Friday, November 13, 2015

Bones Spudich

Joseph "Bones" Spudich


Born:
    


Died:
 



Career
1936-37 Holy Trinity Croatians - Indiana Harbor
1937-38 Holy Trinity Croatians - Indiana Harbor
1937-38 General American Car Builders (Hammond, Tri-City League)
1937-38 Hammond General American (Independent)
1939-40 Hammond Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)
1939-40 La Salle Steel - Hammond
1939-40 Industrial All-Stars- Hammond

Another player with only a last name known. So looking around Hammond at that time, I find a basketball player named Joe Spudich, who played for Holy Trinity. Spudich is noted to be one of the multiple skilled Croatian players on the team.

There are three possibilities I see
http://death-records.mooseroots.com/l/136426776/Joseph-R-Spudich

http://death-records.mooseroots.com/l/137169808/Joseph-Spudich
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=spudich&GSfn=j&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=64529374&df=all&

http://death-records.mooseroots.com/l/110483749/Joseph-Spudich
http://www.archives.com/1940-census/joseph-spudich-in-24460989

One reason I prefer the third Joseph Spudich is that he has a brother named Mark, and there is an M. Spudich mentioned in one of the articles about Holy Trinity.

He could also be Josef Spudich from McKendry University.

http://mckbearcats.com/hof.aspx?hof=75&path=&kiosk=
http://www.robertbike.com/polaris/1948.htm

Hammond times refers to the player on La Salle Steel as "Bones" Spudich. Playing with Nick Hashu, who also wound up with the NBL Hammond team, it is likely the Bones Spudich is the NBL player in question here.


Source:
Hammond Times, February 8, 1937
Hammond Times, March 28, 1938
Hammond Times, February 28, 1940


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/s/spudi01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=spudijo01

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