .7 7.2
1948–49 Baltimore 29 .253 .768 1.1 4.6
1948–49 Philadelphia 13 .292 .875 .9 2.7
Career 147 .246 .771 .7 6.8


Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1947 Washington 6 .160 .684 .8 6.5
1949 Philadelphia 2 .000 .000 1.0 .0
Career 8 .155 .684 .9 4.9


  1. ^ Entry at Jews in Sports. Retrieved on August 26, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Irving Torgoff, 75, a Star Player In Early Days of Pro Basketball. Retrieved on August 26, 2008.

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