Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Herm Hedderick

Herman Arthur Hedderick


Born:
January 10, 1930
Erie, PA

Died:
August 20, 2014
Latrobe, PA


Career
1945-46 Mill Creek High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1946-47 Mill Creek High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1949-50 Canisius College (College)
1950-51 Canisius College (College)
1951-52 Canisius College (College)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)

Born to Raymond and Katheryn Hedderick, Herm grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania,
Hedderick played both baseball and basketball while at Canisius. He was drafted by the Celtics in the 1952 NBA Draft and was also signed by the Cincinnati Reds that year, pitching for their Class B team in Salisbury. After serving in the military in the Korean War, he was traded to the Knicks in the 1954-55 season and appeared in five games. He would play one more season of minor league baseball with the Reds farm system in 1955, too.

He and his wife, Sally, had a son and a daughter.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hedder001her

Source:
GoErie.com

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/heddehe01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=heddehe01

Monday, July 1, 2019

Chuck Grigsby

Charles Lee Grigsby


Born:
August 15, 1928
Dayton, OH

Died:
July 15, 2003
Kettering, OH


Career
1946-47 Stivers High School - Dayton (High School)
1948-49 University of Dayton (College) Freshmen
1949-50 University of Dayton (College)
1950-51 University of Dayton (College)
1951-52 University of Dayton (College)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)
1960-61 Stivers High School - Dayton (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Stivers High School - Dayton (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Stivers High School - Dayton (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Stivers High School - Dayton (High School) Head coach
1964-65 University of Dayton (College) Assistant coach
1965-66 University of Dayton (College) Assistant coach
1966-67 University of Dayton (College) Assistant coach
1967-68 University of Dayton (College) Assistant coach
1968-69 University of Dayton (College) Assistant coach

Drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1952 NBA Draft, Grigsby would instead serve in the army for a couple years. After his discharge, in September of 1954, he was traded with Ray Felix to the Knicks for Al McGuire and Connie Simmons. He would only play in seven games for the Knicks, scoring 16 points before being released. He would return to the high school he graduated from as a basketball coach. leaders Stivers HS for four seasons before accepting an assistant coach job back at the University of Dayton. After five seasons as assistant, he left Dayotn but would later return as a broadcaster.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/grigsch01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=grigsch01

Friday, June 28, 2019

Dick Farley

Richard Lawrence Farley


Born:
April 13, 1932
Winslow, IN

Died:
October 1, 1969
Fort Wayne, IN


Career
1945-46 Winslow High School - Indiana (High School)
1946-47 Winslow High School - Indiana (High School)
1947-48 Winslow High School - Indiana (High School)
1949-50 Winslow High School - Indiana (High School)
1950-51 Indiana University (College) Freshmen
1951-52 Indiana University (College)
1952-53 Indiana University (College)
1953-54 Indiana University (College)
1954-55 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1955-56 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1958-59 Detroit Pistons (NBA)

Farley started playing basketball when he was 12, and by the time he got to Winslow HS as a freshman, he was good enough to make the varsity team. In his junior and senior years, he would lead little Winslow HS deep into the state tournaments. He would attend Indiana University, where the Hoosiers would win a pair of Big Ten Championships with Farley. He was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals, where he averaged 6.3 ppg in two seasons before the military came-a-calling.

Farley served in the U.S. Air Force for two years before playing one last season in the NBA, with the Detroit Pistons. He moved to Fort Wayne where he was the president of Office Interiors, Inc. He would die of cancer at the young age of 37.

DIck married Marge Eckrich and they had two sons and three daughters.

Source:
Tribune (Coshocton, OH), August 24 and 31, 1969
The Herald (Jasper, IN), October 3, 1969

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/farledi01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=farledi01

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fred Diute

Fred Homer Diute


Born:
January 9, 1929
Binghamton, NY

Died:
July 19, 2004
Veru Beach, FL


Career
1945-46 Central High School - Binghamton, NY (High School)
1946-47 Central High School - Binghamton, NY (High School)
1947-48 St. Bonaventure (College) Freshmen
1948-49 St. Bonaventure (College)
1949-50 St. Bonaventure (College)
1950-51 St. Bonaventure (College)
1953-54 Brockport Monarchs - New York (Semi-pro)
1954-55 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

Born and raised in Binghamton, New York, Diute played at St, Bonaventure before being drafted by the Rochester Royals in the 1951 NBA Draft. He would serve in the army during the Korean War, and after the war was released by the Royals prior to the 1953-54 season opener. He turned down an offer to play in the National Industrial League to stay close to home. After playing some semi-pro basketball, he would sign with the Hawks in November of 1954. He would play in seven games before being released, only scoring 11 points. Out of basketball, he would work for many years for Champion Sports in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Diute died of cancer in 2004.

Source:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressconnects/obituary.aspx?n=fred-diute&pid=87881199

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/diutefr01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=diutefr01

George Dempsey

George P. Dempsey


Born:
July 19, 1929
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
October 7, 2017
Cinnaminson, NJ ??


Career
1945-46 Merchantville High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Merchantville High School - New Jersey (High School)
1948-49 The King's College - New York (College)
1949-50 The King's College - New York (College)
1950-51 The King's College - New York (College)
1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1955-56 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1956-57 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1957-58 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1958-59 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1958-59 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)

Following a stellar basketball career at King's College in New York where he scored 1316 points in his freshman and sophomore seasons, Dempsey served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After the war, he would play 5 seasons in the NBA, primarily with the Philadelphia Warriors. After leaving the game, Dempsey worked for the Roosevelt Paper Company for 47 years.

George married Doris Lightcap in 1954 and they had four sons and one daughter.

Source:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184586623/george-p_-dempsey

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/dempsge01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=dempsge01

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Larry Costello

Lawrence Ronald Costello


Born:
July 2, 1931
Syracuse, NY

Died:
December 11, 2001
Fort Myers Beach, FL


Career
1948-49 Minoa High School - New York (High School)
1949-50 Minoa High School - New York (High School)
1950-51 Niagara University (College)
1951-52 Niagara University (College)
1952-53 Niagara University (College)
1953-54 Niagara University (College)
1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1956-57 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1957-58 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1958-59 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1959-60 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1960-61 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1961-62 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1962-63 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1963-64 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1964-65 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1967-68 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1968-69 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1969-70 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1971-72 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1972-73 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1974-75 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1975-76 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1976-77 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1978-79 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Head coach

Costello hit the ground running at Niagara, helping the freshmen team to an undefeated season in 1950-51. He would lead the varsity team in scoring as a sophomore, and his three years on varsity lead the Eagles to the NIT twice. A tough and physical player, he would play 12 seasons in the NBA with the Philadelphia Warriors and the Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers. He retired as a player in 1968 and immediately moved to the bench, being named the head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. He coached the Bucks to the NBA title in 1971 with players such as Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson. He would coach the Bucks for eight full seasons and was fired 16 games into a ninth. Costello was one of the first head coaches to employ a full-time assistant on the bench. He returned to coaching in 1978 with the Chicago Bulls but was replaced by Scotty Robertson after a 20-36 start.

Costello died of cancer in 2001.

Source:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42777375
https://www.buffalosportshallfame.com/member/larry-costello/
NY Times, December 14, 2001

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/costela01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=costela01

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bert Cook

Bertram Eugene Cook


Born:
April 26, 1929
Hooper, UT

Died:
November 24, 1998
Roy, UT


Career
1946-47 Weber County High School - Utah (High School)
1947-48 Weber County High School - Utah (High School)
1948-49 Utah State University (College) Freshmen
1949-50 Utah State University (College)
1950-51 Utah State University (College)
1951-52 Utah State University (College)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)

After a collegiate career at Utah State University that saw him named All-American, Cook would serve in the U.S. Army for two years before joining the New York Knicks. He would play 37 games for the Knicks in the 1954-55 season before a knee injury ended his career. His playing days over, he returned home to Utah and worked as the Weber County Sheriff as well as a recreational director for the Clearfield Job Corps. He would eventually run the family business at the Bert Cook Auction Company. He died in 1998 following a battle with cancer.

Bert had two sons and three daughters.

Source:
Deseret News, November 13, 1991
Elko Daily Free Press, December 22, 1998

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/cookbe01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=cookbe01