Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Carl Husta

Carl Lawrence Husta

April 8, 1902
Egg Harbor City, NJ

November 6, 1951
Kingston, NY

1919-20 Egg Harbor Big Five (Independent)
1920-21 Egg Harbor Big Five (Independent)
1921-22 Kingston (NYSL)
1922-23 Kingston (NYSL)
1922-23 Springfield Gunners (IL)
1923-24 Kingston (NYSL)
1923-24 Amsterdam Flashes (NYSL)
1923-24 Tri-Council Caseys (PBL)
1924-25 Passaic Mets (MBL)
1924-25 Kingston / Perth Amboy Colonials (MBL)
1925-26 Perth Amboy / Passaic Mets (MBL)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1928-29 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1929-30 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1930-31 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1930-31 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1931-32 Toledo Red Men (Independent)
1932-33 Wilmington Cats (EBL)
1932-33 Bridgeton Gems (EBL)
1932-33 Paterson Continentals (MBL)
1932-33 Original Celtics (Independent)
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Original Celtics (Independent)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL)
1934-35 Kingston Colonials (NYSL)
1934-35 Original Celtics (Independent)
1935-36 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1936-37 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)

Husta was a great athlete who was one of the great stars of what is known as the "Center Jump" era, when there would be a jump ball after every basket. Carl and his brother, Mickey, were a formindable duo on the court and played together often and for many years. Carl played for many basketball teams in the area, and in 1925 he was signed by Connie Mack to play shortstop for the Athletics in the American League. His major league tenure was only part of the 1925 season, but he played for a few summers in the Piedmont League before quitting baseball. He stayed played basketball though, putting in 12 seasons in the ABL, alone. In 1939, he retired from the game. Noteworthy frugal during his playing days, Husta was able to save and invest his way to fairly comfortable living, but still served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, and then took a job at an electrical plant after the way.

Husta died in 1951 following a lengthy illness. He was 49.

Major League Baseball Stats

Kingston Daily Freeman, September 28, 1951
Kingston Daily Freeman, November 7, 1951


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