Thursday, September 20, 2018

Marty Zippel

Martin D. Zippel


Born:
February 7, 1922
Philadelphia, PA

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Career
1938-39 South High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1945-46 Lafayette College (College)
1946-47 Lafayette College (College)
1947-48 Lafayette College (College)
1948-49 Lafayette College (College)
1949-50 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1950-51 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL) Head coach / player

Zippel would become a successful business many, as president of Martin Zippel Inc. in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania.

Marty and his wife, Doris (d. 2003), had two children.

Source:
mcall.com, April 26, 1990
Jews In Sports
Jewish Exponent, June 24, 2013

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George Zelie

George Harvey "Zeke" Zelie


Born:
January 2, 1926
Woodstock, NY
 
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Career
1942-43 Kingston High School (High School)
1943-44 Kingston High School (High School)
1946-47 Hartwick College - New York (College)
1947-48 Hartwick College - New York (College)
1948-49 Glens Falls Commodores (NYSL)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)
1949-50 Oneonta Indians (Independent)
1959-60 Poughkeepsie YMCA - New York (Independent)


From Kingston, NY. Son of George Zelle, Zelle served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. After the war, he finished schooling at Hartwick College while earning a bachelors' degree in business administration. He played pro basketball for Glens Falls, Schenectady and Oneonta.

George married Doris Leibfried in September of 1949.

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Rabbit Walthour

Isaac "Ike" "Rabbit" Walthour


Born:
August 25, 1930
New York, NY

Died:
September 10, 1977
Montrose, NY


Career
1946-47 Benjamin Franklin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1947-48 Benjamin Franklin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1948-49 Carlton YMCA - Brooklyn (High School)
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1950-51 Saratoga Yankees (ABL)
1953-54 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

Wathour was a high school phenom and at the age of 19 started professional play with the Harlem Yankees. He would finish fifth in the ABL in scoring that season with 15.2 points per game. After two years with the Yankees, we entered the U.S. Army to serve during the Korean War. After the war, he would play four games in the NBA with the Milwaukee Hawks.



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Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/walthis01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=walthis01

Fran Walsh

Francis Xavier "Inga" Walsh


Born:
August 8, 1927
Milton, MA??

Died:
June 29, 2009
Boston, MA


Career
1942-43 Milton High School (High School)
1943-44 Milton High School (High School)
1944-45 Northeastern University (College)
1947-48 Northeastern University (College)
1948-49 Northeastern University (College)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)


Fran (or Frank) didn't make the Milton HS basketball team in his freshman or sophomore year, but once he finally succeeded, he didn't stop through college. After his freshman year, Walsh went into the Navy at the end of World War 2 and was stationed in Okinawa. He returned to Northeastern, playing both baseball and basketball and would be invited to tryout with the New York Knicks. He was assigned to the Hartford affiliate in the ABL, but never made it to the NBA. He finished his degree at Northeastern served in the navy again during the Korean War. He became a successful bankerat South Boston Savings, being promoted to Vice President before retiring in 1989. In retirement, he spent his winter months in Naples, Florida. He died after suffering a stroke in 2009 at 81 years of age.

He married Carolyn Turner in 1954 and they had three sons.

Source:
Northeastern Hall of Fame
Boston Globe, July 3, 2009




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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sandmeyer

Sandmeyer


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Career
1949-50 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Name is also listed as Vandemeyer, Sandemeyer and Sondemeyer. Played two games for Paterson. That's all I have.


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Tom Tolan

Tom Tolan


Born:
1924


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Alive in Sept 2008



Career
1942-43 Manhattan College (College)
1946-47 St. John's University (College)
1947-48 St. John's University (College)
1948-49 St. John's University (College)
1949-50 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)
1950-51 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sola (ABL)
1950-51 Torrington Howards (EPBL)


Tolan went to Manhattan prior to going off to serve in World War 2. After the war, he became a policeman while also going to St. John's, becoming eligible in February of 1947. Tolan graduated in 1949, after playing a couple years with his younger brother John on the squad. He later became an FBI agent.

Tolan would later work for over 40 years for UPI, where he would become the sports editor.

I think he is Tom Tolan (1924), son of James (1898) and Mary (1898), brother of James (1923) Francis (1926) John P. (1929-2008) Matthew (1931-1997) Robert (1937)


Source:
qgazette.com December 26, 2007

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Henry Singleton

Henry Singleton


Born:
March 24, 1925
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
July 4, 2010
Savannah, GA


Career
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1950-51 Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1952-53 Hazleton/Saratoga/Glens Falls Yankees (ABL)
1952-53 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent) 


The 6'4 Singleton joined the U.S. Army in 1943, serving in World War 2. After the war, he would go on to play basketball with the Harlem Yankees and the Harlem Globetrotters. He would work with the New York Transit Authority until retiring in 1986, and moved to Savannah, Georgia, after the death of his wife.

Henry and his wife had two sons and two daughters.

Also has been listed as Ben Singleton in some newspaper stories.

Source:
Savannah Morning News, July 8, 2010

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Burt Silverman

Burton D. Silverman


Born:
1930 or 1931


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Career
1947-48 Simon Gratz High School - Philadelplhia (High School)
Temple University (College) ??
1949-50 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Born to Herman and Sara Silverman, Burt set scoring records while playing basketball at Gratz HS in Philly. He would go on to play for the Trenton Tigers in the ABL. Some sources say he went to Temple, but I can't find any record of that.

He is married to Irene.

They is a well-known artist out of NYC named Burton Silverman (b. 1928). He is not the same guy.

Brother Irving (d. 2018) and sister Barbara (c. 1935)

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John Seagrist

John F. Seagrist


Born:
around 1923 or 1924


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In Kankakee in 1965, Knoxville,TN in 2018


Career
(High School)
1945-46 Auto-Lite - Woodstock, IL (Independent)
1947-48 Northern Illinois (College)
1947-48 Elburn - Illinois (Independent)
1948-49 Texas Wesleyan (College) soph
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 New Britain - Connecticut (EPBL)

From Woodstock, Illinois

Seagrist was a teammate with future major league pitcher Howie Judson on the Auto-Lite basketball team. He went to Northern Illinois where he was hampered by a shoulder injury for a good part of his freshman year. In February of 1948, it was discovered that Seagrist had been playing semi-pro basketball in a tournament in Aurora, Illinois, and was declared ineligible and booted from the Northern squad. He transferred to Texas Wesleyan next season, and after a decent sophomore season, the 6'8 center got the interest of the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Seagrist signed with the Celtics and was assigned to the Hartford Hurricanes for the start of the 1949-50 ABL season. He appeared in three games before being let go. He caught in the Eastern League of Connecticut with New Britain to finish the season.

At this point I kind of lose track of him, but it appears he married Barbara "Cookie" Kuhn, the daughter of Frances Kuhn, former mayor of Woodstock, Illinois, and they moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and Wexford, Pennsylvania.

Source:
Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, IL), February 13, 1948

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mel Rothbart

Melvin G. "Bones" Rothbart


Born:
April 11, 1928


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Career
1946-47 Lincoln High School - New York City (High School)
1947-48 CCNY (College) fresh
1948-49 CCNY (College) soph
1948-49 New York Gunners (Independent)
1949-50 Union Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1949-50 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Rothbart played at CCNY as a freshman and sophomore before leaving school. He played some pro and semi-pro basketball around New York City shortly after school.

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Walt Przybylo

Walter Przybylo


Born:
August 2, 1923
Schenectady, NY

Died:
May 24, 1973
Schenectady, NY


Career
Mont Pleasant High School - New York (High School)
1948-49 Cortland State Teachers College - New York (College)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)
1950-51 Cortland High School - New York (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Nott Terrace High School - New York (High School) Head coach 
1958-59 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Linton High School - Schenectady, NY (High School) Head coach 

Walt was born to Polish immigrants Antoni and Sophia Przybylo in Schenectady. After serving in World War 2, Przybylo would become a long-time coach and teacher in the Schenectady area. One of his players was basketball Hall of Famer Pat Riley. Aside from basketball, he also coached golf and baseball. During the 1968-69 season, Coach Przybylo suffered a heart attack. He would return to the bench, but in November of 1972 he suffered a second heart attack. He would miss the remainder of the season and never recover. He died in May of 1973 of heart failure and pneumonia.

Walt married Julia Matuck (1926-1998) had two sons.

Source:
Times Record (Troy, NY), May 25, 1973

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Roy Peters

Roy Webber Peters, Jr.


Born:
May 7, 1924
Schenectady, NY

Died:
April 6, 2004
Sarasota, FL


Career
1939-40 Mt. Pleasant High School - Schenecady, NY (High School)
1940-41 Mt. Pleasant High School - Schenecady, NY (High School)
1941-42 Mt. Pleasant High School - Schenecady, NY (High School)
1942-43 Syracuse University (College)
1945-46 Syracuse University (College)
1946-47 Syracuse University (College)
1948-49 Siena College (College)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)

Born to Roy and Elizabeth Peters, Roy starred on the basketball court at Mt. Pleasant HS. He got a scholarship to play at Syracuse, and made the team as a freshman. He entered the U.S. Army after his first season, and was part of the D-Day invasion in Normandy. He was captured by the Germans and sent to a POW camp, from where he would escape in May of 1945. He returned to Syracuse to continue his education. He was academically ineligible in his senior year, and then transferred to Siena where he played one more year of college baseball. He played basketball briefly with the Schenectady Packers in 1949, but chose the business world over the athletic world. He became a successful insurance agent and would become the Commissioner of Off-Track Betting for the state of New York.

Roy married Lorriane Bootier and they had four sons.

Source:
Orange Hoops
Albany Times Union, April 25, 2004

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Jim Pemrick

James Thomas Pemrick


Born:
February 26, 1925
Watervliet, NY

Died:
April 16, 1973
Sarasota, FL


Career
1942-43 La Salle Institute - New York (High School)
1945-46 Sacred Heart - New York
1945-46 Barclay Products - Troy, NY (Independent)
1945-46 Behr Merchants - Troy, NY (Independent)
1946-47 Union College - New York (College)
1947-48 Union College - New York (College)
1948-49 Union College - New York (College)
1949-50 Cohoes Marras (ABL)

Born to John and Delia Pemrick, Jim played football and basketball in high school and in college. He would briefly play in the ABL, in four games with Cohoes when the Trenton team moved there. He worked for Capitol Newspapers in Albany for 19 years before taking a managerial position at Fulmont News Company in 1967. In 1972, he took a job opportunity in Sarasota, Florida, but became ill and died seven months later.

Pemrick married Rosemarie Martin in 1948 and they had three sons and three daughters.

Source:
Times Record (Troy, NY), April 17, 1973

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Ducky Moore

Willie F. "Ducky" Moore


Born:
July 24, 1923


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Career
1946-47 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1947-48 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent) 
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1950-51 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent) 
1952-53 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)


Moore, a popular basketball player with the Globetrotters and the Harlem Yankees, was romantically linked to singer Dinah Washington,

Moore wound up owning his own barber shop in Ogden, Utah.

Source:
https://www.ksl.com/?sid=17729038

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Benny McNeil

Benny McNeil


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Career
Benjamin Franklin High School - New York City (High School)
1948-49 Harlem Yankees (Independent)
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1950-51 Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Fort Eustis (Military)
1952-53 Saratoga / Glens Falls Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1954-55 Fort Lee (Military)
1955-56 Fort Lee (Military)

6'7

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Vic Mastriani

Victor Robert Mastriani


Born:
January 11, 1921


Died:
January 1, 2010
Houston, TX


Career
Mont Pleasant High School - New York (High School)
1942-43 Siena College (College)
1946-47 Siena College (College)
1948-49 Schenectady Packers (NYSL)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)

The 5'9 guard went to Siena after high school, and entered the USMC to serve his country in World War 2. After the war, he finished his schooling at Siena and then played basketball in Schenectady for the Packers in the New York State League and the ABL. He would later operate a pharmacy with his two brothers and retired to Houston to be closer to his son and daughter.

Source:
Daily Gazette, January 7, 2010

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Frank Martello

Frank Martello


Born:



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Career
1946-47 Temple University (College)
1947-48 Temple University (College)
1948-49 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)
1949-50 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1949-50 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1951-52 Middletown Guards (ABL)
1952-53 Lancaster Roses (EBL)

6'4

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Lou Lipman

Louis Lipman


Born:
January 19, 1925
New York, NY

Died:
January 16, 2004
Naples, FL


Career
1942-43 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1947-48 Long Island University (College)
1948-49 Long Island University (College)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)

LIU's high-scored in '48 and '49, Lipman played some pro basketball in the ABL after school. In March of 1951, Lipman was arrested on bribery charges for point shaving in the huge scandal that rocked the collegiate basketball world in the early 50's. He confessed to fixing games, and was given a suspended sentence in December of 1951 in exchange for his cooperation.  He was living in Hollywood, Florida, at the time of his arrest. Lipman came from a wealthy family and lived the rest of his days in Florida.

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Paul Labanowski

Paul Robert Labanowski


Born:
March 27, 1928
New York, NY

Died:
March 7, 2002



Career
1942-43 Bishop Loughlin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1943-44 Bishop Loughlin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1944-45 Bishop Loughlin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1946-47 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1947-48 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1948-49 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1949-50 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Labanowski was among the scoring leaders while at St Francis, using his strong 6'4 205-pound frame to his advantage. He would play with the Paterson Crescents following graduation.

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George Kok

George W. Kok


Born:
March 18, 1922
Grand Rapids, MI

Died:
October 5, 2013
Louisville, KY


Career
Ottawa Hills High School - Grand Rapids, MI (High School)
1944-45 University of Arkansas (College)
1945-46 University of Arkansas (College)
1946-47 University of Arkansas (College)
1947-48 University of Arkansas (College)
1949-50 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)

The 6'10 Kok played 4 full seasons at Arkansas, and would be the school's all-time scorer for 30 years. He was drafted by the BAA's Indianapolis Jets but did not play for them. He would play one season for Bridgeport in the ABL. He would move to Louisville where he was a teacher and athletic director at Pleasure Ridge Park High School.

He and his wife, Bernadette, had two sons and two daughters. Following her death, he remarried to Lucille.




Source:
Courier Journal, Octover 7, 2013

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Larry Killick

Lawrence Findley Killick


Born:
May 31, 1922
Burlington, VT

Died:
January 31, 2013
Rockledge, FL


Career
1938-39 Burlington High School - Vermont (High School)
1939-40 Burlington High School - Vermont (High School)
1940-41 Burlington High School - Vermont (High School)
1941-42 University of Vermont (College)
1942-43 University of Vermont (College)
1943-44 Dartmouth College (College)
1945-46 University of Vermont (College)
1946-47 University of Vermont (College)
1947-48 Glen Falls Commodores (NYSL)
1948-49 Glen Falls Commodores (NYSL)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)

Killick's education at Vermont was interrupted by service in World War 2. While in the USMC, he trained at Dartmouth in the V-12 program and played with the Dartmouth squad that played in the NCAA championship game. After the war, he returned to the University of Vermont. After graduating, Killick not only play for the Glen Falls Commodres in the New York State League but also was a part-owner. He would also play for the Schenectady Packers in 1949 before the team folded.

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Bobby Kelly

Robert J. Kelly


Born:
September 12, 1926
Union City, NJ

Died:
December 23, 2014
NJ


Career
1941-42 St. Michaels - Union City, NJ (High School)
1942-43 St. Michaels - Union City, NJ (High School)
1944-45 St. Joseph's Prep - Union City, NJ (High School)
1945-46 Manhattan College (College)
1946-47 Manhattan College (College)
1947-48 Manhattan College (College)
1948-49 Manhattan College (College)
1949-50 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1951-52 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1967-68 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1968-69 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1969-70 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1970-71 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1971-72 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1972-73 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1973-74 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1974-75 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1975-76 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1976-77 Saint Peter's College - New Jersey (College) Assistant coach
1977-78 Saint Peter's (College) Head coach
1978-79 Saint Peter's (College) Head coach

Kelly, measuring in at 6'0 in height, was the first player to score 1000 career points with at Manhattan. He wold go to the Scranton Miners of the ABL after graduating, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned from service, he played a couple more years while getting a Masters Degree in Education at Seton Hall. He went on to teach and coach for many years in the New Jersey school system, as will as work first as an assistant coach, and later as the head coach, at Saint Peter's College. After two unsuccessful seasons at the helm there, he was fired as coach but still worked with youths on the sport at the Lou Carnasecca summer camps.

He married Marian Leane and they had five children.

Source:
Obituary, Jersey Journal, December 26, 2014

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Sonny Jameson

Spencer Harold "Sonny" Jameson


Born:
November 9, 1926
New York, NY

Died:
September 17, 1994
New York, NY


Career
1943-44 Dewitt Clinton High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1944-45 Dewitt Clinton High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1945-46 CCNY (College)
1946-47 CCNY (College)
1947-48 CCNY (College)
1948-49 CCNY (College)
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1949-50 Cohoes Marras (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Yankees (ABL)



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Sonny Hinds

Donald "Sonny" Hinds


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Career
South Carolina State University (College)
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Headquarters Five (Military)
1951-52 Saratoga/Schenectady Yankees (ABL)

Name might also be spelled "Hines"

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Chuck Harmon

Charles Byron Harmon


Born:
April 23, 1924
Washington, IN

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Career
1940-41 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1941-42 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1942-43 University of Toledo (College)
1946-47 University of Toledo (College)
1947-48 University of Toledo (College)
1948-49 University of Toledo (College)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)
1950-51 Utica Pros (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga/Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)

Harmon was a baseball and basketball star in high school, helping his Washington HS team to the state basketball finals in his junior and senior year. He got a scholarship to the University of Toledo, but after his freshman year he joined to military. He served stateside during the war, being stationed at Great Lakes. After the war, he returned to UT, helping the basketball team into the NIT. During this time, he also played briefly for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues (under an assumed name to maintain his collegiate eligibility.) He would sign with the St. Louis Browns of baseball's American League, and slowly began his rise through the farm system. He also played some pro basketball in the ABL in the off-season.
He was sent to the Cincinnati Reds and in 1954 found himself invited to the team's spring training camp in 1954. He made the club and made his major league debut in April of that year. He would play with the Reds for a few seasons as a utility man, playing first, third and the outfield. He was later traded to the Cardinals and finished his major league career with the Phillies in 1957. He would play in the minor leagues through 1961, and became a scout after his playing days came to an end.


Chuck married Pearl (d. 2009) in 1947 and they had two daughters and a son.

Major League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harmoch01.shtml

Source:
SABR Biography

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dick Hammock

Richard John Hammock


Born:
March 12, 1924
New York, NY

Died:
February 1, 1965
Oklahoma City, OK


Career
1941-42 Seton Hall Prep - South Orange, NJ (High School)
1942-43 St. Bonaventure University (College)
1946-47 Seton Hall University (College)
1947-48 Seton Hall University (College)
1948-49 Seton Hall University (College)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1951-52 Carbondale (ABL) ??

Born to Sophie and Harry Hammock, Hammock played basketball and baseball at Seton Hall Prep. He played both sports at St. Bonaventure for a year before joining the U.S. Army. After the war, he enrolled at Seton Hall where he played both sports with great acclaim. After graduating, he signed to pitch for Wytheville in the Class-D Blue Ridge League in 1949. He pitched well, going 7-4 with a 2.77 ERA. After baseball season, he played pro basketball with the Hartford Hurricanes and the Trenton Tigers in the ABL. 1950's baseball season saw him with Bristol in the Colonial League (Class-B but unaffiliated with any major league club.) That was his last season in organized baseball, although he apparently played some more basketball in the ABL with Carbondale in 1951-52. In 1960, Hammock moved to Oklahoma City where he owned his own insurance agency. He died in 1965 at the young age of 40.

Dick and his wife, Minna, had four sons and a daughter.


Minor League Baseball stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hammoc001ric


Source:
Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, February 2, 1965)

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Bobby Glenn

Bobby Glenn


Born:



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Career
1949-50 Trenton Tigers/Cohoes Marras (ABL)

Played one game. (Not sure which one)

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Tom Gallagher

Thomas J. Gallagher


Born:

Brooklyn, NY

Died:
June 10, 2013



Career
1945-46 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1946-47 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1947-48 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1948-49 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1949-50 Waterbury Coppers
1949-50 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1949-50 Trade Winds - Brooklyn (Independent)

Born to Paul and Lena Gallagher, Tom did not play basketball while at Richmond Hill High School, and rarely saw action in his freshman year at St. Francis. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War 2, and went into college after the war. He would become a very talented player, becoming he first St. Francis player to score 400 points in a season. Gallagher was drafted by the NBA's Baltimore Bullets in 1949.

Tommy married Mary Malone in October (22?) 1949. He is from Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. He might be the Thomas J. Gallagher born June 13, 1922



Source:
Obituary, NY Daily News, June 12, 2013

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Stan Fronczak

Stanley J. Fronczak


Born:
July 31, 1921
Connecticut or New York

Died:
December 22, 2012
Gainesville, GA


Career
1939-40 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1946-47 University of Illinois (College)
1947-48 University of Illinois (College)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)

The Brooklyn native, a football and basketball star at Jefferson HS, went to LIU before entering the service during World War 2. After his discharge, he enrolled at Illinois to continue his career and education.

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Clarence Forbes

Clarence Llewellyn "Speed" Forbes


Born:
May 29, 1923
New York, NY

Died:
August 31, 2008
Casselberry, FL


Career
1947-48 Glen Falls Commodores (NYSL)
1948-49 Glen Falls Commodores (NYSL)
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1952-53 Hazleton/Glen Falls/Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL)

Not 100% sure on this identification. There is only one Clarence Forbes of the right age and race to be found at ancestry.com: Clarence Llewelyn Forbes. He would go on to a long military career, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was a Tuskegee Airmen in World War 2. I would like confirmation that our Airman was also the basketball player.

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Aubrey Cole

Aubrey Donald Cole


Born:
November 29, 1927


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Career
1947-48 SE Louisiana College (College)
1948-49 SE Louisiana College (College)
1949-50 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)


A basketball star at SE Louisiana, Cole, from Pine Prairie, Louisiana, signed with the Baltimore Bullets in June of 1949. He would join Bridgeport in December of 1949 and average around 2.0 points per game before being let go in February.

Source:


Stats:

Kelly Brofman

Martin "Kelly" Brofman


Born:
June 15, 1923
New York, NY

Died:
July 25, 2011
Delray Beach, FL


Career
1940-41 Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1941-42 Brooklyn JC (Independent)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)
1947-48 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)
1948-49 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL) 
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Cohoes Marras (ABL) Head coach / player
1949-50 Scranton Miners (ABL)


Brofman attended Brooklyn JC amd transferred to LIU before joining the army to serve in World War 2. After the war, Brofman played with Cohoes in the New York League and was signed by the New York Knicks in the fall of 1949 but was released prior to the start of the basketball season. He signed with Hartford in the ABL. He was let go in December of that year to make room for Dutch Garfinkel and he return to Cohoes to play with the ABL's Marras in February of 1950, He coached one game, but when the team disintegrated, he played one game for the Scranton Miners.

His first name is sometimes listed at Morton. He is also listed at Brosman in other sources.

Source:
https://repository.library.northeastern.edu/downloads/neu:360773?datastream_id=content
http://www.spindlecity.net/NewsLetters/2010-2-Summer.pdf

Stats:

Mason Benson

Mason H. Benson


Born:
May 11, 1927


Died:
March 16, 2016
Bonita Springs, FL


Career
1943-44 Erasmus Hall - Brooklyn (High School)
1944-45 Brooklyn College (College)
1946-47 CCNY (College)
1947-48 CCNY (College)
1948-49 CCNY (College)
1949-50 Cohoes Marras (ABL)
1949-50 Scranton Miners (ABL) 

Benson, a Brooklyn native, went to Brooklyn College before moving over to CCNY. He would play one season in the ABL. He played with Cohoes in January of 1950, and played in five games. When the club disbanded, he signed with Scranton, playing one scoreless game before being released.

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Stats:

Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett


Born:
c. 1928


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Career

Siena College (College) ??
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)

Bennett supposedly went to Siena but he does not appear on their all-time roster.

There was a Robert E Bennett who was a center on the Trumansburg High School basketball team in 1945-46, but his obituary mentions nothing of playing pro basketball. He would be the right age, though.

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Stats:

Jerry Bailey

Jerome Bailey


Born:
July 18, 1922


Died:
August 1985



Career
Ben Franklin High School - New York City (High School)
Clark University (College)
1943-44 Loyal Leventh Regiment (Military)
1946-47 Harlem Yankees (Independent)
1948-49 Harlem Yankees (NYSL)
1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga Yankees (ABL)
1952-53 Hazleton Yankees (ABL) - listed as Henry Bailey in some newspapers

Pretty sure I have the correct birth and death dates. Any corrections on confirmation?

Source:


Stats:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dick Adair

Richard Charles Adair


Born:
October 14, 1927
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
July 10, 2011
Riverton, NJ


Career
1947-48 La Salle University (College)
1948-49 La Salle University (College)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)

After playing basketball at baseball at La Salle, Adair was signed by the New York Giants baseball club in 1949 and pitched for their Trenton affiliate in Class B. After the 1949 season, he signed with the Philadelphia Warriors and was farmed out to the Hartford Hurricanes in the ABL. He was there about a month before being let go. In 1950, the Giants promoted him to the Sioux City team in the Western League where he would have a 14-8 record. He entered the Marines after the season and served at Parris Island during the Korean War. In 1952, he returned to baseball to give it a go, but never progressed higher than AA. He was let go in 1954. He would work at RCA for many years, and refereed high school basketball games in Philadelphia.

He married Betty Jane Smith and they had three sons and two daughters.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=adair-001ric

Source:
Obituary, philly.com

Stats:

1949-50 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

Coach Eddie White
1949-50 WILKES-BARRE BARONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
21-17 .553, 3rd place

Semi-finals: Lost to Scranton, 2-1


The two-time defending champs started off on a torrid 7-1 stretch before coach Eddie White stepped down. After two losses with Steve Chanecka leading the team, White returned. Following a five game skid, the Barons turned it on in late December, winning 8 of 9 and 13 of 17. However, they limped through the last month of the season by losing 7 of 8 and finishing six games out of first. In a first round playoff battle that was a rematch of the ABL championship series the prior season, Wilkes-Barre was bounced with a deciding thriller that went into triple overtime.




Head Coaches:
  • Eddie White (February 4, 1910 - December 9, 1988) 7-1, 14-14
  • Steve Chanecka (February 6, 1918 - February 9, 2000) 0-2  Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Greek Athas (October 6, 1922 - April 29, 2009)
Biography


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

  • Ike Borsavage (July 25, 1924 - January 10, 2014)
Biography

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

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

  • Joe "Bells" Colone (January 23, 1924 - July 1, 2009)
Biography

  • Ted Hanauer (January 1, 1924 - October 1, 2013)
Biography 

  • Shag Hawkins (September 23, 1920 - March 10, 2005)
Biography

  • Bobby McDermott (January 7, 1914 - October 14, 1963)
Biography

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

  • Pete Pasko (September 9, 1919 - March 31, 2004)
Biography

  • Milton Ticco (September 22, 1922 - January 26, 2002)
Biography

  • Marty Zippel (b. February 7, 1922)
Biography

1949-50 Trenton Tigers / Cohoes Marras (ABL)

1949-50 TRENTON TIGERS / COHOES MARRAS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
4-16 .200

A playoff-team the prior season, the Tigers got off to a mediocre 4-5 start in 1949 before losing their home court. They would play exclusively on the road for a month before landing a home in Cohoes, New York, where they would play as the Marras. Their fortunes never improved, losing 11 straight games before folding on January 30, 1950. Another long-term ABL franchise evaporates.

Head Coach: 
  • Leroy "Red" Smith (September 21, 1895 - November 27, 1970) 3-5
  • Angelo Musi (July 25, 1918 - October 19, 2009) 1-4 Also played. See below
  • Irv Torgoff (March 6, 1917 - October 21, 1993) 0-4 Also played. See below
  • Marv Blumenthal (May 30, 1924 - March 18, 1969) 0-2
  • Kelly Brofman (June 15, 1923 - July 25, 2011) 0-1 Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Mason Benson (May 11, 1927 - March 16, 2016)
Biography

  • Martin "Kelly" Brofman (June 15, 1923 - July 25, 2011)
Biography

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

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

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

  • Frank Frascella (July 28, 1922 - December 10, 2014)
Biography 

  • Bobby Glenn 
Biography

  • Dick Hammock (March 12, 1924 - February 1, 1965)
Biography

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

  • Sonny Jameson (November 9, 1926 - September 17, 1994)
Biography 

  • Herb Krautblatt (November 19, 1926 - February 10, 1999)
Biography

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

  • Frank Martello 
Biography
 
  • Jack McLaughlin (August 20, 1923 - March 28, 2002)
Biography

  • Angelo Musi (July 25, 1918 - October 19, 2009)
Biography

  • Jim Pemrick (February 26, 1925 - April 16, 1973)
Biography
 
  • Fred Price (August 12, 1924 - September 29, 2012)
Biography

  • Sam Roth  
Biography

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

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

  • Burt Silverman (b. 1930 or 1931)
Biography


  • Bob Smith (December 28, 1923 - August 20, 2014)
Biography

  • Irv Torgoff (March 6, 1917 - October 21, 1993)
Biography

  • Bob Tough (August 28, 1920 - April 7, 1999)
Biography


1949-50 Scranton Miners (ABL)

1949-50 SCRANTON MINERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
27-11 .711, 1st place

Semi-finals: Defeated Wilkes-Barre, 2-1
Finals: Defeated Bridgeport, 3-2

Bernie Sarachak's Miners rolled to a regular-season title, and battled through some tough play-off games to win the ABL title. After dispatched two-time defending champions and geographical rival Wilkes-Barre in the opening round, Scranton knocked out Bridgeport in a tough five-game set to bring the ABL Championship to Scranton for the first time.

Head coaches:
  • Bernie Sarachak (October 19, 1912 - November 14, 2005)

PLAYERS: 

  • Mason Benson (May 11, 1927 - March 16, 2016)
Biography 

  • Martin "Kelly" Brofman (June 15, 1923 - July 25, 2011)
Biography

  • Chili Edelstein (March 16, 1923 - March 19, 2003)
Biography
 
  • Pop Gates (August 30, 1917 - December 1, 1999)
Biography

  • Doug Holcomb (February 9, 1921 - February 3, 2008)
Biography

  • Ed Kassler (July 21, 1923 - March 7, 2011)
Biography 

  • Bobby Kelly (September 12, 1926 - December 23, 2014)
Biography 

  • Dolly King (November 15, 1916 - January 29, 1969)
Biography

  • Carl Meinhold (b. March 29, 1926)
Biography

  • Nat Militzok (May 3, 1923 - May 14, 2009)
Biography

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

  • Hank Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 - February 27, 2010)
Biography

  • Vince Verdeschi (March 24, 1925 - August 16, 1965)
Biography

  • Eddie Younger (January 7, 1923 - March 18, 1985)
Biography

1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)

1949-50 SCHENECTADY PACKERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
0-4 .000

The new team in the league from the New York State League, the Packers lasted only four games before dropping out, They lost all four games by an average of 21 points, capped by a 108-69 pounding to Wilkes-Barre. The team officially dropped on November 23, 1949. Legendary coach Honey Russell, who had coached the club the year prior in the NYSL, was also in his first year as the Seton Hall coach.

Head Coach: 

PLAYERS:
  • Hank Beenders (June 2, 1916 - October 25, 2003)
Biography

  • Bob Bennett 
Biography

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

  • Dutch Garfinkel (June 13, 1918 - August 14, 2003)
Biography

  • Chuck Harmon (b. April 23, 1942)
Biography

  • Larry Killick (May 31, 1922 - January 31, 2013)
Biography

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

  • Lou Lipman (January 19, 1925 - January 16, 2004)
Biography

  • Vic Mastriani (January 11, 1921 - January 1, 2010)
Biography

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

  • Roy Peters (May 7, 1924 - April 6, 2004)
Biography

  • Bill Pless (June 3, 1928 - October 25, 2001)
Biography

  • Walt Przybylo (August 2, 1923 - May 24, 1973)
Biography

  • Irv Rothenberg (December 31, 1921 - July 18, 2009)
Biography

  • Johnny Simmons (July 7, 1924 - August 1, 2008)
Biography

  • Tony Sisti 
Biography

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

  • George Zelie (b. January 2, 1926)
Biography

1949-50 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

1949-50 PATERSON CRESCENTS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
17-18 .486, 5th place

Plagued with mediocrity, Paterson never really made any waves in the ABL this season. They did string together a five-game winning streak in February that brought them in the playoff hunt, but fell short of post-season action.

Player/coach Frank Mangiapane was released at the end of December, and the freshly-retired Herbie Gershon took the lead for the rest of the season.

Head Coaches: 

PLAYERS:
  • Vic Bock (August 31, 1920 - September 3, 1951)
Biography

  • Len Cohen (October 30, 1928 - May 30, 2017)
Biography

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

  • Tom Gallagher (d. June 10, 2013)
Biography

  • Dick Holub (October 29, 1921 - July 27, 2009)
Biography

  • Howie Janotta (October 19, 1924 - November 22, 2010)
Biography 

  • Tom Kelly (March 5, 1924 - March 20, 2008)
Biography

  • Dick Kraus (September 30, 1926 - February 2, 1995)
Biography

  • Paul Labanowski (March 27, 1928 - March 7, 2002)
Biography

  • Lionel Malamad (November 15, 1924 - September 17, 1989)
Biography

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

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

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

  • Don Rothbart (b. April 11, 1928)
Biography

  • Irv Rothenberg (December 31, 1921 - July 18, 2009)
Biography

  • Sandmeyer 
Biography

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

1949-50 New York Harlem Yankees (ABL)

1949-50 NEW YORK HARLEM YANKEES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
20-17 .541, 4th place

Semi-Finals: Lost to Bridgeport, 2-1

The HarlemYankees, an all-black team in the ABL, finished strong to make the playoffs but fell to Bridgeport. Hank DeZonie was one of the bigger stars in the league, and he was aided by New York City legend Rabbit Walthour and major league baseball player George Crowe.

Head Coach: Art Joseph


PLAYERS:
  • Jerry Bailey (July 18, 1922 - August 1985)
Biography

  • George Crowe (March 22, 1921 - January 18, 2011)
Biography

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

  • Clarence Forbes (May 29, 1923 - August 31, 2008)
Biography

  • Don Hinds
Biography

  • Sonny Jameson (November 9, 1926 - September 17, 1994)
Biography

  • Benny McNeil 
Biography

  • Ducky Moore (b. July 24, 1923)
Biography

  • Henry Singleton (March 24, 1925 - July 4, 2010)
Biography

  • James Usry (February 2, 1922 - January 25, 2002)
Biography

  • Rabbit Walthour (August 25, 1930 - September 10, 1977)
Biography

  • Sonny Wood (December 31, 1922 - July 11, 1970)
Biography

1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)

Morris "Tubby" Raskin
1949-50 HARTFORD HURRICANES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
11-26 .297, 6th place

Former ABL player and Cohoes Mastadons coach Tubby Raskin was hired to lead the Hurricanes this year, but was replaced after a poor start by Ralph Kaplowicz. The club fared no better, and was outplayed in every aspect all season long. Only once did they manage to strong together consecutive victories.

Head coaches:
  • Tubby Raskin (January 8, 1902 - September 9, 1981) 1-4
  • Ralph Kaplowicz (May 18, 1919 - February 2, 2009) 10-22 Also played. See Below

PLAYERS: 
  • Dick Adair (October 14, 1927 - July 10, 2011)
Biography
 
  • Johnny Bach (July 10, 1924 - January 18, 2016)
Biography

  • Ed Bartels (October 8, 1925 - November 4, 2007)
Biography

  • Hank Beenders (June 2, 1916 - October 25, 2003)
Biography

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

  • Martin "Kelly" Brofman (June 15, 1923 - July 25, 2011)
Biography

  • Paul Campbell (May 11, 1925 - July 15, 2005)
Biography

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

  • George Feigenbaum (July 2, 1928 - December 25, 2000)
  • Stan Fronczak (July 31, 1921 - December 22, 2012)
Biography 

  • Dutch Garfinkel (June 13, 1918 - August 14, 2003)
Biography

  • Dick Hammock (March 12, 1924 - February 1, 1965)
Biography

  • Bob Hubbard (December 27, 1922 - August 27, 2011)
Biography

  • Arnold Jones 
Biography 

  • Ralph Kaplowitz (May 18, 1919 - February 2, 2009)
Biography

  • Herb Krautblatt (November 19, 1926 - February 10, 1999)
Biography

  • Fred Lewis (January 6, 1921 - December 27, 1994)
Biography

  • Lou Lipman (January 19, 1925 - January 16, 2004)
Biography

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

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

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

  • Charlie Parsley (October 13, 1925 - October 3, 1997)
Biography

  • Lenny Rader (March 29, 1921 - December 29, 1996)
Biography

  • Sam Roth  
Biography

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

  • John Seagrist (b. 1923 or 1924)
Biography

  • Tom Sealy (January 31, 1921 - November 29, 2000)
Biography

  • Fran Walsh (August 8, 1927 - June 29, 2009)
Biography

  • Ken Walters (April 29, 1922 - February 13, 1992)
Biography

  • Sonny Wood (December 31, 1922 - July 11, 1970)
Biography