Thursday, February 22, 2018

1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

1938-39 WILKES-BARRE BARONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
14-22 .389, 5th place


Head Coaches: 
  • Joe Dreyfus (December 11, 1892 - April 25, 1974) 3 -9
  • Allie Schuckman (November 25, 1907 - April 29, 1982) 1-3  Also played. See below
  • Dick Leary (November 22, 1886 - January 2, 1951) 10-10

PLAYERS: 

Don Bainbridge
Merle Bainbridge

  • Matty Begovich (October 2, 1910 - November 20, 1966)
Biography

  • Julie Bender (April 2, 1914 - January 13, 1982)
Biography 

Ray Bowman
  • Jim Brown (June 13, 1912 - January 6, 1991)
Biography

  • Lefty Budnetz (March 5, 1910 - November 17, 1984)
Biography

  • Moe Dublier (February 20, 1915 - April 22, 2003)
Biography

  • Stan Entrup (March 16, 1907 - May 15, 1978)
Biography 

Ed Ganis
Tommy Gliddon
Jack Granahan

  • Matt Guokas (November 11, 1915 - December 9, 1993)
Biography

  • Rip Kaplinsky (November 13, 1912 - May 10, 1996)
Biography


Jake Kotlow
Cas Krajewski

  • Dick Lee (c. 1912 - ????)
Biography
 
### Mahoney
  • Bibby Martens (July 14, 1914 - December 14, 1994)
Biography

Mal McCullough
  • Charley Mosicant (February 20, 1912 - December 15, 1967)
Biography


Red Paris
  • Milt Perkel (January 15, 1915 - June 22, 1992)
Biography 

  • Allie Schuckman (November 25, 1907 - April 29, 1982)
Biography

Frank Silvanic
  • Sammy Van Hook (June 29, 1916 - April 5, 1997)
Biography
Nat Volpe


1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)

1938-39 WASHINGTON BREWERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
7-22 .241, 8th place

Team was sponsored by the Heurich Brewery in Washington. The team was added as the ABL's eighth team on November 7, a few days after the league had begun play. To help with the rapid assimilation, the Brewers were allowed to wait until December 1 to play their first home game.

Head Coaches: 
  • Bob McDonald (      ) 0-2
  • Elmer Ripley (July 21, 1891 - April 29, 1982) 1-6 
  • Joe Dreyfus (December 11, 1892 - April 25, 1974)

PLAYERS: 

Ralph Bennie
Bozie Berger
Bernie Buscher
Bucky Buscher
Kit Carson
George Freilicher

  • Ben Goldfaden (September 6, 1913 - March 25, 2013)
Biography

Ed Hargaden
Cliff Keyser

  • Ed Kweller (January 27, 1915 - April 1, 2003)
Biography

Bernie Lieb
  • Bibby Martens (July 14, 1914 - December 14, 1994)
Biography

Mickey Schoenfeld
Knocky Thomas
Whitey Wilson
Art Zahn


Eddie Martin, Hal Chillcotte and Waverly Wheeler were on the roster at some point but did not appear in ABL games.

1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)

1938-39 TROY HAYMAKERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
12-21 .364, 6th place

Head Coaches:
  • Carl Husta (April 8, 1902 - November 6, 1951) 7-13  Also played. See below.
  • Marty Friedman (July 12, 1889 - January 1, 1986) 5-8

PLAYERS:
  • Julie Bender (April 2, 1914 - January 13, 1982)
Biography 

Cy Boardman
  • Jim Brown (June 13, 1912 - January 6, 1991)
Biography

  • Moe Dublier (February 20, 1915 - April 22, 2003)
Biography

  • Harry Fitzpatrick (May 22, 1913 - November 19, 1979)
Biography


Tom Flanagan
  • Moe Frankel (January 25, 1913 - March 9, 2008)
Biography 

  • Carl Husta (April 8, 1902 - November 6, 1951)
Biography

  • Al Kellett (October 30, 1901 - July 14, 1960)
Biography


  • Ben Kramer (May 3, 1913 - February 3, 1999)
Biography

Al Lenowicz
Tommy McDonald

  • Milt Perkel (January 15, 1915 - June 22, 1992)
Biography 

  • Joe Polcha (February 24, 1917 - March 27, 1959)
Biography
 

  • Max Posnack (June 23, 1909 - June 30, 1978)
Biography

Jack Prendergast
Frank Silvanic

  • Corky Stanton (February 21, 1914 - October 13, 1961)
Biography
 

Pete Sudyk
  • Sammy Van Hook (June 29, 1916 - April 5, 1997)
Biography

Nat Volpe

1938-39 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

1938-39 PHILADELPHIA SPHA's
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
24-9 .727, 2nd place

Semi-finals: Lost to New York, 2-0

  • Head Coach: Eddie Gottlieb (September 15, 1898 - December 7, 1979)

PLAYERS:
  • Mike Bloom (January 14, 1915 - June 5, 1993)
Biography

  • Moe Goldman (May 30, 1913 - May 7, 1989)
Biography


  • Shikey Gotthoffer (January 1, 1911 - December 24, 1987)
Biography


  • Cy Kaselman (May 1, 1909 - July 3, 1971)
Biography


  • Inky Lautman (May 22, 1914 - April 11. 1976)
Biography

Sol Miehoff
  • Beano Resnick (August 17, 1916 - August 1, 1941)
Biography 

  • Red Rosan (May 22, 1911 - September 3, 1976)
Biography

  • Petey Rosenberg (April 7, 1918 - June 29, 1997)
Biography

  • Red Wolfe (July 18, 1905 - October 9, 1970)
Biography

1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)

1938-39 NEW YORK JEWELS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
19-15 .559, 4th place

Semi-Finals: Defeated Philadelphia, 2-0
ABL Championship: Defeated Jersey, 2-1

  • Head Coach: Eddie Wilde (June 14, 1895 - March 9, 1984)

PLAYERS: 
  • Matty Begovich (October 2, 1910 - November 20, 1966)
Biography

Dailey
  • Rip Gerson (April 6, 1906 - March 2, 1961)
Biography

  • George Goldsmith (April 1914 - May 30, 1977)
Biography


Ed Grote
  • Rip Kaplinsky (November 13, 1912 - May 10, 1996)
Biography


  • Mac Kinsbruner (March 21, 1909 - February 16, 1972)
Biography

  • Mickey Kupperberg (March 17, 1914 - February 11, 2003)
Biography

John Mardy
  • Jake Pelkington (January 3, 1916 - May 1, 1982) 
Biography

  • Willie Rubenstein (April 3, 1912 - September 13, 1980)
Biography

  • Honey Russell (May 31, 1902 - November 15, 1973)
Biography

  • Bernie Schiffer (b. July 29, 1915)
Biography

  • Allie Schuckman (November 25, 1907 - April 29, 1982)
Biography

  • George Slott (June 9, 1912 - February 22, 1962)
Biography

  • Lou Spindell (December 16, 1908 - December 3, 1997)
Biography

Rocky Valvano
Nat Volpe
Jim Whatley
Tony Zaycek

1938-39 Kingston Colonials (ABL)

1938-39 KINGSTON COLONIALS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
28-7 .800, 1st place

Semifinals: Lost to Jersey, 2-1

Prior to the 1938-39 season, the original Kingston Colonials disbanded when Pop Morgenweck's health deteriorated and was unable to continue the team. Kate Smith's New York Celtics were transferred to take Kingston's place. The Celtics had lost their home court in the Big Apple, the Hippodrome, which was booked for the winter for jai alai.

Head Coach: 
  • Barney Sedran (January 28, 1891 - January 14, 1969)

PLAYERS:
  • Julie Bender (April 2, 1914 - January 13, 1982)
Biography 

  • Pete Berenson (October 16, 1912 - January 6, 2000)
Biography 

  • Jim Brown (June 13, 1912 - January 6, 1991)
Biography

  • Moe Dublier (February 20, 1915 - April 22, 2003)
Biography

  • Harry Fitzpatrick (May 22, 1913 - November 19, 1979)
Biography

  • Bernie Fliegel (May 13, 1918 - December 3, 2009)
Biography 

  • Nat Frankel (November 3, 1913 - March 14, 2006)
Biography

  • Carlie Johnson (October 9, 1909 - January 20, 1997)
Biography 

  • Sam Kaplan (December 22, 1912 - July 1, 1998)
Biography

  • Ben Kramer (May 3, 1913 - February 3, 1999)
Biography

  • Max Posnack (June 23, 1909 - June 30, 1978)
Biography

  • Chick Reiser (December 17, 1914 - July 29, 1996)
Biography

1938-39 Jersey Reds (ABL)

1938-39 JERSEY REDS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
19-14 .576, 3rd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Kingston, 2-1
ABL Championship: Lost to New York, 2-1

  • Head Coach: Muggsy Miller (July 24, 1891 - September 9, 1976)

PLAYERS: 
  • Paulie Adamo (January 11, 1907 - February 29, 1972)
Biography

  • Hook Andersen (April 8, 1912 - September 23, 1975)
Biography 

  • Al Benson     
Biography

Ben Carnevale
  • Ace (Abbott) Goldstein  (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960)
Biography


Chuck Huntington
Tommy O’Brien
Red Paris - was sent to the Barons, do not believe he actually played with Jersey

  • Phil Rabin (July 10, 1913 - October 28, 2010)
Biography 

Lou Rosenfeld
Eddie Schurmann

  • Moe Spahn (May 3, 1912 - June 11, 1991)
Biography


  • Fats Wyka (September 19, 1907 - June 15, 1992)
Biography

1938-39 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)

1938-39 BROOKLYN VISITATIONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
7-20 .259, 7th place


  • Head Coach: John Donlin (August 26, 1889 - November 22, 1964)

PLAYERS:
  • Howie Bollerman (June 9, 1907 - August 15, 1966)
Biography

  • Frank Conaty (December 30, 1909 - May 13, 1970)
Biography 

  • Allie Esposito (March 23, 1914 - January 3, 2009)
Biography

  • Nat Frankel (November 3, 1913 - March 14, 2006)
Biography

  • Matt Guokas (November 11, 1915 - December 9, 1993)
Biography

  • Tony Kappen (April 13, 1919 - December 18, 1993)
Biography

Tony Krygier
  • Venty Lieb (April 18, 1912 - February 3, 1990)
Biography

  • Bill Nash (January 13, 1913 - April 19, 2003)
Biography 


John O’Brien
Jerry Otskey
  • Joe Polcha (February 24, 1917 - March 27, 1959)
Biography
 

  • Bob Synnott (September 27, 1912 - November 19, 1985)
Biography

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sammy Van Hook

Samuel Van Hook


Born:
June 29, 1916
Passaic, NJ

Died:
April 5, 1997
Clifton, NJ


Career
1937-38 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1938-39 Reading (TCL)
1939-40 Lancaster (TCL)
1939-40 Albany (NYSL)
1940-41 Reading (TCL)
1946-47 Reading Keys (EBL)
1948-49 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)

From Passaic, Van Hook played one season for St Joseph's before entering the pro game. He played for various teams prior to World War 2, and after the war put in some time in the Eastern League.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sammy-van-hook/


Cy Schneidman

Seymour "Cy" Schneidman


Born:
July 6, 1917
New York, NY

Died:
August 11, 1985
Guilford, NY


Career
1936-37 CCNY (College)
1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1939-40 Jersey Reds (ABL)

Born in New York City to George and Ida Schneidman. Schneidman played basketball at CCNY, graduating in 1937. He would play two seasons with the Jersey Reds, but would leavethe sport behind to open his own accounting firm, Seymour Schneidman & Associates, in  New York City. Aside from the very successful firm, Seymour has a director at Goodman-Todson Television Company as well as being a part-owner of at least a dozen newspapers.

He married Lorraine Goldring (1919-2017) and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, NY Times, August 13, 1985

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


Bernie Schiffer

Bernard Sidney Schiffer


Born:
July 29, 1915


 :




Career

1934-35 CCNY (College)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1937-38 Newark Stars (Independent)
1937-38 Newark Hebrews (Independent)
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1939-40 Union Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1946-47 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Taft High School - Bronx (High School) Head coach

Born in New York to Joseph and Lena Schiffer, Bernie graduated from CCNY and played a few seasons of pro basketball. Schiffer served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 and after the war, he would become a teacher and coach at Taft High School.

From here, the trail gets muddy. There was a Bernard Schiffer who was involved with city goverment in White Plains, New York. It might be the same guy. White Plains Schiffer was still around in 1987, living in Monsey with a son, Eric.

So I am going to list his as living for now, although it is very unlikely he is. Still possible, for he would be 102. But I will keep searching.

Bernie married Marguerite Clark (b. 1922 - died before March 2005) in 1946

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bernie-schiffer/


Tom Ryan

Thomas Patrick Ryan


Born:
December 10, 1914
New York, NY

Died:
February 25, 1979
Flushing, NY


Career
1934-35 Manhattan College (College)
1935-36 Manhattan College (College)
1936-37 Manhattan College (College)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1938-39 New York Firemen (Independent)
1939-40 New York Firemen (Independent)
1941-42 Bronx Yankees (Independent)



Source:


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


Willie Rubenstein

William Rubenstein


Born:
April 3, 1912
New York, NY

Died:
September 13, 1980
Bronx, NY


Career
1931-32 NYU (College) Freshmen
1933-34 NYU (College)
1934-35 NYU (College)
1935-36 NYU (College)
1936-37 New York Whirlwinds (Independent)
1937-38 New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1939-40 New York Jewels (ABL)
1940-41 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)

An excellent shooter, Rubenstein was part of the great NYU teams of the 1930's. (He left school after his freshman year but returned after a year off.) He was among the top scorers in his first two seasons in the ABL, and played with the Jewels until they folded partly into his fifth season with the club. He joined the Washington Brewers to finish the season, and in the next year played briefly with a different team with the Jewels moniker.

Source:
Jews In Sports

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


Beano Resnick

Arthur Harry "Beano" Resnick


Born:
August 17, 1916
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
August 1, 1941
West Norriton, PA


Career
South Philadelphia High School - Philadelphia (High School)
Pierce Business College (College)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1937-38 Allentown (TCL)
1937-38 Reading Keys (TCL)
1938-39 Hazelton Tricos (TCL)
1938-39 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1939-40 Binghamton (NYSL)
1939-40 Hamburg Hornets (TCL)

Born in Philadelphia to Russian immigrants Nathan and Elizabeth Resnick, Beano played basketball at Pierce Business College and then played professionally around Pennsylvania for a couple seasons.

Resnick was stricken with pulmonary tuberculosis and died in the Eagleville Sanitarium in August of 1941, two weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/beano-resnick/


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Joe Polcha

Joseph Francis Polcha Jr.


Born:
February 24, 1917
Yonkers, NY

Died:
March 27, 1959
West Haven, CT


Career
1937-38 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1938-39 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1938-39 Yonkers Pros (Independent)
1939-40 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1940-41 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1940-41 Troy (NYSL)
1942-43 Kaneohe Rangers (Military)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Born to Joseph and Sophie Polcha, Polcha grew up in Yonkers and played basketball in the ABL before being inducted into the U.S. Army in the summer of 1941. He was stationed in Hawaii, and survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that December. He served with honor in various battles in the Pacific, and it was during the battle of Saipan that Polcha was discovered to have a serious lung ailment. He received his medical discharge in late 1945, and returned to Troy and played another season with the Celtics. However, his illness slowly got worse and the athlete had to give up playing. His health declined until 1959, when he finally succumbed to the disease. He was only 42.

Polcha never married, but he was engaged to Alice Reynolds for seven years but died before nuptials could take place

Source:
Obituary, Herald Statesman (Yonkers, NY), March 30, 1959

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


Milt Perkel

Meyer "Milt" Perkel


Born:
January 15, 1915
New York, NY

Died:
June 22, 1992
Sunrise, FL


Career
1934-35 Brooklyn College (College)
1935-36 Brooklyn College (College)
1936-37 Brooklyn College (College)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 House of David (Independent)
1939-40 Syracuse (NYSL)

Perkel was one of the highest scorers around the New York area while he played at Brooklyn College. He would go on to play a few season of pro and semi-pro basketball before leaving the game to serve in the military during World War 2. He would become a teacher and administrator after the war on Long Island.

Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/milt-perkel/


Jack O'Hare

John O'Hare


Born:



Died:




Career
1937-38 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)

Joined Brooklyn in March of 1938. Maybe played college ball in 1937-38 and joined Brooklyn after they college season ended.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-ohare/


Bill Nash

William D. Nash


Born:
January 13, 1913
New York, NY

Died:
April 19, 2003
Point Lookout, NY


Career
1930-31 Newtown High School - Queens, NY (High School)
1931-32 Newtown High School - Queens, NY (High School)
1933-34 Columbia University (College)
1934-35 Columbia University (College)
1935-36 Columbia University (College)
1937-38 New York Celtics (ABL)
1937-38 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1938-39 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1939-40 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)

Nash lettered in three sports at Newtown, High School in Queens, New York. He played baseball and basketball at Columbia, and was the basketball team captain in his senior year. He served in World War II, and later had a trucking business in New Jersey.


Source:


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


Tidy Millen

Thomas Francis "Tidy" Millen


Born:
January 5, 1913
Yonkers, NY

Died:
March 4, 1983
Yonkers, NY


Career
1931-32 Yonkers Chippewas (Independent)
1932-33 Yonkers Chippewas (Independent)
1933-34 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1934-35 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1935-36 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1936-37 Yonkers (Independent)
1936-37 King Kong Kleins (Independent)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1937-38 New York Gaels (Independent)
1937-38 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1938-39 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1939-40 Albany (NYSL)
1940-41 Yonkers (Independent)
1941-42 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1941-42 Pittsfield (NYSL)
1946-47 Troy Whirlwinds (NYSL)

Born in Yonkers to Augustine and Bridget Millen, Tiny played basketball for many years for various local outfits, eventually joining the short-lived New York Yankees of the ABL in 1937. He played around New York and New Jersey until World War 2, and after the war, returned to the court for one last season with the Troy Whirlwinds in the New Yor State League.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tidy-millen/


Babe Maselan

Benjamin Paul "Babe" Maselan


Born:
November 18, 1915
Teaneck, NJ

Died:
August 17, 2008
Weston, MA


Career
1936-37 Fairleigh Dickinson University (College)
1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)

A graduate of FDU, Maselan played briefly with the Reds in the 1937-38 ABL season. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 and later worked as a probation officer in Hackensack, New Jersey.

He married Millicent Prina in 1942 and they had one son.

His name is spelled "Manzon" and "Maslin" in some boxscores/

Source:


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


Monday, February 19, 2018

Lambert

Lambert


Born:



Died:




Career
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 Passaic Kenyons (Independent)

Played a single game with the Colonials on December 19, 1937.

Source:


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


Sol Kopitko

Solomon Kopitko


Born:
September 28, 1912
Warsaw, Poland (Russia)

Died:
May 1971



Career
1932-33 Jamaica Teachers College - New York (College)
1934-35 CCNY (College)
1935-36 CCNY (College)
1936-37 New York Whirlwinds (Independent)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1937-38 New York Dux (Independent)
1938-39 Brooklyn Dux (Independent)
1938-39 Hazleton Tricos (TCL)
1939-40 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1939-40 Syracuse Reds (NYSL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)

Sol started at Jamaica Teachers College but transferred to CCNY where the center starred in two seasons. He played pro basketball after graduating.


Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sol-kopitko/


Johnny Kane

John Kane


Born:
b. 1913?


Died:




Career
1933-34 Fordham University (College)
1934-35 Fordham University (College)
1935-36 Fordham University (College)
1937-38 New York Jewels (ABL)

From New York City.

Not sure on his identity, but there were two John Kane's in the with ties to the NYC area in the 1940 census with a college educations:

John F. Kane, born in New York around 1912, college grad, living in Utah in 1940, married to Ora
John Kane Jr, born around 1914, living in Buffalo in 1940, college grad

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/johnny-kane/


Ed Hulton

Edward T. Hulton


Born:
July 20, 1916
West Hoboken, NJ

Died:
December 17, 1996
Buffalo, NY


Career
1935-36 St. Michael's High School - Union City, NJ (High School)
1936-37 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen
1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)

Born to Gerald and Marie, Hulton played one season at Georgetown as a freshman. He would play the next season with the Jersey Reds of the ABL. After serving in  World War 2, Hulton worked as a basketball referee. He would also work as a sales rep at P. Ballantine & Sons Brewery and Stern Chemtech Co.

His name is sometimes printed in boxscores as "Holton."

Source:
Buffalo News, December 18, 1996

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ed-hulton/


Java Gotkin

David "Java" Gotkin


Born:
July 29, 1912
New York, NY

Died:
May 4, 1993
Plantation, FL


Career
1930-31 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1931-32 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1933-34 St. John's University (College)
1934-35 St. John's University (College)
1935-36 St. John's University (College)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1938-39 Brooklyn Jewish Center (Independent)

Born in New York to Russian immigrants Morris and Sophia Gotkin, "Java" played at St John's before playing a little professional basketball. He worked as a hat manufacturer, but his impact of basketball was introducing his brother, Harry, to his college team mate, Frank McGuire. Harry was a basketball scout and created a pipeline to get some of the best New York high school stars to play for McGuire at the University of North Carolina. Java died of septic shock in 1993.

Java and his wife, Pauline, had a son and a daughter.

Source:
South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 7, 1993

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/java-gotkin/


Ace Goldstein (Abbott)

Morris Asa "Ace" Goldstein
changed his last name to Mark Asa Abbott in 1943


Born:
March 20, 1917
Bronx, NY

Died:
October 8, 1960
Yonkers, NY


Career
1935-36 CCNY (College)
1936-37 CCNY (College)
1937-38 CCNY (College)
1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1938-39 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1939-40 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1939-40 New York Jewels (ABL)
1940-41 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 New York Jewels (ABL)
1941-42 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1941-42 Troy (NYSL)
1942-43 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1943-44 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1944-45 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1947-48 Westchester Whirlwinds (Independent)

Born to Polish immigrants Harry and Dora Goldstein, Ace was a great basketball player on the very talented CCNY teams in the mid-30's. Like his CCNY teammate Bernie Fliegel, Goldstein signed with an ABL team right after the collegiate season ended in March of 1938. Goldstein went to the Jersey Reds whereas Fliegel went to the Celtics. Ace would play in the ABL for 11 seasons, and prior to the 1943-44 season he legally changed his name to Mark Abbott. He was only 43 when he died in 1960.

He and his wife, Clarice, had 4 children.

Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ace-abbott/


Bernie Fliegel

Bernard Fliegel


Born:
May 13, 1918
New York, NY

Died:
December 3, 2009
Naples, FL


Career
1933-34 DeWitt Clinton - New York (High School)
1934-35 CCNY (College) Junior varsity
1935-36 CCNY (College)
1936-37 CCNY (College)
1937-38 CCNY (College)
1937-38 New York Celtics (ABL)
1938-39 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1939-40 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1939-40 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1940-41 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1941-42 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1941-42 Glens Falls (NYSL)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

One of the greatest Jewish players of his era, Fliegel played baseball and basketball at CCNY and a week after graduation joined Kate Smith's Celtics. He was voted the second best college player in 1938 as well as the best player in New York. He would also enrolled at Fordham Law School and would continue to play while going to school. He played in the ABL until joining the U.S. Army to serve during World War 2, and would return to the game after the war. He practiced law in New York for many years, even defending CCNY assistant coach Bobby Sand in the point-shaving scandal of the early 1950's. He eventually moved to Naples, Florida, where he practiced law part time before retiring for good in 1976. He was a skilled senior tennis player into his 70's, and he was 91 when he died in 2009.

He was married to Marcella.

Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bernie-fliegel/


Harry Fitzpatrick

Harold F. Fitzpatrick


Born:
May 22, 1913
Yonkers, NY

Died:
November 19, 1979
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Career
1933-34 Yonkers Clintons (Independent)
1934-35 Yonkers Clintons (Independent)
1935-36 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1936-37 NY King Kong Kleins (Independent)
1936-37 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1937-38 New York Celtics (ABL)
1937-38 New York Gaels (Independent)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1938-39 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1938-39 New York Yankees (Independent)
1939-40 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1939-40 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1939-40 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1940-41 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1940-41 Troy (NYSL)
1940-41 Kingston (NYSL)
1941-42 Pittsfield (NYSL)
1941-42 New York Celtics (Independent)
1941-42 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Whirlwinds (NYSL)

Born to Francis and Charlotte Fitzpatrick, Harry grew up in Yonkers and played pro basketball through the late 1930's and early 40's until serving in the military during World War 2. After the war, he returned to play for Trenton in the ABL and Troy in the New York State League.

Harry and his wife, Mary, had two sons and a daughter.

Source:


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


Lou Dubin

Lewis R. Dubin


Born:
November 10, 1912
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
September 1979
Sherman Oaks, CA


Career
1931-32 Germantown High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1933-34 Temple University (College)
1934-35 Temple University (College)
1935-36 Temple University (College)
1937-38 Reading Keys (TCL)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)


Born to Benjamin (1884-1960) and Lena Dubin (1888-1977), Lewis was a basketball, football and baseball star at Germantown HS and aftergraduating would go to Temple. In September of 1933, while in college, Dubin was in a car accident that left him in very serious condition with a ruptured spleen. He would eventually recover and return to the court with Temple. After graduating, he played a little pro basketball with the Reading Keys and the SPHA's. He died in 1979.

He was married to Jan.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 6, 1933

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


Jack Cramer

Jack Cramer


Born:



Died:




Career
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-cramer/


Thursday, February 15, 2018

George Christensen

George H. Christensen


Born:
August 6, 1907
Bronx, NY

Died:
May 27, 1976
Brewster (?), NY


Career
1928-29 New York University (College)
1931-32 New York Giants (Independent)
1932-33 New York Giants (Independent)
1933-34 New York Giants (Independent)
1934-35 New York Giants (Independent)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)



Source:


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


1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

1937-38 PHILADELPHIA SPHA's
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
12-10 .545, 4th place
Second Half:
11-9 .550, 3rd place

  • Head Coach: Eddie Gottlieb (September 15, 1898 - December 7, 1979)

PLAYERS:
  • Mike Bloom (January 14, 1915 - June 5, 1993)
Biography

  • Lou Dubin (November 10, 1912 - September 1979)
Biography 

  • Gil Fitch (December 24, 1909 - May 22, 2005)
Biography

  • Moe Goldman (May 30, 1913 - May 7, 1989)
Biography


  • Shikey Gotthoffer (January 1, 1911 - December 24, 1987)
Biography


  • Cy Kaselman (May 1, 1909 - July 3, 1971)
Biography


  • Inky Lautman (May 22, 1914 - April 11. 1976)
Biography


  • Beano Resnick (August 17, 1916 - August 1, 1941)
Biography 

  • Red Rosan (May 22, 1911 - September 3, 1976)
Biography

  • Albie Weiner (May 26, 1910 - May 10, 1999)
Biography 

  • Red Wolfe (July 18, 1905 - October 9, 1970)
Biography

1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)

1937-38 NEW YORK YANKEES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
1-11 .083, 7th place

Dropped out of the league on January 17, 1938 at the culmination of the first half of the ABL season.


Head Coach: 
  • Max Posnack (June 23, 1909 - June 30, 1978) Also played. See Below.

PLAYERS:
  • Dave Bass (June 21, 1911 - December 13, 1996)
Biography 

  • George Christensen (August 6, 1907 - May 27, 1976)
Biography 

  • Larry Dodick (August 15, 1914 - February 11, 1999)
Biography

  • Harry Fitzpatrick (May 22, 1913 - November 19, 1979)
Biography


  • Java Gotkin (July 29, 1912 - May 4, 1993)
Biography 

  • Rip Kaplinsky (November 13, 1912 - May 10, 1996)
Biography


  • Sol Kopitko (September 28, 1912 - May 1971)
Biography 

  • Dick Lee (c. 1912 - ????)
Biography
 
  • Venty Lieb (April 18, 1912 - February 3, 1990)
Biography

  • Jimmy McNally (March 19, 1913 - May 11, 1979)
Biography

  • Leo Merson (May 1, 1915 - May 8, 2001)
Biography


  • Tidy Millen (January 5, 1913 - March 4, 1983)
Biography 

  • Jake Pelkington (January 3, 1916 - May 1, 1982) 
Biography

  • Mac Posnack (June 23, 1909 - June 30, 1978)
Biography

  • Tom Ryan (December 10, 1914 - February 25, 1979)
Biography

  • Bernie Schiffer (b. July 29, 1915)
Biography

1937-38 New Haven / New York Jewels (ABL)

1937-38 NEW HAVEN / NEW YORK JEWELS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
12-8 .600, 4th place
Second Half:
15-5 .750, 1st place


ABL Championship: Lost to Jersey, 4-2 

The team began the season in New Haven, Connecticut, but returned to New York on November 30, 1937.
  • Head Coach: Eddie Wilde (June 14, 1895 - March 9, 1984)

PLAYERS:
  • Matty Begovich (October 2, 1910 - November 20, 1966)
Biography

  • Stan Entrup (March 16, 1907 - May 15, 1978)
Biography 

  • Rip Gerson (April 6, 1906 - March 2, 1961)
Biography

  • Johnny Kane  
Biography  


  • Mac Kinsbruner (March 21, 1909 - February 16, 1972)
Biography

  • Mickey Kupperberg (March 17, 1914 - February 11, 2003)
Biography

  • Ken Norton (May 7, 1914 - July 11, 1996)
Biography 

  • Jake Pelkington (January 3, 1916 - May 1, 1982) 
Biography

  • Willie Rubenstein (April 3, 1912 - September 13, 1980)
Biography 

  • Honey Russell (May 31, 1902 - November 15, 1973)
Biography

  • Rusty Saunders (March 12, 1906 - November 24, 1967)
Biography

  • Allie Schuckman (November 25, 1907 - April 29, 1982)
Biography

  • George Slott (June 9, 1912 - February 22, 1962)
Biography

  • Lou Spindell (December 16, 1908 - December 3, 1997)
Biography

1937-38 New York Celtics (ABL)

1937-38 NEW YORK KATE SMITH CELTICS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
11-10 .524, 5th place
Second Half:
7-11 .389, 5th place


Head Coach: 
  • Pete Barry (November 16, 1896 - August 29, 1968)  Also played. See below.

PLAYERS:
  • Julie Bender (April 2, 1914 - January 13, 1982)
Biography 

  • Pete Berenson (October 16, 1912 - January 6, 2000)
Biography 

  • Jerry Bush (September 6, 1914 - October 27, 1976)
Biography

  • Harry Fitzpatrick (May 22, 1913 - November 19, 1979)
Biography

  • Bernie Fliegel (May 13, 1918 - December 3, 2009)
Biography 

  • Nat Frankel (November 3, 1913 - March 14, 2006)
Biography

  • Carlie Johnson (October 9, 1909 - January 20, 1997)
Biography 

  • Sam Kaplan (December 22, 1912 - July 1, 1998)
Biography

  • Al Kellett (October 30, 1901 - July 14, 1960)
Biography


  • Ben Kramer (May 3, 1913 - February 3, 1999)
Biography

  • Jack McGuirk (November 8, 1915 - February 13, 1996)
Biography

  • Bill Nash (January 13, 1913 - April 19, 2003)
Biography 

  • Chick Reiser (December 17, 1914 - July 29, 1996)
Biography


1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)

1937-38 KINGSTON COLONIALS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
5-15 .250, 6th place
Second Half:
9-10, .474, 5th place


Head Coaches: 
  • Pop Morgenweck (July 15, 1875 - December 8, 1941) 8-20
  • Dave Bass (June 21, 1911 - December 13, 1996) 6-5  Also played, see below.

PLAYERS:
  • Dave Bass (June 21, 1911 - December 13, 1996)
Biography 

  • Jim Brown (June 13, 1912 - January 6, 1991)
Biography

  • Jack Cramer 
Biography 

  • Moe Dublier (February 20, 1915 - April 22, 2003)
Biography

  • Tiny Hearn (June 3, 1905 - December 20, 1962)
Biography

  • Carl Husta (April 8, 1902 - November 6, 1951)
Biography

  • Rip Kaplinsky (November 13, 1912 - May 10, 1996)
Biography

  • Lambert 
Biography 

  • Venty Lieb (April 18, 1912 - February 3, 1990)
Biography


  • Jack McGuirk (November 8, 1915 - February 13, 1996)
Biography


  • Milt Perkel (January 15, 1915 - June 22, 1992)
Biography 

  • Max Posnack (June 23, 1909 - June 30, 1978)
Biography

  • Phil Rabin (July 10, 1913 - October 28, 2010)
Biography 

  • Allie Schuckman (November 25, 1907 - April 29, 1982)
Biography

  • Corky Stanton (February 21, 1914 - October 13, 1961)
Biography
 
  • Sammy Van Hook (June 29, 1916 - April 5, 1997)
Biography

1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)

1937-38 JERSEY REDS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
16-6 .727, 1st place
Second Half:
13-7 .650, 2nd place

ABL Championship: Defeated the New York Jewels, 4-2

  • Head Coach: Muggsy Miller (July 24, 1891 - September 9, 1976)

PLAYERS:
  • Paulie Adamo (January 11, 1907 - February 29, 1972)
Biography

  • Hook Andersen (April 8, 1912 - September 23, 1975)
Biography 

  • Al Benson     
Biography

  • Moe Frankel (January 25, 1913 - March 9, 2008)
Biography 

  • Ace (Abbott) Goldstein  (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960)
Biography


  • Ed Hulton (July 20, 1916 - December 17, 1996)
Biography 

  • Bibby Martens (July 14, 1914 - December 14, 1994)
Biography

  • Babe Maselan (November 18, 1915 - August 17, 2008)
Biography 

  • Mike Michelotti (February 1, 1909 - March 12, 1950)
Biography

  • Cy Schneidman (July 6, 1917 - August 11, 1985)
Biography 

  • Moe Spahn (May 3, 1912 - June 11, 1991)
Biography

1937-38 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)

1937-38 BROOKLYN VISITATIONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
13-10 .565, 3rd place
Second Half:
2-15 .118, 6th place

  • Head Coach: John Donlin (August 26, 1889 - November 22, 1964)

PLAYERS:
  • Howie Bollerman (June 9, 1907 - August 15, 1966)
Biography

  • Frank Conaty (December 30, 1909 - May 13, 1970)
Biography 

  • Allie Esposito (March 23, 1914 - January 3, 2009)
Biography 

  • Nat Frankel (November 3, 1913 - March 14, 2006)
Biography

  • Freddie Gerken (November 1, 1911 - March 1984)
Biography

  • Rip Gerson (April 6, 1906 - March 2, 1961)
Biography

  • Matt Guokas (November 11, 1915 - December 9, 1993)
Biography

  • Dick Lee (c. 1912 - ????)
Biography
 
  • Venty Lieb (April 18, 1912 - February 3, 1990)
Biography

  • Frank McGuire (November 8, 1913 - October 16, 1994)
Biography

  • Bill Nash (January 13, 1913 - April 19, 2003)
Biography 

  • Jack O’Hare 
Biography

  • Joe Polcha (February 24, 1917 - March 27, 1959)
Biography
 

  • George Slott (June 9, 1912 - February 22, 1962)
Biography

  • Bob Synnott (September 27, 1912 - November 19, 1985)
Biography

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Albie Weiner

Robert Albert "Albie" Weiner


Born:
May 26, 1910
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
May 10, 1999
Plymouth Meeting, PA


Career
Pierce Business College - Philadelphia (College)
1933-34 Rider University (College)
1935-36 Bridgeton (EBL)
1935-36 Shanahan (EBL)
1935-36 Rees-Maloy Wolves (Independent)
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandsnipers (ABL)
1937-38 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1939-40 Philadelphia (TCL)

After playing basketball at Rider and then professionally, Weiner was still active as an athlete into his seventies and ran a health club in Philly. He worked for many years as an accountant until 1951, when he decided to pursue more entrepreneurial projects. He started his own dog food company before selling it and going into golf course design and construction.

He married Goldie Miller in 1939 and they had two sons.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 1999

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/albie-weiner/