Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Barry Kreisberg

Barrett Gerald Kreisberg


Born:
January 7, 1925
Manhattan, NY

Died:
December 29, 1997
White Plains, NY


Career
1940-41 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1941-42 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1945-46 George Washington University (College)
1946-47 George Washington University (College)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Utica Olympics (NYSL)
1948-49 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)
1949-50 Washington All-Stars (Independent)
1949-50 Brooklyn Paramounts (Independent)

1950-51 York Victory AC (EPBL)

Born in Manhattan to Davis and Beatrice Kreisberg, Barry graduated from James Madison HS in Brooklyn and served in the military during World War 2. He graduated from George Washington where the 6'5 athlete played basketball, and he played pro basketball for a few years following. He would practice law, working in civil rights and was also the president of the Harkness Foundation for Dance. He died of a heart attack in 1997.


Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 4, 1998

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Bobby Knight

Robert F. Knight


Born:
April 30, 1929
Hartford, CT

Died:
May 23, 2008
Springfield, MA


Career
Weaver High School - Hartford (High School)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Nelton Park - Hartford (Independent)
1950-51 Manchester (EPBL)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL) 
New York Broadway Colored Clowns (Independent)
1953-54 Nassiff Arms (Independent)
1953-54 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1954-55 Nassiff Arms (Independent)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)
1955-56 Connecticut Yankees (Independent)

Knight was a very popular player in the Hartford area. Unable to go to college due to the difficulty at the time for black kids to go to college, Knight played semi-pro and pro basketball around Connecticut. He was a talented scorer, and he would eventually find his way to the NBA, playing a couple games for the Knicks in the 1954-55 season.

He was a generous and modest man, working with youths in Hartford for many years, volunteering at the local YMCA for years. He died in 2008 at 79 years of age.

Source:
http://articles.courant.com/2008-05-28/sports/knight0528.art_1_basketball-genius-naismith-memorial-basketball-hall-bobby-knight

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/knighbo01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=knighbo01


Paul Klapprodt

Paul Klapprodt


Born:
July 10, 1923
Killingworth, CT

Died:
April 21, 2011
West Hartford, CT


Career
1939-40 Bulkeley High School - Hartford (High School)
1940-41 Bulkeley High School - Hartford (High School)
1946-47 Hartford Pros (NEBL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Bridgeport Newfield Steelers (ABL)
1950-51 Hartford Hurricanes (EPBL)

Klapprodt played baseball and basketball in high school and served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 after graduating. He would play basketball with the Hartford Hurricanes in 1947-48, averaging 9.6 points per game. He was averaging 8.7 ppg in 1947-49 before being sold to Bridgeport on February 16, 1949. Klapprodt was a successful insurance agent in the Hartford area, and died in 2011.

Paul married Ingrid Anderson in 1949 and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Hartford Courant, April 23, 2011

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Bob Kelty

Robert Patrick Kelty


Born:
July 20, 1921
Trenton, NJ

Died:
November 24, 1991
Yardley, PA


Career
1938-39 Trenton Catholic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1940-41 Villanova University (College)
1941-42 Villanova University (College)
1942-43 Villanova University (College)
1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1948-49 Sayreville Rams (Independent)

The 6'2, 186-pound player from Trenton played at Villanova. He played briefly with the Trenton Tigers in the ABL and with the Sayreville Rams. He also worked as an industrial relations agent in Trenton.

Kelty and his wife had triplets in 1947

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ed Kassler

Edward G. Kassler


Born:
July 21, 1923
New York, NY

Died:
March 7, 2011
Homestead, FL


Career
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Long Island University (College)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1948-49 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1949-50 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1950-51 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1951-52 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1952-53 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1953-54 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1954-55 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1955-56 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1956-57 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1957-58 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1958-59 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1959-60 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1960-61 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1961-62 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 
1965-66 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 
1967-68 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 
1969-70 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 

After a decent ABL career, Kassler, a World War 2 veteran who served in the Pacific, had coaching success first at St. Rose HS and then at Oneonta State.

Ed married Geraldine Dockery in 1947 and they had five daughters and a son.

Source:
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/local-coaching-legend-eddie-kassler-dies-1.1115760

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Tony Karpowich

Anthony B. "Butch" Karpowich


Born:
August 20, 1919
Freeland, PA

Died:
June 3, 1972
Rover Edge, NY


Career
1936-37 Freeland High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1937-38 Freeland High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1938-39 Seton Hall Prep (Prep School)
1939-40 Seton Hall Prep (Prep School) 
1940-41 Fordham University (College)
1941-42 Fordham University (College)
1942-43 Fordham University (College)
1943-44 Fort Knox (Military)
1944-45 Fort Knox (Military)
1945-46 Fort Knox (Military) 
1946-47 Fordham University (College)
1947-48 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1947-48 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 

Karpowich set a school record for points in a single game with Fordham, scoring 29 in a game. He served in the Army during World War 2, and then after returning and graduating from Fordham, he played in the ABL for a few seasons before taking a teaching job at Xavier HS in New York City. Aside from teach, he would coach basketball and baseball while there and eventually would oversee the school athletic department. Karpowich died unexpectedly at home in 1972 at the age of 52.

He was married to Mary Rajca and they had five daughters and two sons.

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 25, 1954
Standard Speaker (Hazelton, PA), June 9, 1972
Standard Speaker (Hazelton, PA), January 25, 1977

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Arnold Jones

Arnold R. or A. Jones


Born:
1921
Worcester, MA

Died:




Career
1941-42 Worcester Tech (College)
1942-43 Worcester Tech (College)
1946-47 Fitchburg PAMCO's (NEBL)
1946-47 Worcester All-Americans (NEBL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1950-51 Worcester Tadcaster Brewers (Independent)
1950-51 Hartford Hurricanes (EPBL)
1951-52 Worcester Tadcaster Brewers (Independent)

6'7

Born to William (1895-1983) and Anne Jones () ??

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