Thursday, January 14, 2016

1944-45 Chicago American Gears (NBL)

1944-45 CHICAGO AMERICAN GEARS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Western Division 
Finished: 14-16 .467, 2nd place

Western Division Playoff - Lost to Sheboygan, 2-1


  • Head coach: Jack Tierney (November 14, 1900 - ??)
John L. "Jack" Tierney was a former pro player for the Chicago Bruins in the ABL and was coaching basketball around the Chicago area when we brought on to coach the Bruins in 1941-42. He returned to lead the Gears in 1944.
 
PLAYERS:

  • Bill Ash 
Biography

  • Connie Berry (April 19, 1915 - June 24, 1980)
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  • Elmer Gainer (November 22, 1918 - September 29, 1970)
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  • Nick Hashu (February 1, 1917 - April 28, 2012)
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  • Ray Krzoska (October 28, 1918 - April 5, 2006)
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  • Bill McDonald (November 5, 1916 - February 7, 1994)
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  • Vince McGowan (August 13, 1913 - April 4, 1982)
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  • John Orr (b. 1918)
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  • Frank Otway (b. March 1, 1923)
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  • Stan Patrick (May 5, 1922 - January 1, 2000)
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  • Swede Roos (August 8, 1913 - January 30, 1979)
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  • Ed Scheiwe (February 25, 1918 - June 19, 1997)
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  • Joe Stampf (December 16, 1919 - April 20, 1985)
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  • Chet Strumillo (May 28, 1924 - July 27, 2010)
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  • John Styler   
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  • Dick Triptow (November 3, 1922 - February 20, 2015)
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