Thursday, September 24, 2015

Joe Fabel

Joseph A. Fabel


Born:
May 15, 1917 
Cleveland, OH

Died:
January 31, 1967
Pittsburgh, PA   

Career
1932-33 East Pittsburgh High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1933-34 East Pittsburgh High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1934-35 East Pittsburgh High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1936-37 Pittsburgh University (College)
1937-38 Westinghouse Air Brake Five (independent)
1938-39 Pittsburgh Pirates (NBL)
1938-39 Hyatt Big Five (independent)
1939-40 Cardon Big Five (semi-pro)
1939-40 Westinghouse Air Brake Five (independent)
1939-40 McKeesport Big Five (independent)
1940-41 McKeesport Big Five (independent)
1940-41 Cumberland Collegians (independent) 
1941-42 Hagerstown Conoco Oilers (independent)
1941-42 Cumberland Collegians (independent)
1942-43 Pittsburgh Corbetts (Municipal Bask. League - Pitts)
1945-46 Utica Blues (independent)
1945-46 Pittsburgh Pirates (independent)
1946-47 Pittsburgh Ironmen (BAA)
1947-48 Pittsburgh Pirates (independent)
1948-49 Pittsburgh-McKeesport (AAPBL)



Played one year at Pitt before embarking on a professional and semi-professional basketball career. He was a B-24 pilot in Europe during World War 2.
Fabel died from lung cancer in Pittsburgh at 49 years of age.

Update 5/6/2016
His obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says he was 49, not the 53 years of age he was previously listed at. This makes more sense when considering being 53 means he was a 23-year old sophomore in college. His old birthdate of September 4, 1913 is in doubt. Not to mention he graduated from East Pittsburgh in 1935, which would make him a 22-year old high school senior, with the 1913 birth date. His WW2 military compensation application gave us his birthdate and city of birth, filling in what was missing from his obituary.

Joseph A. Fabel, born in 1917 to Joseph and Helen Fabel and married Mary Jane McKee.








Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 3, 1967
Evening Standard (Uniontown, PA), December 21, 1934
Evening Standard (Uniontown, PA), December 16, 1935



Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/f/fabeljo01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=fabeljo01 

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