Monday, October 22, 2018

Joe Majikes

Joseph S. Majikes


Born:
July 14, 1929
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Died:
March 22, 2007
Kingston, PA


Career
1947-48 Scotland School - Wilkes-Barre (High School)
1949-50 Wilkes-Barre Meat Cutters - (Independent) 
1951-52 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1959-60 Shaker's Bowling Supplies - Wilkes-Barre (Independent)
1960-61 Ashley AAA - Wilkes-Barre (Independent)

Majikes, a Wilkes-Barre native, was an athlete who played minor league baseball as well as putting in some time on the hardwood with the ABL's Wilkes-Barre Barons. Fresh out of high school, he signed with the Philadelphia Athletics of baseball's American League. The 18-year old righthanded pitcher was assigned to Federalsburg in the Eastern Shore League, a Class-D farm minor league. After compiling a record of 3-7 in 15 appearances in 1948, he was let go by the Athletics and caught on with the independent Nazareth club in the North Atlantic League. He got hit pretty hard on a regular basis, losing all 12 of his decisions with a 7.46 ERA before being released. He returned to Wilkes-Barre where he played some semi-pro baseball. He signed on with the Barons and started the 1951-52 season there, but was released 5 games into the season. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and would later become a policeman in Wilkes-Barre, dying there in 2007.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=majike001jos

Source:
Obituary, Citizens Voice, March 24, 2007
Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA), March 24, 2007

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Paul Lynner

Paul Kristian Lynner


Born:
September 23, 1927
Floral Park, NY

Died:
June 11, 2009
Vero Beach, FL


Career
1947-48 Rutgers University (College)
1948-49 Rutgers University (College)
1949-50 Rutgers University (College)
1951-52 Middletown Guards (ABL)
Wheatley High School - Old Westbury, NY (High School) Head coach

After graduating from Rutgers with a degree in physical education, Lynner would go n to teach and coach for many years. He was an excellent tennis player, Lynner was regularly ranked on 1 in amateur singles tennis in the Eastern Division in the USTA, and as a senior was the top-ranked tennis player in Florida at age 65 and 70.

He married Claire and they had three daughters and one son.

Source:
Obituary, TC Palm, June 13, 2009

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Larry Lohneiss

Lawrence William Lohneiss, Jr.


Born:
January 1, 1930
Middletown, CT

Died:
September 27, 1988
Middletown, CT


Career
1945-46 Middletown High School - Connecticut (High School)
1946-47 Middletown High School - Connecticut (High School)
1947-48 Middletown High School - Connecticut (High School)
1951-52 Middletown Guards (ABL)

Lohneiss was a local sports legend in Middletown, playing football, baseball and basketball in high school before playing semi-pro football and basketball around Connecticut. Born to Lawrence and Elsie Lohneiss, Larry would play with the Middletown Guards in the ABL when the Carbondale franchise was transferred there in the 1951-52 season. He would work for 12 years in the Middletown Police Department and later was a business manager for Local 611 of the International Union of North America in Hartford.

Larry married Angelina Napolitano and the had three sons and four daughters.

Source:
Hartford Courant, September 29, 1988

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Frank Lewis

Frank N. Lewis


Born:
January 1, 1930
New York, NY

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Career
(High School)
1949-50 Columbia University (College)
1950-51 Columbia University (College)
1951-52 Bridgeport Roesslers (ABL)
1951-52 Carbondale Aces (ABL)
1951-52 Middletown Guards (ABL)

After graduating from Columbia in 1951, Lewis played in the ABL while going to Columbia law school. He played one game for Bridgeport before being sent to Carbondale.He would eventually retire and move to Arizona.

Source:
https://www.college.columbia.edu/cct/issue/spring18/article/letters-editor

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Roger Layne

Roger Harriss Layne


Born:
February 20, 1929
Seminole County, OK

Died:
June 16, 2005
Oklahoma City, OK


Career
1945-46 Stamps High School - Arkansas (High School)
1946-47 Stamps High School - Arkansas (High School)
1947-48 University of Arkansas (College) ??
1948-49 Magnolia A&M - Arkansas (College)
1949-50 University of Kentucky (College)
1950-51 University of Kentucky (College)
1951-52 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1952-53 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

Born to William and Anna Layne in Oklahoma, Layne grew up in McKamie, Arkansas. After graduating from Stamps HS, he went to Magnolia A&M (now known as Southern Arkansas University) before transferring over to the University of Kentucky. After college, he played a couple season with the Wilkes-Barre Barons. After his basketball-playing days, he moved to Middlesboro, Kentucky, to work with a gas exploration company.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jack Laub

Jack Laub


Born:
May 9, 1926


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Career
1941-42 Abraham Lincoln High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 Abraham Lincoln High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1943-44 CCNY (College)
1944-45 CCNY (College)
1946-47 University of Cincinnati (College)
1947-48 University of Cincinnati (College)
1948-49 University of Cincinnati (College)
1949-50 University of Cincinnati (College)
1950-51 University of Cincinnati (College) Assistant coach
1951-52 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)
1959-60 U.S. King's Point Merchant Marine Academy (Military) Head coach

Laub graduated from Lincoln HS and enrolled at CCNY. After two seasons in school, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines for the remainder of World War 2, and would eventually be moved to the U.S. Coast Guard. After the war, he saw his eligibility reset, as was the case with so many college players who served in the war. He went to the University of Cincinnati and played four years, becoming the first (and to our knowledge, the only) college athlete to compete in six seasons of one the same sport. Laub was selected in the 9th round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets. However, he did not make the team and never played in the NBA. He would played with the Scranton Miners instead in 1951-52, and with the Pawtucket Slaters in the 1952-53 swan song season of the ABL. He left basketball in 1954 to work for Pfizer, which was the beginning of a long and celebrated career in the pharmaceutical industry. He was a leader in the movement to provide generic drugs and fighting the high price for medical treatment with pharmaceuticals.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Laub

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Sam Lackaye

Samuel William Lackaye


Born:
December 8, 1926
Orange, NJ

Died:
August 25, 2010
Summit, NJ


Career
1946-47 Hillenbach - East Orange, NJ (Independent)
1947-48 Hillenbach - East Orange, NJ (Independent)
1948-49 Seton Hall University (College)
1949-50 Seton Hall University (College)
1950-51 Seton Hall University (College)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)

Lackaye joined the army at the tail end of World War 2, and after being discharged, headed to Seton Hall. After graduating from SHU, Lackaye played one season with the Elmira Colonels in the ABL, He moved to Summit, New Jersey, in 1957 and worked as a Claims Adjuster for Hartford Insurance Company, retiring in 1992.

Sam married Carold and they had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Obituary, Ippolito Funeral Homes

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