The Pittsburgh basketball player was originally listed as being born on September 4, 1913. It says so on his SSDI record. However, I have come across data that indicates that birthdate is not accurate. First alarm was the obituary, which says Joseph A. Fabel, who died on January 31, 1967, was 49. That puts his birthdate around 1917, not 1913. Secondly, the census records from the area say he was born in 1917. Lastly, he graduated from East Pittsburgh High School in 1935. The original birthdate would make him 22 in high school. Not likely.
His miilitary records gives us his actual birthdate and location of birth.