Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Little Moose Meyer Identified

Digging deep into some old newspapers from Illinois, I found an article that references a mystery player for the NBL Kankakee team in 1937-38. It gives us the given name of a man formerly recorded only as "Little Moose" Meyer: LaVerne. An ancestry search gave me a little more direction, but it was his obituary at the Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society that give me the 100% certainty.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Sam Busich vs. Pete Basich

Looking through more old newspapers, I am 99% certain that the player listed as Peter Basich with the NBL's Columbus team in 1937-38 is Sam Busich, football and basketball player for Ohio State in the mid 1930's. Sam played some semi-pro basketball at this time and was likely the NBL player. Peter Basich just doesn't fit the timeline smoothly.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Pete Jordan

Maurice Cammack "Pete" Jordan

July 17, 1913
Fountain City, IN

March 5, 1992
Richmond, IN

1932-33 Fountain City High School (High School)
1934-35 Earlham College - Indiana (College)
1935-36 Earlham College - Indiana (College)
1937-38 Richmond King Clothiers/Cincinnati Comellos (NBL)

Jordan was a top scorer at Earlham College, and played with the Richmond Clothiers in the NBL. When the club disbanded and the franchise moved to Cincinnati, the club signed another played with the surname "Jordan" (Ken Jordan of Xavier University). I previously thought it was the same guy, but further research says otherwise.

He married Margaret Hammers in 1939 and they had one son.



Monday, June 4, 2018

Jimmy White

Jim White

c. 1920

Alive in 1974

1937-38 Alexander Hamilton High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1938-39 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1939-40 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 St. John's University (College)
1941-42 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

To muddy the waters, there was a Johnny White who played with Jim on the freshman team as well as 1940-41.

He received a medical discharge from the army in November of 1943

Inducted into the SJU Hall of Fame in 1992. He eventually became a businessman and served as vice-president in charge of financial affairs of NBC Television



Paul Walker

Paul Frederick Walker

July 9, 1925
Springfield, MO

October 22, 1972
West Hartford, CT

1942-43 Oak Park High School - Illinois (High School)
1944-45 Yale University (College)
1945-46 Yale University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Walker played football, basketball and baseball in high school. He entered the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the V-12 program which put him at Yale. While there, he played football and basketball. After the war, we played for the Elizabeth Braves in the American Basketball League. He moved tom West Hartford where he worked at M. Hart Manufacturing. He died unexpectedly in 1972 at the age of 47.

Paul and his wife, Joan, had two sons.

Oak Park Oak Leaves, October 25, 1972


Von Derlinde

Von Derlinde or Van der Linden or Vonder Linden



(High School)
1938-39 Effert AA - Brooklyn (Independent) ?? 
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Played one game.

Their was a Leonard Vonder Linden (married to Delphine Krum in 1945) from Union City, New Jersey, who served in the coast guard during World War 2. Not saying he is necessarily the player, because I have no information he was an athlete. But given his name and location, he could be related to the player and is worth digging into. His father is L. Vonder Linden and his cousin is named Russell.



Friday, June 1, 2018

John Van Belle

John Thomas Van Belle

January 21, 1921
Philadelphia, PA

March 8, 2000
Jenkintown, PA

1938-39 St. Joseph's Prep - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1942-43 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1944-45 Traux Field - Wisconsin (Military)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

A graduate of St. Joe's Prep and University, he served in the military during World War 2. Van Belle played one game with the Wilmington Bombers.

He was married to Elizabeth Hatcher and they had two daughters.