In January of 1922, the Metropolitan Basketball League was formed in New York City. Composed of six of the strongest independent clubs in and around the city, the new league was an immediate success. Two Brooklyn-based teams, Mac Dowell and the Dodgers, ended the twenty game schedule in a dead heat. MacDowell’s players demanded more money ($40 per game instead of their usual $25) to appear in the proposed best-of-three-game playoff for the title, but owner Frank McCormick forfeited to the Dodgers rather than give into their demands. Twenty-two year old Benny Borgmann and twenty-one year old Joe Brennan finished first and second in the individual scoring race. The names of these two tough, talented youngsters would be interwoven with the history of professional basketball throughout the next decade.