Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Chuck Huntington

Charles Rowley Huntington


Born:
1903
Lansingburg, NY

Died:
March 11, 1959
Troy, NY


Career
Lansingburg High School - New York (High School)
1927-28 Albany Senators (MBL)
1927-28 Troy Trojans (MBL)
1927-28 Herkimer Mohawks (Independent)
1928-29 Utica Boosters (Independent)
1934-35 Albany (NYSL)
1938-39 Jersey Reds (ABL)

Born to Charles and Mildred, Chuck was a baseball and basketball star in Lansingburg, New York, and played pro basketball and semi-pro baseball around upstate New York. He served in the military during World War 2, he took work at Watervliet Arsenal. He died in 1959 following a short illness.


Source:
Troy Record, March 12, 1959

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/chuck-huntington/

Ed Hargaden

Edward J. Hargaden


Born:
October 8, 1911
Syracuse, NY

Died:
December 18, 1986
Baltimore, MD


Career
1929-30 Christian Brothers Academy - Syracuse (High School)
1932-33 Georgetown University (College)
1933-34 Georgetown University (College)
1934-35 Georgetown University (College)
1936-37 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1937-38 Takoma Park Pros (Independent)
1937-38 Dorsey Marketeers (Independent)
1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1938-39 Dorsey Marketeers (Independent)
1941-42 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1942-43 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1943-44 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1944-45 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1945-46 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1946-47 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1950-51 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1952-53 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1954-55 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1956-57 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1958-59 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1960-61 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1962-63 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1964-65 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 
1966-67 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Loyola High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach 


Haragden played both baseball and basketball at Georgetown, being named All-American in the latter. On the court, he lead GU in scoring all three years. He would play some pro basketball, but worked for the FBI before becoming an algebra teacher, basketball coach, football coach, and eventually an athletic director at Loyola High School in Baltimore. After quitting coaching in 1968, he was named commissioner of Maryland Scholastic Association.

He married Mary Miller in 1938 and they had a son and three daughters.

Source:
Evening Sun (Baltimore), December 19, 1986.

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

Ed Grote

Edward Eli Grote


Born:
October 6, 1915
Queens Village, NY

Died:
February 18, 1984
Indian Rocks Beach, FL


Career
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1938-39 Collegiate Stars (Independent)
1938-39 Morris Park Big-Five (Independent)
1939-40 Albany (NYSL)

Grote played basketball a couple of years before working for Jamaica (NY) Water Supply. He served in World War 2 with the U.S. Army.

Ed married Evelyn Grote (1917-1977) and they had three daughters.


Source:


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

Jack Granahan

John Vincent Granahan


Born:
January 15, 1908
Duryea, PA

Died:
June 3, 1994
Wilkes-Barre, PA


Career
1929-30 St.Thomas - Pennsylvania (College)
1930-31 Pittston (PSL)
1931-32 Dunmore (PSL)
1932-33 Dunmore (PSL)
1933-34 Dunmore (PSL)
1934-35 Wilkes Barre/Pittston (PSL)
1935-36 Pittston (PSL)
1936-37 Pittston (PSL)
1937-38 Pittston (NYPA)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 Pittston (NYPA)

Born to John and Mary Granahan, Granahan went to St. Thomas (now University of Scranton) where he was a high-scoring basketball player. While playing pro basketball and semi-pro baseball around Pennsylvania, Granahan owned and operated a pharmacy in Avoca, Pennsylvania, and later in Pittston. In 1947, he started working in sale for Wyeth Labs, where he stayed until retiring in 1972.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 1994

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

Tommy Gliddon

Thomas Oliver Gliddon Jr


Born:
March 22, 1914
Alden, PA

Died:
February 18, 2000
Naticoke, PA


Career
1932-33 Wilkes Barre-Nanticoke (PSL)
1933-34 Nanticoke (PSL)
1934-35 Nanticoke (PSL)
1935-36 Nanticoke (PSL)
1936-37 Nanticoke (PSL)
1936-37 Wilkes-Barre (PSL)
1937-38 Larksville (NYPA)
1937-38 Plymouth (NYPA)
1938-39 Pittston (NYPA)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

Gliddon grew up in Newport. Pennsylvania.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tommy-gliddon/

Ed Ganis

Edmund Charles Ganis


Born:
May 30, 1915
Plymouth, PA

Died:
October 29, 2009
Wilmington, DE


Career
1932-33 Plymouth High School - Pennsylvania (High School)

1936-37 Plymouth (PSL)
1937-38 Plymouth (NYPA)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 Plymouth (NYPA)
1938-39 Hazelton (TCL)
1945-46 Larksville (PSL)

After graduating from high school, Ganis enlisted in the National Guard, and in 1938 became a Pensylvania State Trooper. He played basketball professionally for a few seasons and retired as a officer of the law in 1975.

Ed married Mary Alexis (1916-2011) in 1941 and they had two sons

Source:
Obituary, Time Leader, November 1, 2009

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

George Freilicher

George Freilicher


Born:
January 25, 1911
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
December 10, 1982
Silver Spring, MD


Career
1928-29 Franklin Lane High School - New York, NY (High School)
1929-30 Franklin Lane High School - New York, NY (High School)
1934-35 George Washington University (College)
1935-36 George Washington University (College)
1936-37 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1937-38 Takoma Park Pros (Independent)
1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1939-40 Hagerstown Marketeers (Independent)
1940-41 Hagerstown Marketeers (Independent)

Born to Benjamin and Fannie Freilicher, George played pro basketball for a few years after graduating from GW. He served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, stationed in Northern Africa.

Source:


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

Tom Flanagan

Thomas Vincent Flanagan


Born:
July 18, 1916
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
July 4, 2003
Mineola, NY


Career
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1940-41 Troy (NYSL)
1941-42 Troy (NYSL)
1941-42 Schuylkill Haven (TCL)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1945-46 Carbondale (PSL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1947-48 Utica (NYSL)
1948-49 Bridgeport Newfield Steelers (ABL)

From Brooklyn, Flanagan's basketball career was interrupted by World War 2.


Source:


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

Dailey

Dailey


Born:



Died:




Career
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)

A man named "Dailey" appeared in the Jewels game against Kingston on February 5, 1939, scoring zero points. There was another player named "Dailey" who appeared in the first game of the doubleheader that day, scoring 8 points for the "Collegiates." It could be that the Collegiates' Dailey was pressed into duty with the Jewels for the nightcap. He would appear again in the second game of a doubleheader the Jewels played against Washington on February 12, 1939, again scoring no points.


Source:


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

In Memoriam: Ed Leede

Ed Leede, who played two season for the Boston Celtics after a stellar career at Dartmouth, died earlier this week.


Biography

Obituary

On February 24, 2018, Edward H. Leede passed away peacefully in Denver surrounded by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, his children, grandchildren and other loved ones. Leede distinguished himself in every respect throughout his college and professional career, including service with the United States Marine Corps. He earned a degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1949 while starring for the basketball team, becoming the first Dartmouth player to score 1,000 points in a career. Leede held the Dartmouth scoring record with 1,331 points for more than two decades, serving as captain of the team as a senior and earning all-league honors in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League each of his four years on the team. From 1949 to 1951, Leede played two seasons with the Boston Celtics, during which time he scored nearly 1,000 points and, importantly, earned enough money to enter the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. After completing his MBA in 1953, Leede joined White Eagle Oil Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1956, Leede moved to Midland, Texas and became an independent oilman in 1959. His successful career in the oil and gas business evolved to include business interests in a variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, oilfield services, real estate, IT and e-commerce. While in Midland, Leede served on the Board of Directors of the Midland National Bank for many years and was a competitive tennis player at the Midland Racquet Club. In 1988, Leede moved to Denver where he served on the Board of Directors of the Denver Art Museum for many years and became a regular golfer as a member of the Castle Pines Golf Club and The Country Club at Castle Pines. He was an avid swimmer his entire life. Leede's service to Dartmouth College included serving as Vice-Chairman for major gifts in the Campaign for Dartmouth, a four-year term on the Dartmouth College Athletic Council, and Gift Chairman for a class reunion. In 1985, he and his wife, Margaret, established the Margaret Anne and Edward Leede 1949 Distinguished Professorship. In 1987, Dartmouth recognized Leede for his many contributions to the College by naming the Dartmouth basketball Leede Arena in his honor. In 2017, he was selected to be a member of the 16-member inaugural class of the "Legends of Ivy League Basketball." Leede was a long-standing supporter of The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships for military children. Leede is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, along with 5 children, 10 grandchildren and many other loving family members. The family will honor his legacy with a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to The Marine Corps Scholarship

Kit Carson

Earl Jennings "Kit" Carson


Born:
November 4, 1914
Danville, KY

Died:
December 13, 2005
Edgewood, KY


Career
1936-37 Washington & Lee (College)
1937-38 Washington & Lee (College)
1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1939-40 Washington Brewers (ABL)

Born in Danville KY to Ewell and Mary Carson, Kit was an All-American basketball player at W&L University before a couple of seasons of professional basketball with the Washington Brewers. He would serve in the U.S. Army in World War 2, spending the war in the Pacific Theater. After the war, worked as a stockbroker for Westheimer and Company in Cincinnati, as well as coaching high school basketball. He died in 2005 at 91 years of age.


Source:
Advocate-Messenger (Danville, KY), November 15, 2005

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/kit-carson/

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ben Carnevale

Bernard Louis Carnevale


Born:
October 30, 1915
Raritan, NJ

Died:
March 25, 2008
Williamsburg, VA


Career
1932-33 Somerville High School - New Jersey (High School)
1933-34 Somerville High School - New Jersey (High School)
1935-36 NYU (College)
1936-37 NYU (College)
1937-38 NYU (College)
1938-39 Jersey Reds (ABL)
Cranford High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1944-45 University of North Carolina (College) Head coach
1945-46 University of North Carolina (College) Head coach
1946-47 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1947-48 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1948-49 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1949-50 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1950-51 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1951-52 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1952-53 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1953-54 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1954-55 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1955-56 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1956-57 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1957-58 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1958-59 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1959-60 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1960-61 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1961-62 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1962-63 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1963-64 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1964-65 Naval Academy (College) Head coach
1965-66 Naval Academy (College) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1970

Born to Alexander and Amelia Carnevale, Carnevale graduated from NYU and played a little pro basketball for the Jersey Reds. After coaching a Cranford HS, he joined the U.S. Navy to serve during World War 2. His ship was torpedoed and he remained in a life raft for five days befor ebeing rescued, and was awarded a Purple Heart. Back in the U.S., he served for two years as head coach at North Carolina before accepting the head coaching job at the Naval Academy. He remained at the job for 20 seasons before leaving coaching to become Athletic Director at NYU and later William and Mary. He was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970. As a coach, he lead UNC to the finals and only had one losing record while at Navy.


Ben married Agnes Curran in 1942 and they had four sons and a daughter. His son Mark is a professional golfer.

Source:
Basketball Hall of Fame
NY Times, April 4, 2008

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ben-carnevale/

Bucky Buscher

Francis Alton "Bucky" Buscher


Born:
October 2, 1908
Washington, DC

Died:
January 23, 2008
Dover, DE


Career
Trinity High School - Washington (High School)
1931-32 University of Maryland (College)
1932-33 University of Maryland (College)
1933-34 University of Maryland (College)
1934-35 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1934-35 Frederick Coca Cola Reds (Independent)
1935-36 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1936-37 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1937-38 Takoma Park Pros (Independent)
1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)

Buscher was a football, basketball and baseball player at Maryland, and was the first player to captain all three sports in the same school year. He played pro basketball for a few years after, as well has playing minor league baseball a few years mostly at the Class D level. He worked for many years as a baseball scout.

Bucky's younger brother Bernie was also a basketball player, professionally as well as at Maryland.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=busche001fra

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bucky-buscher/

Bernie Buscher

Bernard Everett Buscher


Born:
October 8, 1913
Washington, DC

Died:
October 24, 2000
East Pennsboro Township, PA


Career
1931-32 Trinity High School - Washington (High School)
1933-34 University of Maryland (College)
1934-35 University of Maryland (College)
1935-36 University of Maryland (College)
1936-37 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1937-38 Takoma Park Pros (Independent)
1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1938-39 Dorsey Marketeers (Independent)

Born to Bernard and and Alice Buscher, Bernie was a multi-sport athlete at Maryland, playing basketball, baseball, football and lacrosse. After graduating with a degree in agriculture, Buscher played professional basketball for a few years before becoming a detective with the Washington Metropolitan Police Force in 1943. He remained there until 1948 when he took a job with the FBI, retiring in 1974.

He is the younger brother of fellow basketball player Bucky Buscher. Bucky and Bernie were teammates for one year at Maryland as well as with the Brewers.

Bernie married Mary Hunter in 1938 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
The Sentinel (Carlisle, Penn.), October 26, 2000

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

Ray Bowman

Raymond Joseph "Stretch" Bowman, Jr.


Born:
December 6, 1914
Pittston, PA

Died:
February 9, 1991
Dearborn, MI


Career
1933-34 St. Thomas College - Pennsylvania (College)
1934-35 St. Thomas College - Pennsylvania (College)
1935-36 St. Thomas College - Pennsylvania (College)
1936-37 Pittston (PSL)
1937-38 Pittston (NYPA)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 Pittston (NYPA)
1938-39 Hazleton (TCL)
1939-40 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1939-40 Reading (TCL)
1939-40 Binghamton (NYSL)
1940-41 Schuylkill Haven (TCL)

Bowman played five seasons of professional basketball around Pennsylvania after graduating from St. Thomas College.

Ray and his wife, Dorothy, had four sons.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ray-bowman/

Si Boardman

Simon "Cy" Boardman


Born:
August 24,1915
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
March 24, 1950
Bronx, NY


Career
1932-33 Boys High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1933-34 Boys High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1935-36 NYU (College)
1936-37 NYU (College)
1937-38 NYU (College)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1939-40 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1939-40 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1939-40 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1940-41 Baltimore Clippers (ABL)
1941-42 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1941-42 Saratoga (NYSL)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL) Head coach / player
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
Atlantic City Technical High School (High School) Head coach

Born to Harry and Rose Boardman, Simon grew up in Brooklyn and was a pitcher, soccer player and basketball player at Boys HS. He went to NYU, where he was the captain of the basketball team. He went on to play nine seasons in the ABL, punctuated when he served in the army during World War 2. After the war, he saw his arguably best season in the ABL, finishing among the league leaders in scoring for three years. He also was the athletic director of the Jewish Community Center in Atlantic City as well as the head coach at AC Tech for a few years. Boardman died in 1950 at the age of 34 following a long illness.

Si and his wife, Harriet, had a son and a daughter.

His name is sometimes printed as "Cy Boardman."

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 26, 1950
Jews In Sports

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

Bozie Berger

Louis William "Boze" "Bozie" Berger


Born:
May 13, 1910
Baltimore, MD

Died:
November 3, 1992
Bethesda, MD


Career
1927-28 McKinley Technical High School - Washington (High School)
1929-30 University of Maryland (College)
1930-31 University of Maryland (College)
1931-32 University of Maryland (College)
1932-33 Washington Aero Eagles (Independent)
1933-34 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1934-35 Heurich Brewers (Independent)
1937-38 Takoma Park Pros (Independent)
1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)

Born on a military base in Maryland but raised in Arlington, Berger was a very good baseball player and all-around athlete. He played football, baseball and basketball in high school and then at the University of Maryland. He was a very highly-sought prospect coming out of college, and the infielder was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1932. He had been in the ROTC in college, and remained in the army reserves as he pursued his career in athletics. He managed to appear in one game for the Indians in 1932, and then would play in the minor leagues before returning to the Major Leagues in 1935. He would play professional basketball in DC during the offseason, but quit the game once he reached the major leagues. He was signed by the White Sox to the White Sox in 1937 and would be traded to the Red Sox after a couple seasons. He would also return to the basketball court at this time, including playing for the Heurich Brewery's team in the ABL, at the time the biggest professional league for basketball.

He never really lived up to his promise as a baseball player, and was back in the minor leagues for good in 1940. World War 2 came along, and Berger was called to duty. He served in China during World War 2, and was the commander Iwakuni Air Force Base in Japan during the Korean War. Berger would go on to serve 20 years in the military, first with the army and then with the Air Force when the Army Air Corps was split into its own branch of the U.S. Military. He would retire in 1962 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and as a civilian would work as a director of building services back at the University of Maryland.

Berger died of a heart attack in 1992 and is buried at Arlington.

MLB Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bergebo01.shtml

Source:
SABR.org

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bozie-berger/

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ralph Bennie

Ralph Thomas Bennie


Born:
November 6, 1905
Washington, DC

Died:
September 15, 1994
Arlington, VA


Career
1929-30 Fadco Big Five (Independent)
1930-31 Fadco Big Five (Independent)
1930-31 Washington Eagles (Independent)
1931-32 Washington Eagles (Independent)
1931-32 Harrisburg Pros - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1932-33 Washington Eagles (Independent)
1933-34 Heurich Brewers - Washington (Independent)
1934-35 Heurich Brewers - Washington (Independent)
1934-35 Coca Cola Reds - Washington (Independent)
1935-36 Heurich Brewers - Washington (Independent)
1936-37 Heurich Brewers - Washington (Independent)
1937-38 Heurich Brewers - Washington (Independent)
1938-39 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1939-40 Washington Brewers (ABL)

Born to Alfred and Gwendolyn Bennie, Ralph was a very popular guard around the DC area. He was also a very competitive golfer.

Ralph was married to Josephine

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ralph-bennie/

Merle Bainbridge

Merle William Bainbridge
also known as Merle Graham

Born:
March 2, 1911
Pittston, PA

Died:
June 1, 1994
West Pittston, PA


Career
Scranton/Lackawanna Business (College)
1931-32 Pittston (PSL)
1932-33 Pittston (PSL)
1933-34 Pittston (PSL)
1934-35 Tuckhannock (PSL)
1935-36 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1936-37 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1937-38 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 Archibald (NYPA)
1939-40 Binghamton Triplets (NYPA)
1945-46 Pittston (PSL)

Born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, to George and Anna Bainbridge, Merle played a lot of basketball around Pennsylvania with his brother Don often being a teammate.

Merle married Mildred Harrison in 1936

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/merle-bainbridge/

Don Bainbridge

Donald George Bainbridge
also known as Don Graham

Born:
July 6, 1913
Pittston, PA

Died:
May 24, 1987
Warwick, NY


Career
Gettysburg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1932-33 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1933-34 Pittston (PSL)
1934-35 Pittston (PSL)
1935-36 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1936-37 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1937-38 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 Archibald (NYPA)
1939-40 Binghamton Triplets (NYPA)

Born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, to George and Anna Bainbridge, Don was a long-time player in the Penn State League who also played in the ABL with the Barons alongside his brother, Merle. He played some of the time under the name "Don Graham."

Married Violet Yonelunas (1917-2009) in 1939

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/don-bainbridge/

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) 4-10
  • 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 (July 6, 1913 - May 24, 1987)
Biography

  • Merle Bainbridge (March 2, 1911 - June 1, 1994)
Biography 

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

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

  • Ray Bowman (December 6, 1914 - February 9, 1991)
Biography 

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

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

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

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

  • Ed Ganis (May 30, 1915 - October 29, 2009)
Biography

  • Tommy Gliddon (March 22, 1914 - February 18, 2000)
Biography

  • Jack Granahan (January 15, 1908 - June 3, 1994)
Biography 

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

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

  • Jake Kotlow (July 4, 1911 - July 3, 1986)
Biography

  • Cas Krajeski (September 27, 1917 - October 12, 1988)
Biography

  • Dick Lee (c. 1912 - ????)
Biography
 
  • Joe Mahoney (October 23, 1919 - February 17, 2003)
Biography 

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

  • Mal McCullough (December 15, 1910 - May 6, 1974)
Biography 

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

  • Red Paris (January 8, 1918 - December 8, 2009)
Biography 

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

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

  • Frank Silvanic (December 13, 1917 - July 31, 2000)
Biography 

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

  • Nat Volpe (May 15, 1916 - September 8, 1997)
Biography



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. Bob McDonald, an employee for the brewery, had been the manager (i.e. coach) for the team in prior years as the team was an independent one. Elmer Ripley had played for many years in the 1910's before become the head coach at Georgetown and then Yale. He had returned to Georgetown to coach in 1938, and was coaxed to coach the Brewers, also. McDonald filled in as head coach for two games when Ripley had a schedule conflict with the GU team. Ripley was replaced by Joe Dreyfus at the end of December. Dreyfus had recently left his coaching gig at Wilkes-Barre. McDonald remained at Heurich Brewery, working as the team's general manager.

Head Coaches: 
  • Bob McDonald (      ) 0-2
  • Elmer Ripley (July 21, 1891 - April 29, 1982) 2-6 
  • Joe Dreyfus (December 11, 1892 - April 25, 1974) 5-14

PLAYERS:
  • Ralph Bennie (November 6, 1905 - September 15, 1994)
Biography

  • Bozie Berger (May 13, 1910 - November 3, 1992)
Biography

  • Bernie Buscher (October 8, 1913 - October 24, 2000)
Biography

  • Bucky Buscher (October 2, 1908 - January 23, 2008)
Biography

  • Kit Carson (November 4, 1914 - December 13, 2005)
Biography

  • George Freilicher (January 25, 1911 - December 10, 1982)
Biography 

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

  • Ed Hargaden (October 8, 1911 - December 18, 1986)
Biography

  • Cliff Keyser (March 6, 1914 - June 21, 1997)
Biography 

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

  • Bernie Lieb (May 25, 1916 - September 17, 1993)
Biography 

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

  • Mickey Schoenfeld (July 31, 1917 - March 8, 1983)
Biography

  • Knocky Thomas (March 12, 1914 - February 9, 2007)
Biography
 
  • Whitey Wilson (1914? - ????)
Biography
 
  • Art Zahn (February 28, 1912 - November 18, 1952)
Biography 


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 

  • Si Boardman (August 24,1915 - March 24, 1950)
Biography 

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

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

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

  • Tom Flanagan (July 18, 1916 - July 4, 2003)
Biography 

  • 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 (September 25, 1914 - February 18, 1974)
Biography

  • Tommy McDonald (February 6, 1914 - May 19, 1980)
Biography 

  • 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 (February 24, 1912 - January 26, 1991)
Biography

  • Frank Silvanic (December 13, 1917 - July 31, 2000)
Biography 

  • Corky Stanton (February 21, 1914 - October 13, 1961)
Biography
 
  • Pete Sudyk (April 19, 1914 - November 14, 2002)
Biography 

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

  • Nat Volpe (May 15, 1916 - September 8, 1997)
Biography


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


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 (September 8, 1916 - July 26, 1997)
Biography 

  • 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, 3-0

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

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

  • Dailey  
Biography

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

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

  • Ed Grote (October 6, 1915 - February 18, 1984)
Biography 

  • 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 (July 11, 1915 - December 23, 1988)
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

  • 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 (May 29, 1914 - May 27, 1988)
Biography
 
  • Nat Volpe (May 15, 1916 - September 8, 1997)
Biography
 
  • Jim Whatley (March 11, 1913 - May 31, 2001)
Biography
 
  • Tony Zaycek (July 6, 1916 - February 23, 1999)
Biography

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 Dubilier (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, 3-0

  • 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 (October 30, 1915 - March 25, 2008)
Biography 

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

  • Chuck Huntington (1903 - March 11, 1959)
Biography

  • Tommy O’Brien (February 16, 1916 - November 17, 1955)
Biography

  • Red Paris (January 8, 1918 - December 8, 2009)
Biography 

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

  • Lou Rosenfeld (July 3, 1916 - July 26, 2010)
Biography

  • Eddie Schurmann (July 27, 1918 - July, 1967)
Biography 
 
  • 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 (September 25, 1915 - November 5, 2010)
Biography

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

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

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

  • Jerry Otskey (April 9, 1918 - November 7, 2006)
Biography

  • 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/