Thursday, February 1, 2018

Rip Andrews

Adam "Rip" Andrews
born Adam Androwski


Born:
October 5, 1910
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
July 28, 1993
St. Petersburg, FL


Career
1930-31 Columbus Council - Brooklyn (Independent)
1931-32 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1931-32 Columbus Council - Brooklyn (Independent)
1932-33 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1932-33 Brooklyn Americans (MBL)
1935-36 Brooklyn Visitation (ABL)
1936-37 St. Peter's - Brooklyn (Independent)
1936-37 Columbus Caseys - Brooklyn (Independent)
1937-38 St. Peter's - Brooklyn (Independent)
1939-40 St Mary's All-Stars (Independent)


Here is how I came up with this information. Connecting a lot of dots. I would like confirmation, but feel pretty good about it.

Through various newspaper articles in the 1930's, I found that Rip Andrews first name was Adam, and his real name was Androwski. A Daily Eagle article mentioned that he worked at a brewery by day, played basketball at night. Birth Certificate gave me his parents name, and approximate birth year (1910).

So searching Ancestry.com for all combinations of his name, I found a Adam Andrews born in 1910 who died in Florida in 1983. From there, I found his obituary, which named his wife (Olga) and son (Robert G. and Dennis J. ). It also said he was from Brooklyn and was later a deputy sheriff in Suffolk Country for many years before retiring to Florida. Circumstantial so far, but worth looking deeper. I searched for any news on Andrews' career in law enforcement, but didn't find anything. I searched for Olga's obituary, but also nothing. I went back to Ancestry a search the 1940 census records. I found the man Adam Andrews who would later be Deputy Sheriff; census lists wife as Olga, son Robert G. His occupation listed in 1940? Compressor engineer. An occupation found at...... (wait for it....) BREWERIES!  That ties in to the 1933 article, and is enough for me to call this guy identified.

Born to Benjamin and Mary Andowski.

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 27, 1933

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/rip-androwski/

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