Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bill Brown

Wilfred Bailey "Bill" Brown


Born:
August 2, 1922
Blackford, KY

Died:
January 15, 2007
Devon, PA


Career
1945-46 University of Maryland (College)
1946-47 University of Maryland (College)
1947-48 University of Maryland (College)
1948-49 Oshkosh All-Stars (NBL)
1948-49 Waterloo Hawks (NBL)
1949-50 York (EBL)
1950-51 Reading (EBL)
1951-52 York (EBL) 
1951-52 Ashland (EBL)
1951-52 Hazleton (EBL) 

Okay. This was a very tough one.We had his name, Bill Brown, and his school, Maryland. Very common name, so it wasn't going to be easy. Newspaper searches at the time yielded an article about his marriage to Virginia Morse, as well as his hometown (Strugis, Kentucky) and his wife's hometown (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania). Searching for his census information yielded differing results, but a search for Virginia got me her father's name, as well as her high school yearbook. Her father's obituary didn't mention "Virginia" but did mention a Billie Minisci. He yearbook indicated she went by the "Billy" so at least I know we have the right people. Searching for this, I find an obituary for Wilfred B. "Bill" Brown who was formerly married to Billie Minisci.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=wilfred-b-brown-bill&pid=86136974

Born to Floyd and Lillie Brown, Bill served in the military during World War 2, and returned to star at Maryland. Signed with Oshkosh but was sold to Waterloo on November 28.

Married to Virginia Morse and had two daughters and two sons.


Source:
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, MD), December 2, 1947
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, MD), February 27, 1948

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/b/brownbi01n.html
www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=brownbi02

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