Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jack Phelan

John Edward "Jack" Phelan


Born:
November 6, 1925
Chicago, IL

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Career
1942-43 St. Michaels at Chicago, IL (High School)
1943-44 DePaul University (College)
1944-45 DePaul University (College)
1947-48 DePaul University (College)
1948-49 DePaul University (College)
1949-50 Waterloo Hawks (NBA)
1949-50 Sheboygan Redskins (NBA)
1951-52 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1952-53 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1953-54 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1954-55 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)

Phelan went to DePaul, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy after a couple years there. He returned to DePaul after his service and finished his career there. After leaving DePaul, Phelan signed with the Hammond / Calumet Buccaneers of the NBL, but the league merged shortly thereafter the the BAA, and Hammond was disbanded and Phelan was reassigned to the Waterloo Hawks. He was released by the Hawks and signed with the Sheboygan Redskins on December 16, 1949.

He later worked as a salesman for many years at Nalco Chemical.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/phelaja01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=phelaja01

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Warren Perkins

Warren Charles "Red" Perkins


Born:
February 2, 1922
New Orleans, LA

Died:
September 12, 2014
New Orleans, LA


Career
1940-41 Warren Easton High School - N. Orleans (High School)
1946-47 Tulane University (College)
1947-48 Tulane University (College)
1948-49 Tulane University (College)
1949-50 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBA)
1950-51 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBA)

Perkins lettered in four sports at Easton, with basketball and baseball being his best. He enrolled at Tulane in 1941 but World War 2 got in the way. He served in the U.S. Navy, and after the war, went back to Tulane and became a key part of the resurgence of the basketball program there, as they went 69-16 in Perkins' three years on the squad. He went on to play two seasons for the Blackhawks. 

Perkins was a practicing podiatrist for over 50 years before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the family home in 2005. Perkins retired to help rebuild and restore it.

He married Audrey in 1947 and they had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Obituary, The Advocate, September 20, 2014

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/perkiwa01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=perkiwa01

Monday, July 24, 2017

Johnny Payak

John Payak, Jr.


Born:
November 20, 1926
Rossford, OH

Died:
February 27, 2009
Toledo, OH


Career
1941-42 Woodward High School - Toledo, OH (High School)
1942-43 Woodward High School - Toledo, OH (High School)
1943-44 Woodward High School - Toledo, OH (High School)
1946-47 Bowling Green State University (College)
1947-48 Bowling Green State University (College)
1948-49 Bowling Green State University (College)
1949-50 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1949-50 Waterloo Hawks (NBA)
1950-51 Waterloo Hawks (NPBL)
1951-52 Toledo Mercuries (Independent)
1952-53 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

Payak signed with the Warriors in April of 1949, not long after finishing up at BGSU. On December 28, 1949, the Warriors sold Payak to the Waterloo Hawks for the waiver price. He played with the Hawks the rest of the season and stayed with them when the team left the NBA and helped form the NPBL. After a season with the Toledo Mercuries, he returned to the NBA with the Milwaukee Hawks in 1952.

Later became a basketball official in his home state of Ohio.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 1949
Philadelphia Inquirer, December 29, 1949


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/payakjo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=payakjo01

Charlie Parsley

Charles Henry Parsley


Born:
October 13, 1925
London, KY

Died:
October 3, 1997
Las Vegas, NV


Career
1945-46 Western Kentucky University (College)
1946-47 Western Kentucky University (College)
1947-48 Western Kentucky University (College)
1948-49 Western Kentucky University (College)
1949-50 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1950-51 Kansas City Hi-Spots (NPBL)
1950-51 Pottsville Pros (EPBL)
1958-59 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1959-60 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1960-61 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1961-62 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Southeastern Missouri University (College) Head coach

He had a 181-95 record in this 12 years as coach at SE Missouri.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/parslch01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=parslch01

Jack Parkinson

Jack Gordon Parkinson


Born:
March 4, 1924
Yorktown, IN

Died:
May 29, 1997
Yorktown, IN


Career
1939-40 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1940-41 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1941-42 Yorktown High School - Indiana (High School)
1943-44 Kentucky University (College)
1944-45 Kentucky University (College)
1945-46 Kentucky University (College)
1947-48 Kentucky University (College)
1948-49 American Legion - Yorktown, IN (Independent)
1949-50 Whiskered Wizards - St. Augustine, FL (Independent)
1949-50 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1950-51 Whiskered Wizards - St. Augustine, FL (Independent)
1951-52 Toledo Mercuries (Independent)

Born in Yorktown to George and Hattie Parkinson, Jack played basketball and baseball at Yorktown High School. After graduating, he took work at a defense plant to help with the war effort, also working out with the Pittsburgh Pirates when they trained in Muncie, Indiana. He was offered a baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds, but chose to enroll at UK and playe basketball for Adolph Rupp. He was a member of Wildcat teams that won the NIT (1946) and NCAA Tournament (1948). After his junior year in 1946, he served for just under a year in the U.S. Army before returning to UK. He was drafted by the Washington Capitols in 1948 but did not sign with them. In 1949, he signed with the NBA's Olympians, joining many of his Wildcat teammates, He only appeared in four games. He played with the Whiskered Wizards and the Toledo Mercuries before returning to baseball in Middlesboro (Kentucky) as a pitcher and manager for the D-level team. He later owned J&J Plumbing Supplies, and died of a brain tumor in 1997.

Jack's son Bruce played at Purdue.

Source:
http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/statistics/Players/Parkinson_Jack.html
Star Press, Muncie, IN, October 22, 1978
Muncie Evening Press, December 19, 1980

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/parkija01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=parkija01

Friday, July 21, 2017

Red Owens

James L. "Red" "Jamie" Owens


Born:
September 2, 1925
Houston, TX??

Died:
October 11, 1988



Career
1941-42 Jefferson Davis High School - Houston, TX (High School)
1942-43 Jefferson Davis High School - Houston, TX (High School)
1947-48 Baylor University (College)
1948-49 Baylor University (College)
1949-50 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBA)
1949-50 Anderson Packers (NBA)
1950-51 Anderson Packers (NPBL)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1952-53 University of Houston (College) Assistant coach
1953-54 Anderson No. 1. Beverage - Indiana (Independent)
1954-55 Anderson No. 1. Beverage - Indiana (Independent)
1955-56 St Thomas High School - Houston (High School) Head coach

Owens went to Baylor and lead the team in scoring in his sophomore year (1947-48) but quit school after his junior season to go pro. He played three seasons professionally in the NBA and NPBL before returning to Baylor to finish his education. He then took an assistant coaching job at the University of Houston, and played some independent basketball before becoming a high school coach. An avid golfer, Red was later a golf pro in Houston.

Supposedly died in 1988, but I cannot find anything concrete to confirm that.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/owensre01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=owensre01