Monday, January 22, 2018

Mickey Reichardt

Michael "Mickey" Reichardt


Born:
February 17, 1912
Trenton, NJ

Died:
May 22, 1983
Miami, FL


Career
Trenton High School (High School)
1930-31 Rider University (College)
1931-32 Rider University (College)
1932-33 Rider University (College)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1933-34 Trenton Wonders (Independent)
1934-35 Trenton (EBL)
1935-36 Atlantic City (EBL)

Born in Trenton to Adam and Mary Reichardt, Mickey graduated from Rider and player a few seasons of professional basketball. He played one game for Newark of the ABL in 1933-34

Mickey and his wife, Lucie, had one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mickey-reichardt/


Willie Putzer

William Joseph Putzer


Born:
June 22, 1909
New York City, NY

Died:
May 6, 1990
Lyons, NJ


Career
1924-25 J.K. Paulding High School - New York (High School)
1930-31 Fordham University (College)
1931-32 Middletown United Clothiers (Independent)
1932-33 Middletown Collegians (Independent)
1932-33 Jamaica Corbetts (MBL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)
1934-35 New Britain Jackaways (ABL)
1934-35 Bridgeton (EBL)
1935-36 Passaic Reds (ABL)
1935-36 Alabama Pitts All-Stars (Independent)
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandpipers (ABL)

Putzer played for Fordham in his sophomore year, and was set to play baseball in the spring when it was discovered that he had played basketball professionally under an assumed name. He was declared ineligible. He went on to play professionally while finishing his education at Fordham. Putzer would go one to work for many years as a Customs Officer for the Department of the Treasury, retiring in 1979.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/willie-putzer/


Max Posnack

Max Posnack


Born:
June 23, 1909
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
June 30, 1978



Career
1924-25 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1925-26 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1926-27 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1927-28 St. John's University (College)
1928-29 St. John's University (College)
1929-30 St. John's University (College)
1930-31 St. John's University (College)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1933-34 Carbondale (PSL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Freeland (PSL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 Freeland (PSL)
1936-37 New York Jewels (ABL)
1936-37 Freeland (PSL)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 Hazelton-Binghamton (NYPA)
1937-38 Myerstown (TCL)
1938-39 Kingston Colonials
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1938-39 Lebanon Eagles (TCL)
1939-40 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1940-41 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1941-42 Washington Brewers (ABL)

Born to Nathan and Rose Posniak, Max grew up in Brooklyn and went to St. John's. He would go on to play pro basketball for a decade, mainly with the Jewels and the Washington Brewers in the ABL.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mac-posnack/


Jake Poliskin

Jacob Poliskin


Born:
February 9, 1912
New Jersey

Died:
July 3, 1972
Los Angeles, CA


Career
1931-32 St. John's University (College)
1932-33 St. John's University (College)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Plymouth (PSL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 Plymouth (PSL)
1941-42 New York Celtics (Independent)

Born to Russian immigrants, Poliskin grew up in Lincoln Park, New Jersey and attended St. John's and was a member of the Wonderful Five.

St. John's lists him on the All-Time Roster as "Polinski" and not "Poliskin."


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jake-poliskin/


Obie O'Brien

Charles "Obie" O'Brien


Born:
January 5, 1909
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
August 20, 1978
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1927-28 West Catholic High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1929-30 Temple University (College)
1930-31 Temple University (College)
1931-32 Temple University (College)
1932-33 Philadelphia Jasper (EBL)
1933-34 Trenton Moose (ABL)
1933-34 Plymouth (PSL)
1933-34 Enterprise (EBL)
1934-35 Germantown (EBL)
1934-35 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1935-36 Germantown (EBL)
1935-36 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Allentown (TCL)
1936-37 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1937-38 Hamburg (TCL)
1937-38 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1938-39 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1939-40 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1940-41 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1941-42 La Salle University (College) Head coach
1941-21 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach 
1942-43 La Salle University (College) Head coach
1942-43 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1943-44 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1944-45 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1945-46 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1946-47 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1947-48 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1948-49 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1949-50 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1950-51 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1951-52 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1952-53 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1953-54 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1954-55 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1955-56 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1956-57 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1957-58 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1958-59 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1959-60 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1960-61 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1961-62 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1962-63 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1963-64 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1964-65 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1965-66 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1966-67 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1967-68 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1968-69 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1969-70 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach

After graduating from Temple, the 5'9 O'Brien played some professional baskeball before being named the head coach for La Salle High School. In 36 seasons there, he never had a winning season. He also coached at La Salle University for two seasons during World War 2.

He married Sarah McGovern and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 1978


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/obie-obrien/


In Memoriam: Paul Yesawich

Hon. Paul Yesawich, a former New York State Supreme Court Justice who played pro basketball for the Syracuse Nationals in the NBL, died last December.


Biography

Obituary

YESAWICH--Paul J., Jr., 94, a resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away in peace on December 13, 2017. He was born November 27, 1923, in Queens, NY, the only child of Paul and Mary Sidabra Yesawich. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and is survived by three children: Paul (Susan) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Peter (Paris) of Boca Raton, Florida; and Christopher, of Brightwood, Oregon; four grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. He was an accomplished athlete, lawyer, judge and legal scholar. A standout high school basketball player at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, NY, he accepted a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Niagara University where he was eventually elected to the Niagara University Hall of Fame. His time at Niagara was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was fond of telling his children and grandchildren that during the war he was a member of the All Navy basketball team - until his All Navy team lost to the All Coast Guard team; after which he was promptly redeployed to serve on the USS Cepheus, an attack cargo ship that participated in the assault on Okinawa in 1945. It was the largest amphibious assault of the war, and he was one of the men who brought supplies to the beach to aid in the initial attack. During the assault the Cepheus came under heavy fire by Japanese aircraft, and aided in downing three of them. Although he rarely discussed it, during the war he was also a member of the Navy Scouts and Raiders, which became today's Navy Seals - yet he was always self-effacing about his service and quick to point out that his training and activities were nothing like those of modern day Navy Seals. He graduated from Niagara University with a BA in 1948, and an MA in 1950. He went on to play professional basketball for the Syracuse Nationals in the National Basketball Association before electing to attend Cornell Law School, from which he graduated in 1951, the same year he was admitted to the New York bar. Following law school, he joined the New York City law firm of Davis, Polk and Wardwell. He later served as Assistant Counsel to the subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives investigating the administration of Internal Revenue laws. In 1955 he and his family moved to Cortland, NY, where he became a partner in the law firm of Folmer, Ryan, Fenstermacher & Yesawich. During this time, he also served as a Commissioner of the New York State Law Revision Commission. He was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1971; that same year he was elected to serve a full 14-year term on that court. He was later designated to serve on the Appellate Division, First Department, in Manhattan, in 1974, remaining there for seven years, simultaneously serving as a trial judge in the Sixth Judicial Department. During this time, he also served as a member of the Advisory Panel on the Proposed Code of Evidence for the State of New York. He was subsequently appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, where he served until his retirement in 1999. He also served temporarily as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of New York, in 1992. He had a deep respect for the law, and for the many attorneys who appeared before him over the years. His exemplary personal and professional comportment made him a wonderful role model for his children and grandchildren, and a committed mentor to other lawyers. Those who knew him will remember him as a rigorous thinker and gifted writer who possessed a profound sense of fairness. His family wishes to thank Adrienne Tomaka and Norma Ward for their months of tireless, quiet, competent devotion to caring for "the Judge," and for the innumerable kindnesses they extended to him in his later years. They were, and are, truly angels. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In Memoriam: George Haines

George Haines, former NBL player with the Pittsburgh Raiders and member of the Bucknell Sports Hall of Fame, died last week at 96.




Biography

Obituary

George F. Haines Jr. BETHLEHEM

George F. Haines Jr., 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Kirkland Village, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late LaVerne (Francis) Haines. Born in Tonawanda, NY, George was the son of the late Rev. George F. and Bertha (Burns) Haines. A 1943 graduate of Bucknell University, he was inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. He went on to play professional basketball for the Pittsburgh Raiders in the 1944 to 1945 season. As a chemical engineer, he earned his MS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954, and worked at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh. He joined Bethlehem Steel Corp in 1960, managing many air and water pollution projects before retiring in 1982. He assisted in the creation of Bethlehem's City Line Little League in 1960, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Bethlehem for many years. Survivors include his daughter, Holly Kent and her husband, Bruce, of Bethlehem; son, George F. Haines III, and his wife, Karen, of Shawnee, OK; grandchildren, Wesley, Allison, Sarah, Daniel, Kristopher, and Drew. George was predeceased by his brother, William R. Haines. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 19, in the 2nd Floor Auditorium of Kirkland Village, One Kirkland Village Circle, Bethlehem, 18017. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Burial will be private. A memory tribute may be placed at longfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, to First Baptist Church, 3235 Linden St., Bethlehem, PA 18017; or to Bucknell University, c/o Gift Processing, Bucknell University, 301 Market St., Suite No. 2, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Squire McDonnell (aka McDonald) Identified

Totally lucked into identifying this player. Known previously as Willie "Squire" McDonald. I stumbled across a photo I found of him with the Columbus Caseys in 1935-36. It listed his name as "Jim 'Squire' McDonnell" and not "Willie 'Squire' McDonald." I went back to searching and found other articles talking about the former St. Francis player but called him McDonnell. Seeming postiive now that his name had been mistakingly recorded over the years, I went to ancestry.com and was able to confirm it easily.


Squire McDonnell
1905-1987


Heine Mueller

Heine Mueller


Born:



Died:




Career
1931-32 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)

Nothing to add.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/heine-mueller/

Frank Moore

Frank Mills Moore


Born:
August 16, 1909
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
September 1985
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1929-30 Pierce JC - Philadelphia (College)
1930-31 Pierce JC - Philadelphia (College)
1931-32 Jasper (EBL)
1932-33 Jasper–Bridgeton–Philadelphia WPEN (EBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1933-34 Enterprise (EBL)
1933-34 Pittston (PSL)
1934-35 Germantown (EBL)
1934-35 Plymouth (PSL)
1934-35 Pure Oil (Delri League)
1935-36 Germantown-W.Phil. Shanahans (EBL)
1937-38 Hamburg (TCL)

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Moore played pro basketball for a few years after playing at Pierce Junior College.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/frank-moore/

Bill Miles

William Miles


Born:
1914


Died:




Career
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Hazleton (PSL)
1933-34 Turners/Enterprise (EBL)
1934-35 Germantown/S.Philadelphia Phillies (EBL)
1935-36 S. Philadelphia Phillies (EBL)
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandpipers (ABL)
1936-37 Carpenter Steel (TCL)
1937-38 Carpenter Steel (TCL)
1937-38 Philadelphia Kelly’s All Stars (Independent)
1937-38 Consohohocken (NL)
1938-39 Schuykill Haven (TCL)
1938-39 Binghamton (NYPA)
1939-40 Schuykill Haven (TCL)

In December of 1938, Miles and fellow player Eddie Taylor were seriously injured in an automobile accident on their way to a game in Binghamton. Miles suffered a fractured skull and missed the rest of the season.

Possibly William Henry Miles (1914-1982) from Philadelphia.

Source:


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

Mike Michelotti

Michael Rudolfo "Mike" Michelotti


Born:
February 1, 1909
New York, NY

Died:
March 12, 1950
Queens, NY


Career
1930-31 Honesdale (PSL)
1931-32 Long Island Pro-Imps (MBL)
1931-32 Carbondale (PSL)
1932-33 Long Island Pro-Imps (MBL)
1932-33 Yonkers Knights (MBL)
1932-33 Wilkes Barre (PSL)
1933-34 Bronx Americans (ABL)
1933-34 Wilkes Barre-Carbondale (PSL)
1933-34 Astoria L.I. Pro-Imps (Independent)
1934-35 Freeland (PSL)
1934-35 Astoria L.I. Pro-Imps (Independent)
1935-36 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1939-40 New York Firemen (Independent)
1946-47 Long Island (NYNJ)

Michelotti was born to Italian immigrants Raniere and Cortese Michelotti. He was a long-time-professional basketball player and also a fireman for Ladder 116 in New York City.

He was injured in a firefight on April 9, 1948, and eventually died of his injuries almost two years later. He was only 41. He was honored before a Long Island basketball game with a gold watch in gratitude for his years of basketball prowess. This occurred just a month before the incident that would eventually take his life.

He was married to Grace.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mike-michelotti/

Mickey McNiff

Maurice "Mickey" C. McNiff, Jr.


Born:
August 5, 1908
Trenton, NJ

Died:
August 1978
Levittown, PA


Career
1929-30 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1930-31 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1930-31 Penn Service Wreckers (Independent)
1931-32 Penn Service Wreckers (Independent)
1932-33 Trenton Moose (EBL)
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)


In January of 1931, McNiff, a junior at Penn, was declared ineligible for collegiate athletics.

He was married to Anna

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mickey-mcniff/

John McGuinness

John Nicholas "Jack" McGuinness


Born:
September 10, 1911
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
September 14, 1980
Brooklyn, NY


Career
1929-30 St. John's Prep - Brooklyn (High School)
1930-31 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1931-32 St. John's University (College)
1932-33 St. John's University (College)
1933-34 St. John's University (College)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL) ???
1934-35 Crescent Hamiltons (Independent)
1935-36 Crescent Hamiltons (Independent)
1936-37 Crescent Hamiltons (Independent)

When in high school. McGuinness was stuck with osteomyelitis, which is a serious infection of the bones which at that time was fatal 99% of the time. He recovered and returned to the basketball court none the worse for wear.


We know Jack had a brother named James. This could make him John Nicholas McGuinness? (Sept 10, 1911 - Sept 14, 1980) This John went to college, according to the 1940 census. Everything lines up, just not 100% positive.

Or maybe John E. McGuinness, born October 19, 1912, to Thomas and Jane McGuinness.

Newspaper article (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec 6, 1934) says McGuinness was playing for the Boston Trojans. He left the team December 18 after riding the bench to join Crescent A.C. back in Brooklyn. Not sure if he played with the Trojans, but he was apparently at least on the time at some point.

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 28, 1934
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 18, 1934


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/john-mcguinness-2/

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Joe McEnroe

Patrick Joseph "Joe" McEnroe


Born:
March 24, 1911


Died:
January 31, 1966



Career
1932-33 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1933-34 Hoboken Thoutots (ABL)
1934-35 Albany (NYSL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-mcenroe/

Ernie McCoy

Ernest B. McCoy


Born:
July 20, 1904
Pittsburgh, PA

Died:
September 16, 1980
University Park, PA


Career
1926-27 University of Michigan (College)
1927-28 University of Michigan (College)
1928-29 University of Michigan (College)
1929-30 Detroit Olympics / Jackson (NPBL)
1932-33 Montclair AC (Independent)
1932-33 Montclair College - New Jersey (College) Head coach
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1933-34 Montclair College - New Jersey (College) Head coach
1947-48 University of Michigan (College) Assistant coach
1948-49 University of Michigan (College) Head coach
1949-50 University of Michigan (College) Head coach
1950-51 University of Michigan (College) Head coach
1951-52 University of Michigan (College) Head coach

McCoy was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Detroit. He would go on to play at the University of Michigan and after graduating played in the NPBL in Detroit (the club would move to Jackson later that year.) He headed out east to work as a coach and teacher at Montclair High School while getting his Masters Degree in Physical Education at Columbia. Coaching football, he was also named Athletic Director there and later at Montclair Teachers College. He returned to Michigan in 1940, working as assistant football coach and assistant AD under Fritz Crisler. He was also an assistant coach for the basketball team for a year before being named head coach. He left Michigan in 1952 to become AD at Penn State, and would stay there until retiring in 1970. His retirement was short-lived, as in November of 1971 he became AD at Miami in Florida. He finally retired for good in 1973.


Source:
http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/baskmen/baskmaa/mccoyaa.htm


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ernie-mccoy/

Babe Lyman

Milton B. "Babe" Lyman


Born:
January 1, 1907
New York

Died:
November 25, 1964
New York, NY


Career
1927-28 Savage School of Physical Education - New York (College)
1927-28 New Haven Atlas (CBL)
1928-29 New Haven Atlas (CBL)
1929-30 Midwood AC (Independent)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewish Center (MBL)
1932-33 Bronx (MBL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)
1933-34 Carbondale (PSL)

His name is also spelled "Liman" in many places.

He was married to Pearl.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/babe-lyman-2/


Skeets Lonoff

Al "Skeets" Lonoff


Born:



Died:




Career
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)

Played two games for Newark. Not much to be found about this guy. There was a player named "Lonoff" who played a lot of basketball in NJ in 1917-18. There was a Ben Lonoff who played in Brooklyn in 1928 and 1929.


Is he "Al"? Could it be Abraham Lonoff from Newark?

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/skeets-lonoff/


Harry Litwack

Harold "Chief" Litwack


Born:
September 20, 1907
Lviv (Lemberg), Galicia *

Died:
August 7, 1999
Huntingdon Valley, PA


Career
1925-26 Southern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1926-27 Temple University (College)
1926-27 Philadelphia Hakoahs (EBL)
1927-28 Temple University (College)
1928-29 Temple University (College)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Simon Graz High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1932-33 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1933-34 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1934-35 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1935-36 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1935-36 Atlantic City (EBL)
1935-36 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1936-37 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1937-38 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1938-39 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1939-40 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1940-41 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1941-42 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1942-43 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1943-44 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1944-45 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1945-46 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL) Head coach
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL) Head coach
1948-49 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1948-49 Philadelphia Warriors (BAA) Assistant coach
1949-50 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1949-50 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach
1950-51 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach
1950-51 Temple University (College) Freshmen coach
1951-52 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach 
1952-53 Temple University (College) Head coach
1953-54 Temple University (College) Head coach
1954-55 Temple University (College) Head coach
1955-56 Temple University (College) Head coach
1956-57 Temple University (College) Head coach
1957-58 Temple University (College) Head coach
1958-59 Temple University (College) Head coach
1959-60 Temple University (College) Head coach
1960-61 Temple University (College) Head coach
1961-62 Temple University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Temple University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Temple University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Temple University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Temple University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Temple University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Temple University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Temple University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Temple University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Temple University (College) Head coach
1971-72 Temple University (College) Head coach
1972-73 Temple University (College) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1976

* (in 1907, Galicia was a kingdom in Eastern Europe that had been part of Austria-Hungary after being part of Poland. After World War 2, it became part of the Soviet Union, and now is in the Ukraine. Litwack and family considered themselves Polish)

Litwack was born in Eastern Europe but his family moved to the USA in 1912 and settled in Philadelphia. Yiddish was the only language spoken by the family, so Litwack had to learn not only assimilation into his new country but also a new language. On the basketball court is where he would excel. He played at Southern HS in Philly before playing at Temple. His leadership skills showed at Temple, and aside from signing with the Philadelphia SPHA's to play basketball for some years, he also would become a coach first at the high school level, and then back at Temple. He coached the freshmen team through World War 2 and was eventually hired to be the head coach for the SPHA's. He would work as an assistant for the BAA's Philadelphia Warriors, while still coaching at Temple. In 1952, Litwack was hired to be the head coach for Temple's men squad. In 21 seasons at the helm, he had a 373-193 record with 13 post-season appearances, an NIT championship and a Final Four appearance. He retired in 1973, and was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976. He also ran many youth basketball camps.

Source:
NY Times Obituary
Basketball Hall of Fame

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-litwack/


Mooney Levine

Solomon A. "Mooney" Levine


Born:
July 27, 1912
New Jersey

Died:
November 1976
Passaic, NJ


Career
1931-32 Passaic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1932-33 Wooley City - New Jersey (Independent)
1932-33 Passaic YMHA - New Jersey (Independent)
1932-33 Hackensack Jewish Five - New Jersey (Independent)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1935-36 Passaic Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1938-39 Binghamton Triplets (NYSL)
1939-40 Amsterdam (NYSL) 

Mooney Levine, given name Saul or Sol according to newspaper articles, was a star at Passaic High School before playing professionally in New Jersey and New York.

I am fairly certain I have the right man, but would like some confirmation with an obituary or something like that.

Source:
Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) December 2, 1939
Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) December 29, 1938

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mooney-levine/


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jimmy Lennon

James J. Lennon Jr.


Born:
December 7, 1906
Montclair, NJ

Died:
April 12, 1988
Irvington, NJ


Career
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1934-35 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1934-35 Newark Mules (ABL)
1934-35 Kingston (NYSL)
1935-36 Kingston Colonials (ABL)


Lennon served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jimmy-lennon/


Nat Lazar

Nathan T. Lazar (Lazarowitz)


Born:
January 10, 1910
Romania

Died:
February 13, 1996
Pompano Beach, FL


Career

1930-31 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1931-32 St. John's University (College)
1932-33 St. John's University (College)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 St. John Collegians (Independent)
1936-37 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/nat-lazar/


Inky Lautman

Louis "Inky" Lautman


Born:
May 22, 1914
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
April 11. 1976
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1930-31 Central High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1931-32 Philadelphia Passon (Independent)
1932-33 Philadelphia Passon (Independent)
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1933-34 Plymouth-Freeland (PSL)
1933-34 Philadelphia Passon (EBL)
1934-35 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Freeland (PSL)
1935-36 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1935-36 Pittston (PSL)
1936-37 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1936-37 Nanticoke (PSL)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1937-38 Larksville (NYPA)
1937-38 Myerstown Memorials  (TCL)
1938-39 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1938-39 Lancaster (TCL)
1939-40 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1940-41 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1941-42 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1942-43 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1944-45 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1945-46 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

Lautman dropped out of high school after his junior year and signed to play with Philadelphia Passon in December of 1931. At the time 17, he is one of the youngest professional basketball players in history, if not THE youngest. The ambidextrous shooter would 14 seasons with the Philadelphia SPHA's He was regularly among the ABL leaders in scoring as Philly won seven championships with Lautman on the team. He later was the owner and operater of Lou's Point Bar in Philly.

He and his wife, Anna Siloff, had two sons.

Source:
Philadelphia Daily News, April 13, 1976

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/inky-lautman/


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hank Kurtyka

Henry J. Kurtyka


Born:
July 8, 1909
Paterson, NJ

Died:
December 14, 1998
New York, NY


Career
1930-31 Kennett Square (EBL)
1930-31 Paterson Antlers (Independent)
1931-32 Bridgeton Moose (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia Jasper (EBL)
1932-33 Paterson Continentals (MBL)
1932-33 Paterson Pros (Independent)
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Paterson Pros (Independent)
1934-35 Kingston (NYSL)
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (Independent)
1935-36 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1936-37 Passiac Kenyons (Independent)
1937-38 Passiac Kenyons (Independent)

Born to Polish immigrants, Kurtyka played pro basketball throughout the 1930's. He run into a little trouble in the 1935-36 season when he violated his ABL contract by playing with the Buffalo Bisons and was banned from the league.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hank-kurtyka/


Mac Kinsbruner

George "Mac" Kinsbruner


Born:
March 21, 1909
Austria

Died:
February 16, 1972
Kiamesha Lake, NY


Career
1924-25 New Utrecht High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1925-26 New Utrecht High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1926-27 New Utrecht High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1927-28 St. John’s University (College) Freshmen
1928-29 St. John’s University (College)
1929-30 St. John’s University (College)
1930-31 St. John’s University (College)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia Moose (ESBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1933-34 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1936-37 New York Jewels (ABL)
1936-37 Wilkes Barre (PSL)
1937-38 New Haven / New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Wilkes-Barre (NYPA)
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1939-40 New York Jewels (ABL)
1940-41 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1941-42 Saratoga (NYSL)
1942-43 Camden Indians (ABL)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1942-43 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1942-43 Wilmington Clippers (Independent)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1943-44 Teterboro Bendix Aviation (Independent)
1944-45 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1944-45 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1944-45 Hartford Pros (Independent)

Born in Austria, Kinsbruner's family came the USA when Mac was young and he grew up in Brooklyn. He played basketball, baseball and football. He enrolled at Syracuse, but quickly transferred to St John's where he was a member of the famous Wonder Five basketball team there. While at St. John's, aside from the three afore-mentioned sports, we also played on the soccer team and ran track. He went with the other member of the basketball team to form the professional squad, the Brooklyn Jewels. The team joined the the ABL in 1933, and Kinsbruner, with his unorthodox shot, would play professionally through the mid-40's. During this time, he was a teacher at Boys HS in Brooklyn. He would go on to own a hotel in Miami before returning to New York, where he died of a heart attack in 1972.

He and his wife, Florence, had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle - January 6, 1928
Jews In Sports
NY Times Obituary, February 18, 1972

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mac-kinsbrunner/


Jimmy Kent

James Edward Kent


Born:
February 8, 1906
Jersey City, NJ

Died:
July 29, 1993
Acworth, GA


Career
1928-29 Hoboken Saints (Independent)
1928-29 Hoboken Germans (Independent)
1929-30 Maspeth Pros (Independent)
1930-31 Honesdale (PSL)
1931-32 Dunmore (PSL)
1932-33 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1932-33 Jersey City Palace Diamonds (MBL)
1933-34 Hoboken Thoutots (ABL)
1933-34 Union City Reds (ABL)
1933-34 New York Nationals (Independent)
1934-35 Albany (NYSL)
1934-35 Bridgeton (EBL)
1934-35 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1935-36 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1936-37 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1937-38 Hoboken Germans (Independent)


He married Adelene Mara and they had one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jimmy-kent/


Cy Kaselman

David "Cy" Kaselman


Born:
May 1, 1909
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
July 3, 1971
Philadelphia, PA


Career
South Philadelphia High School (High School)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1933-34 Philadelphia Turners (EBL)
1933-34 Nanticoke (PSL)
1934-35 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Wilkes Barre/Plymouth (PSL)
1935-36 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1936-37 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1936-37 Tunkhannock/Nanticoke (PSL)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1937-38 Wilkes Barre (NYPA)
1937-38 Reading (TCL)
1938-39 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1939-40 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1940-41 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1941-42 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Philadelphia Warrior (BAA) Assistant coach

A graduate of South Philly HS, Kasleman would go on to a length basketball career mainly with the Philadelphia SPHA's, who would win 11 ABL titles with Kaselman on the team. Kaselman was an excellent deep shot with good ball-handling skills. In 1942, he left basketball to serve in the military during World War 2. Upon his return, he was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Warriors in the BAA. He would also work in the city's Recreation Department. He died of a heart attack at his home in 1971.

He was married to Lucille Gillum.

Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/cy-kaselman/


Carlie Johnson

Carl V. Johnson


Born:
October 9, 1909
Somerville, MA

Died:
January 20, 1997
Lakewood, NJ


Career
1927-28 Dickinson High School - Jersey City (High School)
1930-31 Hoboken St.Joseph’s Five (Independent)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Long Island Pro-Imps (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1934-35 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1934-35 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1935-36 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1936-37 New York Celtics (ABL)
1937-38 New York Celtics (ABL)
1938-39 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1938-39 NY Original Celtics (Independent)
1939-40 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1939-40 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1940-41 Baltimore Clippers (ABL)

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, to William and Edith Johnson, the family moved to Jersey City where Carlie played basketball and baseball at Dickinson High School. Aside from a lengthy professional basketball career that lasted over a decade, Carlie started work as a clerk at the New York Stock Exchange in 1930. He retired from the NYSE in 1975 and took work as the head of the Jersey City Recreation Department for a couple years.

He and his wife, Lillian, had two sons.

Source:
Asbury Park Press, January 21, 1997

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/carlie-johnson/


Bill Johnson

William Francis Johnson Jr.


Born:
October 2, 1903
Somerville, MA

Died:
April 21, 1990



Career
1928-29 Beloit Fairies (Independent)
1928-29 Union City (Independent)
1929-30 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1930-31 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1930-31 Honesdale (PSL)
1931-32 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia Jaspers (EBL)
1931-32 Hoboken St.Joseph’s Five (Independent)
1932-33 Philadelphia Jaspers (EBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1934-35 Albany (NYSL)
1934-35 Hoboken St.Joseph’s Five (Independent)
1934-35 Bridgeton (EBL)

Born to William and Edith Johnson, in Somerville, Massachusetts, the family moved to Jersey City around 1910. Bill played professional basketball mainly in the Eastern League, with some Penn State League and ABL time in there also.

Bill's brother Carl also played professional basketball.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-johnson-2/


John Jacobs

John Jacobs


Born:



Died:




Career
1928-29 Hoboken Saints (Independent)
1930-31 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1931-32 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1931-32 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1932-33 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1933-34 Hoboken Thoutots / Camden Brewers (ABL)

Supposedly from Jersey City.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/john-jacobs/


Monday, January 15, 2018

Tom Hutchinson

Thomas J. Hutchinson


Born:
June 26, 1912
New York, NY

Died:
September 30, 1979



Career
1930-31 St. John's Prep - New York City (High School)
1931-32 St. John's Prep - New York City (High School)
1932-33 Manhattan College (College) Freshmen
1933-34 Bronx Americans (ABL)

Pretty sure I have the right guy.



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tom-hutchinson/


Babe Hurley

John Joseph "Babe" Hurley Jr.


Born:
March 23, 1908
Hartford, CT

Died:
March 9, 1985
Port St. Lucie, FL


Career
1923-24 Hartford Dixies (Independent)
1924-25 Hartford Dixies (Independent)
1927-28 Hartford (CBL)
1928-29 Fordham University (College)
1929-30 Fordham University (College)
1930-31 Fordham University (College)
1931-32 Middletown United Clothiers (Independent)
1932-33 Middletown Collegians (Independent)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)

From Hartford, Connecticut, Hurley played with the local Dixies that went to Kansas City for the AAU tournament. He would go on to play at Fordham before playing professionall for a couple years.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/babe-hurley/


Jimmy Heath

James Heath


Born:
September 10, 1912??


Died:




Career
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1933-34 New York Giants (Independent)
1934-35 New York Giants (Independent)
1935-36 House of David (Independent)
1936-37 Bronx Americans (Independent)

Heath, a tall center, played one game for Brooklyn on December 10, 1933

From the Bronx. He is also referred to as "Long John"

Possibly: James C Heath, Born Sept 10, 1912 to Patrick (1877-1939)  and Margarete (1884-), brother John (1908-1972, married to Helen), sisters Margaret (1909-1996) and Marion "Mary" (1911-1973). WW2 veteran



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tom-heath/


Buddy Hassett

John Aloysius "Buddy" Hassett


Born:
September 5, 1911
New York, NY

Died:
August 23, 1997
Westwood, NJ


Career
1930-31 Manhattan College (College)
1931-32 Manhattan College (College)
1932-33 Manhattan College (College)
1933-34 Union City Reds (ABL)
1933-34 Kingsbridge St.John’s Lyceum (Independent)
1934-35 Cagle All Stars (Independent)
1934-35 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1938-39 New York Yankees (Independent)


Buddy was a very talented athlete who played baseball and basketball professionally. Born to John and Hannah Hassett in Hell's Kitchen, Buddy and his three brothers all played college basketball. Brother Billy would play the game professionally, also. The captain of both the baseball and basketball team at Manhattan, Buddy was signed by the New York Yankees baseball club following his graduation in 1933. In his first three years in the minors, Hassett batted .332, .360 and .337 and even stole 56 bases for Norfolk in 1934. At this time, however, the first baseman realized that the Yankees was not his best option, since Lou Gehrig has holding down the first base job for the Yanks, and Hassett asked to be traded. He was sent to the Dodgers where he would play three seasons, batting .304. By the time he was traded, Hassett had played basketball in the off-season. including two tours in the ABL. Now in baseball's National League, he quit playing hoop (although he would play a little bit for the basketball version of the Yankees in 1938-39). A solid contact hitter who rarely struck out, Hassett found himself back with the Yankees in 1942 after three years with the Boston Braves. The Yankees won the World Series that year, and after the Series, Hassett joined the U.S. Navy and served the country as a physical education instructor and trainer. After the war, he didn't return to athletics and instead took a job at Eastern Freightways and in his 40 years there would reach the level of vice president. He had to work through his 80's due to the lack of pensions for pre-1947 baseball players. Hassett also enjoyed singing and was always ready to belt out favorites such as "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." Hassett was 85 when he died of bone cancer in 1997.

Buddy married Veronica Mackin in 1942 and they had two daughters.

Major League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hassebu01.shtml

Source:
SABR

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/buddy-hassett/


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Harry Hamilton

Harry Hamilton


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
Fordham University (College) ??
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)

Does not appear on Fordham's All-Time Roster

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-hamilton/


Shikey Gotthoffer

Joel Sidney "Shikey" Gotthoffer


Born:
January 1, 1911
New York, NY

Died:
December 24, 1987
West Palm Beach, FL


Career
1926-27 James Monroe High School - New York, NY (High School)
1927-28 James Monroe High School - New York, NY (High School)
1928-29 James Monroe High School - New York, NY (High School)

1932-33 Yonkers (MBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia Moose (EBL)
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1933-34 Dunmore (PSL)
1934-35 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Plymouth (PSL)
1935-36 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1935-36 Plymouth (PSL)
1936-37 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1936-37 Plymouth (PSL)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1937-38 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1937-38 Allentown (TCL)
1938-39 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1939-40 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1940-41 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1941-42 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1942-43 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)


Born in New York to Adolph and Dora Gotthoffer, Shikey was high school classmates with baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg (they shared the same birthdate, too). He did not play basketball in college due to him playing semi-pro basketball. He went on to play many seasons with the SPHA's, being named the ABL MVP in 1935-36. He was one of the top point scorers during his time in the league and the league's highest-paid player, making over $100 a game at one point. During World War 2, Shikey worked at Wright Aeronautics and helped build B-21 bombers.

Source:
Jews In Sports
Jewish Voice

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/shikey-gotthoffer/


Moe Goldman

Moe Goldman


Born:
May 30, 1913
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
May 7, 1989
Hollywood, FL


Career
1928-29 Franklin Lane High School - New York, NY (High School)
1929-30 Franklin Lane High School - New York, NY (High School)
1930-31 CCNY (College) Freshmen
1931-32 CCNY (College)
1932-33 CCNY (College)
1933-34 CCNY (College)
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1933-34 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1934-35 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1935-36 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1935-36 Wilkes-Barre-Plymouth (PSL)
1936-37 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1936-37 Freeland (PSL)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1937-38 Binghamton-Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1938-39 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1939-40 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1940-41 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1941-42 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)
1946-47 Troy (NYSL)

Goldman had never played basketball prior to his junior year in high school, but he took to the game quickly. He would go on to star at CCNY before joining up with the SPHA's. He would play 9 seasons with them (as well as a couple other minor pro teams at the same time). He served in the navy during World War 2, and would later serve as the Athletic Commissioner for the NY Public School System until retiring in 1977.

He married Mae Berkowitz (1923-2006) and they had a son and two daughters.

Source:
Jews In Sports


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/moe-goldman/


Rip Gerson

Jack "Rip" Gerson


Born:
April 6, 1906


Died:
March 2, 1961
New Jersey


Career
1923-24 Commerce High School - New Jersey (High School)
1924-25 Commerce High School - New Jersey (High School)
1927-28 St.John’s University (College) Freshmen
1928-29 St.John’s University (College)
1929-30 St.John’s University (College)
1930-31 St.John’s University (College)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1936-37 New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1939-40 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1941-42 Albany (NYSL)

Gerson went to Brooklyn Pharmacy College after high school for two years, but then went to St. John's to play basketball. He was a member of SJU's Wonder Five, which lead to the sport's first big scandal. The members of St John's team had also played pro and semi-pro basketball under assumed names. This discovery lead to the ineligibility of members of the team and other New York area players and lead to a tightening in the rules for collegiate athletic eligibility. Gerson signed with the Jewels after leaving St. John's.

After playing professional basketball for a decade, Gerson owned and operated a bar and grill in Newark, New Jersey.

Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/rip-gerson/


Freddie Gerken

Frederick J. Gerken


Born:
November 1, 1911
Union Hill, NJ

Died:
March 1984
Albuquerque, NM


Career
1931-32 Union City Reds (MBL)
1932-33 Union City Reds (MBL)
1933-34 Union City Reds (ABL)
1934-35 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1935-36 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1937-38 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1937-38 New York Celtics (Independent)
1938-39 Brooklyn Visitation (Independent)
1941-42 Saratoga Indians (Independent)
1942-43 Wilmington Clippers (Independent)
1943-44 Brooklyn Jewels (Independent)
1944-45 Hartford Pros (Independent)
1944-45 Long Island Grumans (Independent)

Born to Harry and Evelyn Gerken, Freddie grew up in Union Hill, New Jersey, and would later play pro basketball with the Union City Reds (The town of Union Hill merged with West Hoboken in 1925 to become Union City). After five season with the Reds, including when the team moved from the Metropolitan League to the ABL and being named "Union City Reds" to "Jersey Reds," Gerken went over to play with the Visitations. He would serve in the military during World War 2, and played for a few independent teams around the Atlantic seaboard while serving. Gerken eventually moved to New Mexico, where he died in 1984. Lt. Col. Gerken is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Freddie was married to Rose Ann.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/freddie-gerken/


Moe Frankel

Morris Frankel


Born:
January 25, 1913
New York, NY

Died:
March 9, 2008
Hackensack, NJ


Career
1931-32 New York Vesa Club (AAU)
1931-32 Fitchburg Reipas (AAU)
1932-33 Bronx (MBL)
1933-34 Bronx Americans (ABL)
1934-35 New Britain Jackaways (ABL)
1934-35 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1935-36 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Plymouth (PSL)
1936-37 New York Whirlwinds (Independent)
1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1937-38 Plymouth (NYPA)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1939-40 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1940-41 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1940-41 Troy (NYSL)
1941-42 Wilmington Blue Rombers (ABL)
1942-43 Wilmington Clippers (Independent)
1942-43 Camden / Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL) Head coach / player
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL) Head coach / player
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Moe wasn't even 20 years old when he signed on to play for the Bronx team in the MBL. A good defender and team leader, Frankel played basketball professionally through 1947, with most of his time spent in the ABL. He filled in as head coach for a handful of games with Wilmington and Paterson.

He is not related to another pro hoopster from the era, Nat Frankel.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/moe-frankel/

Lou Forman

Louis D. Forman


Born:
August 6, 1906
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
May 24, 1988
Miami, FL


Career
West Philadelphia High School (High School)
1927-28 Dickinson College (College)
1928-29 Millville-Camden (SJL)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Atlantic City-S. Philadelphia (EBL)
1935-36 Bridgeton (EBL)
1937-38 Trenton (NL)
1937-38 Myerstown (TCL)
1938-39 Pottstown (TCL)
1939-40 Allentown (TCL)

Born in Philly to Russian immigrants David and Sarah Forman, Lou was a center for the SPHA's and later for various teams in the TCL. He would go on to be a salesman for many years before retiring to Florida.

He married Selma Luchs and they had one son.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 27, 1988


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lou-forman/

Gil Fitch

Gilbert Fitch


Born:
December 24, 1909
Rosenhayn, NJ

Died:
May 22, 2005
Los Angeles, CA


Career
1930-31 Temple University (College)
1931-32 Temple University (College)
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1933-34 Passon - Philadelphia (EBL)
1933-34 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1934-35 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1935-36 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1936-37 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

Born to Henry and Roselyn Fitch, Gil was a three-sport star at Temple, playing basketball, baseball and soccer. After graduating, he would play for the Philadelphia SPHA's for six seasons. Fitch was also a very talented saxophone and clarinet player, and he formed his own orchestra which would entertain fans after games. He would go to serve in the U.S. Army during World War 2, and after the war would move to Los Angeles.

Fitch and the SPHA's (which stood for Southern Philly Hebrew Association) endured a lot of anti-Semitism on and off the court. Fans would through bottles or their drinks at them, or even try to burn them with lit cigarettes as they were in-bounding the ball. Some were even stuck with pins. The SPHA's endured, and would be one of the most successful professional teams of the era.

Fitch and his wife, Alexa, had one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2005
http://mycitypaper.com/articles/2004-12-30/naked.shtml
Jews In Sports


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/gil-fitch/

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stan Entrup

Stanley H. Entrup


Born:
March 16, 1907
Union City, NJ

Died:
May 15, 1978
Flushing, NY


Career
1928-29 Hoboken Germans (Independent)
1929-30 Hoboken (Independent)
1930-31 Wilmington (TSL)
1930-31 Dunmore (PSL)
1930-31 Hoboken St. Joseph’s Five (Independent)
1931-32 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1931-32 Wilmington Cardinals (EBL)
1931-32 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1931-32 Hoboken St.Jpseph’s Five (Independent)
1932-33 Yonkers Knights (MBL)
1932-33 Wilmington Cats (EBL)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)
1933-34 Hoboken St.Jpseph’s Five (Independent)
1934-35 New Britain Jackaways (ABL)
1934-35 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1935-36 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandpipers (ABL)
1936-37 King Kong Kleins (Independent)
1936-37 Yonkers (Independent)
1936-37 Passaic Kenyon Club (Independent)
1937-38 New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1939-40 Hamburg (TCL)

Entrup was born in Union City and grew up in Woodcliffe, New Jersey. He played pro basketball throughout the 30's, sometimes playing with various clubs concurrently to help make ends meet.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/stan-entrup/


Larry Dodick

Lawrence Dodick


Born:
August 15, 1914
New York, NY

Died:
February 11, 1999
Miami, FL


Career
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1934-35 Albany (NYSL)
1935-36 House of David (Independent)
1936-37 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1937-38 Yonkers KofC (Independent)
1939-40 Albany (NYSL)
1940-41 Glens Falls Lions (NYSL)
1940-41 New York Shamrocks (Independent)
1941-42 Glens Falls/Kingston (NYSL)
1941-42 Bridgeport Newfields (CSL)
1941-42 Kingston Recreations (Independent)
1945-46 House of David (Independent)
1945-46 Syracuse Stars (Independent)
1945-46 Troy Celtics (Independent)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 Kingston/Yonkers-Troy (ABL)
1946-47 Saratoga (NYSL)
1947-48 Twin Cities (NYSL)
1948-49 New York Gimbels (Independent)


During World War 2, Dodick left the game to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/larry-dodick/


Frank DePhillips

Frank Anthony DePhillips


Born:
September 20, 1908
New Jersey

Died:
July 1984
Southhold, NY


Career
1927-28 CCNY (College) - Freshmen
1928-29 CCNY (College)
1929-30 CCNY (College)
1930-31 CCNY (College)
1931-32 Jamaica St. Monicas (MBL)
1932-33 Jamaica Corbetts (MBL)
1932-33 Long Island Pro Imps (MBL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)
1934-35 Bridgeton (EBL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/frank-dephillips-2/


Deene

Deene


Born:



Died:




Career
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)

Played one game for Camden

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/deene/


Joe Davidoff

Joseph Davidoff


Born:
1910??


Died:




Career

1931-32 CCNY (College)
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1934-35 Bridgewater JCC - New Jersey (Independent) Head coach / player
1935-36 Bridgewater JCC - New Jersey (Independent) Head coach / player
1947-48 Bridgewater JCC - New Jersey (Independent) Head coach / player
1948-49 Bridgewater JCC - New Jersey (Independent) Head coach / player


Davidoff served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2, promoted to First Lieutenant in April of 1944. He later served with the War Crimes Commission in Europe.

There is a Joseph Davidoff (1910-1984) from Philly, but don't think it is him.

Brother named Robert who played basketball for DePaul and NYU. He tried out for the Sheboygan Redskins in 1945 but failed to make the squad. Bob served in the navy in World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-davidoff/


Jimmy Collins

James A. "Rip" Collins Jr.


Born:
1907??


Died:




Career

1926-27 St John's University (College)
1927-28 St John's University (College)
1928-29 St John's University (College)
1929-30 Crescent AC - Brooklyn (Independent)
1930-31 Crescent AC - Brooklyn (Independent)
1931-31 Columbus Council K of C - Brooklyn (Independent)
1931-32 St. John's High School - Brooklyn (High School) Head coach
1932-33 Union City Reds (MBL)
1933-34 Union City Reds (ABL)
1934-35 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1934-35 Utica (NYSL)


Collins played basketball and baseball at SJU.

In June of 1931, Collins was named Athletic Director at St. John's High School in Brooklyn, as well as baseball and basketball coach. However, he was let go a year later.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/rip-collins/

Thursday, January 11, 2018

George Clift

George W. Clift


Born:
1905 or 1906
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
April 23, 1934
Camden, NJ


Career
1926-27 St.Bonaface (PBL)
1926-27 Camden (SJL)
1927-28 Pattison (PBL)
1927-28 Salem (SJL)
1928-29 Salem (SJL)
1928-29 Elks (EBL)
1929-30 Elks (EBL)
1930-31 Elks (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia Moose (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia Moose (EBL)
1932-33 Bridgeton Gems (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia WPEN (EBL)
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Enterprise (EBL)
1933-34 Hazelton (PSL)

Clift played for a lot of different teams around the Philadelphia area before he was killed in a car accident in April of 1934 at the age of 28.

George and his wife, Betty, had two sons.

Source:
Mercury (Pottstown, PA), April 24,  1934

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/george-clift/

Tom Carroll

Thomas F. B. Carroll


Born:
January 14, 1913
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
July 21, 1957
NY


Career
1930-31 Bishop Loughlin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1931-32 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1932-33 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1933-34 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)

(Another one I have to pat myself on the back for being able to identify.)

Born to Thomas and Catherine Carroll, Tom was one of the nation's highest scoring players while at St Francis, coached by Brooklyn Visitations player Rody Cooney. When St. Francis' season wrapped up in 1934, Carroll joined his coach with the Visitations on March 4, 1934. He was ordained into priesthood in 1938. He was a priest at the Holy Name of Mary Parish in Valley Stream, New York, when he was suffered severe burns in a freak accident at a barbecue with friends and family. The popular priest succumbed to his injuries a few days later at the age of 44.


Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 11, 1938
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester), June 21, 1938
Holy Name of Mary Parish

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tom-carroll/