Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Milestone #8 - American Basketball League II

What I call the ABL II is the same organization as ABL I. There was a two-season break in the league due to the depression, but when it came back, it was still lead by John O'Brien who reformed it from the Metropolitan League. The scope of ABL II was much smaller geographically. ABL 1 covered a large swath of the Eastern US, from Chicago to Boston; roughly a thousand-mile diameter footprint. When ABL II came along, it was a much smaller footprint, with the largest distance between two teams being about 300 miles apart. A prominent league in the beginning, after World War 2, it was relegated to minor league status, and by the early 50's, was barely even the largest minor league.

Epilogue:

It was clear after the 1952-53 season the American Basketball League was in dire condition. Teams were failing to sell tickets, secure home courts and fighting with the league office. In May of 1953, Eddie White announced that his Wilkes-Barre Barons were leaving the ABL. Granted, he had made claims prior to this before, but he went so far to sell the actual bleachers in the Kingston Armory, the Barons home court.  A week later, the Pawtucket club was sold to George Patrick Duffy who was the publicity director for the Providence club in the American Hockey League. . In June of 1953, Elmira’s ownership was dealt a blow with the death of Harl Robacher. Robacher was the principal owner of the Colonels and had taken over the team prior to the 52-53 season. He died suddenly from a heart attack at 51 years of age. 

By the end of summer, it didn’t appear there would be another season. President John O’Brien made efforts to reorganize, despite his public claims he wanted to pass the presidency to someone else, specifically Matty Begovich, the former player who now was the chief of the referees. Finally, On October 16, 1953, the announcement was made that the league had suspended operations.
The Scranton Miners, a two-time ABL champion and two-time runner up in 5-and-a-half seasons in the league (they moved from Jersey City partway into the 1947-48 season) would reform in 1954 as a member of the Eastern Basketball League. The won that league title in 1956-57, and would continue to play through 1970, when the league renamed itself as the Eastern Basketball Association. The club changed their moniker to the Scranton Apollos. They won the EBA championship in 1971, and again in 1977. After winning that title, the club dissolved, with a lot of their personnel moving to Wilkes-Barre. relocated to Wilkes-Barre Barons to become the Wilkes-Barre Barons, of all things. When the league changed to the Continental Basketball Association in 1978, the team would play the 1978-79 season under that name before changing their name to the Pennsylvania Barons (1979-80 season) then to the Scranton Aces (1980-81) before disbanding.

The Wilkes-Barre Barons had won three ABL crowns in their six seasons in the league.  After the league folded, the team joined the Eastern League in 1954 along with Scranton. The club quickly became a powerhouse in that league, winning 4 EBL Championships in their first five seasons in the league. They would win the title again in 1969, and yet again in 1973 as the EBA, The team folded in midseason of the 1973-74 season. During the 1975-76 season, the Brooklyn Pros team of the EBA moved to Wilkes-Barre in mid—season and took the Barons name. This incarnation, not tied to the ABL team any more, would play the 1978-79 season under that name before changing their name to the Pennsylvania Barons (1979-80 season) then to the Scranton Aces (1980-81) before disbanding.
The Manchester British Americans would continue play in the much smaller Eastern Basketball League of Connecticut for the 1953-54 season before disbanding.

The impact of the ABL is mainly in its foundation. It was the first attempt at a major basketball league in the lines of the NHL, NFL, AL and NL. The sport was barely 30-years old at the time of the ABL's formation in 1925. It was also the first league to serve as a minor league support system to the NBA (some franchises, at least.) However, grander vision and deep pockets possessed by the owners of the BAA/NBA/NBL spelled the leagues doom. Solidifying itself as the top major league, the NBA would enjoy years without a serious run at its hegemony.

As for ABL-II, here are the numbers for the six season run:


Number of ABL-II players:  951
Unidentified/unknown whereabouts:168
Surviving ABL-II players: 50. It is quite possible that a few of the guys I have listed as living have indeed passed, but I haven't found that information yet. Compared to other sports' longevity data I have, that number should be around 40. It is also possible that of the 130+ unideintified players who debuted after the 1930's, a few of them could very well be alive. I wouldn't take the number of surviving players as definitive number.

Longevity:
Of the 951 players, 127 players (13.35%) lived to see the age of 90. 46 men (4.84%) died before the age of 50. (Numbers could obviously change as unknown players get identified.

ABL-I and ABL-II Longevity numbers combined:
1225 player
155 (12.65%) saw the age of 90.
68 (5.55%) died before 50.

Earl Hill ('26) and Gil Ely ('26) both lived to be 100. Hubs McCord ('29) made it to 101.

So there you go. I started this journey with the ABL back on October 10, 2017, so a little over 13 months. I'm tired. Have a good Thanksgiving and Christmas and Happy New Year, too.



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Yogi Yokabaskas

Vincent Stanley "Yogi" Yokabaskas


Born:
May 17, 1929
Bloomfield, CT

Died:
April 13, 2014
Simsbury, CT


Career
1946-47 Bloomfield High School - Connecticut (High School)
1947-48 Bloomfield High School - Connecticut (High School)
1948-49 University of Connecticut (College) Freshmen
1949-50 University of Connecticut (College)
1950-51 University of Connecticut (College)
1951-52 University of Connecticut (College)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)

The first UConn player to score 1000 points in his career, Yokabaskas served in the Korean War after graduating. He also managed to play a bit with the Manchester BA's during basic training. After the war, Yogi worked at Hamilton Standard, Kaman Aircraft and East Granby Machine. His number 22 was retired by the Huskies in 2007.

Vin had four sons and one daughter.

Source:
UConn Hoop Legends
Hartford Courant, April 21, 2014

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Wally Widholm

Wallace R. Widholm


Born:
August 6, 1927
Astoria, Queens, NY

Died:
March 4, 2005
Glastonbury, CT




Career
1949-50 University of Connecticut (College)
1950-51 University of Connecticut (College)
1951-52 University of Connecticut (College)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)

Born to John and May Widholm, Wally played baseball and basketball growing up and at the University of Connecticut. He served in the U.S. Navy prior to going to college. He played catcher in the Milwaukee Braves organization as well as a pro-basketball stint with the Manchester British Americans. He worked at Hamilton Standard until retirement.

Wally married Joyce Papetti and they had a son and a daughter.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=widhol001wal

Source:
Obituary, Hartford Courant, March 6, 2005

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Mike Webb

George Henry "Mike" Webb III


Born:
July 23, 1927
Pawtucket,  RI

Died:
August 15, 2017
Providence, RI


Career
Pawtucket West High School (High School)
1950-51 Pawtucket Boys Club Grads (Independent)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Webb was the captain of his high school baseball, football and basketball teams before joining the navy to serve in World War 2. He played baseball, basketball and softball around Pawtucket for many years, and worked as a foreman at Blackstone Valley Electric Company for 47 years before retiring in 1992.

He married Catherine Healy in 1950 and they had seven children.

Source:
https://www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com/notices/GeorgeH-WebbIII

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Jimmy Thompson

James William Thompson


Born:
December 4, 1930
Kane, PA

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Career
1947-48 Kane High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1948-49 Kane High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1950-51 Kane Moose - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1952-53 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1958-59 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1975-76 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1976-77 Cameron County High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach  

Born to Lloyd and Edith Thompson, Jimmy was a minor league baseball and basketball player who wound up being a popular coach at Cameron County High School in Pennsylvania.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=thomps001jam

Source:
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, December 2, 1952

Stats:

Stivers

Stivers


Born:



Died:




Career
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Played one unknown game for Pawtucket.

Source:


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Chuck Stewart

Charles M. Stewart



Born:



Died:




Career
1949-50 University of Rhode Island (College)
1950-51 University of Rhode Island (College)
1951-52 University of Rhode Island (College)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)


This one is frustrating. I found a good photo, middle initial... even his home address from c. 1952 (2255 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn). But I run into a wall from there.



Charles M.A. Stewart Charles Meade Stewart (b. October 20, 1929, NYC, died 1989)?

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Randy Sharp

Bolling Randolph Sharp III


Born:
June 8, 1929
New York, NY

Died:

Georgia


Career
Valley Stream Central High School - Long Island, NY (High School)
1949-50 Canisius College - New York (College)
1950-51 Canisius College - New York (College)
1951-52 Canisius College - New York (College)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

The 6'9 center from Canisius is listed by a family member as dying in Georgia, but the date is unknown at this time.



Source:


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Mel Seeman

Melvin David Seeman


Born:
November 21, 1930
New York, NY

Died:
August 27, 1989
Hendersonville, NC


Career
1947-48 Lincoln High School - New York City (High School)
1949-50 New York University (College)
1950-51 New York University (College)
1951-52 New York University (College)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1980-81 Jefferson High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1981-82 Jefferson High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1982-83 Jefferson High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1983-84 Jefferson High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 



Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:

Frank Sebest

Frank Michael Sebest


Born:
September 24, 1923
Cliffside Park, NJ

Died:
November 28, 2010
Fair Lawn, NJ


Career
1941-42 Cliffside Park High School - New Jersey (High School)
1942-43 Temple University (College)
1943-44 Cliffside AC - New Jersey (Independent)
1943-44 Bainbridge Naval Station (Military)
1944-45 Cliffside AC - New Jersey (Independent)
1946-47 St. John's University (College)
1948-49 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1949-50 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1952-53 Jersey City Titans (Independent)

After leaving Cliffside Park HS, Sebest entered Temple but left after a year to serve in the U.S. Navy during WW2. Stationed at Bainbridge, he was able to play basketball with his neighborhood friends at Cliffside AC when on leave. After the war, he enrolled at St. John's and played there. We could play professionally for a few seasons. He would leave basketball and take employment with Hemingway Trucking where he would stay until retiring.

Frank married Christine Capitelli and they had a son and a daughter.


Source:
Obituary, Record/Herald News, November 30, 2010

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Roy Rubin

Roy Rubin


Born:
December 9, 1925
The Bronx, NY

Died:
August 5, 2013
Miami, FL


Career
1948-49 Long Island University (College)
1949-50 University of Louisville (College)
1950-51 University of Louisville (College)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1952-53 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Columbus High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1961-62 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1971-72 Long Island University (College) Head coach
1972-73 Philadelphia 76'ers (NBA) Head coach

Rubin transferred from LIU to Louisville, and after graduating, played in the first three games of the Scranton Miner's 1952-53 season, scoring 19 point before leaving the team to take a coaching job in New York. Rubin spent nine years at Columbus HS where he developed an ingenious style of defense that lead him back to LIU as head coach. He revitalized the LIU team, sparking the club to a 174-94 record in his time there.

In 1972, the Sixers were so desperate to find a head coach that they placed an ad in the paper. A friend, Jules Love, recommended Rubin to the 76'ers, and Rubin was hired. The 76'ers lost their first 15 games, and Rubin was canned half-way into the season with a 4-47 record. The team would finish with only nine wins, and Rubin never coached again. He would own and operate an International House of Pancakes franchise in Florida. He died of cancer in 2013.

He married Marsha and they never had any children.

Source:
Obituary, NY Times, August 11, 2013
Obituary, Brooklyn Eagle, August 8, 2013

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Ray Rossi

Raymond Robert Rossi


Born:
April 29, 1931
Pawtucket, RI

Died:
July 9, 2008
Ocala, FL


Career
1948-49 Pawtucket East (High School)
1950-51 University of Rhode Island (College)
1951-52 University of Rhode Island (College)
1952-53 University of Rhode Island (College)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Scored 22 points in his only game with Pawtucket. Not sure which game it was, but there are two box scores of the Slaters that are missing that occur late in the season after he would have graduated.

Source:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28304327

Stats:

Buck Ross

"Buck" Ross


Born:



Died:




Career
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)

According to a newspaper article, he went to school with Hank Rosenstein, so probably from New York City.

Source:


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Kenny Reeves

Dr. Kenneth Harlan Reeves


Born:
January 31, 1928
Manchester, OH

Died:
June 25, 2017
Louisville, KY ??


Career
1945-46 Maysville High School - Kentuckey (College)
1946-47 University of Louisville (College)
1947-48 University of Louisville (College)
1948-49 University of Louisville (College)
1949-50 University of Louisville (College)
1950-51 Fort Knox (Military)
1951-52 Fort Knox (Military)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

A basketball star at Louisville as well as a Korean War veteran, Reeves became a dentist in Louisville, retiring in at 88 years of age in 2016. He played some basketball in the military as well as a stint with the Pawtucket Slaters.

He married Jan Elaine and they had one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Courier-Journal, July 2, 2017

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Moe Radovich

George Lewis "Moe" Radovich


Born:
May 5, 1929
Hot Springs, WY

Died:
June 18, 2004
Las Vegas, NV



Career
1948-49 Northwest College - Powell, WY (College)
1949-50 University of Wyoming (College)
1950-51 University of Wyoming (College)
1951-52 University of Wyoming (College)
1952-53 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1952-53 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1955-56 Sheridan Junior College - Wyoming (College) Head coach
1956-57 Sheridan Junior College - Wyoming (College) Head coach
1957-58 Wayne State Junior College - Nebraska (College) Head coach
1958-59 Wayne State Junior College - Nebraska (College) Head coach
1967-68 University of Wyoming (College) Assistant coach
1968-69 University of Wyoming (College) Assistant coach
1969-70 University of Wyoming (College) Assistant coach
1970-71 University of Wyoming (College) Assistant coach
1971-72 University of Wyoming (College) Assistant coach 
1972-73 Fullerton Junior College - California (College) Head coach
1973-74 University of Wyoming (College) Head coach
1974-75 University of Wyoming (College) Head coach
1975-76 University of Wyoming (College) Head coach

Radovich spent one year at Northwest College before transferring to the University of Wyoming. Moe was drafted in the 4th round by the Philadelphia Warriors, but only played in four games before being sent to the Wilkes-Barre Barons in the ABL. He entered the army and served at the end of the Korean War. When he came back to the U.S., he began a long coaching career that started at Sheridan JC. He would work his way back to the University of Wyoming, first as an assistant and later as head coach. After three consecutive 8th-place finishes, he was let go in 1976.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/radovmo01.html

Bob Priddy

Robert B. Priddy


Born:
March 24, 1930
Altus, OK

 :




Career
1948-49 Cameron JC - Oklahoma (College)
1949-50 Cameron JC - Oklahoma (College)
1950-51 New Mexico A&M  (College)
1951-52 New Mexico A&M  (College)
1952-53 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1952-53 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

Priddy, a graduate from New Mexico A&M (now New Mexico State University) would be drafted by the Bullets in the 1952 NBA draft. He started the 1952-53 season with the Bullets, but after six games, he was sent down to the Wilkes-Barre Barons of the ABL. In 24 games with the Barons, he averaged 8.4 points per game before rejoining the Bullets. He played sparingly with the Bullets for the remainder of the season before being let go.

Source:


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Claude Price

Claude Wellington Price, Jr.


Born:
June 24, 1930
Portland, CT

Died:
March 13, 2009
Ocala, FL


Career
1947-48 East Hampton High School - Connecticut (High School)
1948-49 Teachers College of Connecticut (College)
1952-53 Middletown Guards (ABL)

Born to Claude and Gertrude Price in Portland, Connecticut, Claude junior moved with the family to Canada shortly thereafter. They returned the U.S. a few years later, settling in East Hampton, Connecticut. Price attended East Hampton HS and played basketball at the Teachers College of Connecticut (now Central Connecticut State University.) Price served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and he played one game for the Middletown Guards in the ABL after his service. He would move from East Granby, Connecticut, to Dunnellon, Florida, in 1974.

Claude married Alice in 1956 and they had one son, Scott (1965-2010) and two daughters.

Source:


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Ralph Polson

Ralph Mathewson Polson


Born:
October 26, 1929
Riverside, CA

 :




 
Career
1948-49 Riverside City College - California (College)
1949-50 Riverside City College - California (College)
1950-51 Whitworth University - Spokane, WA (College)
1951-52 Whitworth University - Spokane, WA (College)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 New York Knicks (NBA)
1952-53 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)

Polson was selected fifth overall in the 1952 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. He played in the first three games of the season for the Knicks, scoring a total of ten points. He was sent down to the Manchester BA's in the ABL for some seasoning, and after scoring 33 points in two games, he was sole to the Philadelphia Warriors back in the NBA, where he played the rest of the season.



Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/polsora01.html

Mike Pappas

Michael Pappas
born Michael Pappadopoulos

Born:
September 16, 1925
Pawtucket, RI

Died:
December 29, 2011
New Bedford, MA


Career
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Wound up playing for Slaters in two games in mid-February of 1953. Pappas was a Pawtucket sports figure, playing in various baseball semi-pro circuits in the area. He would stay active in the community, serving as an Executive Vice President for the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club. He would also work as a sportscaster and a public address announcer for various events in Pawtucket.

He was married to Enid.

Source:


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Offerman

Offerman


Born:



Died:




Career
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)

Played one game for Scranton, but I have not seen which game.

Source:


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Paul Nolan

Paul Francis Nolan


Born:
July 16, 1930
Scranton, PA

Died:
December 3, 1960
Johnson City, NY


Career
1946-47 St. Mary's High School - Scranton (High School)
1947-48 St. Mary's High School - Scranton (High School)
1948-49 St. Bonaventure (College) Freshmen
1949-50 St. Bonaventure (College)
1950-51 St. Bonaventure (College)
1951-52 St. Bonaventure (College)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1954-55 Johnson City High School - New York (High School) JV - Head coach
1955-56 Johnson City High School - New York (High School) JV - Head coach
1956-57 Griswold Grill - New York (Independent)
1956-57 Johnson City High School - New York (High School) JV - Head coach
1957-58 Chenango Valley High School - Binghamton, NY (High School) Frosh Head coach
1958-59 Chenango Valley High School - Binghamton, NY (High School) Frosh Head coach
1959-60 Chenango Valley High School - Binghamton, NY (High School) Frosh Head coach

Nolan was a high-scoring basketabll star at St. Mary's HS on Scranton's south side. He turned that into a terrific stint at St. Bonaventure, helping the school to the NIT in his junior and senior years. He played with the Scranton Miners in 1952-53, and from there, he turned to coaching, leading the Johnson City HS JV team to a conference title. After three years there, he was coaching the freshmen team at Chenango Valley as well as officating basketball game in the area.

On December 3, 1960, Nolan refereed a grammar school league game in Johnson City, and headed home to shower before heading out that evening to officiate another game. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at his home and taken to the hospital where he would die. He was only 30 years old.

Paul married Eleanor Miller (1931-2014) and they had one son and two daughters.




Source:
Press and Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, NY), March 24, 1957
Press and Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, NY), December 4, 1960
Star-Gazette (Elmira), December 5, 1960

Stats:

Bill Mullineaux

William Wesley Mullineaux


Born:
February 3, 1927
Baltimore, MD

Died:
July 22, 2007
Sykesville, MD


Career
1946-47 Washington College - Maryland (College)
1947-48 Washington College - Maryland (College)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)

Bill joined the army in March of 1944, serving for two years at the end of World War 2. He returned to Washington College where he played baseball and basketball. He would play minor league and semi-pro baseball for a few years, with a stop to play 3 games of basketball with the Scranton Miners in 1952.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mullin001wil

Source:


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Joe Monteiro

Joseph Jolin Monteiro


Born:
July 2, 1926
Saylesville, RI

Died:
May 29, 2001
Providence, RI


Career
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Pretty sure the "Monterro" or "Mantiero" that is listed as playing briefly for the Pawtucket Slaters is Rhode Island's Joseph Monteiro, who played many league baseball for years.

Monteiro served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, and in 1947, signed with the Lawrence/Lowell baseball club in the New England League. In 1948, he began a four-season stint with Granby in Quebec, with 1951 being his best years with a .353 batting average and 28 home runs. He moved up to Richmind in the Class-B Piedmont league in 1952. In the off-season between 1952 and 1953, the 6'3 athlete played sporadically with his hometown basketball team, the Pawtucket Slaters. In 1954, he finally got the interest of a major league baseball club, signed by the Cincinnati Reds and assigned to the Colonial Heights farm team. Despite batting .301 and hitting 25 home runs, he was sold to the Phillies who sent him to the Class-C team in Trois-Rivieres in Quebec. He was released part-way into the season, and after playing some independent baseball in North Dakota, ended his baseball career.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=montei001jos

Source:


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George McLeod

George Lee McLeod


Born:
January 3, 1931
Greenville, TX

 :




Career
1949-50 Texas Christian University (College)
1950-51 Texas Christian University (College)
1951-52 Texas Christian University (College)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Born in Texas to Ralph and Ora McLeod, George was the first TCU player to reach 1000 points for his career, which lead to him being drafted in the 1952 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Hawks. After playing three games with the ABL's Pawtucket Slaters, McLeod was traded to the Baltimore Bullets, and he made is NBA debut in January of 1953. He played 10 games with the Bullets, scoring 12 points.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mcleoge01.html

Bobby McLarnon

Robert J. McLarnon, Jr.


Born:
October 24, 1926
New York, NY

Died:
August 8, 2009
West Palm Beach, FL


Career
1949-50 College of the Holy Cross (College)
1950-51 College of the Holy Cross (College)
1951-52 College of the Holy Cross (College)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1953-54 Manchester British Americans (EBL-Ct) 

Born to Robert and Caroline McLarnon, Bob went to St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School but did not play basketball there. He entered the U.S. Army after graduating, and it was there that he grew into his basketball-playing frame, playing while stationed in the Philippines. By the time he left the army and went to Holy Cross, he was a tough player with good offensive skills. In 1952, McLarnon signed with the Manchester BA's in the ABL.

He was married to Kathleen (d. 2008)

Source:
Boston Globe, March 27, 1950

Stats:

McGraw

McGraw


Born:



Died:




Career
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Played one game for the Slaters. Identity unknown.

Source:


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Gary May

Gary Lee May


Born:
March 10, 1933
Elmira, NY

Died:
September 7, 1996
Elmira Heights, NY


Career
1947-48 Edison High School - Elmira Heights, NY (High School) JV
1948-49 Edison High School - Elmira Heights, NY (High School)
1949-50 Edison High School - Elmira Heights, NY (High School)
1950-51 Edison High School - Elmira Heights, NY (High School)
1952-53 Area All-Stars - Elmira (Independent)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)

May was a three-sport star at Edison, playing baseball, football and basketball. He signed a minor league contract to play baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but when his father died, he returned home to ran the family business, May's Dairy. He played basketball for Elmira Colonels in one game, December 20, 1952, failing to score a point. He continued to work hard and run the business until his death from lung cancer in 1996.

He married Rosemarie Bahantka in 1953 and they had three daughters and two sons. Sadly, both of his sons died shortly after birth.

Source:
Star-Gazette (Elmira), September 9, 1996

Stats:

Leo Makovitch

Leo Anthony Makovitch


Born:
May 2, 1923
Elmira, NY

Died:
December 29, 1991
Elmira, NY


Career
1941-42 Elmira High School - New York (High School)
1942-43 Eclipse Machines - Elmira (Independent)
1945-46 YMCA Hawks - Elmira (Independent)
1945-46 Clate's - Elmira (Independent)
1947-48 Union Social Club - Elmira (Independent)
1949-50 Horseheads Merchants - New York (Independent)
1949-50 Knapp's - Elmira (Independent)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)

Born to Stanley and Mary Makovitch, Leo served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He played basketball around Elmira after the ear for various semi-pro clubs.

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Star Gazette, December 30, 1991

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Mo Mahoney

Francis H. "Moe" Mahoney


Born:
November 20, 1927
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
April 29, 2008
Pittsfield, MA


Career
1947-48 Brown University (College)
1948-49 Brown University (College)
1949-50 Brown University (College)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)
1952-53 Boston Celtics (ABL)
1953-54 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)


Mahoney was a three-sport star at Brown. On the basketball court, he average 17.4 point per game of two and a half years, while on the gridiron, he played played both offense and defense and had seven interceptions against Princeton in 1949. After graduating, he had offers from the the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and baseball's Chicago White Sox as well as being drafted in the 1950 NBA draft by the Celtics. He went into the U.S. Army instead, serving in Korea before returning to basketball. He played with the Pawtucket Slaters before joining the Boston Celtics in 1953. He played with the Baltimore Bullets the next year before his NBA career came to an end. He coached some after that while also working as an electrician and teaching English at Berkshire Community College.

Mo and his wife had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Brown Bears Hall of Fame

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https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mahonmo01.html

Tom Leverte

Thomas John Leverte


Born:
September 28, 1927
Hackensack, NJ

Died:
May 23, 2011
San Diego, CA


Career
1944-45 Malvern High School - New York (High School)
1945-46 West Virginia University (College)
1946-47 West Virginia University (College)
1947-48 Seton Hall University (College)
1948-49 Seton Hall University (College)
1949-50 Meriden (EBL-Ct)
1949-50 Kokomo Clowns (Independent)
1950-51 Fort Dix (Military)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Name is commonly misspelled as "LaVerte."

Leverte was a great athlete in high school, playing basketball and baseball. He turned down a contract to play baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers to attend West Virginia on a basketball scholarship. After two years at WVU, he transferred to Seton Hall where he was among the teams high scorers. After graduating, he played with Meriden in Connecticut's Eastern League and with the traveling Kokomo Clowns. He signed with the Allentown Aces of the ABL in Septmeber of 1950, but joined the U.S. Army instead. After his service, he returned to New England and played with the Pawtucket Slaters in the ABL. He eventually moved into the pharmaceutical industry where he would make a successful carer at Chesebrough-Pond and eventually Bayer, where he would relocate to California. He eventually retired and moved to La Quinta, California, where he lived his remaining years.


Tom married Jean Ann Mitchell in 1962 and they had one son and two daughters.


Source:
Morning Call (Allentown), September 7, 1950
Obituary, Marin Independent Journal, May 28-29, 2011

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In Memoriam: Ed Moeller

Ed Moeller, who played for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Youngstown Bears in the NBL, died last week at 99.

Biography

Obituary

Ed was born January 8, 1919 in Delaware, Ohio to Edward and Mabel Moeller. He had one sister, Dorothy. After attending Delaware Willis High School, Ed enrolled at Ohio State University where he excelled on the basketball team. In the middle of his Senior Year, Pearl Harbor changed everything and he enlisted in the Army immediately upon graduation. He went on to fight in Europe and returned home after the War in 1946. While overseas Ed continued his basketball career with the Army. After returning home, he signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Youngstown Bears of the NBL.

On September 4, 1948 Ed was married to Maxine Crone of Youngstown, Ohio. Their son Mark was born 4 years later and daughter Marcia was born in 1956. The family moved to Canfield, Ohio where he became active in the Community, including serving time on the local School Board. Following his retirement as a salesman and commercial artist with a printing company, he and his wife Maxine retired to North Carolina to be closer to their children. Ed enjoyed time fishing, playing tennis and walking on the beach.

Ed is survived by his wife Maxine, son Mark Moeller and his wife Kathy of Raleigh, grandson Drew Moeller and his fiancé Kalyn Kaminsky of Winterville, NC. He was preceded in death by his daughter Marcia Moeller in 2014. The family would like to thank Lisa Ginsburg of Transitions LifeCare and Julie, Margaret, and Vicky for their special care given to Ed.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC. Visitors will be received beginning at 11:30 am followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00pm. Ed will be buried with Military honors in Youngstown, Ohio.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tony Kazokas

Anthony A. Kazokas, Jr.


Born:
October 9, 1930
Pennsylvania

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Career
1947-48 Mahanoy City High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
Great Lakes Naval Academy (Military)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1953-54 Horsehead Merchantss - New York (Independent)
1954-55 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EBL)
1955-56 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EBL)
1956-57 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EBL)
1957-58 Hazleton Hawks (EBL)

Kazokas was a notable athlete Pennsylvania. He signed with the Milwaukee Hawks of the NBa in 1952, but was sent to Elmira for seasoning. He would play a few years in the Eastern League.


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Jim Jones

Jim Jones


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Career
1952-53 Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL)

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Marv Jaffe

Marvyn Don Jaffe


Born:
June 17, 1928
New York, NY

Died:
September 19, 2001
Norwalk, CT


Career
1943-44 Stuyvesant High School - New York (High School)
1949-50 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1950-51 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1956-57 Perkiomen High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach

From Brooklyn, Jaffe went to Muhlenberg College and after graduating he went into teach. He played basketball briefly for the Scranton Miners. He coached baseball, basketball and football as well as teaching English. He got his Masters Degree from Lehigh University and would later become a school principal and administrator, eventually finding his way to Connecticut in the 1960's.

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