Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rusty Saunders

Russell Collier Saunders

March 12, 1906
Trenton, NJ 

November 24, 1967
Toms River, NJ

Central High School - Trenton, NJ (High School)
1924-25 Trenton Royal Bengals (MBL)
1924-25 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1925-26 Trenton Bengals (EBL)
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1925-26 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1926-27 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1927-28 Washington / Brooklyn Visitations (ABL) 
1927-28 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1928-29 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1929-30 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1930-31 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1931-32 Toledo Red Men (Independent)
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitation (MBL)
1932-33 Yonkers Knights (MBL)
1932-33 Trenton Bengals (ESBL)
1933-34 Trenton Moose (ABL)
1933-34 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL)
1934-35 New Britain Mules (ABL)
1934-35 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1935-36 Passaic Red Devils (ABL)
1935-36 Atlantic City (EBL)
1935-36 Pittston (PSL)
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandsnipers (ABL)
1936-37 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Original Celtics (Independent)
1938-39 Original Celtics (Independent)
1939-40 Original Celtics (Independent)
1940-41 Detroit Eagles (NBL)
1941-42 Trenton Tigers (ABL) 
1945-46 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1946-47 Newark (NWNJ)

Saunders joined up with the ABL in 1925, in the beginning of a long athletic career. As he played for Washington, he also ufound his way into organized baseball. He signed with Chambersburg in the Blue Ridge League in 1927, and was purchased by the Philadelphia Athletics at the end of the season, playing in five games. Despite his fast ascent to the major leagues, he never returned. He played minor league baseball through 1933 before giving it up. However, he never gave up on basketball, continuing to play in the ABL through the 1920's and 30's. In 1940, he joined the Detroit Eagles of the NBL before joining the U.S. Navy for World War 2. He played for Indianapolis after the war before retiring from athletics. Having started working at the New Jersey State Prison in 1939 as a corrections officer, Saunders continued to work there until his death in 1961.

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