Friday, August 30, 2019

Bob Carr (Yakima Ramblers - PCBL) Identified

Courtesy of an email from a family member, I was able to confirm that Bob Carr of the Pacific Coast League's Yakima Ramblers is Robert Allen Carr.

Bob Carr
1917-1996

Skippy Whitaker

Lucian Cary "Skippy" Whitaker


Born:
August 29, 1930
Quantico, VA

Died:
August 1990
London, United Kingdom


Career
1947-48 Sarasota High School - Florida (High School)
1949-50 University of Kentucky (College)
1950-51 University of Kentucky (College)
1951-52 University of Kentucky (College)
1954-55 Boston Celtics (NBA)

Whitaker was born in Virginia but went to high school in Sarasota. He would go to the University of Kentucky and was a member of the 1951 NCAA Championship team. After graduating in 1952, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Olympians in the 1952 NBA Draft, but served with the Marines instead. He played three games for the Boston Celtics in February of 1955, scoring only 2 points.

Not sure what became of Whitaker after leaving the Celtics, except that died in London sometime in 1990.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/whitask01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=whitask01

Bobby Watson

Robert E. Watson


Born:
March 22, 1930
Central City, KY

Died:
January 31, 2017
Owensboro, KY


Career
1946-47 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School)
1947-48 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School)
1949-50 University of Kentucky (College)
1950-51 University of Kentucky (College)
1951-52 University of Kentucky (College)
1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1954-55 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1957-58 Henderson County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1975-76 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1976-77 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1977-78 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1978-79 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach 
1979-80 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach

Watson went to Kentucky wher ehe was a member of the 1951 NCAA Championship team. He became the fifth Wildcat to score 1000 points in his career. Watson was drafted by the Milwaukee Hawks in 1952 but served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He signed with the Minneapolis Lakers in late 1954 and played with the team until February 16, 1955, when he was traded to the Milwaukee Hawks for Lew Hitch. His playing career was shortened by an injury, we would go to coach basketball back at Owensboro High School, winning state titles in 1972 and 1980.

Bobby married Diane Hunt and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, WKYT

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/watsobo01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=watsobo01

Jack Turner

Jackie Lee Turner


Born:
June 29, 1930
Bedford, IN

Died:
October 5, 2014
Bedford, IN


Career
1946-47 Bedford High School - Indiana (High School)
1947-48 Bedford High School - Indiana (High School)
1948-49 Western Kentucky University (College) Freshmen
1949-50 Western Kentucky University (College)
1950-51 Western Kentucky University (College)
1953-54 Western Kentucky University (College)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)

A basketball star out of Bedford, Indiana, Jack Turner would go on to Western Kentucky. Turner served in the military following his junior year and returned to Western in 1953 and helped lead them to a 29-3 record. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 1954 NBA Draft and would play 65 games for the Knicks. 

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/turneja01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=turneja01

Jim Tucker

James D. Tucker


Born:
December 11, 1932
Paris, KY

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Career
Paris High School - Kentucky (High School)
1951-52 Duquesne University (College)
1952-53 Duquesne University (College)
1953-54 Duquesne University (College)
1954-55 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1955-56 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1956-57 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)

Tucker attended Duquesne and averaged 19 points as a sophomore. A very popular player for the Dukes, Tucker was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the third round of the 1954 NBA draft. One of the first black players in the NBA, Tucker played sparingly that first season as the Nationals won the NBA title. However, he did set an NBA record on February 20, 1955, when he scored the fastest triple-double in NBA history. In a mere seventeen minutes against the Knicks that night, Tucker scored 12 points, assisted on 12 baskets and grabbed 10 rebounds. His record stood until Nikola Jokic broke it in 2018.

A documentary about Tucker was released in 2018 called "Let 'Em Know You're There." The trailer can be seen HERE

Source:
http://www.readilyapparent.tv/lekyt


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/tuckeji01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=tuckeji01

Art Spoelstra

Arthur Cornelius Spoelstra


Born:
September 11, 1932
Grand Rapids, MI

Died:
April 9, 2008
Evansville, IN


Career
1948-49 Godwin Heights High School - Grand Rapids, MI (High School)
1949-50 Godwin Heights High School - Grand Rapids, MI (High School)
1951-52 Western Kentucky University (College)
1952-53 Western Kentucky University (College)
1953-54 Western Kentucky University (College)
1954-55 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1955-56 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1956-57 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers  (NBA)
1957-58 New York Knicks (NBA)
1958-59 Allentown Jets (EPBL)
1959-60 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EPBL)

From Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 6'9 Art Spoelstra would score over 1500 points at Western Kentucky, leading the team to three straight NIT appearances and an 80-14 in his three years on the varsity team.

Drafted by the Rochester Royals, Spoelstra would play four seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Royal before splitting time between the Lakers and the Knicks in 1957-58. He played two years in the Eastern League after that. Art later worked as a stagehand on Broadway.

Art and his wife, Irene, had three sons and a daughter.


Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/spoelar01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=spoelar01

Gene Shue

Eugene William Shue


Born:
December 18, 1931
Baltimore, MD

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Career
Towson Catholic High School - Maryland (High School)
1951-52 University of Maryland (College)
1952-53 University of Maryland (College)
1953-54 University of Maryland (College)
1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)
1955-56 New York Knicks (NBA)
1956-57 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1957-58 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1958-59 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1959-60 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1960-61 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1961-62 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1962-63 New York Knicks (NBA)
1963-64 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1966-67 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1967-68 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1968-69 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1969-70 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1970-71 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1971-72 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1972-73 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1973-74 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1974-75 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1975-76 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1976-77 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1977-78 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1978-79 San Diego Clippers (NBA) Head coach
1979-80 San Diego Clippers (NBA) Head coach
1980-81 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1981-82 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1982-83 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1983-84 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1984-85 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1985-86 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1987-88 Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) Head coach
1988-89 Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) Head coach

Not even offered a scholarship at the University of Maryland, Gene Shue worked hard to play for the school and would average over 20 points per game in his junior and senior years. The school had never had a prominent basketball program, but Shue helped push the school into national prominence.

After leaving the University of Maryland, Shue was the 3rd overall pick in 1954 NBA draft, selected by the Philadelphia Warriors. Shue would last less than month with Philly before being sold to the New York Knicks. He would see limited playing time with the Knicks for two seasons and was then traded to the Fort Wayne Pistons in April of 1956 for Ron Sobie. Fort Wayne moved to Detroit the in 1957, and Shue began five straight years as an All-Star, scoring over 22 PPG in 1959-60 and 1960-61. He was traded back o the Knicks in 1962, and a little over a year later was sold to the new Baltimore Bullets.

After the 1963-64 season with the Bullets, he retired as a player but a few years later returned as the team's head coach. Struggling to a 16-40 record in his first season as coach in 1966-67, two years later he lead the Bullets to a divisional title (and unfortunately a quick exit from the playoffs.) In 1971, the Bullets advanced to the NBA Finals but Shue's team was swept by the Milwaukee Bucks. In June of 1973, Shue quit the Bullets with four divisional titles under his belt. He was hired by the Philadelphia 76ers a few weeks after. Shue took a team that had been 9-73 in 1972-73 to the NBA finals four seasons later. He was fired by the Sixers in December of 1977, and a year later would begin his two-season stint coaching the San Diego Clippers. He resigned from the Clippers in May of 1980 to return to the Bullets (now playing in the nation's capitol), but this time the Bullets remained hovering around the .500 mark for all six seasons he was at the helm. After being fired by the Bullets, he returned to the Clippers for a season and a half but didn't fare well, being fired 38 games into the 1988-89 season. He worked for the 76ers in the front office as well as working as a scout in the 90's.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/shuege01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=shuege01