Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Stan Szukala

Stanley Anthony Szukala

June 12, 1918
Chicago, IL

August 30, 2003
Park Ridge, IL

1935-36 Schurz High School - Chicago (High School)
1937-38 DePaul University (College)
1938-39 DePaul University (College)
1939-40 DePaul University (College)
1940-41 Chicago Bruins (NBL)
1941-42 Chicago Bruins (NBL)
1943-44 Camp Grant - Wisconsin (Military)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Chicago American Gears (NBL)
1946-47 Chicago American Gears (NBL)
1947-48 Grand Rapids Rangers (PBLA) Player / Head coach
1948-49 Chicago Shamrocks (Independent)
1949-50 Racine Knights (Independent)

Born in Chicago to Stanley and Jadwiga Szukala, Stan was a star athlete at Schurz HS before becoming All-American at DePaul. In the 1940 pro basketball tournmanent, playing on a team of collegians, Szukala hit a a half-court shot at the end of overtime to defeat the Harlem Globetrotters. He signed with the Bruins and played two years before serving the military in World War 2. He returned to basketball after the war, playing two seasons with the Geras and one more season with the Grand Rapids team in the PBLA. He later worked as a salesman for a freight company.



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