Monday, January 20, 2020

1950-51 Torrington Howards (EBL-CT)

1950-51 TORRINGTON HOWARDS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 9-12 .429, T-3rd place

Semi-Finals: Defeated Meriden, 2-0
Championship: Lost to Manchester, 2-0

Torrington returned to the league after a rough season prior. With a fully revamped line-up, they were slightly improved and surprisingly defeated Meriden in the playoffs. However, they were swept by Manchester in the championship series.


Head Coach:   

PLAYERS:
  • Barrett 
  • Camp 
  • Johnny Cilfone (December 8, 1930 - March 12, 1973)
  • Jack Doherty (b. February 27, 1921)
  • Gino Fabiaschi (b. March 17, 1931)
  • Slim Garrett  
  • Tom Gibbons  
  • Vic Hanson 
  • Ken Keller (August 16, 1922 - February 24, 1983)
  • Chubby Malinconico (November 16, 1921 - March 14, 2007)
  • Johnny Michaels 
  • Murphy  
  • Peters  
  • John Tolan (March 26, 1929 - September 2, 2008)

1950-51 Meriden Sons of Italy (EBL-CT)

1950-51 MERIDEN SONS OF ITALY
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 16-6 .727, 1st place


Semi-finals: Lost to Torrington, 2-0


Meriden came into the league last year and quickly turned the heads of the competition. They opted to withdraw from the league in October of 1950, but were coaxed back into the league. This year, couldn't quite gel in the first half, only winning 7 of their first 12 games. At this point, they caught fire and won 8 straight games to jump into first place. However, when the playoffs came around, they ran into Torrington, who dispatched them easily.

Head Coach: 



PLAYERS:
  • Dipersio 
  • Len Doctor (July 23, 1922 - November 10, 2008)
  • Francis  
  • Gaffney  
  • George Jarvis (August 6, 1923 - December 1, 2014)
  • Don Kotter (December 29, 1920 - November 11, 1985)
  • Race 
  • Ed Readin 
  • Pete Rybeck (November 29, 1929 - March 25, 2000)
  • Joe Schiopucie (March 20, 1921 - June 12, 2001)
  • Ed Schwartz 
  • Spira 

1950-51 Manchester Nassiff Arms (EBL-CT)

1950-51 MANCHESTER NASSIFF ARMS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 13-8 .619, 2nd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Wallingford, 2-1
Championship: Defeated Torrington, 2-0

Manchester, winner of the league championship last year, bolted out to a 6-0 start and won 9 of 11. They stumbled a bit in January, dropping three straight, but rebounded to finish 13-8.

In the playoffs, they squared off against Wallingford and beat the Vets in a hard fought series. Facing Torrington for the EBL Championship, the Nassiff Arms beat Torrington in two straight to win their second straight title.

In a bid to bring in some money lost by the shortcomings of the league and cancelled games, Manchester then played a best-of-three series against Meriden, who also claim to win the regular season title. Manchester dropped Meriden with two wins.


Head Coach:
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005) Also played. See below.

    Bruno Bycholski
PLAYERS:
  • Jack Allen (April 11, 1923 - August 24, 1966)
  • Puggy Bell  (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
  • Joe Bemer (February 21, 1930 - June 3, 2001)
  • Frank Bryer (December 12, 1925 - April 11, 2009)
  • Bruno Bycholski (September 2, 1916 - May 28, 2010)
  • Jackie Foerst (June 8, 1927 - October 7, 2016)
  • Gavdino 
  • Leon Golembiewski (August 17, 1923 - December 23, 1988)
  • Howland 
  • George Joyce (October 18, 1926 - March 17, 1976)
  • Litvinchyk 
  • Chuck Muzikevik (March 11, 1922 - November 5, 1972)
  • Pete Staum (May 28, 1916 - September 23, 2002)
  • Al Surowiec (January 18, 1926 - November 16, 1992)
  •  Chuck Tobin (June 12, 1925 - February 19, 2000)
  • Young 
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005)


1950-51 Hartford Hurricanes (EBL-CT)

1950-51 HARTFORD HURRICANES
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 8-14 .364, 6th place

Hartford was a late addition to the Eastern League. Having dropped out of the ABL the previous basketball season, the Hurricanes stepped up and joined the EBL when the league pleaded to add a team in the Capital City in order to even start play. Hartford drew very poorly, and the team quit prior to their final game of the season.

Head Coach:

PLAYERS:  
  • Chick Ciccarello (December 17, 1931 - March 21, 2008)
  • Max Cogan (July 14, 1928 - January 1, 1988)
  • Verne Cox (January 2, 1920 - September 7, 1991)
  • Cliff Crosby (b. September 4, 1928)
  • Lou Decsi (February 9, 1923 - November 19, 2018)
  • Bill Detrick (July 22, 1927 - September 19, 2014)
  • Jack Dineen (September 12, 1926 - April 25, 2010)
  • Ferd Nadherny (December 12, 1926 - March 12, 2013)
  • Ernie Oglesby  
  • Bill Pitkin (October 9, 1925 - March 7, 1989)
  • Eddie Rosmarin (September 14, 1924 - September 30, 2013)
  • George Sella (b. September 29, 1928)

1950-51 Bristol Tramps (EBL-CT)

1950-51 BRISTOL TRAMPS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 7-10 .412, 5th place

The Bristol Tramps were just a shell of what they once were, winning only two of the first eight games. They caught a spark in January and won five straight, but then lost four straight before the team dropped from the league.

Head Coach: 
  • Julie Larese (July 16, 1917 - May 17, 1998)
Bill Anderson

PLAYERS:
  • George Amsden (November 19, 1923 - October 3, 1974)
  • Bill Anderson (June 5, 1926 - September 12, 1984)
  • Puggy Bell  (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
  • John Canavari (January 20, 1926 - March 17, 2001)
  • Bill Detrick (July 22, 1927 - September 19, 2014)
  • Jackie Foerst (June 8, 1927 - October 7, 2016)
  • Chuck Foster 
  • Gasi 
  • Tom Henry   
  • Howland 
  • George Joyce (October 18, 1926 - March 17, 1976)
  • Roger LaFrance (February 18, 1925 - November 14, 1999)
  • Chubby Malinconico (November 16, 1921 - March 14, 2007)
  • Pat Riera (April 4, 1926 - March 9, 2006)
  • Eddie Rosmarin (September 14, 1924 - September 30, 2013)
  • Johnny Slab (May 1, 1920 - August 20, 1980)
  • Chris Viera 
  • Bill Wade (January 31, 1927 - August 30, 1991)

1950-51 EBL-CT

The Eastern Basketball League of Connecticut was in a free-fall by the time the 1950-51 season came along. The league lost four teams during the previous season (although the Torrington Howards regrouped to rejoin the league in the fall of 1950) and the Middletown Guards left the league. They did pick up the Hartford Hurricanes who had left the American Basketball League after the 1949-50 season. The formerly successful Bristol Tramps team had fallen on very hard times, and the club quit the league with five games left.

The top four teams made the playoffs, and Manchester repeated as the champions, defeating Torrington in the championship series.

After this season, the league announced it was suspending operations for the 1951-52 season, but when the league tried to come back, it was even smaller in scope with lesser semi-pro teams. They had dropped from the Eastern Basketball Association, which now just consisted of the Eastern Professional Basketball League of Pennsylvania, with the third EBA league, the New York State League, having also dissolved a few season earlier.

The Middletown Guards team, which had left  the EBL in 1950, would continue on as an independent until the 1951-52 season when they were invited to join the American Basketball League to fill in the vacancy left by the folding of the Carbondale club shortly into the season.

Bristol Tramps *
Hartford Hurricanes
Manchester Nassiff Arms
Meriden Sons of Italy
Torrington Howards
Wallingford Vets


* - dropped before season's end

Friday, January 17, 2020

In Memoriam: Carl McNulty

Carl McNulty (1930-2020)

Former Purdue player and longtime Indiana high school basketball coach Carl McNulty has died. He was 89.

The native of Washington Township, Indiana, was a 1951 All-American and two-time team MVP for the Boilermakers (he still holds the single-game rebounding record with 27) before entering the military. He later played in one NBA game.

He coached 29 years at the high school level, 18 of them at Kokomo, where he won 13 sectionals. He finished with 413 coaching victories.

McNulty revealed the secret to IndyStar's Gregg Doyel about his rebounding ability: "Tipping."

When McNulty practiced as a kid -- in classic Indiana fashion on a rim hammered into the side of a barn -- he would shoot, and tip any missed shots.

It came in handy that night he set Purdue's record. He also scored 32 points against Minnesota.

“A lot of my rebounds that day were offensive rebounds," McNulty said. "Not sure I ever brought the ball down.”

McNulty also said he wasn't paid for his one NBA appearance with the Milwaukee Hawks, in which he scored two points: “I never asked the (Hawks) what I’d be making, and they never mentioned it.”

McNulty said he learned quickly that the NBA lifestyle wasn't for him, so he ended up coaching.

- Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star -