Monday, July 24, 2017

Johnny Payak

John Payak, Jr.

November 20, 1926
Rossford, OH

February 27, 2009
Toledo, OH

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.

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


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