Monday, January 18, 2016

Jim Glass

James Lowell Glass


Born:
January 17, 1920
Jefferson, IN

Died:
August 29, 1969
Matthews, IN


Career
1937-38 South Side High School - Fort Wayne, IN (High School)
1938-39 South Side High School - Fort Wayne, IN (High School)
1942-43 University of Toledo (College)  Freshman
1943-44 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (Independent)
1944-45 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)

Had no birth or death information. Just some high school information, and some erroneous college info.

His high school yearbook from his junior year (38-39) states that because he turns 20, he will not be eligible to play in his senior year. This puts his birth year around 1919 or 1920.
http://www.mocavo.com/South-Side-High-School-1939-Fort-Wayne-in/403150/104

Glass only played on season for UT, and served in the military prior to joining the Pistons. He is NOT the same Jim Glass who played at Marshall around the same time. That Jim Glass hailed from Talcott, WV.

So searching through family records, I find two good possibilities. James Lowell Glass (Jan. 17, 1920 - Aug. 29, 1969) and James Elwin Glass (September 10, 1919 - Feb 8, 1972).


Glass missed a lot of the 1937-38 season battling pneumonia and lost twenty pounds.

- Update 8/25/2016 - 
Still not sure which guy is right, I looked at James Lowell Glass again, and got the name of  his parents and sister, thinking that maybe I can find a link to Jim from there. Mom (Christenia) and pop (Ned) didn't lead to much, but I find his older sister, Avanell, went to South Side High School, which we know the 6'8 (or 6'9 or 6'10, depending on which newspaper you read) attended. That is good enough for me to identify the correct Jim Glass.

Source:
Grave

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/g/glassja01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=glassji01

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