Thursday, January 18, 2018

Joe McEnroe

Patrick Joseph "Joe" McEnroe

March 24, 1911

January 31, 1966

1932-33 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1933-34 Hoboken Thoutots (ABL)
1934-35 Albany (NYSL)



Ernie McCoy

Ernest B. McCoy

July 20, 1904
Pittsburgh, PA

September 16, 1980
University Park, PA

1926-27 University of Michigan (College)
1927-28 University of Michigan (College)
1928-29 University of Michigan (College)
1929-30 Detroit Olympics / Jackson (NPBL)
1932-33 Montclair AC (Independent)
1932-33 Montclair College - New Jersey (College) Head coach
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1933-34 Montclair College - New Jersey (College) Head coach
1947-48 University of Michigan (College) Assistant coach
1948-49 University of Michigan (College) Head coach
1949-50 University of Michigan (College) Head coach
1950-51 University of Michigan (College) Head coach
1951-52 University of Michigan (College) Head coach

McCoy was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Detroit. He would go on to play at the University of Michigan and after graduating played in the NPBL in Detroit (the club would move to Jackson later that year.) He headed out east to work as a coach and teacher at Montclair High School while getting his Masters Degree in Physical Education at Columbia. Coaching football, he was also named Athletic Director there and later at Montclair Teachers College. He returned to Michigan in 1940, working as assistant football coach and assistant AD under Fritz Crisler. He was also an assistant coach for the basketball team for a year before being named head coach. He left Michigan in 1952 to become AD at Penn State, and would stay there until retiring in 1970. His retirement was short-lived, as in November of 1971 he became AD at Miami in Florida. He finally retired for good in 1973.



Babe Lyman

Milton B. "Babe" Lyman

January 1, 1907
New York

November 25, 1964
New York, NY

1927-28 Savage School of Physical Education - New York (College)
1927-28 New Haven Atlas (CBL)
1928-29 New Haven Atlas (CBL)
1929-30 Midwood AC (Independent)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewish Center (MBL)
1932-33 Bronx (MBL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)
1933-34 Carbondale (PSL)

His name is also spelled "Liman" in many places.

He was married to Pearl.



Skeets Lonoff

Al "Skeets" Lonoff



1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)

Played two games for Newark. Not much to be found about this guy. There was a player named "Lonoff" who played a lot of basketball in NJ in 1917-18. There was a Ben Lonoff who played in Brooklyn in 1928 and 1929.

Is he "Al"? Could it be Abraham Lonoff from Newark?



Harry Litwack

Harold "Chief" Litwack

September 20, 1907
Lviv (Lemberg), Galicia *

August 7, 1999
Huntingdon Valley, PA

1925-26 Southern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1926-27 Temple University (College)
1926-27 Philadelphia Hakoahs (EBL)
1927-28 Temple University (College)
1928-29 Temple University (College)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Simon Graz High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1932-33 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1933-34 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1934-35 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1935-36 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1935-36 Atlantic City (EBL)
1935-36 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1936-37 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1937-38 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1938-39 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1939-40 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1940-41 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1941-42 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1942-43 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1943-44 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1944-45 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1945-46 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL) Head coach
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL) Head coach
1948-49 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1948-49 Philadelphia Warriors (BAA) Assistant coach
1949-50 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1949-50 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach
1950-51 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach
1950-51 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1951-52 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach 
1952-53 Temple University (College) Head coach
1953-54 Temple University (College) Head coach
1954-55 Temple University (College) Head coach
1955-56 Temple University (College) Head coach
1956-57 Temple University (College) Head coach
1957-58 Temple University (College) Head coach
1958-59 Temple University (College) Head coach
1959-60 Temple University (College) Head coach
1960-61 Temple University (College) Head coach
1961-62 Temple University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Temple University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Temple University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Temple University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Temple University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Temple University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Temple University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Temple University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Temple University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Temple University (College) Head coach
1971-72 Temple University (College) Head coach
1972-73 Temple University (College) Head coach


* (in 1907, Galicia was a kingdom in Eastern Europe that had been part of Austria-Hungary after being part of Poland. After World War 2, it became part of the Soviet Union, and now is in the Ukraine. Litwack and family considered themselves Polish)

Litwack was born in Eastern Europe but his family moved to the USA in 1912 and settled in Philadelphia. Yiddish was the only language spoken by the family, so Litwack had to learn not only assimilation into his new country but also a new language. On the basketball court is where he would excel. He played at Southern HS in Philly before playing at Temple. His leadership skills showed at Temple, and aside from signing with the Philadelphia SPHA's to play basketball for some years, he also would become a coach first at the high school level, and then back at Temple. He coached the freshmen team through World War 2 and was eventually hired to be the head coach for the SPHA's. He would work as an assistant for the BAA's Philadelphia Warriors, while still coaching at Temple. In 1952, Litwack was hired to be the head coach for Temple's men squad. In 21 seasons at the helm, he had a 373-193 record with 13 post-season appearances, an NIT championship and a Final Four appearance. He retired in 1973, and was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976. He also ran many youth basketball camps.

NY Times Obituary
Basketball Hall of Fame


Mooney Levine

Solomon A. "Mooney" Levine

July 27, 1912
New Jersey

November 1976
Passaic, NJ

1931-32 Passaic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1932-33 Wooley City - New Jersey (Independent)
1932-33 Passaic YMHA - New Jersey (Independent)
1932-33 Hackensack Jewish Five - New Jersey (Independent)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1935-36 Passaic Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1938-39 Binghamton Triplets (NYSL)
1939-40 Amsterdam (NYSL) 

Mooney Levine, given name Saul or Sol according to newspaper articles, was a star at Passaic High School before playing professionally in New Jersey and New York.

I am fairly certain I have the right man, but would like some confirmation with an obituary or something like that.

Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) December 2, 1939
Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) December 29, 1938


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jimmy Lennon

James J. Lennon Jr.

December 7, 1906
Montclair, NJ

April 12, 1988
Irvington, NJ

1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1934-35 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1934-35 Newark Mules (ABL)
1934-35 Kingston (NYSL)
1935-36 Kingston Colonials (ABL)

Lennon served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.