Last saw he was alive in May 1941
1924-25 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1925-26 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1926-27 Newburgh Hillsides / Jersey City Skeeters (NLN)
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1926-27 West Brooklyn Assumption Triangles (MBL)
1926-27 Youngstown Bentleys (CBL)
1927-28 Catskill Howitzers (MBL)
1928-29 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (Independent)
1929-30 New York Celtics (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Did he play??
1929-30 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1930-31 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1931-32 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1932-33 Brooklyn Americans (MBL)
1933-34 Bronx Americans (ABL)
1934-35 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1935-36 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1936-37 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1937-38 New York Gaels (Independent)
McDonald played basketball at St. Francis Prep. After at least one year at St. Francis College, McDonald would player pro basketball for many years. Not much else to be found. Alive in December of 1949, appearing at at St Francis Prep reunion game.
I thought maybe I had identified Willie, but an astute anonymous reader here told me I was wrong. Looking into it more, I agree. A player named "Squire McDonnell" has been confused with "Willie McDonald," mainly stemming from information I had the the McDonald who played in the ABL went by the name "Squire" and went to St. Francis Prep and St. Francis College. This is not the case. James "Squire" McDonnell went to those schools and played some teams around Brooklyn (lke the Columbus Caseys) but is NOT the same player as Willie McDonald who played for the Visitations and Americans. Near as I can tell, Willie McDonald never was called "Squire." So I have put McDonald back in the "unknown" category and separated his record from McDonnell. Sorry for any confusion, and thank you to the anonymous poster for the clarification and correction. Identifying these players is a group effort, so all comments, suggestions and leads are appreciated, even if they prove my wrong.