Bill Rogin, often called “Moose,” was a standout basketball player and, later in life, football official. Rogin, who played for Assumption College, once held the NCAA single-game scoring record. He was also the first Windsorite to officiate a Grey Cup game.
Rogin, born in Windsor on June 9, 1915, attended and competed for Patterson Collegiate.
Rogin’s Patterson Juniors were crowned WSSA and WOSSA Junior Champions in 1932, but his high school basketball career reached its apex in ’33. In this year, Rogin led the WSSA Senior division in scoring by tallying 95 points over 10 games. A dominant big man, Rogin was selected to the first WSSA All-City team as a forward. Malcolm “Red” Wiseman, Stanley “Red” Nantais, Norm Nickerson, and Marc Wood made up the rest of the roster.
The following year, Rogin attended Assumption College, where he continued to excel on the basketball court. In the 1933-34 season, Rogin’s Assumption team became Ontario Champions and reached the Eastern Canadian semi-finals.
The following year, Assumption won both the Ontario and Eastern Canadian titles before losing to the Victoria Blue Ribbons three games to one in a best-of-five Canadian Championship series, held in Vancouver. The 1934-35 Assumption team also won the Michigan-Ontario Collegiate Conference championship, with Rogin securing First Team All-Star status.
On February 7, 1937, Rogin set an NCAA record by scoring 35 points in a remarkable game against Detroit Lawrence Tech. In the 1930s and ’40s, it was common to see entire teams score only 20 or 30 points in a night! Rogin’s accomplishment stood in Assumption record books until 1947, when Freddie Thomas eclipsed it with a 42-point game. Rogin set a second national record that game by making 16 consecutive foul shots. Rogin also broke the three-year college career scoring record of 632 cumulative points, then held by Robert H. Many of Lehigh University.
Rogin took a degree in Education from the Ontario College of Education at the University of Toronto, for which he also played basketball. In 1938, Rogin submitted a legendary performance in a game against Cornell University. Despite facing double and triple coverage, Rogin scored all of his team’s 25 points during the first 39 minutes of the game.
Rogin also stood out in track and field and football. During his high school days, he won a WSSA shot put title in 1931, and Intermediate discus titles at both the WSSA and WOSSA levels in ’32. Rogin also played guard and kicked for the Windsor Grads, Windsor’s first Ontario Football Champions.
Later in life, Rogin developed a reputation as an outstanding football and basketball official. Most notably, he drew attention to Windsor by working the 1946 CFL Grey Cup as a linesman.
Rogin was an original inductee into the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
He passed away the following year, on March 7, 1987. His legacy is honoured by the Bill Rogin trophy, which is awarded annually to Windsor’s most valuable Senior Boys’ high school basketball player.