“Kid” had the distinction of leading two teams to national championships, football and basketball. It was on the hardcourt, however, that Keinath found most of his success. The Quakers were dubbed national co-champions for the 1908-09 season, and Keinath captained the Quakers to a 22-game winning streak. In his senior year, Keinath, who was highly touted for his shooting and dribbling abilities, scored the only Red and Blue points in games against Cornell and Columiba. Keinath won Eastern Intercollegiate League scoring titles his junior and senior seasons.
Keinath was very outspoken about the rules of the game as well. “Kid” wanted to see the hoops raised: “My objection to the big boys in basketball is that they don’t have to shoot. They merely dunk the ball into the basket. With a higher basket, they would have to learn to shoot or lose their jobs.” On his own application to the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Keinath wrote “Due to proficiency in two-hand dribble, it was eliminated.”
On Franklin Field, Keinath quarterbacked 1908 Penn squad which went undefeated, 11-0-1. Keinath played baseball in 1906, and returned to become the freshman baseball coach in 1909. He coached Penn basketball for three years and was a member of Penn’s football coaching staff for 30 seasons.