Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Allie Schuckman

Albert Schuckman

November 25, 1907
New York, NY

April 29, 1982
Miami, FL

1926-27 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1927-28 St.John’s University (College) Freshmen
1928-29 St.John’s University (College)
1929-30 St.John’s University (College)
1930-31 St.John’s University (College)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Bridgeton Gems (EBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1933-34 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1936-37 New York Jewels (ABL)
1936-37 Hazleton/Tunkhannock (PSL)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1937-38 Hazleton (NYPA)
1937-38 Wilkes-Barre Barons (NYPA)
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL) Head coach / player
1939-40 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL) Head coach / player
1939-40 Baltimore Clippers (ABL)
1940-41 Baltimore Clippers (ABL)
1940-41 New York Jewels (ABL)
1944-45 New York Westchesters (ABL)

From Brooklyn, Schuckman graduated from Jefferson HS and was enrolled in LIU, but quickly transferred to St. John's when he saw what coach Buck Freeman has putting together there. The "Wonder Five," as the St. John's squad was called, became the first collegiate super-team, and as first-year players, the freshmen team went 18-4. (At this time, freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity team at college.) In the three seasons that followed, the Wonder Five went 23-2, 24-1 and 21-1. Because of these team's greatness, basketball had found immense popularity in New York and the city would be the cultural center of the sport for decades to come.

After graduating in 1931, the St. John's team decided to stay together, and form their own pro unit, the Brooklyn Jewels. Eventually, the team would join the revamped ABL and would be a mainstay throughout the 1930's. As the team began to break apart, Schuckman, who would also turn in duty for many other teams concurrently, would find his way to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was named head coach in December of 1938, finishing the season as player / coach. This duty carried through the beginning of the 1939-40 season for being relieved of duty and sent to the Clippers. By the end of 1940-41, Allie retired as a player, although he was coaxed back onto the court in 1944 with the New York Westchesters when the war depleted the talent pool. He served briefly in the military during the war prior to his time with the Westchesters.

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  1. Allie Schuckman was my uncle. The family loved to hear his basketball stories. I have his scrapbook, which goes back to his days playing for Thomas Jefferson High School.

    1. If you have any other pics you want to share, we would be glad to add them.