Monday, October 19, 2015

Squint Phares

John Lee "Squint" Phares

December 31, 1915    
Elkins, WV  

August 16, 1974 
Columbus, OH      

Elkins High School - West Virginia (High School)
1935-36 West Virginia University (College)
1936-37 West Virginia University (College)
1937-38 West Virginia University (College)
1938-39 Pittsburgh Pirates (NBL)
1938-39 Clarksburg Oilers (Independent)
1939-40 Clarksburg Oilers (Independent)

1940-41 Clarksburg Oilers (Independent)
1945-46 Columbus Pros (Independent)
1946-47 Columbus Pros (Independent)
1947-48 Whiskered Wizards (Independent)

Phares was a star athlete in high school before heading to WVU. As a Mountaineer, he was a quarterback for the football team as well as a pitcher on the baseball team and a basketball player. He played briefly for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NBL. After his playing days, he and his wife, Mary Abbott (1918-2002), operated a Nursery School in Columbus, Ohio, where he died at 58 years of age in 1974. They had two daughters.

Charleston Daily Mail, August 21, 1974


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