Monday, July 16, 2018

Larry Doby

Lawrence Eugene Doby


Born:
December 13, 1923
Camden, SC

Died:
June 18, 2003
Montclair, NJ


Career
1940-41 Eastside High School - Paterson, NJ (High School)
1941-42 Eastside High School - Paterson, NJ (High School)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
Virginia Union College (College)
1943-44 Great Lakes (Military)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Born in Camden, South Carolina, Doby would move to Paterson with his mother after his father drowned while fishing. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school, and enrolled at LIU after graduating. With World War 2 underway, Doby transferred to Virginia Unio to join up with the ROTC. He would play baseball in the Negro Leagues, and when the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson in 1946, Doby saw that he had a chance to make a living as a baseball player. He would sign with the Cleveland Indians and began a long career as a slugger that would wind up with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played 13 seasons in the American League, finishing with 253 career home runs. He would also play pro basketball for a brief stint with the Crescents in the ABL.

After retiring as a player, Doby would become a hitting coach for the Montreal Expos, and eventually would become the second black manager in the major leagues when he took over the Chicago White Sox in 1978.

Doby of cancer in 2003.

He was married to Helyn (d. 2001) in 1946 and they had five children.

Major League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dobyla01.shtml

Source:
SABR Biography

Stats:


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Larry Disque

Lavere Roy "Larry" Disque
Also played under the name Larry Davis


Born:
March 27, 1921
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Died:
March 3, 1994
Elwood, IN


Career
1941-42 State Teachers College - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Plymouth (PSL)
1947-48 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1947-48 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1948-49 Williamsport Billies (EBL) Head coach / player
1949-50 Williamsport Billies (EBL) Head coach / player 
1950-51 Williamsport Billies (EBL) Head coach / player


Source:


Stats:


Joe Della Monica

Joseph G. Della Monica


Born:
September 28, 1927
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
January 17, 2013
Garden City, NY


Career
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

The shortstop who played at Penn went on to a 7-year minor league baseball career, with an interruption to serve his country in the Korean War. He also played one game for the SPHA's in 1947, failing to score in his short time on the court. He would go on to form Creative Food Corporation which owned 27 Burger King Franchises.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=dellam001jos

Source:


Stats:


Chick Craig

Earl C. "Chick" Craig


Born:
July 23, 1922
Pennsylvania

Died:
June 21, 2008
Phillipsburg, NJ


Career
1938-39 Phillipsburg High School - New Jersey (High School)
1939-40 Phillipsburg High School - New Jersey (High School)
1940-41 Phillipsburg High School - New Jersey (High School)
1941-42 Long Island University (College) Freshmen
1946-47 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1948-49 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1949-50 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1950-51 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1950-51 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1951-52 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1952-53 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1952-53 Mauch Chunk Pros (Indepedent)
1953-54 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1953-54 Mauch Chunk Pros (Indepedent) Head coach
1954-55 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1956-57 Easton Madisons (EBL)
1957-58 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1958-59 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1959-60 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1960-61 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1961-62 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1962-63 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1963-64 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1964-65 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1965-66 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1966-67 Trenton Colonials (EBL) Head coach
1967-68 Scranton Miners (EBL) Head coach
1968-69 Scranton Miners (EBL) Head coach
1969-70 Scranton Miners (EBL) Head coach
1969-70 Binghamton Flyers (EBL) Head coach
1970-71 Trenton Pat Pavers (EBL) Head coach
1971-72 Trenton Pat Pavers (EBL) Head coach
1972-73 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1973-74 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1974-75 Allentown Jets (EBL) Head coach
1975-76 Allentown Jets (EBL) Head coach
1976-77 Allentown Jets (EBL) Head coach
1993-94 Hazleton Hawks (Atlantic Basketball League) Head coach

Craig starred on the court at Phillipsburg HS before enrolling at LIU. He left school to serve in the navy during World War 2. After the war, he played basketball in the ABL for the Barons before embarking a long career as a coach and scout.He was a well-known figure around the Eastern Basketball League for years before finally retiring in 1977. He was coaxed out of retirement in 1993 to coach his hometown Hazleton team in the fledgling Atlantic Basketball League.

He married Ethel Lampert on May 9, 1964.

Source:
https://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/22/sports/sports-of-the-times-the-league-of-dreamers-is-no-more.html
http://articles.mcall.com/1999-11-14/features/3276308_1_eastern-basketball-league-nba-general-manager

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/chick-craig/

Verne Cox

Vernon William Cox


Born:
January 2, 1920
Baltimore, MD

Died:
September 7, 1991
Springfield, MA


Career
1943-44 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1945-46 Fitchburg PAMCO - Massachusetts (Independent)
1946-47 Fitchburg PAMCO - Massachusetts (Independent)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1947-48 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Head coach - Freshmen
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1950-51 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Head coach
Lenox Merchants (Independent)
1958-59 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Head coach - Freshmen


On December 21, 1947, Cox was playing for Hartford and accidentally tipped in a basket for the opposing Paterson team, so he appears in Paterson stats for that game and that season.

Cox would coach basketball, lacrosse and track at Springfield College for many years.

Source:


Stats:


Steve Chanecka

Steven Robert Chanecka


Born:
February 6, 1918
Binghamton, NY

Died:
February 9, 2000
Wilkes-Barre, PA


Career
Central High School - Binghamton (High School)
1946-47 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1948-49 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1949-50 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1950-51 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1959-60 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach / player
1964-65 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach

After graduating from Central HS, Steve served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a surgical technician during World War 2. After the war, he joined his brother Bill to play for the Wilkes-Barre Barons. Steve was a very popular player for the Barons in his five years with the club. A back injury in 1951 ended his playing career. He would return 9 years later as the team's coach, even playing in a game before being fired a month into the season. He was hired again to coach the Barons in 1964.

Steve was also a very talented golfer, and would coach the game at Luzerne County Community College. He suffered through various health ailments in his later years, losing part of his leg to gangrene, two heart bypasses and a broken neck. He had just turned 82 when he died in 2000.

Steve was a long-time teammate with his brother Bill and they were a high-scoring tandem for the Barons.

Steve had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA), February 11, 2000

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/steve-chanecka/

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bill Chanecka

William J. Chanecka
also played under the name Bill Stewart 


Born:
April 21, 1924
Binghamton, NY

Died:
January 27, 2010
Binghamton, NY


Career
1940-41 Binghamton High School - New York (High School)
1941-42 Binghamton High School - New York (High School)
1942-43 Binghamton High School - New York (High School)
1945-46 Wilkes Barre Barons (PSL)
1946-47 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1948-49 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1949-50 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1950-51 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1951-52 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1952-53 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
ABL team??
1953-54 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1954-55 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1955-56 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1956-57 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1957-58 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1958-59 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1964-65 Scranton Miners (EBL) Assistant coach / player

Chanecka lead his high school team in Binghamton, New York, to an unbeaten season in his senior year. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. Once the war was over, Chanecka entered pro basketball and would play 14 seasons, mainly with the Wilkes-Barre Barons and the WIlliamsport Billies. He was the ABL MVP in 1949, and following the end of the ABL, he became one of the Eastern League's biggest stars, being named to the league's all-time team.He would work for many years at General Electric.

Bill and his wife, Agnes, had two sons and two daughters.

Brother of Steve Chanecka.

Source:
Luzerne County Hall of Fame

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-chanecka/



Norm Butz

Norman Edwin Butz


Born:
September 28, 1919
Lancaster, PA

Died:
March 21, 1999
St. Petersberg, FL


Career
1941-42 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1946-47 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Reading Keys (EBL)
1948-49 St. Hedwig - Chester, Pennsylvania (Independent) Head coach / player
1948-49 Reading / Allentown Keys (EBL)
1949-50 Reading Rangers (EBL)
1950-51 Reading (EBL)

A leading scorer at St. Joseph's, Butz collegiate career was interrupted by World War 2, in which he served proudly as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he finished his education and played pro basketball for a few seasons. He moved to Florida in 1958 and taught and coached at various Catholic school around St. Petersberg. He was also an avid tennis player.

Norm and his wife, Ellen, had a son and two daughters.

Source:
Tampa Bay Times, March 23, 1999

Stats:

Milt Breenberg

Milton Breenberg


Born:
September 25, 1923
New York

Died:
February 13, 2017
Livingston, NJ


Career
1945-46 CCNY (College)
1946-47 CCNY (College)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms / Scranton Miners (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Born to Benjamin and Lena Breenberg, Milt played baseball and basketball at CCNY. He was declared ineligible when it was discovered he played pro baseball. Breenberg would play two seasons in the ABL.

Milton married 1946 or 1947 while in school

Source:


Stats:

Frank Bores

Frank T. Bores


Born:
October 15, 1920
New York, NY

Died:
January 7, 1982
Hartford, CT


Career
1939-40 Hartford High School (High School)
1939-40 Hartford YMCA (Independent)
1940-41 Hartford St. Cyril (Independent)
1940-41 Hartford St. Peters (Independent)
1941-42 Hartford St. Cyril (Independent)
1943-44 Hartford St. Cyril (Independent)
1943-44 Hartford Maccabees (Independent)
1945-46 Bristol Tramps - Connecticut (CSL)
1945-46 Hartford Pros (NEBL)
1946-47 Hartford Atlantics (CSL)
1946-47 Hartford Pros (NEBL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Underwood Typewriter - Hartford (Independent)
1952-53 Frankie's Drive-In - East Hartford (Independent)
1954-55 Frankie's Drive-In - East Hartford (Independent)

Born in New York City, Frank and his family (the family name was shortened from Borowski) moved to Hartford around 1926. Frank would play pro basketball around the Hartford area for a few years. He also played semi-pro football in the area and was a very competitive bowler. He would work for Fordham Distributors for many years, and died in January of 1982 following a battle with cancer.

He was married to Betty, who he would later divorce.

Bores brother, Joe, played along side Frank with the Hurricanes in 1948-49 as awell as on a few semi-pro teams.

Source:
Hartford Courant, January 9, 1982


Stats:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tommy Bell

Thomas Joseph Bell


Born:
September 11, 1922
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
December 17, 1949
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1941-42 La Salle University - Pennsylvania (College)
1943-44 Coast Guard (Military)
1946-47 Allentown Rockets (EBL)
1947-48 Hazleton Mountaineers (EBL)
1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)
1948-49 Pottsville Packers (EBL)

Tommy Bell played basketball at La Salle, but entered the Coast Guard following his sophomore year. He played for the coast guard team while serving during World War 2, and after the war, Bell would play pro basketball in Pennsylvania for 3 season before becoming ill. He died of lymphoma in December of 1949 at the young age of 27, leaving behind his wife, Regina. The Eastern Basketball League named their MVP trophy in his honor.

Source:
Gazette and Daily (York, PA) December 28, 1949

Stats:

Oscar Baldwin

Oscar Raymond "Red" Baldwin


Born:
January 7, 1925
London, KY

Died:
October 31, 2005
Greentown, PA


Career
1943-44 Union College - Barbourville, KY (College)
1944-45 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1945-46 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
Washington Generals (Independent)

Born to John and Della Baldwin, Oscar was going to Union College in Kentucky when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve during World War 2. He entered the V-12 program at Muhlenberg and after the war he stayed on until graduating. He played pro basketball for the SPHA's and the Washington Generals. He would settle in Allentown, Pennsylvania, working as branch manager for Wilson Meat as well as being a partner at Lenhart Electric. He retired from Wilson and worked for the city of Allentown as a Code Enforcement Officer.

He married Adele Fegley (d. 1993) and they had two daughters.

Source:
Altoona Tribune, March 1, 1945
Morning Call (Allentown, PA), November 1, 2005

Stats:

Hank Baietti

Henry Thomas "Hank" Baietti


Born:
October 1, 1920
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
June 26, 2006
Northvale, NJ


Career
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1943-44 Muhlenberg College - Pennsyvania (College)
1946-47 Long Island University (College)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1949-50 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)
1950-51 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)

Baietti was a student at LIU when he entered the USMC to help with the war effort. He enrolled in the V-12 program which put him at Muhlenberg. He played for the college team for a year before heading off to war. After the war, he returned to LIU where he continued to play basketball while also playing on the baseball team. Biaetti graduated and played basketball in the ABL for four seasons.

Hank and his wife, Lorraine, had three children.

Source:


Stats:

1947-48 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

1947-48 WILKES-BARRE BARONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
26-8 .765, 1st place

Semi-finals: Defeated Trenton, 2-0
Finals: Defeated Paterson, 2-1

Head Coach:
  • Eddie White (February 4, 1910 - December 9, 1988) 

PLAYERS: 
  • Herky Baltimore (June 21, 1921 - January 1, 1968)
Biography

  • John Barr (August 18, 1918 - July 1, 2002)
Biography

  • Paul Chadick (May 25, 1918 - December 28, 1999)
Biography 

  • Bill Chanecka (April 21, 1924 - January 27, 2010)
Biography


  • Steve Chanecka (February 6, 1918 - February 9, 2000)
Biography


  • Chick Craig (July 23, 1922 - June 21, 2008)
Biography 

  • Red Dehnert (January 24, 1924 - September 23, 1994)
Biography

  • Larry Disque (March 27, 1921 - March 3, 1994)
Biography

Carl Franks
Ted Hanauer

  • Art Hillhouse (June 12, 1916 - October 27, 1980)
Biography

  • Cas Ostrowski (July 24, 1924 - March 2, 2000)
Biography 

Johnny Rusinko
Joey Thomas




1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

1947-48 TRENTON TIGERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
Southern Division
17-15 .531, 3rd place

Semi-Finals: Lost to Wilkes-Barre, 2-0

Head Coach: 
  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916  - September 24, 1997) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS:
  • Eddie Boyle (June 15, 1917 - March 16, 1999)
Biography

  • Paul Chadick (May 25, 1918 - December 28, 1999)
Biography 

  • Chili Edelstein (March 16, 1923 - March 19, 2003)
Biography 

Frank Frascella
  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916  - September 24, 1997)
Biography

  • Gorham Getchell (August 14, 1920 - July 7, 1980)
Biography

  • Ben Goldfaden (September 6, 1913 - March 25, 2013)
Biography

  • Ed Golub 
Biography


  • Jack Hewson (September 7, 1924 - June 26, 2012)
Biography

Bob Kelty
  • Mike McCarron (March 2, 1922 - October 2, 1991)
Biography

Bill Pless
Sam Roth

  • Al Schneider (April 12, 1918 - April 20, 1978)
Biography


  • Virgil Vaughn (May 15, 1918 - February 26, 2007)
Biography

Bill Zerkel

1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

1947-48 PHILADELPHIA SPHA's
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
13-19 .406, 6th place


  • Head Coach: Harry Litwack (September 20, 1907 - August 7, 1999)

PLAYERS:
  • Oscar Baldwin (January 7, 1925 - October 31, 2005)
Biography 

  • Si Boardman (August 24,1915 - March 24, 1950)
Biography 

  • Stan Brown (June 27, 1929 - August 2, 2009)
Biography

  • Joe Della Monica (September 28, 1927 - January 17, 2013)
Biography 

  • George Feigenbaum (July 2, 1928 - December 25, 2000)
Biography 

  • Red Klotz (October 21, 1920 - July 12, 2014)
Biography

  • Ed Lyons (July 1, 1926 - October 28, 2011)
Biography

Jack McGaffney


  • Elmore Morgenthaler (August 3, 1922 - November 25, 1997)
Biography

  • John Murphy (September 13, 1924 - January 29, 2003)
Biography

  • Jack Rocker (August 12, 1922 - November 27, 2010)
Biography

  • Jerry Rullo (June 23, 1922 - October 21, 2016)
Biography

  • Butch Schwartz (February 14, 1919 - May 22, 2008)
Biography 

  • Mendy Snyder (January 31, 1915 - June 23, 2002)
Biography 

Aaron Tanitsky
  • Lenny Weiner (October 26, 1923 - May 21, 1995)
Biography 

Bill Zeiss

1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

1947-48 PATERSON CRESCENTS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
19-16 .543, 2nd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Scranton, 2-0
ABL Championship: Lost to Wilkes-Barre, 2-1

Head Coaches: 
  • Ace Abbott (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960) 3-5 Also played. See below.
  • Leo Merson (May 1, 1915 - May 8, 2001) 16-11

PLAYERS:
  • Ace (Abbott) Goldstein  (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960)
Biography

  • Al Benson     
Biography

  • Si Boardman (August 24,1915 - March 24, 1950)
Biography 

  • Brownie Carroll (January 27, 1919 - February 16, 2010)
Biography 

  • Chuck Connors (April 10, 1921 - November 10, 1992)
Biography


  • Irv Davis (January 10, 1915 - October 30, 2010)
Biography

  • Hank DeZonie (February 12, 1922 - January 2, 2009)
Biography

  • Larry Doby (December 13, 1923 - June 18, 2003)
Biography 

  • Bobby Dorn (June 21, 1920 - December 27, 1979)
Biography

  • Frido Frey (October 26, 1921 - May 16, 2000)
Biography

  • Bill Goebel (September 16, 1921 - December 25, 1998)
Biography

Ed Kassler
  • Ken Keller (August 16, 1922 - February 24, 1983)
Biography

  • Len Lesser 
Biography

  • Frank Mangiapane (August 5, 1925 - July 31, 2005)
Biography

  • Bill McKeever (January 15, 1918 - January 24, 2007)
Biography

  • Bob Mullens (November 1, 1922 - July 15, 1989)
Biography

  • Dick Murphy (March 10, 1921 - October 22, 1973)
Biography

Red Patricks

  • Marty Powers (March 27, 1928 - December 21, 1991)
Biography

  • Ash Resnick (March 6, 1916 - January 18, 1989)
Biography

  • Ossie Schectman (March 30, 1919 - July 30, 2013)
Biography

  • Sid Tanenbaum (October 8, 1925 - September 4, 1986)
Biography

NOTE: Hartford's Verne Cox accidentally tipped in a basket for Paterson on December 21, 1947, so those two points appear in Paterson stats for the season. This was the second of these type of occurrences in ABL history.

Monday, July 9, 2018

1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)

Coach Woody Sponaugle
1947-48 LANCASTER ROSES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)

1-5 .167

The Lancaster Roses withdrew from the ABL on December 3, 1947.

Head Coaches:  
  • Woody Sponaugle (September 24, 1915 -  April 30, 1967)

PLAYERS: 
  • Tommy Bell (September 11, 1922 - December 17, 1949)
Biography 

  • Bob Boylan (April 11, 1920 - May 9, 2013)
Biography

  • Norm Butz (September 28, 1919 - March 21, 1999)
Biography


Walt Funk

  • Don Gleasner (December 30, 1922 - May 3, 2011)
Biography

Dick Manning
Don Markward

  • Jack McCloskey (September 19, 1925 - June 1, 2017)
Biography 

  • John Murphy (September 13, 1924 - January 29, 2003)
Biography

Tommy O'Connell
  • Fred Sheffield (November 5, 1923 - December 8, 2009)
Biography

  • Stan Waxman (May 20, 1922 - February 22, 2013)
Biography

Pete Yousaitis
  • Bill Zubic   
Biography

1947-48 Jersey City Atoms / Scranton Miners (ABL)

1947-48 JERSEY CITY ATOMS / SCRANTON MINERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
16-16 .500, 4th place
First Round: Lost to Paterson, 2-0

The Atoms had attendance issues through the first few months, and in the middle of January the team changed its home to Union City, New Jersey, while looking for a more suitable location. After spitting two games as Union City, the 8-9 team moved to Scranton to become the Miners. Red Wallace took over as player/coach and lead the new-look club to a fourth place finish and a spot in the ABL Playoffs.


Head coaches:
  • Bernie Fliegel (May 13, 1918 - December 3, 2009) 8-9
  • Red Wallace (July 12, 1918 - July 7, 1977) 8-7. Also played. See below.
PLAYERS: 
  • Ace (Abbott) Goldstein  (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960)
Biography

  • Red Allen 
Biography 

  • George Babich 
Biography

  • Milt Breenberg (September 25, 1923 - February 13, 2017)
Biography 

  • Saul Cohen (April 22, 1921 - March 14, 2018)
Biography 

  • Norm Drucker (July 4, 1920 - February 6, 2015)
Biography

  • Moe Dubilier (February 20, 1915 - April 22, 2003)
Biography

  • Bob Fitzgerald (March 14, 1923 - July 23, 1983)
Biography

  • Pop Goodwin (December 22, 1920 - May 17, 2005)
Biography

Tony Karpowicz
Ed Kassler

  • Don Kotter (December 29, 1920 - November 11, 1985)
Biography

  • Roy Leenig (August 22, 1920 - November 8, 1982)
Biography 

  • Artie Lockheed (March 4, 1921 - November 22, 2014)
Biography

  • Johnny Macknowski (b. January 7, 1923)
Biography

  • Bernard Opper (September 1, 1915 - February 24, 2000)
Biography

Ben Pagiarolli
  • Red Pasch (August 1, 1920 - November 2, 1997)
Biography 
 
  • Hank Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 - February 27, 2010)
Biography

  • Lou Simon (February 13, 1916 - December 1973)
Biography

  • Sid Tanenbaum (October 8, 1925 - September 4, 1986)
Biography

Joey Thomas
Vince Verdeschi

  • Red Wallace (July 12, 1918 - July 7, 1977)
Biography

Pat Walsh
Tony Zaycheck

1947-48 Elizabeth Braves / Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)

1947-48 ELIZABETH BRAVES / HARTFORD HURRICANES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
11-12 .478, 5th place

The Braves won their first game of the year, and then the franchise was transferred to Hartford as the Braves folded. Jack O'Brien then coached the Hurricanes the rest of the season.

Head coaches:
  • Leo Merson (May 1, 1915 - May 8, 2001) 1-0
  • John O'Brien (July 25, 1916 - June 18, 1994) 10-12 Also played. See below.



PLAYERS:  

Elizabeth Braves:

  • Sid Blair (September 8, 1917 - December 1982)
Biography

  • Norm Drucker (July 4, 1920 - February 6, 2015)
Biography

  • Steve Juenger (February 10, 1915 - November 18, 2003)
Biography 


  • Len Lesser 
Biography
Bob Mullens
  • Dick Murphy (March 10, 1921 - October 22, 1973)
Biography

Red Patricks
Seekani

Hartford Hurricanes:


  • Red Allen 
Biography 

  • Frank Bores (October 15, 1920 - January 7, 1982)
Biography 

  • Verne Cox (January 2, 1920 - September 7, 1991)
Biography 

  • Jack Curran (b. 1924)
Biography

  • Red Dehnert (January 24, 1924 - September 23, 1994)
Biography

  • Bob Fitzgerald (March 14, 1923 - July 23, 1983)
Biography

  • Tom Flanagan (July 18, 1916 - July 4, 2003)
Biography

  • Coulby Gunther (February 5, 1923 - July 14, 2005)
Biography

Jim Hanrahan
Arnold Jones
Paul Klapprodt
Bobby Knight

  • John O'Brien (July 25, 1916 - June 18, 1994)
Biography

Bob Sherman
Bill Wade

1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

1947-48 BROOKLYN GOTHAMS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
8-20 .286, 7th place



Head Coaches:  
  • Bob Greenberg ( - )

PLAYERS: 
  • Hank Baietti (October 1, 1920 - June 26, 2006)
Biography 

  • Sid Blair (September 8, 1917 - December 1982)
Biography

  • Saul Cohen (April 22, 1921 - March 14, 2018)
Biography 

  • Ted Delson (December 5, 1916 - September 15, 1995)
Biography 

  • Johnny Ezersky (March 21, 1922 - February 20, 2012)
Biography

  • Warren Fenley (February 8, 1922 - January 18, 2009)
Biography

  • Tom Flanagan (July 18, 1916 - July 4, 2003)
Biography

Jim Fox

  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916  - September 24, 1997 )
Biography

Martie Goldstein

  • Coulby Gunther (February 5, 1923 - July 14, 2005)
Biography

  • Tony Kappen (April 13, 1919 - December 18, 1993)
Biography

  • Sol Kopitko (September 28, 1912 - May 1971)
Biography 

Barry Kreisberg
  • Len Lesser 
Biography

  • Red Paris (January 8, 1918 - December 8, 2009)
Biography

Bill Pless



  • Sid Rabin (July 22, 1916 - June 23, 2007)
Biography 

Cass Rosenman
Al Rossi
  • Ben Scharnus (December 11, 1917 - March 19, 1982)
Biography

  • Harry Shor (June 8, 1923 - October 15, 1994)
Biography
  • Lester "Knobby" Walsh (December 21, 1919 - August 11, 1996)
Biography

### Warrick
Preston Wilcox


Thursday, July 5, 2018

In memoriam: Jim Springer (Indianapolis Kautskys / Jets)

Jim Springer, who played for the Anderson Packers and the Indianapolis Kautskys in the NBL and the Indy Jets in the BAA, died this past February in Indianapolis. He was 91 years of age. He also played some in the American Basketball League and the All-American Pro League.

Springer was likely the last surviving man to have played for the Kautskys. There are some Kautsky players I haven't gotten ID's for, but not likely that any of them are still alive.

I will be updating his blog post as soon as  I can with more biographical information from his obituary.


Biography

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

McConnell (1937-38 Columbus - NBL) Identified

Using some new sources, I was able to figure that the player previously known just by the surname "McConnell" is most likely Bob McConnell, Dayton area athlete who played at Denison University.



Bob McConnell

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Little Moose Meyer Identified

Digging deep into some old newspapers from Illinois, I found an article that references a mystery player for the NBL Kankakee team in 1937-38. It gives us the given name of a man formerly recorded only as "Little Moose" Meyer: LaVerne. An ancestry search gave me a little more direction, but it was his obituary at the Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society that give me the 100% certainty.

http://peachbasketsociety.blogspot.com/2015/08/little-moose-meyer.html

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sam Busich vs. Pete Basich

Looking through more old newspapers, I am 99% certain that the player listed as Peter Basich with the NBL's Columbus team in 1937-38 is Sam Busich, football and basketball player for Ohio State in the mid 1930's. Sam played some semi-pro basketball at this time and was likely the NBL player. Peter Basich just doesn't fit the timeline smoothly.

http://peachbasketsociety.blogspot.com/2015/08/pete-basich.html

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pete Jordan

Maurice Cammack "Pete" Jordan


Born:
July 17, 1913
Fountain City, IN

Died:
March 5, 1992
Richmond, IN


Career
1932-33 Fountain City High School (High School)
1934-35 Earlham College - Indiana (College)
1935-36 Earlham College - Indiana (College)
1937-38 Richmond King Clothiers/Cincinnati Comellos (NBL)



Jordan was a top scorer at Earlham College, and played with the Richmond Clothiers in the NBL. When the club disbanded and the franchise moved to Cincinnati, the club signed another played with the surname "Jordan" (Ken Jordan of Xavier University). I previously thought it was the same guy, but further research says otherwise.

He married Margaret Hammers in 1939 and they had one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/pete-jordan/


Monday, June 4, 2018

Jimmy White

Jim White


Born:
c. 1920


Died:
Alive in 1974



Career
1937-38 Alexander Hamilton High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1938-39 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1939-40 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 St. John's University (College)
1941-42 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

To muddy the waters, there was a Johnny White who played with Jim on the freshman team as well as 1940-41.

He received a medical discharge from the army in November of 1943

Inducted into the SJU Hall of Fame in 1992. He eventually became a businessman and served as vice-president in charge of financial affairs of NBC Television

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Paul Walker

Paul Frederick Walker


Born:
July 9, 1925
Springfield, MO

Died:
October 22, 1972
West Hartford, CT


Career
1942-43 Oak Park High School - Illinois (High School)
1944-45 Yale University (College)
1945-46 Yale University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)


Walker played football, basketball and baseball in high school. He entered the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the V-12 program which put him at Yale. While there, he played football and basketball. After the war, we played for the Elizabeth Braves in the American Basketball League. He moved tom West Hartford where he worked at M. Hart Manufacturing. He died unexpectedly in 1972 at the age of 47.

Paul and his wife, Joan, had two sons.


Source:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84803393
Oak Park Oak Leaves, October 25, 1972

Stats:

Von Derlinde

Von Derlinde or Van der Linden or Vonder Linden


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
(College)
1938-39 Effert AA - Brooklyn (Independent) ?? 
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Played one game.

Their was a Leonard Vonder Linden (married to Delphine Krum in 1945) from Union City, New Jersey, who served in the coast guard during World War 2. Not saying he is necessarily the player, because I have no information he was an athlete. But given his name and location, he could be related to the player and is worth digging into. His father is L. Vonder Linden and his cousin is named Russell.

Source:


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Friday, June 1, 2018

John Van Belle

John Thomas Van Belle


Born:
January 21, 1921
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
March 8, 2000
Jenkintown, PA


Career
1938-39 St. Joseph's Prep - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1942-43 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1944-45 Traux Field - Wisconsin (Military)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

A graduate of St. Joe's Prep and University, he served in the military during World War 2. Van Belle played one game with the Wilmington Bombers.

He was married to Elizabeth Hatcher and they had two daughters.

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Connie Toomb

Cornelius E. "Neil" "Connie" Toomb


Born:
September 5, 1922
New York, NY

Died:
May 1987
Bronx, NY??


Career
1938-39 Power Memorial Academy - Manhattan (High School)
1939-40 Power Memorial Academy - Manhattan (High School)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 New England Hoboes (Independent)
1947-48 Vermont Vulcans (Independent)
1948-49 Glen Falls Commodores (NYSL)

Born to John and Frances Toomb in New York City. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the onset of World War 2, in April of 1942.

Played one game for Brooklyn.

6'4.5 in high school, 6'7 when he suited up to play with the Gothams.

Sometimes his name is spelled Toombs


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George Syby

George Syby


Born:
November 26, 1915
Jersey City, NJ

Died:
December 27, 2000
Washington Township, NJ ??


Career
Long Island University (College) ??
1945-46 Boca Raton Bombers (Military) Head coach / player
1945-46 Dayton Mickeys (Independent)

1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Born to Michael and Anastasia Syby, George served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He played baseball and basketball while in the military. He played with Jersey City in the ABL in 1946-47.

Source:


Stats:

Dink Irwin Identified

I was looking through the Temple media guide and was looking at their all-time roster and decided to see if I had any unidentified Temple alums on this blog. I saw Dink Irwin was still incomplete, and having been six months I gave him a new look with a fresh mindset. Knowing he was from Downington, Pennsylvania, I found a June 2017 issue of the Downington Historical Society that had a picture and indeed confirmed his given name as George (as well as a cool high school photo!) Further searching lead me to his obituary from Arizona in 1978. So now I have full birth and death dates and places.

Dink Irwin
1906-1978

Mendy Snyder

Morris "Mendy" Snyder


Born:
January 31, 1915
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
June 23, 2002
Columbus, OH?


Career
1939-40 Temple University (College)
1940-41 Temple University (College)
1941-42 Temple University (College)
1943-44 Will Rogers Air Field - Oklahoma (Independent)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

The Temple University basketball served in World War 2, and then would play for the SPHA's for a couple season. I am pretty certain I have identified the correct Morris Snyder, but I wonder why he waited so long to enter college?

Source:


Stats:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Marty Scheinkman

Martin Scheinkman


Born:
April 20, 1920
New York, NY

Died:
June 19, 2015
Tucson, AZ


Career
1939-40 CCNY (College)
1941-42 Hartford Gems (Independent)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
l'Universite de Toulouse - France (Independent) Head coach / player

Scheinkman had to leave school in 1941, so he joined the Army. Assigned to the Air Corps. He was a navigator on supply planes, and after the war played basketball for the Troy Celtics and in France. When the Air Corps became an independent force known as the U.S. Air Force, he served in the Korean War as well. Aside from flying planes into Hurricanes for research, he would work as a fireman in New York City. He would move to Arizona and continute his education and would become an advocate for geriatric rights and pensioners, dying in 2015 at the age of 95.

He married Gerry Malloy and they had a son and a daughter. After her passing, he remarried to Helen Cook.

Source:
Obituary

Stats:

Bob Scheer

Robert R. Scheer


Born:
April 19, 1923
New York, NY

Died:
February 4, 2009
Wayne, NJ ??


Career
1939-40 DeWitt Clinton - The Bronx (High School)
1941-42 CCNY (College)
1942-43 CCNY (College)
1945-46 CCNY (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

I would like some concrete evidence I have the right guy. Pretty sure, though.

Source:


Stats:

Max Scharf

Max Scharf
born Maxwell Scharfman


Born:
January 31, 1918
Brooklyn, NY?

Died:
January 14, 1981
New Rochelle, NY ??


Career
1936-37 Erasmus Hall High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1938-39 Long Island University (College)
1940-41 Long Island University (College)
1941-42 Mitchell Field (Military)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)

Scharf served in the military during World War 2.

I think he was Maxwell Scharfman, who later wound up being a fur salesman.

He had a child in Jan 1944 / Dec 1943

Source:


Stats:

Luke Sapan

Luke Sapan


Born:
December 7, 1920


Died:
August 21, 1977
Great Neck, NY


Career
1940-41 Long Island University (College)
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1947-48 Abraham and Strauss (Independent)

Sapan graduated from LIU and became the athletic director at Manhattan Beach High School but entered the military shortly thereafter.

He married in 1947.

Source:


Stats:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In memoriam: Elmer Behnke

Elmer Behnke, who played for the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks in the 1951-52 season, has died at the age of 89.

Biography

Obituary

Elmer Herman Behnke, age 89, passed away on May 25, 2018. He was born in Elgin, Illinois, the son of the late Elmer Edward Behnke and Erna Meyer Behnke. Preceding him in death was Elmer's loving wife of forty-three years, Mildred (Millie) Golden Behnke. He is survived by his daughter Peggy Behnke Little and son-in-law James Little of Hoover, AL. He also leaves behind two dearly loved grandchildren: Ginger Little Hodges of Hoover, AL, and Mark Little of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Elmer delighted in his six great grandchildren: Weston, Whitney, Landon, and Miller Hodges, all of Hoover, AL, and Evie and Samuel Little of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Being 6'7" was an attribute that propelled his basketball career. Elmer was inducted into the Hall of Fame for both Marengo High School Hall and Bradley University that also led to being drafted into the NBA. After a year of living out of suitcases, Elmer left professional sports to pursue a business career as a trusted employee for Thompson Tractor Company for 34 years. Retirement held sweet memories of the years with Millie and Elmer's favorite hobby of playing golf alongside his long-time golfing buddies. Elmer stood tall in both his stature and in his faith. As a dedicated servant of his Lord Jesus Christ, he became one of the founding members of the Lutheran Church of Vestavia Hills, where he remained a lifelong committed member. He lived his religion, demonstrating his love fully and unconditionally. Elmer Herman Behnke's life is a celebration and a lesson in faith to us all.

Bernie Rutledge

Bernard James Rutledge


Born:
October 1, 1923
New York

Died:
April 20, 1954
Oyster Bay, NY


Career
1939-40 Chaminade High School - Long Island, NY (High School)
1940-41 Chaminade High School - Long Island, NY (High School)
1941-42 Notre Dame University (College) Freshmen
1942-43 Notre Dame University (College)
1943-44 Notre Dame University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Born to James and Katherine Rutledge, Bernie played football, basketball and track at Chaminade HS on Long Island. His father died when Bernie was six years old, leaving their mother to raise the five children on her own. He went to Notre Dame after high school and entered the U.S. Navy's V-12 program while there. After Notre Dame, he served in World War 2. He played basketball for the Jersey City Atoms after the war.

Rutledge died in 1954 at the age of 30. Not sure what the cause was.

Source:
Notre Dame Scholastic, January 14, 1944, page 14

Stats:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reiily

Reilly


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Reilly (or maybe spelled "Riley") appeared in four games for the Crescents in the 1946-47 season.

Source:


Stats:

Marty Powers

Martin John "Red" Powers


Born:
March 27, 1928
New York, NY

Died:
December 21, 1991
North Las Vegas, NV


Career
1946-47 Newark Bobcats / Yonkers Chiefs (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1948-49 Bridgeport Newfield Steelers (ABL)
1949-50 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)
1949-50 Danbury (EBL)
1950-51 Torrington (EBL)

From NYC. Signed with Williamsport baseball team at 16 years of age. Before that, played baseball for Queens. Pieced this info together to come up with this gentleman.

Powers signed with the Newark Bobcats, and after the team moved to Yonkers and subsequently disbanded, he moved over to play with the Paterson Crescents. He would bounce around baseball's minor leagues and the basketball circuit out east before giving up the games. In baseball, he rose as high as Class-A.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=powers001mar

Source:
Shamokin (PA) News-Dispatch, October 18, 1944

Stats: