Friday, May 25, 2018

Babe Nagle

Gerald Joseph "Babe" Nagle


Born:
August 30, 1921
Wilmington, DE

Died:
May 31, 1994
Wilmington, DE


Career
1937-38 Salesianum High School - Wilmington, DE (High School)
1938-39 Salesianum High School - Wilmington, DE (High School)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
(EBL) ??

Nagle graduated from Salesianum HS in Wilmington and served in the Navy during WW2. After the war, he played basketball professionally with the Wilmington Bombers (and maybe the Eastern League.... not sure yet). Nagle worked for many years as a Sheet Metal Worker and eventually would be elected to the Wilmington City Council, serving from 1965-1976. He died of heart failure in 1994.

He married Elizabeth Conley (1924-1996) in 1947.

Source:
The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), June 3, 1994

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George Milhaven

George Fred Milhaven


Born:
August 29, 1920
New York, NY

Died:
August 23, 2009
Ridge, NY


Career
1938-39 Bushwick High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 St. John's University (College)
1941-42 St. John's University (College)
1943-44 Sampson Naval Base (Military)
1944-45 Sampson Naval Base (Military)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1948-49 Long Island Bombers (Independent)

Did he play with the Paterson Crescents in 1947-48?? It is mentioned he was with the time prior to the start of the season.


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Vinnie Michaels

Vincent Michaels


Born:
1920 or 1921


Died:
Alive in 1989 and living in Forked River, NJ



Career
1937-38 Union Hill High School (High School)
1939-40 Seton Hall University (College)
1940-41 Seton Hall University (College)
1941-42 Seton Hall University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

I was able to find an article about him that got his opinions on Seton Hall hoops in April of 1989 when they were playing in the NCAA championship game. It said he was 68 and living in Forked River, New Jersey. That as much as I could find.

Source:
Asbury Park Press, April 1, 1989

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Ross Merrick

Dr. Roswell Davenport Merrick


Born:
July 20, 1922
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
January 24, 2004
Kilmarnock, VA


Career
1939-40 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1940-41 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1942-43 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1943-44 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1945-46 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1946-47 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1947-48 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1948-49 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1949-50 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1950-51 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1951-52 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1952-53 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach 

Merrick played baskeball at Springfield College and then semi-pro before serving in the military during World War 2. After the war, Ross took the head coaching job at New Britain Teachers College (now Central Connecticut State University), a post he held for seven seasons. During this time, he continued his education at NYU and Boston College, eventually getting a doctorate. He left his coaching job to become the Dean for the  College of Education at Southern Illinois University. In 1958, he moved to DC to represent SIU at the American Alliance for Health. Taking to the Washington scene, he would become the Executive Director of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education until his retirement in 1990. He also established the U.S. Fitness and Sports Council and served as Executive Director.

Ross died in 2004.

Source:
Legacy.com

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Jack McCloskey

John William McCloskey


Born:
September 19, 1925
Mahanoy City, PA

Died:
June 1, 2017
Savannah, GA


Career
1943-44 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1947-48 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach
1948-49 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1950-51 Cheltenham Aces (Main Line League)
1950-51 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1951-52 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1952-53 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Collingswood High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1954-55 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach

A three-sport star in high school (football, baseball and basketball), McCloskey entered the Navy's V-12 program after high school and was sent to the University of Pennsylvania. He played basketball while there. and after the war would play basketball professionally through the mid 1950's. During this time, he would also coach basketball and played minor league baseball.McCloskey was named the MVP of the Eastern League in 1952-53 and 1953-54 before ending his days on the court. However, his involvement in the game itself remained. He continued to coach and would evenutally move into management. In late 1979, McCloskey was hired as the GM for the then-floundering Detroit Pistons. By the end of the 1980's, he had rebuilt the team into a powerhouse, with two NBA championships and multiple appearances in the Conference Finals. He would later leave the Pistons to work as GM for the Minnesota Timberwolves before retiring.

McCloskey died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease in 2017 at the age of 91.

He was married to Leslie.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mcclos012---

Source:
Standard Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), June 4, 1954
Obituary, NY Times

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mccloja01.html

John Marty

John Marty


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Career
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)



There is a John A Marty from New Jersey (1919-1974) that this player could be.

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Harry Markellos

Harry Anthony Markellos


Born:
February 6, 1923
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
January 11, 2010



Career
1940-41 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)

Loyola University - Maryland (College) ??
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Link Belt - Philadelphia (Independent)

The 6', 160-pound athlete from Philly attended Northeastern HS and later served in Army during World War 2, He supposedly went to Loyola, but haven't confirmed it.

Markellos played pro basketball with the Wilmington Bombers in 1946-47. He also played minor league baseball and semi-pro football.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=markel002har

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