Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ed Sadowski

Edward Anthony "Big Ed "Stretch" Sadowski

July 11, 1915
Johnstown, PA

September 18, 1990
Allenwood, NJ

1934-35 North High School - Akron, OH (High School)
1935-36 North High School - Akron, OH (High School)
1935-36 Akron Killian Celtics (Independent)
1937-38 Seton Hall (College)
1938-39 Seton Hall (College)
1939-40 Seton Hall (College)
1940-41 Detroit Eagles (NBL)
1941-42 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1941-42 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1941-42 Passaic Kenyons (Independent)
1942-43 Camden / Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1942-43 Wilmington Ckippers (Independent)
1942-43 Rochester Eber Seagrams (Independent) 
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1943-44 Brooklyn Eagles (Independent) 
1944-45 Air Technical Services - Dayton (Military)
1944-45 Indianapolis Pure Oils (Independent)
1944-45 Long Island Gruman Hellcats (Independent)
1944-45 Rochester Pros (Independent)
1944-45 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1945-46 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1946-47 Toronto Huskies (BAA) - Player / coach
1946-47 Cleveland Rebels (BAA)
1947-48 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1948-49 Philadelphia Warriors (BAA)
1949-50 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1950-51 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

One of two Ed Sadowskis to play in the NBL, Ed played college ball at Seton Hall and after graduation went to play with the Detroit Eagles. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War 2, and returned to play with Fort Wayne. When the BAA was formed, Sadowki was hired to coach the Toronto Huskies as well as play, but he was let go a month into the season with a 3-9 record. He finished the season playing for the Cleveland franchise. The next season, he joined the Celtics and finished second in the league in scoring. After two seasons with the Warriors and another with the Bullets, he retired from basketball and worked for Cities Service Oil as a labor negotiator. Sadowski died of cancer at the age of 75.
He was married to Charlotte and had two sons, Edward and Bill.

His obituary in the NY Times says he was 73 at the time of his death, as do other basketball encyclopedias (most list him as born in 1917), but census and military records show he was born in 1915, making him 75. I am sticking with the 1915 birth date, even though it makes him an old college student.

San Bernadino County Sun, Feb 27, 1945
Asbury Park Press, August 21, 1966
Akron Beacon Journal, September 19, 1990
Asbury Park Press, Sept 19, 1990
Obituary, NY TIMES



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  2. The first Boston Celtic to ever be named All NBA First Team