Ralph Morgan

Ralph Morgan was a staunch rules advocate who played a key role in the development of the rules and conference structure of early twentieth century basketball. His life in basketball began modestly at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a team manager for the basketball squad in 1905. That same year, Morgan founded the College Basketball Rules Committee (CBRC), and in 1931, the CBRC became the National Basketball Rules Committee. He served as the organization’s secretary and treasurer for more than 25 years. He also organized the Joint Rules Committee in 1915 and contributed to the official rulebook until 1958. Morgan also founded the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, which later became the Ivy League. Through these monumental achievements, Morgan spread the college game along the East Coast and helped unify basketball rules.