Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Little Moose Meyer Identified

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

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sam Busich vs. Pete Basich

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

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pete Jordan

Maurice Cammack "Pete" Jordan


Born:
July 17, 1913
Fountain City, IN

Died:
March 5, 1992
Richmond, IN


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



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

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

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Jimmy White

Jim White


Born:
c. 1920


Died:
Alive in 1974



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

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

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

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

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Paul Walker

Paul Frederick Walker


Born:
July 9, 1925
Springfield, MO

Died:
October 22, 1972
West Hartford, CT


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


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

Paul and his wife, Joan, had two sons.


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

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Von Derlinde

Von Derlinde or Van der Linden or Vonder Linden


Born:



Died:




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

Played one game.

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

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Friday, June 1, 2018

John Van Belle

John Thomas Van Belle


Born:
January 21, 1921
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
March 8, 2000
Jenkintown, PA


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

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

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

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Connie Toomb

Cornelius E. "Neil" "Connie" Toomb


Born:
September 5, 1922
New York, NY

Died:
May 1987
Bronx, NY??


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

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

Played one game for Brooklyn.

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

Sometimes his name is spelled Toombs


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George Syby

George Syby


Born:
November 26, 1915
Jersey City, NJ

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


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

1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

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

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Dink Irwin Identified

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

Dink Irwin
1906-1978

Mendy Snyder

Morris "Mendy" Snyder


Born:
January 31, 1915
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
June 23, 2002
Columbus, OH?


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

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

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Marty Scheinkman

Martin Scheinkman


Born:
April 20, 1920
New York, NY

Died:
June 19, 2015
Tucson, AZ


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

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

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

Source:
Obituary

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Bob Scheer

Robert R. Scheer


Born:
April 19, 1923
New York, NY

Died:
February 4, 2009
Wayne, NJ ??


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

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

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Max Scharf

Max Scharf
born Maxwell Scharfman


Born:
January 31, 1918
Brooklyn, NY?

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


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

Scharf served in the military during World War 2.

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

He had a child in Jan 1944 / Dec 1943

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Luke Sapan

Luke Sapan


Born:
December 7, 1920


Died:
August 21, 1977
Great Neck, NY


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

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

He married in 1947.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In memoriam: Elmer Behnke

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

Biography

Obituary

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

Bernie Rutledge

Bernard James Rutledge


Born:
October 1, 1923
New York

Died:
April 20, 1954
Oyster Bay, NY


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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reiily

Reilly


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

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

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Marty Powers

Martin John "Red" Powers


Born:
March 27, 1928
New York, NY

Died:
December 21, 1991
North Las Vegas, NV


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

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

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


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

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

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Ed Poker

Ed Poker
born Edward Joseph Pokropski


Born:
October 30, 1917
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
October 8, 1991
Sicklerville, NJ


Career
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 House of David (Independent)
1947-48 House of David (Independent) 
1948-49 House of David (Independent)

Born to Joseph and Mary Pokropski, Ed would later go by the name the "Ed Poker" while playing semi-pro basketball and baseball around the Philadelphia area. He played basketball with the House of David team a few years as well as with the Wilmington Bombers in the ABL.

Ed worked for many years as a steelworker and a machinist.

He married Mary Zindell (1919-1976) in 1939 and they had six daughters and two sons. His second wife, Josephine, died only a month before Ed's sudden passing in 1991.


Source:
Courier Post, October 6, 1991

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Pine

Pine


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Yonkers Chiefs (ABL)

Played one game for the Yonkers Chiefs on February 9, 1947

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Palmeri

Palmeri


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Played one game for the Atoms. First name not known, and I haven't found the box score of his one game yet.

Few possibilities:
Russell "Zot" Palmeri - played football and basketball at Neptune HS in New Jersey, served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. Died suddenly in March of 1947 at the age of 30. This means he died shortly after his only game with Jersey City.
Johnny Palmeri - played American Legion and independent basketball around Monmouth, NJ, in Dec of 1947
Bob Palmeri - played YMCA basketball in Hoboken, NJ, in spring of 1948

Maybe his name is actually spelled "Palmieri."


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Tony Orlando

Anthony J. Orlando


Born:

Manhattan, NY

Died:




Career
1939-40 Peter Stuyvesant High School - New York City (High School)
1940-41 Peter Stuyvesant High School - New York City (High School)
1941-42 Hoftsra University (College)
1943-44 Great Lakes (Military)
1944-45 RPI (College)
1945-46 RPI (College)
1946-47 RPI (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (NYSL)
1947-48 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)
1948-49 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1948-49 Sullivan Post (Independent)

5'11 170??

NOT the Anthony Orlando born June 15 1923. That guy died in 1945

Source:
Troy Record, November 30, 1946

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Eddie Ondrasik

Eddie Ondrasik


Born:



Died:




Career
1937-38 Lincoln High School - Brooklyn (High School) ??
1938-39 John Marshall College (College) Freshmen ??
1939-40 John Marshall College (College) ??
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)



Either the Eddie Ondrasik who went to John Marshall from Brooklyn or the one who grew up in West New York, New Jersey and went to Roanoke College

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Tony Nitti

Anthony J. Nitti


Born:
April 30, 1921
Italy

Died:
February 11, 1984
Trenton, NJ


Career
1938-39 Trenton Catholic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1945-46 Hazleton (PSL)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Nitti served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. He was discharged and played basketball with Hazleton

He and his wife, Agnes, had two children.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Babe Nagle

Gerald Joseph "Babe" Nagle


Born:
August 30, 1921
Wilmington, DE

Died:
May 31, 1994
Wilmington, DE


Career
1937-38 Salesianum High School - Wilmington, DE (High School)
1938-39 Salesianum High School - Wilmington, DE (High School)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
(EBL) ??

Nagle graduated from Salesianum HS in Wilmington and served in the Navy during WW2. After the war, he played basketball professionally with the Wilmington Bombers (and maybe the Eastern League.... not sure yet). Nagle worked for many years as a Sheet Metal Worker and eventually would be elected to the Wilmington City Council, serving from 1965-1976. He died of heart failure in 1994.

He married Elizabeth Conley (1924-1996) in 1947.

Source:
The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), June 3, 1994

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George Milhaven

George Fred Milhaven


Born:
August 29, 1920
New York, NY

Died:
August 23, 2009
Ridge, NY


Career
1938-39 Bushwick High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 St. John's University (College)
1941-42 St. John's University (College)
1943-44 Sampson Naval Base (Military)
1944-45 Sampson Naval Base (Military)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1948-49 Long Island Bombers (Independent)

Did he play with the Paterson Crescents in 1947-48?? It is mentioned he was with the time prior to the start of the season.


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Vinnie Michaels

Vincent Michaels


Born:
1920 or 1921


Died:
Alive in 1989 and living in Forked River, NJ



Career
1937-38 Union Hill High School (High School)
1939-40 Seton Hall University (College)
1940-41 Seton Hall University (College)
1941-42 Seton Hall University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

I was able to find an article about him that got his opinions on Seton Hall hoops in April of 1989 when they were playing in the NCAA championship game. It said he was 68 and living in Forked River, New Jersey. That as much as I could find.

Source:
Asbury Park Press, April 1, 1989

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Ross Merrick

Dr. Roswell Davenport Merrick


Born:
July 20, 1922
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
January 24, 2004
Kilmarnock, VA


Career
1939-40 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1940-41 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1942-43 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1943-44 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1945-46 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1946-47 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1947-48 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1948-49 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1949-50 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1950-51 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1951-52 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1952-53 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach 

Merrick played baskeball at Springfield College and then semi-pro before serving in the military during World War 2. After the war, Ross took the head coaching job at New Britain Teachers College (now Central Connecticut State University), a post he held for seven seasons. During this time, he continued his education at NYU and Boston College, eventually getting a doctorate. He left his coaching job to become the Dean for the  College of Education at Southern Illinois University. In 1958, he moved to DC to represent SIU at the American Alliance for Health. Taking to the Washington scene, he would become the Executive Director of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education until his retirement in 1990. He also established the U.S. Fitness and Sports Council and served as Executive Director.

Ross died in 2004.

Source:
Legacy.com

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Jack McCloskey

John William McCloskey


Born:
September 19, 1925
Mahanoy City, PA

Died:
June 1, 2017
Savannah, GA


Career
1943-44 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1947-48 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach
1948-49 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1950-51 Cheltenham Aces (Main Line League)
1950-51 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1951-52 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1952-53 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Collingswood High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1954-55 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach

A three-sport star in high school (football, baseball and basketball), McCloskey entered the Navy's V-12 program after high school and was sent to the University of Pennsylvania. He played basketball while there. and after the war would play basketball professionally through the mid 1950's. During this time, he would also coach basketball and played minor league baseball.McCloskey was named the MVP of the Eastern League in 1952-53 and 1953-54 before ending his days on the court. However, his involvement in the game itself remained. He continued to coach and would evenutally move into management. In late 1979, McCloskey was hired as the GM for the then-floundering Detroit Pistons. By the end of the 1980's, he had rebuilt the team into a powerhouse, with two NBA championships and multiple appearances in the Conference Finals. He would later leave the Pistons to work as GM for the Minnesota Timberwolves before retiring.

McCloskey died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease in 2017 at the age of 91.

He was married to Leslie.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mcclos012---

Source:
Standard Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), June 4, 1954
Obituary, NY Times

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mccloja01.html

John Marty

John Marty


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)



There is a John A Marty from New Jersey (1919-1974) that this player could be.

Source:


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Harry Markellos

Harry Anthony Markellos


Born:
February 6, 1923
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
January 11, 2010



Career
1940-41 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)

Loyola University - Maryland (College) ??
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Link Belt - Philadelphia (Independent)

The 6', 160-pound athlete from Philly attended Northeastern HS and later served in Army during World War 2, He supposedly went to Loyola, but haven't confirmed it.

Markellos played pro basketball with the Wilmington Bombers in 1946-47. He also played minor league baseball and semi-pro football.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=markel002har

Source:


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Makin

Makin


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

He is also referred to as Macklin and Mackin.

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Herb Maack

Herbert Henry Maack


Born:
April 16, 1917
Union City, NJ

Died:
May 5, 2007
Narragansett, RI


Career
Hun School of Princeton - New Jersey (Prep school)
1939-40 Columbia University (College)
1941-42 Columbia University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

After playing football and basketball at Columbia, Maack entered the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War 2. After the war, he played one season of pro football (with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the AAFC) and one season of pro basketball (with the Jersey City Atoms in the ABL). He went into coaching, starting as a line coach for the Columbia football team in 1946. He moved to Bucknell and then the University of Rhode Island before being named the head football coach at URI in 1956. He lead URI for five seasons. During his time at Bucknell, he also coached the wrestling team.

AAFC Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MaacHe20.htm

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Ed Lyons

Edmund H. Lyons


Born:
July 1, 1926
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
October 28, 2011
Livingston, NJ


Career
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1948-49 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1949-50 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1950-51 Allentown / Carbondale Aces (ABL)

After high school, where Lyons was a basketball star (he held the city scoring record until broken by Wilt Chamberlain) as well as a baseball star, Eddie enrolled at Temple but quickly went off to the U.S. Army to fight in World War 2. The war ended a couple months after Lyons enlisted, and he was discharged and signed to pitch in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. At this time, he also played pro basketball in the ABL to keep fit in the off-season. He was a fixture around New England on the ball diamond, playing for 18 years not just there but also in Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states, but he never made it to the major leagues. He would become a coach in the Cape Cod league and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2000 as the second-winningest manager in league history. He would also coach high school and college baseball, as was a mentor and a positive role model for scores of young athletes. He and his wife, Kay, had three daughters, but they always joked that they also had hundreds of sons.

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

Source:
https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/remembering-ed-lyons/n-4316583
http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2011/11/heralded_baseball_coach_eddie.html

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Artie Lockheed

Arthur Newman Lockheed


Born:
March 4, 1921
NY

Died:
November 22, 2014
Stockton, CA


Career
1939-40 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College) Freshmen
1940-41 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1941-42 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1942-43 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats / Yonkers Chiefs (ABL)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

1947-48 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

After starring on the basketball court for four season at St Frances where he mastered the one-handed shot, Lockheed joined the U.S. Army and served in the Air Corps during World War 2. After the war, he played two seasons with the Jersey City Atoms while teaching at St. Francis Prep and earning a Master's Degree in English Literature. In 1948, he moved out to Stockton, California, where he worked as a teacher until his retirement.

Source:
https://sfcathletics.com/hof.aspx?hof=11

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Bruce Lindsay

Bruce Carleton Lindsay


Born:
August 30, 1916
Columbia, PA

Died:
February 14, 1991
Wilmington, DE


Career
1934-35 Wilmington High School - Delaware (High School)
1937-38 University of Delaware (College)
1938-39 University of Delaware (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Lindsay was the captain of the basketball team at the University of Delaware, and after school he served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon. After the war, he went into teaching and coaching, but also played three scoreless games for the Wilmington Bombers in 1947. He would later become a high school athletic director as well as basketball official for many years before retiring in 1974.

Bruce and his wife, Dorothy, had a son and three daughters.

Source:
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), February 15, 1991

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Frank Licitra

George Francis "Frank" Licitra


Born:
May 7, 1920
NJ

Died:
May 29, 1986
Mount Laurel, NJ


Career
1938-39 Abraham Lincoln High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Haven't found a heck of a lot about Licitra.


Source:


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Bobby Lewis

Robert S. Lewis


Born:
April 28, 1918
New York, NY

Died:
Alive in 1986 according to interview with brother Harold



Career
1937-38 NYU (College)
1938-39 NYU (College)
1939-40 NYU (College)
1940-41 Phillips 66 Oilers (Independent)
1940-41 Ohrbach - Brooklyn (Independent)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Born to Lewis (c. 1887) and Fannie Lewis (c. 1893)
Brother Norman (born Dec 1915) was a champion collegiate fencer in the 1930's. Younger brother Harold (born Oct 1923) was a well-regarded Physics Professor.

An All-American at NYU, Lewis would go on to play some pro basketball before enlisting in the military in March of 1943. After the war, he would play with the Atoms in the ABL.He later became an accountant.

I cannot say for certain Lewis is still alive, but I have found nothing to indicate he has indeed passed. He would be 100 years old if he is still with us. In an interview with his brother Harold in 1986, he was asked about his family and seems to imply both of his brothers (Bobby and Norman) were both alive.

Source:
Jews In Sports

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Lenny Lesser

Leonard Lesser


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Career
1942-43 CCNY (College)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Haven't found him yet. Only thing I am sure of is that he is not Len Lesser who lived 1922-2011. That Len Lesser played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jim Hoerst

James Paul Hoerst


Born:
October 31, 1922
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
December 17, 1971
Philadelphia, PA ??


Career
1940-41 La Salle University (College) Freshmen
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Jim entered the army in the summer of 1943, serving his country in World War 2. The brother of Wilmington Bombers head coach Frank Hoerst, Jim joined the club in January of 1947 and averaged 4.6 points in 14 games.

Jim was married to married Madeline Dyal.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dave Laub

David Laub


Born:
July 7, 1921
New York, NY

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Career
1938-39 Eighth Avenue Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1939-40 CCNY (College)
1941-42 CCNY (College)
1942-43 CCNY (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Laub played one year at CCNY but was declared ineligible after that season. The engineering student was able to get his eligibility restored and he rejoined the school team in 1941. After the 1942-43 season, Laub entered the U.S. Army and served during World War 2 as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. After his discharge in 1946, he played one year with the Troy Celtics in the ABL. He would go on to work in the construction field for many years before finally retiring in 2014 at the age of 93.

Source:
CCNY Athletics, August 17, 2015

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Bill Landis

Bill Charles "Tall Timber" Landis, Jr.


Born:
June 25, 1925
Fountain Hill, PA

Died:
September 26, 1997
Quakertown, PA


Career
1942-43 Quakertown High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1943-44 Albright College - Reading, PA (College)
1944-45 Albright College - Reading, PA (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

The 6'7, 190 pound Landis starred on the court at Quakertown HS, and by the time he finished at Albright college, had grown to 6'9 and 215 pounds.

Landis signed with the Philadelphia Warriors of the BAA in October of 1946 but was waived and wound up with the Bombers in the ABL. He played five games for the Bombers, putting up 26 points. He left basketball and worked for many years in the maintenance department of the Reading Railroad.

Source:
Morning Call (Allentown, PA) September 27, 1997

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Charlie Lacina

Charles Lacina


Born:
March 29, 1922
Mount Vernon, NY

Died:
June 21, 2007
The Bronx, NY


Career
1939-40 James Monroe High School - The Bronx, NY (High School)
1940-41 James Monroe High School - The Bronx, NY (High School)
1941-42 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Scranton Miners (PSL)

After being named all-City in basketball at Monroe HS, Lacina was offered many scholarships to college but chose to go to St John's. After one season on the freshmen squad, being their leading scorer, Lacina left school to join the army. He became an officer and would serve in the Pacific during World War 2 as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers and later a supply officer. It was while in the Pacific he met his future wife, an army nurse named Elizabeth ("Bette") Clavin, and they married in 1944. After the war, Lacina declined to return to St. John's and went on to play professional basketball. He joined the ABL's Troy Celtics in November of 1946, and appeared in 8 games and scoring 44 points before he was let go. He then signed with Scranton in the Penn State League and finished out the season. He quit the game to become a policeman for the city of New York, and within a few years became a detective. He was eventually promoted to Detective First Grade and was a part in many big investigation at the time, especially looking into organized crime in the area. He would retire from the NYPD and take a job with the U.S. Department of Defense, overseeing security at various governmental facilities.

An avid boater in retirement, Charlie died in 2007 at the age of 85. He and his wife and two sons.

Source:
Obituary, The City Island Current

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Freddy Kunz

Fred Kunz


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Career
1939-40 Good Counsel High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Is he Fred Kuntz (1921-2005)

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Harry Kovner

Harry Kovner


Born:
c. 1916


Died:




Career
New Utrecht High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1936-37 CCNY (College)
1939-40 Jewish Center - Brooklyn (Independent)
1942-43 Jewish Community House - Bensonhurst, NY (Indpendent)
1944-45 Boro Park YMHA - Brooklyn (Independent)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

WW2 veteran. Was also referred to as "Jake Kovner" in a news story (probably a mistake).

Two possibilities:
Harry Kovner Nov 29 1916 - June 4, 2002  Died in Brooklyn
Harry Kvoner October 24 1915 - November 11. 1996 Died in Queens

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Bill Kotsores

William James Kotsores


Born:
September 18, 1924
Astoria, NY

Died:
June 6, 1971
Queens, NY


Career
Andrew Jackson High School - Queens (High School)
1943-44 St. John's University (College)
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1948-49 Bridgeport Steelers (ABL)


He married Jacqueline Perkins (1925-2005) in 1944 and they had two daughters. Bill and Jackie divorced in 1965.

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Bill Kobler

William Kobler


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Career
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1945-46 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Kobler signed with Troy in the ABL, but was released after playing in three games (despite putting up 14 point in the season opener.) He joined the SPHA's a few weeks later but was used sparingly in four games, scoring only two points. He bounced over to the Crescents in January for a brief stint before being let go again.

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Jim Kiernan

James Kiernan


Born:

New York, NY

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Career
1936-37 St. Simon High School - New York City (High School)
1937-38 St. Simon High School - New York City (High School)
1938-39 St. Simon High School - New York City (High School)
1939-40 Georgetown University (College)
1940-41 Georgetown University (College)
1941-42 Washington Brewers (Independent)*
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Kiernan, from the Bronx, left Georgetown in 1941. He played pro basketball and also pitched some minor league baseball that year, first with Brattleboro and then in Bennington (both clubs are in Vermont.) He later pitched for Bridgeport (Connecticut) in 1947.

* The Brewers were a member of the ABL at this time, but it does not appear like Kiernan played in any league games; only in exhibition games.

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In Memoriam: Donnie Forman

Donnie Forman, member of the 1948-49 BAA champion Minneapolis Lakers, has died at the age of 92.

Biography

Obituary

Donald J. Forman, guard for the NYU Violets and the Minneapolis Lakers basketball teams, and later successful tax attorney, passed away peacefully on May 10th. He died at 92 of natural causes at his home in Naples, FL. He was a Third Team All-American guard for NYU and First Team All-City guard and All-City High Scorer for Boys High in Brooklyn, NY. In his one season playing for the Lakers, the team won the 1949 BAA (NBA) Championship. He contributed meaningfully to the 4-2 series' win over the Washington Capitals, with his defense against veteran play-maker Sonny Hertzberg. His basketball career ended immediately following the Championship win when he elected to participate actively in an eponymously named clothing retailer that had recently opened in Greenwich Village. His equally passionate and considerably longer career as a tax attorney spanned over 40 years, from the late 1950s until the early 2000s. After earning a JD from the University of Florida Law School ('51-'54) and an LLM in Tax from NYU ('56), he worked for the IRS in Chicago where he tried cases for six years. Following his work at the IRS, Forman went into private practice in Dallas, TX with Geary, Bryce, and Lewis; and later, as a partner at Ginsberg and Forman. He is survived by his wife of 19 years Paula Mannon Forman; three children, Emily Erna Jourdan, Adam Smith Forman, and Mark Andrew Forman; two grandsons, Asa Nance Forman and Asher Marks Forman; and two sisters, Francine Greenes and Phyllis Reisman. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 21 years, Nancy Smith Forman, who died in 1982 at 48. He is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame and was a generous donor to NYU.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Kane

Kane


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Career
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Played one game for Elizabeth, on January 11, 1947

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Ray Jackson

Ray Jackson


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Career
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Also referred to as Don Jackson. Mentioned as going to Temple, but does not appear on their Letterwinners list.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Kayo Iwanicki

Casimir "Kayo" Iwanicki


Born:
November 28, 1921
Wallington, NJ

Died:
August 28, 2007
Saddle Brook, NJ


Career
1938-39 Lodi High School - Lodi, NJ (High School)
1939-40 St. Benedict's Prep - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

His name is misspelled in many places as "Ivanicki."

A football, baseball and basketball player at Lodi HS, Kayo went to St. Benedict's Prep for a year. He was a member of the 1938 Lodi football team that went 8-0 without giving up a single point. He served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, and after the war played basketball for the Paterson Crescents during the 1946-47 season. He worked as a floor inspector at Curtiss Wright Corporation and was also a member of the Board of Education in Wallington, New Jersey. In 1955, Iwanicki, along with five other board members. was convicted of soliciting a bribe in regards to the selection of  a new high school principal in the district. He was fined $1000 and had his prison sentence suspended. He retired from Curtiss Wright in 1983.

He married Catherine Budz (1923-2011) and they had one daughter.

Source:
Courier-News (Bridgeport, NJ), July 20, 1955
http://www.bizub.com/obituary/Casimir-F.-Iwanicki/Saddle-Brook-NJ/453625

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Frank Hoerst

Frank Joseph "Lefty" Hoerst, Jr.


Born:
April 11, 1917
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
February 18, 2000
Maple Shade, NJ


Career
1933-34 Northeast Catholic High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1934-35 Northeast Catholic High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1935-36 LaSalle University (College) Freshmen
1936-37 LaSalle University (College)
1937-38 LaSalle University (College)
1938-39 LaSalle University (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL) Head coach

Born to Frank and Alice Hoerst in Philly, Hoerst played baseball, basketball and football at Northeast Catholic and would go on to play baseball and basketball at LaSalle. A hard-throwing pitcher and also a two-time captain of the basketball team, Hoerst would probably have pursued a basketball career professionally if a true organized and financially stable league existed at the time of his graduation. Instead, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies after graduating and spent the 1939 season their Class D affiliate in Mayodan, North Carolina. The southpaw pitched well enough to be invited to spring training in 1940 and made the major league club. He appeared in six games with the Phils before being sent down to Pensacola, where he finished the season with a 16-7 record. He returned to the Phillies in 1941 and stayed through 1942 until the U.S. Navy called. He served through World War 2 and returned to the Phillies after the war. He stayed with the Phillies through the end of 1947 when he was sold to Memphis. In winter of 1946, he signed on to coach  the Wilmington Bombers basketball team in the ABL. Frank's brother Jim played for Frank that year. Frank would coach the LaSalle freshmen team that season, too.

After a couple years in Memphis, Hoerst was done with the game, having compiled a 10-33 record in his time with the Phils. He would later coach LaSalle's baseball team and work as an NBA referee. He worked at Gretz Brewery and rose from sales manager to Vice President, and started his own company which specialized in the manufacturing of a light-weight building material called vermicutlite.

Source:
SABR Biography

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Bill Henry

William E. Henry


Born:
May 23, 1924


Died:
April 24, 1999



Career
1946-47 Newark Bobcats / Yonkers Chiefs (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Henry joined Troy after Yonkers dropped

Henry had never played basketball until he was in the U.S. Navy and stationed at Great Lakes. He played minor league baseball for a while, even winning the 1949 Interstate League (Class B) batting title. 

Not 100% positive on his ID, but the middle initial comes from Baseball-Reference, and this William E. served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=henry-004wil

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Marv Haspil

Marvin N. Haspil


Born:
February 11, 1924
Manhattan, NY

Died:
October 26, 2004
Miami, FL


Career
1941-42 Monroe High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 Union Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 New York Jewels (Independent)
1947-48 Gimbel - New York City (Independent)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1950-51 Philadelphia SPHA's (Independent)

Haspil served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. After the war, he played with the Trenton Tigers, New York Jewels, and the team sponsored by Gimbel's department store. In February of 1949, he signed with the Brooklyn Gothams and finished the 1948-49 season with them. He played with the Philadelphia SPHA's the year after they left the ABL and became an independent team.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Art Gurfein

Arthur Murray Gurfein


Born:
November 18, 1921
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
May 30, 2003
Manhasset, NY


Career
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

Born to Harry and Cecila Gurfein in Brooklyn, Art served in USMC during World War 2. After returning back east after the war, he played pro basketball with the SPHA's in Philadelphia. He entered the clothing business and moved to Hawaii in the early 1950's.

He married Beverly Crawford in 1949

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 27, 1942
Honolulu Star Bulletin, March 20, 1952

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Herb Greenspan

Herb Greenspan


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Career
Overbrook or Southern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 YMHA - Philadelphia (Independent)
1944-45 YMHA - Philadelphia (Independent)
1945-46 Ohev Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Ohev Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent)
1947-48 Ohev Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent) 


NOT Dr. Herbert S. Greenspan (1915-2000)


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ed Golub

Ed Golub


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Career
1938-39 Boys High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 Boys High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 Brooklyn Central YMCA (Independent)
1940-41 St. John's University (College)
1941-42 St. John's University (College)
1942-43 St. John's University (College)
1942-43 Sampson Naval Station (Military)
1944-45 Norfolk Naval Training Station (Military)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1948-49 Mohawk Redskins (NYSL)

Born around 1921 to Alex and Sohpia, Golub, I think.

After his junior year, Golub went into the Navy.

6'3

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Barney Goldberg

Bernard F. "Barney" Goldberg, Sr.


Born:
October 14, 1921
Baltimore, MD

Died:
December 12, 2011
Ellicott City, MD ??


Career
1938-39 Calvert Hall - Baltimore (High School)
1939-40 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1940-41 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1941-42 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1942-43 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1945-46 Fourteen Holy Martyrs - Baltimore (Independent)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1948-49 St. Bernardine High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Calvert Hall - Baltimore (High School) Head coach

After making a name for himself at Loyola, Goldberg played and coached basketball for a while before becoming a lawyer, specializing in real estate as well as being a public defender. He wound up being found guilty of theft and misappropriation of funds in 1986 and was sentenced two two years in prison. His reputation severely tarnished (he even was the defendant in a civil case brought by his own son), he died in 2011 at 90 years of age.

Barney and his wife, Elaine, had ten children.

Source:
Baltimore Sun, March 9, 1986

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Don Gleasner

Donald George Gleasner


Born:
December 30, 1922
Wilmington, DE

Died:
May 3, 2011
East Hampton, NY


Career
1938-39 Wilmington High School (High School)
1939-40 Wilmington High School (High School)
1940-41 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College)
1941-42 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College)
1942-43 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College)
1943-44 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1945-46 University of Maryland (College)
1945-46 St. Helena - Wilmington (Independent)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Born to Leo and Eleanor Gleasner in Wilmington, Delaware, Don was a natural and well-known athlete in his hometown. Gleasner, at 6'2 and 193 pounds, played basketball, football and baseball in high school and in college. He went to Morris Harvey (now the University of Charleston in West Viriginia) before entering the U.S. Navy. He played baskeball at Penn while in the navy's V-12 program. and served as a naval pilot during World War 2. After the war, he went to the University of Maryland and the urging of the Naval Academy's coach. He played his three sports at Maryland, and not only was he drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 28th round, but signed with the ABL's Wilmington Bombers and with baseball's Boston Red Sox. 
Gleasner played with the Bombers in their final ABL season. He started playing with the Brattleboro (Vermont) club in the Red Sox farm system in 1946, and in 1947 moved over to their Class-B affiliate in the Piedmont League in Roanoke. He never progressed higher in the minor leagues than Roanoke, leaving the Red Sox system after the 1948 season. He went to Asia and created an import business and was among the first entrepreneurs to introduce pre-finished plywood to America.

He married Patti Siceloff in 1947 and they had two sons and a daughter.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gleasn001don

Source:
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), December 3, 1941
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), July 25, 1946
Obituary, East Hampton Star, May 12, 2011

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Mel Ginzburg

Melvin "Hands" Ginzburg


Born:
November 30, 1920
Staten Island (West Brighton), NY

Died:
December 17, 2009
Staten Island, NY


Career
1937-38 Curtis High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1938-39 Curtis High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

His named was spelled "Ginsberg" in other sources. That was why he was so hard for me to find.

The 6'1 Staten Island native graduated from Curtis HS in 1939, and played a lot of basketball along with two brothers and a cousin in a unit known as "The Flying Ginzburgs." He went into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served during World War 2. After the war, he played five games for the Jersey Atoms and would afterwards become a postman. He retired from the USPS in 1975 and would continute to coach and umpire around Staten Island with the youth and Jewish community centers.

He married Marie Schofield and they had one son and one daughter.



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