Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Main Rich

Martin Joseph "Main" Rich, Jr. ??


Born:
1902?


Died:
Alive in May of 1967 in Atlantic City, NY



Career
Middlebury College - Connecticut (College)
1924-25 Oil City Merchants (WPL)
1925-26 Corry Keystones - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1925-26 Erie (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Lorain Lions (CBL)
1927-28 Corry Keystones - Pennsylvania (Independent) 

Rich played basketball at Middlebury College before playing professionally a few years. In the early 1930's, he worked in Oil City, Pennsylvania, as a sports editor for the Oil City Derrick. He and his wife lived in Silver Creek, New York, in 1933. In 1934, Rich and his wife, Marjorie, were driving in a car when it was hit by a train. Main was critically injured, but Marjorie was killed.

He bounced around as a sports writer, working for 51 daily papers in 22 different states. He last worked at the Valley-Times News, (West Point, GA) from around 1960 to 1965. He retired from the newspaper business and was living in Atlantic City as of 1967. That's all I can find.

It is possible he could be named Joseph Martin Rich, Jr, and went by Martin to separate himself from his dad's name. There is a Joseph Rich (c. 1855) from Pennsylvania who had a son named Joseph also. Mother Mary (c. 1865), Brothers Alexander (c.1883), and Robert (c.1903) and 3 sisters, Edith (c. 1890), Marion (c.1893) and Mary (c.1895). Might be a lead, I don't know. Not really sure because they are from Doylestown, PA, which is on the other side of the state from Oil City and Erie.


Source:
Oil City Derrick (PA), May 27, 1967

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Main-Rich/

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