Friday, November 17, 2017

Al Zingone

Albert Angelo Zingone

October 20, 1903
Sicily, Italy

August 18, 1988
Leeds Point, NJ

1926-27 Paterson Legionaires / Kingston Raiders (NBL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 St.Louis Americans (Independent)
1928-29 St.Louis Americans (Independent)

Born in Sicily, Zingone came to the United States with his family, settling in Passaic, New Jersey. He took to athletics, and played basketball for a few years professionally and later would work as an umpire in baseball games around the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern United States and the AAGPBL. He was best known as a comical basketball player, a drawing card with slapstick antics much like modern-day Globetrotters. He took his comic trade to baseball as well, making a decent living as an entertainer.



Paul White

Paul Arnold White

November 9, 1903
Franklin, IN

December 2, 1952
Urbana, OH

1919-20 Franklin High School - Indiana (High School)
1923-24 DePauw College - Indiana (College)
1924-25 Huntington Legionaires (Independent)
1925-26 Huntington Legionaires (Independent)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)

White was a star on the Franklin High School State Champion team in 1920, and would move on to DePaur. He would play pro basketball for a few years while going to Indiana University to study for his masters degree. He would serve as principal and coach at New Haven High School for 16 years before moving to Urbana, Ohio, in 1943. There, he took work as a district manager for Morgan Trailer Company. 

White was shoveling snow in December of 1952 when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 49 years of age.

He was married to Waneta Brattin and they had two daughters and a son.

Franklin Evening Star, December 3, 1952


Fritz Wesslock

Frederick L. "Fritz" Wesslock

October 20, 1905
Staten Island, NY

March 5, 1972
Morrisville, PA

1926-27 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Warriors (ABL)
1927-28 Carbondale (PSL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1928-29 Carbondale (PSL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Carbondale (PSL)
1930-31 Carbondale-Honesdale (PSL)
1930-31 Reading (TCL)

Born to August and Minnie Wesslock, Wesslock played four seasons in the ABL concurrently with four in the Penn State League. Fritz would serve in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Fritz married Kathryn South (1910-1986)



Bill Vincent

William Edward Vincent

January 5, 1903
Salisbury, VT

May 9, 1983
Cohoes, NY

1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1923-24 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1926-27 Hudson (Independent)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Hudson (MBL)

Born in Vermont but raised in Cohoes, New York, Bill played basketball for the local Cohoes entry in the New Yprk League for a couple seasons before a brief stint in the ABL.

He married Lillian Rondeau (1910-1952) and they had two sons and four daughters. He later remarried to Edna May Montgomery (1923-1992).



Barney Varnes

Blair L. "Barney" Varnes

April 28, 1904
Stoughton, WI

April 27, 1999
Clinton, IA


1924-25 Chicago YMCA (Independent)
1925-26 DePaul University (College)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1927-28 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1928-29 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1929-30 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1930-31 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1931-32 St. Patrick High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach

Referred to by George Halas as "a one-man scoring machine," Varnes played pro basketball while working his way through law school. He would practice law around Chicago and would eventually become a circuit court judge in DuPage county in Illinois.

He married Madeline Wardan (d. 1968) in 1933 and they had two sons and two daughters.

Obituary, Chicago Tribune, April 29, 1999


Hank Thomas

David George "Hank" Thomas

July 8, 1896
Pulaski, VA

September 1982

1921-22 Gloversville Glovers (NYSL)
1922-23 Schenectady Dorpians (NYSL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Pros (MBL)
1923-24 Schenectady Doprians (NYSL)
1923-24 Kingston Shirtmakers (MBL)
1923-24 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1925-26 Perth Amboy Amboyans (MBL)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1926-27 Paterson Crescents (MBL)

Born to Mathew and Mary Thomas in Pulaski, Virginia, Thomas grew up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. While playing for Perth Amboy on December 18, 1925, Thomas was punched during a game against Trenton by opposing player Tommy Barlow. Thomas had his jaw broken, and missed most of the season. In early 1926, he filed a $15,000 law suit against Barlow for his injuries and lost wages.

Central New Jersey Home News, October 11, 1926


Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Daniel Sullivan

June 5, 1896

March 17, 1972
Wantagh, NY

1916-17 New York All-Stars (IBL)
1919-20 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1919-20 Pittsfield (NYSL)
1919-20 Gloversville Glovemakers (NYSL)
1919-20 Paterson Silk Sox (IBL)
1919-20 Springfield Fisk Red Tops (IL)
1919-20 Brooklyn Big Atlantics (Independent)
1919-20 New York MacDowell Lyceum (Independent)
1920-21 Gloversville Glovers (NYSL) Head coach / player
1920-21 Hartford Wyanokas / Turners Falls Athletics (IL)
1920-21 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1921-22 Gloversville Glovers (MYSL) Head coach / player
1921-22 Kingston (NYSL)
1921-22 New York MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1921-22 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1921-22 Ware Wonders (IL)
1921-22 Mt.Vernon Armory Big Five (Independent)
1922-23 Troy Trojans (NYSL)
1922-23 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1922-23 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1922-23 New York MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1923-24 Amsterdam Flashes (NYSL)
1923-24 Utica Utes (NYSL)
1923-24 Mohawk Indians (NYSL)
1923-24 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1924-25 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1924-25 Tri-Council (PBL)
1924-25 Pottsville Big Five (AnBL)
1925-26 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1925-26 Pottsville Miners (EBL)
1926-27 Greenpoint*Trenton (NLN)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1929-30 Dayton Kellys (NPBL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1930-31 Wilmington (TSBL)
1931-32 Bridgeton Moose (EBL)

After a year in pro basketball, Sullivan served in the U.S. Army during World War 1.