Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sid Van Sinderen

Sidney Van Sinderen, Jr.


Born:
July 26, 1923
Big Lake, WA

Died:
February 12, 2017
Bellingham, WA


Career
Bellingham High School - Washington (High School)
Western Washington College (College)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Born in Big Lake, Washington, Sidney's family moved to Bellingham in 1926. He entered the USMC after high school, and after the war entered Western Washington. He played basketball professionally for the Fircrests in 1946 after playing pro baseball for the Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League. He would later work for many years as a teacher and an immigration officer.


Sidney married Jettie McClane in 1946 and they had a son and two daughters.


Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=vansin001sid

Source:
Bellingham Herald Obituary, February 17, 2017
Obituary

Earl Torgeson

Clifford Earl Torgeson


Born:
January 1, 1924
Snohomish, WA

Died:
November 8, 1990
Everett, WA


Career
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Born to Melvin and Helen Torgeson, Earl Torgeson was a baseball star around Snohimish. He signed with the Seattle Raniers in 1941. With unusually good speed for a guy his size, Torgeson played well for the Raniers before entering the U.S. Army after the 1942 season. After the war, where he received a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge, Torgeson returned to the Raniers in 1946, and after a soild season was sold to the Boston Braves of the National League. In that off-season, he signed with the Bellingham Fircrests of the Pacific Coast Basketball League, but was released around December 20, 1946.
Off to Boston in 1947, Torgeson began what would be a 15-year career as a Major League first baseman, with stops in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York after Boston. Earl was a tough ballplayer with no fear of throwing a punch. He worked in the front office of the Seattle Pilots in 1969, and in 1972, was elected Snohomish County Commissioner. He was charged with defrauding the county, but was found not guilty. Unable to get re-elected, he later worked as the county's director of emergency management. He was 66 when he died from leukemia in 1990.

He and his wife, Molly, had three sons and a daughter.

Major League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/torgeea01.shtml

Source:
SABR Biography
Seattle Times Obituary
Chicago Tirbune, November 11, 1990

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dave Teyema

David H. Teyema


Born:
March 18, 1923
Portland, OR

Died:
September 18, 2013
Gresham, OR


Career
1941-42 Roosevelt High School - Portland (High School)
1942-43 Roosevelt High School - Portland (High School)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

Teyema was one of the more skilled athletes in Portland in the 40's and 50's, playing football, basketball and baseball. He played baseball and basketball on the professional level, with two years in the PCBL and three years of minor league baseball. He also served in the military in World War 2.

He married Marilyn Dodge in 1954 and they had two sons.

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=teyema001dav

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Bill Taitt

William Kenneth Taitt


Born:
August 24, 1923
Portland, OR

Died:
September 1, 2004
Portland, OR


Career
1941-42 Roosevelt High School - Portland, OR (High School)
1942-43 Oregon State College (College)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Taitt, a talented baseball player, attended Oregon State for one year, playing baseball and basketball, before entering the U.S. Navy. After serving in World War 2, he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. After being released, he signed with the Tyler club in the Texas League, playing for his uncle, former Major League player Doug Taitt. Taitt was sold after the 1946 season to the Red Sox, and in the off-season, played basketball with the Portland Indians. He played minor league baseball for another couple years, through 1948, never rising above Class B.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=taitt-001wil


Source:
News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon), December 7, 1946

Friday, May 19, 2017

Gordy Sykes

Gordon Sykes


Born:



Died:




Career
1942-43 University of British Columbia (College) Freshmen
1945-46 University of British Columbia (College)
1945-46 Laurie's Pie-Rates (Independent)
1946-47 Ted Milton's Arrows - British Columbia (Independent)
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

World War 2 veteran

Sykes left UBC in January of 1946.


Source:
The UByssey, January 29, 1946

Vince Stroyan

Vincent Blaze Stroyan


Born:
January 26, 1916
Valley, WA

Died:
April 9, 1988
Spokane, WA


Career
1937-38 Gonzaga University (College)
1938-39 Gonzaga University (College)
1939-40 Gonzaga University (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazer (PCBL)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)

Transferred from Salem to Spokane on January 3, 1947.


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Don Stitt

Donald Virgil Stitt


Born:
June 9, 1915
La Grande, OR

Died:
June 18, 2007
Woodburn, OR


Career
1933-34 La Grande High School - (High School)
1934-35 La Grande High School - (High School)
1937-38 Signal Oil - Portland (Independent)
1938-39 Oregon State College (College)
1939-40 Oregon State College (College)
1940-41 Oregon State College (College)
1944-45 Airbrake Bearcats (Military)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Born to Charles and Annie Stitt, Don played basketball, football and ran track in high school before heading off to Oregon State. He played basketball while stationed in England during World War 2, and played in the Pacific Coast Basketball League after returning after the war. Initially signing with Salem, he was sold to the Bellingham Fircrests on December 22, 1946. He played for Portland in the next season, the last season of the league.
Don continued competing in athletic endeavors, picking up tennis and still competing in track events into his golden years.

Don's brother Al Stitt also played in the Pacific League. Sadly, Donald, Al, and a third brother, Daniel, all died within a few months of each other in 2007.

Source:
Statesman Journal, June 23, 2007

Al Stitt

Alvin Wayne Stitt


Born:
July 1, 1917
La Grande, OR

Died:
October 1, 2007
Portland, OR


Career
1934-35 La Grande High School - (High School)
1935-36 La Grande High School - (High School)
1936-37 La Grande High School - (High School)
Eastern Oregon (College) ??
1939-40 Portland M.I.A. (Independent)
1940-41 Signal Oil - Portland (Independent)
1945-46 Northwest Insulators - Portland (Independent)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)

Born to Charles and Annie Stitt. Al served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, serving in Bruma, North Africa and India. He later became a baker.

Al's brother Don also played pro basketball.

He married Hilda in 1950.


Source:
Obituary

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sorenson

Sorenson


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)




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Lyle Smith

Lyle Smith


Born:



Died:




Career
Eastern Washington (College) ??
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

COULD be the same Lyle Smith who played football and basketball at the University of Idaho. Newspaper articles reporting on the Fircrests say a "Lyle Smith" plays for the team who went to Eastern Washington, but he does not appear on the EWU all-time roster. UI's Lyle Smith is from Steptoe, Washington, which is in the eastern-most counties of Washington and a mere 40 miles apart. Bellingham's player was a 6'3 forward.


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Bob Smith

Bob Smith


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)




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Arky Simon

Harold "Arky" Simon


Born:



Died:




Career

Long Island University (College) ??
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Allegedly played at LIU, but there is no Harold Simon on their all-time roster. (There was a Lou Simon and a Leon Simon for LIU)


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Moose Schlicting

Harold Richard "Moose" Schlicting


Born:
July 21, 1917
Davenport, WA

Died:
September 29, 2002
Neskowin, OR


Career
1938-39 University of Washington (College)
1939-40 University of Washington (College)
1940-41 University of Washington (College)
1941-42 Seattle Motors (AAU)
1942-43 Lohrer's Sports Shop - Seattle (Independent)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

Schlicting starred at UW before playing pro and semi-pro around Seattle. He played for Yakima in the PCBL, and died one afternoon in 2002 while watching the Seattle Seahawks on TV.


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Sig Sigurdson

Sigurd Frederick Sigurdson


Born:
November 27, 1918
Seattle, WA

Died:
December 2, 2006
Seattle, WA


Career
1935-36 Ballard High School - Seattle (High School)
1936-37 Ballard High School - Seattle (High School)
1937-38 Pacific Lutheran - Tacoma (College)
1938-39 Pacific Lutheran - Tacoma (College)
1939-40 Pacific Lutheran - Tacoma (College)
1940-41 Pacific Lutheran - Tacoma (College)
Los Angeles (Independent)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

Born in Washington, Sigurdson was a natural athlete who lettered in four sports at Pacific Lutheran (baseball, football, basketball and track.) A very talented basketball player, he played some semi-pro basketball in Seattle while also playing at Ballard. This ruse was discovered due to a photo in the newspaper. Sigurdson's father did not allow Sig to play football in high school, so when he went to college, he took to the sport and became on of the best ends in the Pacific Northwest. He worked in the shipyards in California during World War 2, before joining the Marines. He returned to Seattle after the war.

Sigurdson signed with the Seattle Blue Devils of the Pacific Coast Basketball League in 1946, and in 1947 played 8 games for the Baltimore Colts in the All-American Football Conference. The Blue Devils sold him September 30, 1947, to Tacoma. Done with professional sports, he managed some bowling alleys around Seattle and also worked as a longshoreman

AAFC Stats:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SiguSi20.htm

Source:
Seattle PI, October 24, 2006

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ted Sarpola

Theodore H. Sarpola


Born:
July 28, 1916
Astoria, OR

Died:
February 11, 1986
Astoria, OR


Career
1934-35 Astoria High School - Oregon (High School)
1935-36 Astoria High School - Oregon (High School)
1939-40 University of Oregon (College)
1940-41 University of Oregon (College)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Ted went to Oregon, where he was a member of their legendary "Tall Firs" team that won the NCAA title. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War 2. Ted played briefly for the Portland Indians before embarking on a long career in education.

Ted married Clara Achord in 1941.

Middle name is Harvey or Henry.

Source:
Astoria High School Hall of Fame
Statesman Journal, February 13, 1986

Don Sanders

William Donald "Don" Sanders


Born:
December 2, 1916
Gunnison, UT

Died:
June 27, 1990
Seattle, WA


Career
1933-34 Ellensburg High School - Washington (High School)
1934-35 Ellensburg High School - Washington (High School)
1937-38 Central Washington College of Education (College)
1938-39 Central Washington College of Education (College)
1939-40 Central Washington College of Education (College)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

Born in Utah, his family moved to Washington in the last 1920's.

He sometimes appears as "Bill Sanders" or "Sandors" in newspaper articles.


Source:

Jack Riggins

Jack Riggins


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
(College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

Riggins signed with Salem on February 4, 1947. Unsure if he actually played.

From Olympia, Wa


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Roy Pflugrad

Roy David Pflugrad


Born:
December 18, 1916
Corvallis, OR

Died:
January 4, 2012
Springfield, OR


Career
1933-34 Corvallis High School (High School)
1934-35 Corvallis High School (High School)
1935-36 Corvallis High School (High School)
1936-37 Oregon State College (College) Freshmen
1937-38 Oregon State College (College)
1938-39 Oregon State College (College)
1939-40 Signal Oil - Portland, Oregon (Independent)
1940-41 Signal Oil - Portland, Oregon (Independent)
1942-43 Portland Boilermakers (Independent)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL) Player / head coach

Born to David and Ophelia Pglugrad, Roy lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track in high school. He went to Oregon State, and later played professionally around the Portland area, including two years with the Portland Indians where he was named head coach during the 1947-48 season. Moving to Eugene, Oregon, Pflugrad owned and operated his own vending company before retiring.

He was named head coach of the Indians partly into the 1947-48 season.

He married Donna Bunn (1919-2012) in 1940 and they had four children.

His name is often misspelled "Pflugard."

Source:
Obituarym The Oregonian, January 9, 2012

Doug Peden

James Douglas "Doug" Peden


Born:
April 18, 1916
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Died:
April 11, 2005
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Career
1934-35 Victoria Blue Ribbons (Independent)
1936 Canadian National Team (Olympics)
1940-41 Buffalo Bisons (Independent)
1945-46 Victoria Dominoes (Independent)
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

Peden was a baseball and basketball player from Vancouver, representing his country in the 1936 Olympics. He played for a few seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, and also played two seasons of pro basketball with the Hornets. He and his brother Torchy were also well-known Canadian cyclists.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=peden-001jam

Source:
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Chuck Patterson

Charles I. "Pat" Patterson


Born:
August 2, 1914
Vancouver, WA

Died:
October 1, 1988
Portland, OR


Career
1935-36 University of Oregon (College)
1938-39 Signal Oil - Portland, Oregon (Independent)
1939-40 Signal Oil - Portland, Oregon (Independent)
1940-41 Signal Oil - Portland, Oregon (Independent)
1942-43 Portland Boilermakers (Independent)
1944-45 Fees Music Maker - Portland, Oregon (Independent)
1945-46 Fees Rollerdome - Portland, Oregon (Independent)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

He married Audrey Bushnell in 1938 and their son, Charles Jr, who was a star basketball player at Benson Technical High School in Portland.



Source:

Harry Parrish

Harry Parrish


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
(College)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)


Released by Portland, Parrish signed with Yakima on January 4, 1947.

There is a Harry Parrish who played for Presbyterian College in SC in the 1940's. Possibly him.


Source:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stretch Osterhouse

Wilfred Vallery "Bill" "Stretch" Osterhouse


Born:
November 12, 1917
Miller, SD

Died:
November 28, 1997
Vancouver, WA


Career
1938-39 Northern College - Aberdeen, South Dakota (College)
1939-40 Northern College - Aberdeen, South Dakota (College)
1940-41 Northern College - Aberdeen, South Dakota (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)


He married Katherine in 1954, and remarried to Sara Meade in 1969.

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Bud Olson

Robert W. "Bud" Olson


Born:
May 23, 1918
Columbus, ND

Died:
March 19, 2006
Seattle, WA



Career
1935-36 Everett High School - Washington (High School)
1936-37 Everett High School - Washington (High School)
1937-38 Washington State College (College) Freshmen
1938-39 Washington State College (College)
1939-40 Washington State College (College)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

A graduate of Everett HS, Olson was a scoring whiz for WSC before quitting school prior to the start of his senior season. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and after being honorably discharged, he got married and moved to Seattle where he worked a long career in sales.


He married Eunice (1919-2015) in 1946 and they had two sons. His grandson, Bryce Olson, played basketball for Central Washington University.

Basketball encyclopedias have two different Olsons listed in the PCBL in 1946-47: Bud Olson as playing with Spokane, and Bob Olson as playing with Bellingham. However, newspaper articles mention each Olson played for Washington State. I only found one Olson at WSC at that time. It turns out Bud and Bob are the same player.

Source:
Obituary, Seattle Times, March 21, 2006

Gay O'Brink

Gaylord LeRoy O'Brink


Born:
May 13, 1917
Mason City, IA

Died:
September 8, 2008
Las Vegas, NV


Career
Iowa State Teachers College (College)
1940-41 Schukel Motors - Waterloo, Iowa (Independent)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

O'Brink was born and raised in Iowa, where he played football, basketball and softball. After World War 2, he signed with the Salem Trailblazers.


Source:
Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR), November 16, 1946

Dick Oberstaller

Richard William Oberstaller


Born:
February 16, 1926
Portland, OR

Died:
May 6, 2002
Myrtle Creek, OR


Career
1941-42 Milwaukie High School - Oregon (High School)
1942-43 Milwaukie High School - Oregon (High School)
1943-44 Milwaukie High School - Oregon (High School)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)

Born to William and Margaret Oberstaller, Dick was an all-State football player at Milwaukie where he was also a guard on the school basketball team.


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Ritchie Nichol

Richard James Nichol


Born:
December 14, 1921
Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Died:
December 26, 2008
California


Career
1940-41 Harlem Globetrotters
1941-42 Vancouver Dominoes (Independent)
1945-46 University of British Columbia (College)
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

Nichol was a very popular player in British Columbia in the 1940's, and the first white player on the Globetrotters. Aside from his basketball exploits on around Vancouver, which was interrupted by his time in World War 2, he was also a notable baseball player.


Source:
http://tomhawthorn.blogspot.com/2009/02/ritchie-nichol-basketballer-1921-2008.html

Monday, May 15, 2017

Al McRae

Allen Angus McRae


Born:
July 18, 1921
El Reno, OK

Died:
December 5, 2014
Keizer, OR


Career
1937-38 Salem High School - Oregon (High School)
1938-39 Salem High School - Oregon (High School)
1945-46 Williamette College (College)
1945-46 Salem Page-Woolens (AAU)
1946-47 Williamette College (College)
1946-47 Spokane Blazers (PCBL)
1946-47 Salem Page-Woolens (AAU) 
1947-48 Salem Page-Woolens (AAU) 

Born in Oklahoma to David and Cleo McRae, the family moved to Salem around 1925. McRae was a star center for the Salem HS basketball team, and during World War 2 served in the Army Air Corps, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. After the war, he entered Williamette college and played basketball there and also with local AAU teams. McRae, whose name is sometimes listed as either "Alan" or "Allen," was rumored to join the Spokane Blazers on February 7, after the merger of the Spokane Orphans and the Salem Blazers. I am NOT sure if he ever played, though. "Big Al" was a pilot and fight instructor for many years, as well as being an insurance salesman until he retired in 1982.

Al married Margaret Schifferer in 1942


Source:
Statesman Journal, December 14, 2014

Jack Mayne

John Ernest "Jack" Mayne


Born:
April 18, 1918
American Fork. UT

Died:
June 22, 2001
Ontario, CA


Career
1936-37 American Fork High School - Utah (High School)
1940-41 Utah State (College)
1942-43 Division Headquarters (Military)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)

Born in Utah to George (1888-1958) and Lillian Mayne. Jack attended American Fork HS before enrolling at Utah State. His education was interrupted by World War 2.

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Al Maul

Allan Frederick Maul


Born:
November 27, 1923
Seattle, WA

Died:
September 30, 1997
Tacoma, WA


Career
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)
1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Seattle native Al Maul enjoyed a lengthy minor league baseball career and played pro basketball in the 1946 and 1947 off-season.

Allan married Myrna Dambly in 1947 and they had one son.


Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=maul--001all

Source:

Joe Matanich

Joseph H. Matanich


Born:
February 12, 1922
Roslyn, WA

Died:
May 13, 1986
Roslyn, WA


Career
Cle Elem HS - Roslyn, Washington (High School)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

Brother of fellow Ramblers player John Matanich, Joe was a World War 2 veteran


Source:

John Matanich

John S. Matanich


Born:
May 6, 1923
Roslyn, WA

Died:
November 22, 1998



Career
Cle Elem High School - Roslyn Washington (High School)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

Born to Yugoslavian immigrant father Matthew (1888-1963) and mother Katherine A World War 2 veteran, John and his brother Joe both played for the Yakima Ramblers in the Pacific Coast Basketball League. John also played some minor league baseball for Great Falls in the Pioneer League in 1948.

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com:8080/register/player.fcgi?id=matani001joh

Source:

Ernie Maskovich

Ernest Phillip Maskovich


Born:
January 22, 1922
Sacramento, CA

Died:
November 27, 2004
Carmichael, CA


Career
1938-39 McClatchey High School - Sacramento (High School)
1939-40 McClatchey High School - Sacramento (High School)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)

A high school on the court and on the diamond, Maskovitch played both sports briefly on the professional level, playing pro basketball in the Pacific League, and minor league baseball for the Cubs organization in the California league in 1946.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=maskov001ern

Source:

Ziggy Marcell

Everett "Ziggy" "Sam" Marcell


Born:
September 1, 1916
New Orleans, LA

Died:
October 10, 1990
Los Angeles, CA


Career
Southern University - Louisiana (College)
1941-42 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1942-43 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1943-44 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1944-45 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1946-47 Los Angeles Red Devils (Independent)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1948-49 Hollywood All-Stars (Independent)
1950-51 Iowa Colored Ghosts (Independent)
1951-52 Iowa Colored Ghosts (Independent) 

Son of Negro League baseball player Oliver Marcell, Ziggy was a popular player for various independent pro teams who also played briefly with the Fircrests in the Pacific Coast League. He was a fixture in the Los Angeles basketball scene in the 60's, organizing and coaching various teams.

Negro League Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=marcel000sam

Source:
http://www.blackfives.org/players/everett-ziggy-marcell/

Frank Mandic

Frank Joseph Mandic


Born:
October 10, 1917
Los Angeles, CA

Died:
April 28, 2011
Walnut Creek, CA


Career
1934-35 Roosevelt High School - Los Angeles (High School)
1935-36 Roosevelt High School - Los Angeles (High School)
1936-37 Oregon State College (College)
1937-38 Oregon State College (College)
1938-39 Oregon State College (College)
1939-40 Oregon State College (College)
1941-42 Hood River High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1945-46 Oregon State College (College) Head coach, freshmen team
1946-47 Oregon State College (College) Head coach, freshmen team
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Brother of John Mandic and son of Croatian immigrants, Mandic attended OSU on a basketball scholarship and entered the Naval Academy at the onset of World War 2.

Served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, spending his time in the South Pacific. After the war, Mandic and family relocated to Washington. He played basketball with the Indians before a knee injury he suffered on January 30, 1947 essentially ended Frank's playing career. He enjoyed a long career at Crown Zellerbach in Camas, Washington.

Frank married Shirley Stuart (d.1993) in 1940 and they had two daughters.

Source:
Statesman Journal, January 31, 1947

Bill Magruder

William Almos "Ike" Magruder


Born:
January 10, 1924
Washington

Died:
February 24, 2007
Cincinnati, OH


Career
1941-42 McLoughlin High School - Milton-Freewater, Oregon (High School)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)


Magruder was a WW2 veteran.

He and his wife, Verneice, had three daughters.

Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer, February 27, 2007

In memoriam: Frankie Brian

Frankie Brian, former NBL player and NBA All-Star, died yesterday morning. His passing leaves Bob Cousy as the only remaining player from the first NBA All-Star game.


Biography

Obituary from NOLA.com


Frank "Flash" Brian, a fearless former LSU basketball star and and the oldest surviving player from the first NBA All-Star Game, died Sunday morning (May 14, 2017) in his hometown of Zachary at age 94.
Brian completed a state triple crown in 2013 when he was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. It came after his election to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches in 1986 and the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1987.
He began as a high school standout at Zachary, then lettering in basketball at LSU from 1942-43 and 1946-47 as a guard. His college career was interrupted by military service in World War II, serving in the Army from 1944-46.
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Brian was named All-Southeastern Conference in basketball in 1942-43 and again in 1947 after returning from the war. He also participated in the 1943 SEC Track and Field Championships in four events.
After college, he went on to have a stellar professional basketball career, earning National Basketball League Rookie of the Year honors in 1948 for the Anderson Packers, NBL All-Star honors two times and was twice an NBA All-Star.
Brian played in both the 1955 and 1956 NBA championship series for the Fort Wayne Pistons and scored 6,663 points during a 10-year career.
In 1951 when the NBA played its first All-Star game in Boston Garden, Brian was a unanimous selection as a member of a Western Conference team that included other unanimous picks such as George Mikan, Ralph Beard, Bob Davies, Alex Groza, Vern Mikkelsen and Fred Schaus.
Brian scored 14 points in the game won by the Eastern Conference All-Stars 111-94 in front of a crowd of 10,094. The Eastern Conference team included legends such as Bob Cousy, Ed Macauley, Dolph Schayes and Paul Arizin.
In a 2014 story by Times-Picayune writer Jimmy Smith, Brian recounted how he was genuinely surprised to be selected to play in the game.
"I know this: When I first saw it, I'm sure it was in the paper and it surprised the life out of me and made me feel really good that other people felt like I could play at that level," Brian told Smith. "But other than that, I sure didn't want to be too much like I had the big head, you know. I was tickled to death to get to go. And you don't know who to thank, who is the main cog in this reason that you're going. But I took it because I was glad to get it.
"It's a really great honor. When you start thinking about one out of a hundred or 200 and they select you to come play, you know you've got to feel real good about it. You want to make a good showing, too. You want to prove you can play at that level.
"My highlight was playing with those boys I'd done everything I could to stop. Now, you were playing with them. That was the thing about it: You got to meet those boys you'd been playing against for so long."
Brian and the rest of his All-Star teammates earned a bonus for that first game: a $50 government bond.
But Brian also kept the white, Spalding canvas sneakers he wore in the game, as well as the blue game jersey, his white No. 13 surrounded by 10 red stars.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Les Logg

Leslie Nathan Logg


Born:
March 25, 1920
Baird, WA

Died:
December 6, 1966
Seattle, WA


Career
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)

Pretty sure the Blue Devils player known as Logg is Leslie Logg, minor league baseball player who was with Wenatchee (WA) club in 1946.

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=logg--001les


Source:
Ancestry.com

Wally Leask

Wallace David Leask


Born:
April 30, 1921
Metlakatla, AK

Died:
July 21, 2004
Las Vegas, NV


Career
1938-39 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School)
1940-41 University of Washington (College)
1941-42 University of Washington (College) 
1942-43 University of Washington (College)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)
1947-47 Seattle Athletics (PCBL)

Born to David and Lillian Leask in Alaska, Wally went to high school in Seattle, staying with a host family while his family remained in Alaska. He was the captain for the basketball team at UW, and then entered the Air Corps for World War 2. He worked for many years as an air traffic controller in Anchorage and King Salmon, Alaska, before becoming a commercial fisherman and even serving one term as mayor of Metlakatla. He died while on vacation in Las Vegas.

Married Marcella Hughes (1921-1978) in 1942 and they had two sons and three daughters. He later remarried to April.

Source:
Alaska Dispath News, August 3, 2004

Ken Lawn

Kenneth Allanby Lawn


Born:
June 26, 1920
Furness, England

Died:
October 19, 2012
Chilliwack, BC, Canada


Career
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

Born in England to Vic and Polly Lawn, Ken's family moved to Vancouver in 1930. Aside from his pro basketball exploits with the Hornets, he also played baseball and soccer around British Columbia. He worked for 30 years for the British Columbia Liquor Board, and died in 2012 at 92 years of age.


Source:
Obituary

Johnny Kolb

John Henry Kolb


Born:
September 2, 1917
New Brunswick, NJ

Died:
May 19, 1989
Salem, OR


Career
1937-38 Williamette College - Salem, Oregon (College)
1938-39 Williamette College - Salem, Oregon (College)
1939-40 Williamette College - Salem, Oregon (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

Born to Henry and Melissa Kolb in New Jersey, Kolb was a three-sport star at Williamette College and served in the Army Air Corps during World War 2.  He was a long-time basketball official in the Pacific Northwest, most notably for the Pac 10. Kolb owned and operated a golf course, and died of cancer in 1989.

He married Genevieve Doud in 1940 and they had one son.

Source:
Statesman Journal, May 20, 1989
Statesman Journal, May 23, 1989

John Katica

John Anthony "Catfoot Johnny" Katica


Born:
November 5, 1918
Seattle, WA

Died:
May 5, 2000
Freeland, WA


Career
1937-38 O'Dea High School - Seattle, Washington (High School)
1939-40 St. Martn's College - Lacey, Washington (College)
1940-41 St. Martn's College - Lacey, Washington (College)
1941-42 St. Martn's College - Lacey, Washington (College)
1944-45 O'Dea High School - Seattle, Washington (High School) Head coach
1944-45 Alpine Dairy - Seattle (Independent)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

Born to Yugoslavian immigrants John and Katherine Katica, Johnny set scoring records at St. Martin before entering the U.S. Army for World War 2. He coached at O'Dea HS and played two pro seasons in the PCBL.

He married Mary Brownfield in 1942 and they had two sons.

Source:

Johnson (II)

Johnson


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

Could be the same Johnson who played for Spokane, since the teams eventually merged.


Source:

Johnson (I)

Johnson


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)

He is likely the same Johnson who played with Salem, since Spokane and Salem merged.


Source:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dave Howard

Dave Howard


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
Central Washington College (College)
1944-45 University of Utah (College)
1945-46 University of Utah (College)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)
1947-48 Astoria Royak Chinooks (PCBL)  ??

During World War 2, Howard served in the USMC. A guard at Utah, Howard was declared ineligible in January of 1946 and went to play AAU basketball. Howard joined the Portland Indians in the Pacific League and was transferred to Spokane on January 3, 1947.

APBR roster has Jack Howard playing for Astoria in 1947-48, but Herald and News article from Jan 9, 1948, says it was Dave Howard. I will investigate more when I get to that season.


Source:

Roy Helser

Royal Herman Helser


Born:
August 27, 1911
Portland, OR

Died:
October 25, 1994
McMinnville, OR


Career
1934-35 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)
1946-47 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1947-48 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1948-49 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1949-50 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1950-51 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1951-52 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1952-53 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1953-54 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1954-55 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1955-56 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1956-57 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1957-58 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1958-59 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1959-60 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach
1960-61 Linfield College - McMinnville, Oregon (College) Head coach

Born in Portland to Henry and Katherine Helser, Roy was a longtime pitcher in the PCL, winning 20 game three times for the Portland Beavers. He did not play sports in high school, but played basketball, baseball and football at Linfield. In the off-season of 1946-47, he put on the basketball uniform of the hapless Spokane Orphans for a short spell. He was a longtime coach at Linfield, coaching both basketball and baseball, and even was assistant coach for the football team there.

He married Dorothy Wall (1915-2013) in 1935

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=helser001roy

Source:
Linfield Hall of Fame
Statesman Journal, December 25, 1946
Statesman Journal, October 27, 1994

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bob Hamilton

Robert L. Hamilton


Born:
April 22, 1922


Died:
December 7, 1995
Davis, CA


Career
1943-44 University of Oregon (College)
1944-45 University of Oregon (College)
1945-46 University of Oregon (College)
Continental Airlines - Denver (Independent)
1946-47 Oklahoma City (ABL)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Medford High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Medford High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Lethbridge - Alberta (Independent?) Head coach / player
University of Oregon (College) Assistant coach
1952-53 Everybody's Drugs - Eugene (AAU) Head coach
1953-54 Everybody's Drugs - Eugene (AAU) Head coach
1954-55 Martin Signs - Eugene (AAU) Head coach
1955-56 Paddock Tavern - Eugene (AAU) Head coach
1967-68 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1968-69 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1969-70 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1970-71 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1971-72 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1972-73 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1973-74 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1974-75 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1975-76 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1976-77 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1977-78 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1978-79 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1979-80 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1980-81 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1981-82 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1982-83 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1983-84 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1984-85 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1985-86 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1986-87 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1987-88 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach
1988-89 University of California - Davis (College) Head coach 


Born to Ray Hamilton, Bob grew up in Marhsalltown, Iowa, before the family moved to Seattle. After being the captain for three season at Oregon, Hamilton signed with Oklahoma City in the ABL, but quit and returned home where he joined with the Portland Indians. He coached the basketball team at Medford HS before moving to Alberta. He returned to Eugene, where he operated a donut shop (Spudnut on OSU campus) while coaching a local team to AAU success. He went back to Lehtbridge to take a team on a world-wide tour through places like the Philippines and Brazil before returning the North America (and Eugene) in 1963. He wound getting the head coaching job at UC Davis, where he would stay for 22 seasons.


Source:
Eugene Guard, March 25, 1945
Eugene Guard, March 27, 1947

Mike Hafenecker

Michael F. Hafenecker


Born:
September 19, 1924


Died:
January 15, 1984
Monroe, NY


Career
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Hafenecker was a minor league baseball player who played in the Yankees farm system. While assigned to the Yankees affiliate in Victoria, BC, he played basketball on the Portland team in the Pacific Coast League, returning the following winter. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hafene001mic

Source:

Gray

Gray


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

Hard to know exactly from "Gray" is. It could very well be Bill Gray, Oregon State offensive lineman who played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.


Source:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

George Glavin

George Malcolm Glavin


Born:
October 17, 1921
Seattle, WA

Died:
May 18, 1991
Bremerton, WA


Career
1939-40 Ballard High School - Washington (High School)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)
1947-48 Seattle Athletics (PCBL)

Pretty certain the Seattle player listed in a few box scores as "Glavin" is George Glavin, the team's business manager.


Source:

Dale Gentry

Dale Lavern Gentry


Born:
July 2, 1917
Umapine, OR

Died:
June 27, 1968
Portland, OR


Career
1935-36 Walla Walla High School - Washington (High School)
1936-37 Walla Walla High School - Washington (High School)
1937-38 Washington State College (College) Freshmen
1938-39 Washington State College (College)
1939-40 Washington State College (College)
1940-41 Washington State College (College)
1946-47 Spokane Blazers (Portland/Spokane merged team) (PCBL)


Born to Loyd and Edna Gentry, Dale went to Washington State where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Gentry entered the U.S. Navy for World War 2. After the war, he played three season of pro football with the Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC. He also played for the Spokane Blazers in the Pacific Coast Basketball League after the Spokane and Salem clubs merged. He would later become an assistant coach at WSU.

In June of 1968, Gentry had suffered a heart attack. While recuperating for his cardiac incident, his 16 year-old son James was killed in automobile accident. They following day, after completing the funeral arrangement for James, Dale collapsed, suffering what would be a fatal heart attack,

AAFC Stats:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GentDa20.htm

Source:
Statesman Journal, June 29, 1968

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cliff Gaffney

John Clifford "Cliff" Gaffney


Born:
December 30, 1920
Bellingham, WA

Died:
June 13, 2014
Chico, CA


Career
1936-40 Bellingham High School - Washington (High School)
1940-41 Western Washington College - Bellingham (College)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL) Was at least playing in the playoffs

Gaffney entered the U.S. Navy during World War 2, and after the war, he played two seasons of professional basketball. However, his true athletic skill was on the diamond, where he was a third baseman for the semi-pro club in Bellingham for ten years, winning the Washington Semi-Pro League MVP award in 1950. He worked in sales for Georgia Pacific Tissue, retiring in 1990.

He married Zelda May Wilson in 1942 and they had one daughter and two sons.



Source:
Obituary, Seattle Tines, June 25, 2014

Bill Fleming

William Bowman Fleming


Born:
May 11, 1919
Seattle, WA

Died:
January 7, 1999



Career
1936-37 Ballard High School - Seattle (High School)
1938-39 University of Washinton (College)
1939-40 University of Washinton (College)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)

Born to John and Isabelle Fleming.


Source:

Don Durdan

Donald Edgar Durdan


Born:
September 21, 1920
Arcata, CA

Died:
June 28, 1971
Corvallis, OR


Career
Eureka High School - California (High School)
1940-41 Oregon State University (College)
1941-42 Oregon State University (College)
1942-43 Oregon State University (College)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

A baseball player, basketball player, and star halfback on the football team at Oregon State, Durdan played two seasons of pro football for the 49ers in the AAFC as well as two pro season of basketball with the Indians. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War 2, and after discharge, signed with the Indians on December 28, 1946. He later worked as a mortician and part-owner of a funeral home. He was 51 when he died of a heart attack in 1971.

AAFC Stats:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/D/DurdDo20.htm

Source:
Statesman Journal, June 29, 1971

Emil Drovetto

Emil Drovetto


Born:
November 27, 1925
Washington

 :




Career
Cleveland Elum High School (High School)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

Born to Anton and Mary Ann Drovetto, Emil later became a police officer in Seattle. In 1968, he was shot four times in a grocery store robbery, but recovered.


Source:

Lowell Doud

Lowell Floyd Doud


Born:
October 23, 1922
Buckley, WA

Died:
March 31, 2016
Tacoma, WA


Career
1938-39 Buckley High School - Washington (High School)
Bellingham Normal (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

Born in Buckley, Washington, to Fay and Queenie Doud, Lowell went to Bellingham Normal College (now Western Washington University). After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, he played for the Trailblazers in the Pacific Coast League, joining the team in early February of 1947 as the team revamped its roster. He was later a fireman and recreational pilot, owned a racehorse, and eventually owned and operated a mobile home park.

He and his wife, Tina, had one son.

Source:
Obituary, Tacoma Press, April 12, 2016

Pat Dorsey

Patrick James Dorsey


Born:
August 17, 1917
Ellensburg, WA

Died:
February 28, 1992
Ellensburg, WA


Career
1933-34 Ellensburg High School - Washington (High School)
1934-35 Ellensburg High School - Washington (High School)
1935-36 University of Washington (College) Freshmen
1936-37 University of Washington (College)
1937-38 University of Washington (College)
1938-39 University of Washington (College)
1939-40 Seattle Savages (Independent)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

Dorsey played at UW before playing with the Savages, who went on to play in the AAU tournament. Dorsey served in the U.S.M.C. during World War 2. He returned from the war and played with the Ramblers for their one season of existence. He taught high school, was a hospital administrator and also owned a heating and cooling company, retiring in 1989.

He married Helen Foster (d. 1989) in 1946 and they had two sons and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary in The Daily Record, March 2, 1992

Bobby Dorr

Robert Constant Dorr


Born:
May 17, 1917
Bellingham, WA

Died:
July 28, 2005
Bellingham, WA


Career
1938-39 University of Washington (College)
1939-40 University of Washington (College)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Different guy than Oregon's own and Boston Red Sox legendary second baseman Bobby Doerr, and this leads to a lot of misdirection when searching the newspapers of the time. Both gentleman are essentially the same age and their names were in a lot of newspapers in the Pacific Northwest at the same time.

Dorr played basketball at UW, and later played a couple seasons for his hometown club, the Fircrests.

Source:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Norm Dalthorp

Norman E. Dalthorp


Born:
August 11, 1919
Tindall, MT

Died:
April 7, 1974



Career
1940-41 University of Washington (College)
1941-42 University of Washington (College)
1945-46 University of Washington (College)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)
1947-48 Seattle Athletics (PCBL)
1950-51 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School) Head coach 
1956-57 Lincoln High School - Seattle (High School) Head coach

Born to George and Minnie Dalthorp, Dalthorp played baseball and basketball at UW. His collegiate playing career was interrupted by his service in World War 2. He was the long-time coach at Lincoln High School in Seattle, and died in 1974.


Source:

Reg Clarkson

Reginald Louis Clarkson


Born:
August 29, 1925
Victoria, BC, Canada

Died:
April 26, 2012
British Columbia


Career
1944-45 University of British Columbia (College)
1945-46 University of British Columbia (College)
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

After graduating from UBC, where he had played baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and football (!), Reg signed with the Vancouver affiliate of the baseball's Boston Braves. He played professional basketball with the Hornets and in the spring of 1947 signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played baseball in their farm system through 1950, batting .334 over his minor league career. He also played pro football for the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL.
His star on the rise as far as the baseball diamond was concerned, Clarkson contracted rheumatic fever. The damage the illness did his heart ended his professional baseball career. He returned to school to get his Masters in Social Work, and has a fighter for prison reform and women's rights in British Columbia.

Reg married Peggy in 1952 and they had eight children.


Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=clarks001reg

Source:
UBC Obituary
British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame

Bill Chase

Glen William "Bill" Chase


Born:



Died:




Career
1937-38 Washington State Cougars (College)
1938-39 Washington State Cougars (College)
1939-40 Washington State Cougars (College)
1941-42 Seattle Motors (AAU)
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)


I think he is Glen William Chase (1918-1997)


Source:


Arthur Chapman

Arthur St. Clair Chapman


Born:
October 28, 1912
Victoria, BC, Canada

Died:
February 3, 1986
Nanaimo, BC, Canada


Career
1941-42 Victoria Dominoes (Independent)
1945-46 Victoria Dominoes (Independent)
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)Player / Business Manager

Born to Clara Mary Chapman (c.1882-1942), Chapman was a well-known basketball player in western Canada along with his brother Chuck. He served in the Canadian Army during World War 2.
Chapman was named the business manager for the Vacnouver Hornets in October of 1947.


Source:

Bob Carr

Robert Carr


Born:



Died:




Career
1939-40 Central Washington College (College)
1945-46 Yakima High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL) Head coach / player

Carr played football, basketball and tennis at Central Washington.

Possibly Robert William Carr (1917-2006), but I don't think this guy went to college
Possibly Robert Allen Carr (1917-1996)

Source:



Clipper Carmody

L. G. Claton "Clipper" Carmody


Born:
October 23, 1922
Broken Bow, NE

Died:
1997
Washington


Career
1939-40 Ellensburg High School - Washington (High School)
1942-43 Central Washington College (College)
1945-46 Central Washington College (College)
1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

Born to Thomas and Georgia Carmody, L.G. (the initials stood for nothing) served in the Air Corps during World War 2. He returned to college after the war, and was one of the best fullbacks in college football. He returned to CWC to coach football and in 1969 was apppointed to the school's board of trustees.

He married Betty Jean Camozzy (1921-2002) in December of 1943

Source:


Jack Butterworth

Jack C. Butterworth


Born:
June 19, 1914
Evansville, IN

Died:
October 19, 1998
Orlando, FL


Career
Oregon College of Education (College)
1936-37 George Washington University - District of Columbia (College)
1937-38 George Washington University - District of Columbia (College)
1939-40 Rubenstein Oregonians (AAU)
1940-41 Cottage Grove (Independent)
1941-42 Cottage Grove (Independent)
1943-44 Albina Hellships (Military)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1946-47 Oregon Firs (AAU)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Born in Indiana, the Butterworth family moved to Oregon during the Great Depression. After attending Oregon College of Education, he transferred to GW, coached by Oregonian Bill Reinhart. After finishing at GW, he returned to Oregon, playing for various professional outfits.


Source:
Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR), December 8, 1939

Bob Burns

Bob Burns


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

From Portland, OR

Burns joined the Blazers around February 5, 1947.

Source:

Bill Bowen

Bill Bowen


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Blonde center.

Possibility:
Willard E Bowen (1918-2011)


Source:

Wally Beck

Wally Beck


Born:



Died:




Career
Montana State University (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

From Bozeman, MT. He was a forward on the Montana State basketball team.

Beck joined the Blazers around February 5, 1947. Not much else can be found. There was a Tommy Beck who played some AAU basketball in Montana in 1946, who was also a forward. Might be the same guy, and the name mistaken. I just don't know.

Maybe Wallace Allen Beck (1925-2008)



Source:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bill Anton

William Anton


Born:
1918??
Utah

 :




Career
Cleveland High School - Portland, OR (High School)
1935-36 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College) Freshmen
1936-37 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College)
1937-38 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College)
1938-39 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

Born to Greek immigrants Steve and Kathleen Anton, Anton played baseball and basketball at Williamette. After playing pro basketball with Salem, he moved to Salt Lake City where he operated a nightclub. (1949)

He is NOT William G Anton, an airplane pilot from Salem (1914-1971)

He and his wife had at least one son (born 1949 or earlier). Sister named Angeline two years older.

Name is sometimes spelled "Antone"


Source: