Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Woody Pitzer

Elwood Gilbert "Woody" Pitzer


Born:
November 3, 1910
Springfield, OH

Died:
August 22, 2001
Springfield, OH 

Career
1926-27 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School)
1927-28 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School)
1928-29 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School)
Kansas University - recruited but not sure if he ever played
1932-33 Wittenberg University (College)
1933-34 Wittenberg University (College)
1934-35 Wittenberg University (College)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supply (MBC)
1937-38 Columbus Athletic Supply (NBL)
1937-38 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1938-39 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1939-40 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1940-41 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1941-42 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1949-50 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach


Elwood "Woody" Pitzer was born in Springfield, Ohio, to John and Nell Pitzer. He was a star basketball player at Springfield High School ('29) and was recruited to play for Phog Allen at Kansas University. He left Kansas after one semester and enrolled at Wittenberg University in Ohio. Also a baseball player, he graduated from Wittenberg in 1935 and signed with the Cincinnati Reds of baseball's National League. As an outfielder, he played two season for the Reds affiliate in Bartlesville. After the 1936 season, he took a job at Springfield Junior High, and in 1938 moved over to Springfield High School as head basketball coach. He was also playing for Columbus of the NBL at this time. He joined the Navy for World War 2, and returned to coaching after his service. He coached Springfield to the state basketball championship in 1950 before becoming Athletic Director at Springfield North High School. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Braun (1908-2011) in 1946, and they had two sons, Philip and Richard.

Obituary:
http://www.littletonandrue.com/obituary/Elwood-Gilbert-Pitzer/Springfield-OH/57039

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=pitzer001elw

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/p/pitzeel01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=pitzewo01

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