Friday, October 30, 2015

Gene Cramer

Crawford Eugene Cramer

July 13, 1915   
Washington Township, IN   

October 17, 1983
Brazil, IN   

1931-32 Martinsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1932-33 Martinsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Fort Wayne Oilers (Independent)
1935-36 Noblitt Sparks - Columbus  (Independent)
1936-37 Indianapolis Inland (Independent)
1938-39 Stewart-Warner- Indianapolis (Independent)
1939-40 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1939-40 Stewart-Warner- Indianapolis (Independent)
1939-40 Indianapolis Secos (Independent)
1940-41 Stewart-Warner- Indianapolis (Independent)

Cramer later worked at United Oil Company.

Indianapolis Star, February 19, 1940
Indianapolis Star, February 23, 1940



  1. ProBasketballEncyclopedia lists his full name and DOB/DOD: Crawford Eugene Cramer (7/13/1915 - 10/17/1983 --

    Assuming the above info is correct, his obituary from the October 17, 1983 Martinsville Reporter-Times confirmed he played for a state championship-winning Martinsville HS in 1932-33. In his later life he was employed at United Oil Company. (

    The February 19, 1940 Indianapolis Star issue's caption to its photo lists Gene Cramer as being on Stewart-Warner along with Lloyd "Bob" Baker ( Given that these players were around during the same time, both having odd nickname choices, geographic region similarity, and brevity of NBL careers for the Indianapolis Kautskys, I have zero doubt that "Bill Cramer" is actually Crawford Eugene Cramer. While I didn't find a smoking gun article indicating that "Gene" Crawford played for the Kautskys, the evidence at this point is overwhelming it was him.

    Other misc. fact I found:
    -Gene Cramer had a surgery in March 1940 for appendicitis (

    1. Addendum: I can't verify the specific city he was born in in Indiana, but his obituary states he died in Brazil, IN.

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