Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lester Walsh

Lester Vincent "Knobby" Walsh


Born:
December 21, 1919
Union City, NJ

Died:
August 11, 1996
Charlottesville, VA


Career
1937-38 Weehawken High School - New Jersey (High School)
1944-45 Puerto Rico Service League (Military)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 New York (NYNJ)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Born in Union City, New Jersey, Walsh played basketball in high school. He enlisted in the Army January of 1942, being discharged in October of 1945. Walsh, standing at 6' in height and weighing 163 pounds, would play professional basketball in the ABL for a few years with the Gothams.

Lester married Martha Cirincion (1923-2014) in 1945 and they had one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/knobby-walsh/

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stamm

Stamm


Born:



Died:




Career
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Played one game for the Bombers, March 2, 1946. He scored no points, and no information with regards to his identity is known.

Source:


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

Eber Simpson

Eber Eugene Simpson


Born:
December 3, 1921
Eau Claire, WI

Died:
September 20, 1946
Fort Knox, KY


Career
Eau Claire High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1941-42 West Point Academy (College)
1942-43 West Point Academy (College)
1943-44 Harding Field - Louisiana (Military)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)


Born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Simpson went to Eau Clair Teachers College for a year before entering West Point. The son of a colonel, Simpson followed his fathers footsteps into the army, as did his brother, George, a football player at Purdue.

Simpson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2 and in the European Theater flew 102 missions and 193 sorties. He was awarded a silver star, distinguished flying cross and 8 oak clusters among other medals and citations. While on weekend leave during the 1945-46 season, he played briefly for the Wilmington Bombers. Still in the service, he was returning home to Eau Claire on September 20, 1946, when the flight was grounded due to bad weather. After a delay, the plane got clearance to depart, and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing Captain Simpson and the four other men on board.

Source:
Eau Claire Leader, December 22, 1943
Eau Claire Leader, September 24, 1946

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/eber-simpson/

Jerry Seeders

Gerald Floyd Seeders


Born:
January 7, 1917
Pottstown, PA

Died:
October 4, 1958
Arlington, VA


Career
1931-32 Pottstown High School (High School)
1932-33 Pottstown High School (High School)
1933-34 Pottstown High School (High School)
1936-37 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen
1937-38 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1938-39 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1939-40 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1940-41 Norristown Senators (TCL)
1940-41 Lancaster Red Roses (TCL)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Norristown Senators (Independent)
1949-50 Ursinus College (College) Head coach
1950-51 Ursinus College (College) Head coach

Born to Sam and Alive Seeders, Jerry played baseball and basketball at Pottstown HS. After high school, Seeders went to the Dean Academy in Franklin, Massachusetts and then Massanutten Military Academy. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1940. Seeders enlisted in the U.S. Army in February of 1941 and served during World War 2, seeing action in the European Theater. He took shrapnel in his right foot at Dunkirk. After the war, he played a couple seasons of basketball before taking the coaching job at Ursinus College. He left coaching when the Korean War flared up, and spent that war first stationed in Japan before going to the battlefront. After that conflict ended, he returned to the US and moved to Memphis to work for Rustcraft Greeting Cards. Eventually his job there turned into a district managerial position and he moved to the DC area. He contracted polio in 1958 and died at the age of 41.

He married Beatrice Geise in 1942 and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Morning Call (Allentown, PA), October 5, 1958
The Mercury (Pottstown, PA), October 6, 1958

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jerry-seeders/

Al Rossi

Alfred Michael Rossi


Born:
November 27, 1925
Trenton, NJ

Died:
April 17, 2007
Hamilton, NJ


Career
1944-45 Rider (College)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Trenton Cubs (Independent)
1948-49 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Rossi was a New Jersey native who played both basketball and baseball professionally. After one year at Rider, Rossi left school to pursue athletics. He played basketball for four seasons in the ABL and six seasons in baseball's minor leagues, pitching in the Giants and Senators organizations. He took over the family restaurant, Rossi's Bar and Grill in Chambersburg, New Jersey,, in the 1940's. It was a restaurant renown for their hamburgers and was a favorite stop for many east coast celebrities like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Rossi died in 2007, but the restaurant lives on. In 2013, the restaurant moved from the its location since opening in 1933 to a new location in Hamilton.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rossi-001alf

Source:
Rossi Bar and Grlll to Move

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/al-rossi/

Lloyd Rice

Lloyd Joseph Rice


Born:
September 6, 1917
Natural Bridge, VA

Died:
June 8, 1979
Frederick, MD??


Career
1937-38 Villanova University (College)
1938-39 Villanova University (College)
1939-40 Villanova University (College)
1940-41 Hagerstown Marketeers (Independent)
1940-41 Frederick AC (Independent)
1945-46 Hagerstown Brewers (Indpendent)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Frederick (Independent)
1947-48 Frederick (Independent)
1948-49 Frederick (ESBL)
1949-50 Frederick (PMBA)
1950-51 Frederick (PMBA)

After graduating from Villanova in 1940, Rice signed to play baseball with the Federalsburg (Virginia) team in the Eastern Shore League, and batted .363 that season. In the winter, he would play some semi-pro basketball in Hagerstown as well as his hometown of Frederick, Maryland. He entered the army the following year, and would serve his country proudly during World War 2. After the war, he resumed his athletic pursuits, playing both basketball and baseball. He played with Wilmington in the Interstate Baseball League in 1946 and 1947, and on the court appeared with the Wilmington Brewers of the ABL as well as the Hagerstown Brewers and various teams our of Frederick.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rice--001llo

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lloyd-rice/

Les Mintz

Lester N. Mintz


Born:
June 27, 1921
New York, NY

Died:
November 10, 2016
Pembroke Pines, FL


Career
1941-42 New York University (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothasm (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Whirlwinds (NYSL)
1946-47 Bronx (NYNJ)

Mintz served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

Les married to Arlene, but that marriage ended in divorce. He remarried to Janet (d. 2000)

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/les-mintz/

Russ Miller

Russell William Miller


Born:
February 10, 1916
Passaic, NJ

Died:
March 6, 1982
Passaic, NJ


Career
1940-41 Georgetown University (College)
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/russ-miller/


Sam Mele

Sebath Anthony "Sam" Mele


Born:
January 21, 1922
Astoria, NY

Died:
May 1, 2017
Quincy, MA


Career
1939-40 Bryant High School - Queens, NY (High School)
1940-41 Bryant High School - Queens, NY (High School)
1941-42 NYU (College)
1942-43 NYU (College)
1943-44 NYU (College)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Mele was the son of Italian immigrants, and the nephew of major league baseball players Al and Tony Cuccinello. Growing up with a lot of baseball talk in the house (not just from his uncles, but also from frequent visitors like Hall of Famer Al Lopez), Mele took to the game. However, it was his skills on a basketball court that lead to his athletic scholarship at NYU. However, in high school he played professionally but was caught, which caused him to be ineligible to play back at Bryant. He entered the U.S. Marines at took his training at Yale, where he was permitted (like all service members in training programs) to play baseball on the Yale team.

Mele played briefly with the Trenton Tigers in the American Basketball League in 1945-46. He would sign with the Red Sox in 1946 and tore it up with their Scranton affiliate, batting .342 there and earning his way to the major league roster in 1947. In a ten year career with the Red Sox, White Sox, Senators, Reds, Orioles and Indians, he would bat .267. He became a coach for the Washington Senators and was named manager when the club moved to Minnesota. In seven years with the Twins, he had a .546 winning percentage with a pennant in 1965. Mele later became a scout and advisor for the Red Sox, helping to sign such players as Jim Rice. He retired from the game in the early 1990's, and died in 2017 at 95 years of age.

Major League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/melesa01.shtml

Source:
NY Times Obituary
SABR Biography

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sam-mele/

Lee Logan

Thomas Lee Logan


Born:
April 1, 1919
Madison, GA

Died:
August 8, 1988
Chester, PA


Career
Chester High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1936-37 East End - Chester, PA (Independent)
1939-40 Madison Street Methodist - Chester, PA (Independent)
1939-40 Chester Ukrainians (Independent)
1940-41 Sun Oil - Chester, PA (Independent)
1940-41 Chester Ukrainians (Independent)
1942-43 Sun Ship - Chester, PA (Independent)
1944-45 Penn Steel - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1944-45 Jersey Reds (Independent)
1945-46 Chester Ukrainians (Independent)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1946-47 Reading Keys (EBL)
1946-47 Chester Ukrainians (Independent)
1946-47 Penn Steel (Independent) 
1947-48 Chester Ukrainians (Independent)

Logan grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, and played a lot of semi-pro and amateur basketball there.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lee-logan/

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dick Koecher

Richard Finlay "Gus" Koecher


Born:
March 30, 1926
Philadelphia, PA

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Career
1943-44 Temple University (College)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Philadelphia Naval Base (Military)
1949-50 Reading Rangers (EBL)
1949-50 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1950-51 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1951-52 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1952-53 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1953-54 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1954-55 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)

The Temple graduate not only played the better part of a decade in the Eastern Basketball League, he was also a left-handed pitcher who pitched part of three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. His baseball days were over after the 1949 season but played basketball through 1955.

MLB Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/koechdi01.shtml

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dick-koecher/


Harry Klomp

Harry J. Klomp


Born:
August 26, 1918
Elizabeth, NJ

Died:
January 9, 2007
New Port Richey, FL


Career
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Bergen (NYNJ)


Harry later worked as the head cashier for parimutuels thoroughbred racing in New Jersey and later in Florida.

He married Doris in 1963 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:


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


Al Kaufman

Albert J. Kaufman


Born:
November 13, 1920
Manhattan, NY

Died:
January 22, 2002
Rancho Mirage, CA


Career
1941-42 New York Orbachs (Independent)
1943-44 Woodrow Wilson General Hospital - Staunton, VA (Independent)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)

Born to Harry and Molly Kaufman, the New York native served in World War 2. After playing for the Bullets, we worked in the insurance industry, specializing in fraud investigations.

He married Charlotte King in 1945 and they had two sons.

(There is a lot of articles referring to basketball player named Albert Kaufman from Ithaca College. This is a different Kaufman, having graduated in 1937 and playing a lot in upstate New York. )


Source:
Baltimore Sun, January 25, 2002

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/albert-kaufman/


Hal Judenfriend

Harold J. Judenfriend
aka Hal Friend


Born:
May 4, 1920
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
July 5, 2010
Los Angeles, CA


Career
1938-39 Franklin Lane High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1940-41 CCNY (College)
1941-42 CCNY (College)
1942-43 CCNY (College)
1945-46 Boca Raton Bombers (Military)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Whirlwinds (NYSL)
1947-48 Wallingford (ECL)
1947-48 Bacon Academy - Colchester, CT (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Middleton (ECL)
1948-49 Bacon Academy - Colchester, CT (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Bacon Academy - Colchester, CT (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Bacon Academy - Colchester, CT (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Bacon Academy - Colchester, CT (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Bacon Academy - Colchester, CT (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Bacon Academy - Colchester, CT (High School) Head coach

Born in Brooklyn to Polish immigrants Nathan and Katherine Judenfriend, Harold was a starter for the talented CCNY teams of the early 1940's. After graduating, we served his county in World War 2. He played some professional basketball after the War.

He also was known by a shortened version of his name, "Hal Friend."

Hal and his wife, Miriam, had one son.

Source:
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hal-judenfriend/


Johnny Johnson

John Johnson


Born:



Died:




Career
Ohio State University (College) ??
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Who is Johnny Johnson?? Supposedly went to Ohio State. PLayed one game for the Paterson Crescents.

Source:


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


Johnny Jett

John Wiley Jett


Born:
February 9, 1918
Canton, WV

Died:
August 3, 1975
Danville, VA


Career
1940-41 Wake Forest (College) ??
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Born to Joseph and Lucy Jett in Canton, West Virginia, Jett was a football player at Wake Forest who was drafted by the Detroit Lions after graduating in 1941. He played five games as an end for the Lions before entering the military for World War 2.

NFL Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/J/JettJo20.htm

Source:


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


Earl Hafner

Earl Harry Hafner


Born:
July 29, 1921
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Died:
March 15, 1988
Trenton, NJ


Career
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Wilkes-Barre Barons (PSL)
1946-47 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1948-49 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1948-49 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Harry and Bessie Hafner. Hafner served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2 before playing basketball for a few seasons. He played under the name "Mitchell" with Wilkes-Barre in 1946.

His first marriage to Dorothy Ganyo (1927-1955) ended in a 1953 divorce. He remarried to Dorothy Puglise (1928-2009) and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/earl-hafner/


Harley Graf

Harley Paul Graf


Born:
February 9, 1915
Lake Mills, WI

Died:
May 21, 1995
Brookfield, WI


Career
1930-31 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1931-32 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1936-37 University of Wisconsin (College) Junior Varsity
1937-38 Lake Mills - Wisconsin (Independent)
1937-38 Wisconsin Sporting Goods - Madison, Wisconsin (Independent)

1940-41 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Camp Grant (Military)
1942-43 Camp Grant (Military)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach 

Graf entered the U.S. Army in September of 1941, three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He played briefly with the Wilmington Bombers before returning to Lake Mills HS, where he coached not just basketball but football and golf, too.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harley-graf/

In memoriam: Joe Pogue

Joe Pogue played briefly in the short-lived Professional Basketball League of America. He died last February. His passing leaves only three known surviving players of the PBLA


Biography

Obituary

 GODFREY — Joe H. Pogue, 92, of Anderson, Missouri, and Alton, Illinois, passed away peacefully at United Methodist Village in Godfrey, Illinois, on Feb. 4, 2018, with family members at his side.

Joe was born on Aug. 28, 1925, in Joplin, Missouri, and remained the only child of Arthur Terrel and Bertha May Pogue who raised him in and around Anderson, Missouri.

After graduating from Anderson High School in 1943, Joe embarked upon a variety of experiences that contributed to his long and rewarding life. These included attending college at the Wentworth Military Academy, Notre Dame, and Drury University; serving in the regular Navy and Naval Reserve, teaching school, refereeing basketball games, and assuming a variety of positions in the business world where he sold real estate and insurance while acting as Vice President of the Anderson State Bank and Anderson's Community Bank and Trust.

On top of these responsibilities, Joe also enjoyed the life of a farmer in two locations; one known as the "Bell Place" situated alongside Indian Creek outside of Anderson, Missouri, and another 250 acres of land located just south of Goodman, Missouri. As a farmer Joe delved in growing wheat, operating a dairy, raising beef cattle, hogs, and hay. Joining in with his parents, Bertha and Terrel, Joe was often instrumental in the planting of a huge garden that supplied family and friends with fresh fruits and vegetables over many summers.

Joe will be remembered, particularly, for being a star athlete. During his high school and college years, he played basketball, baseball, football, and was a pole vaulter. After college, Joe played on a professional basketball team sponsored by Joplin's Tamko corporation. His nickname, given to him by those who frequented Midwest basketball culture, was "Jumpin' Joe Pogue." Besides being active in sports, Joe also enjoyed fishing, hunting ducks and quail, and floating Indian Creek and Elk River in his canoe in pursuit of channel catfish and smallmouth bass. In addition to these hobbies, Joe was an avid reader of history and he enjoyed books about the founding fathers, the World War II generation, and other notable figures such as Lincoln and Jefferson who were instrumental in the maintenance of democracy in the United States of America. Supplementing his awareness of history, Joe was an avid traveler. Besides frequenting famous locations across North America, he also had the pleasure of visiting Europe, South America, Russia, and Africa.

Another attribute which will accompany the memory of Joe was his insistence on accenting the positive in face of confronting life's ups and downs. He always chose to see the positive side of events even when they seemed negative. He always saw whatever life presented us as challenges and unique opportunities to learn if we were only willing. Come what may, Joe always believed that, "the sun's going to come up in the morning!" Finally, Joe was a generous and philanthropic individual who will be remembered for helping many people who needed a break. He was a kind man known for his gentleness. Besides accenting the positive, he was always conscious of the blessings that came to him, his family, and his friends. Joe's values reveal that he was a spiritual man and a Christian. He will be remembered for his active membership in the First Baptist Church of Anderson, Missouri, where he taught Sunday School as well as his active membership in Alton's First Presbyterian Church.

On Feb. 18, 1949, Joe married June Marie Halbrook. They raised four children together in and around Anderson, Missouri. During their later years, they enjoyed traveling the world, visiting children and grandchildren, and dwelling in a condo in Naples, Florida, during the winter months. After the death of June, Joe married Dorothy Lyon in 2003 and they spent nearly 14 years together before Dorothy's death on December 13, 2017. Joe and Dorothy also enjoyed traveling the world and an active social life with family and many friends around both Alton, IL and Naples, Florida.

Joe Pogue is survived by four children: Larry Pogue (wife Suzon), Joey Pogue (companion Linda), John Henry Pogue (wife Paulette), and Mary Jane Montagut (husband Fabian). He is survived by five grandchildren: Angela Love (husband John), Julie Breckenkamp (husband Scott), James Terrell Pogue (wife Anna), Cozette Mongagut, and Romeo Montagut. He is survived by six greatgrandchildren: Tyler Breckenkamp, Connor Brekenkamp, Spencer Breckenkamp, Jessica Love, Sam Love, and C.J. Pogue.

His memorial service is scheduled to be held on April 28 at 2 p.m. at Alton's First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Fourth and Alby Streets. After the service there will be a reception with food and fellowship for Joe's family and friends.

Hy Gotkin

Hyman Gotkin


Born:
August 16, 1922
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
April 11, 2004
Boca Raton, FL


Career
1939-40 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 St. John's University (College)
1943-44 St. John's University (College)
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Born to Joe and Ida Gotkin in Brooklyn, Gotkin was one of the great guards in the collegiate game during the 1940's. As a sophomore, he lead St. John's to the NIT title in 1943. The following year, with all but himself leaving school for the war, St. John's repeated and won the 1944 NIT. In his senior season, St. John's lost in the NIT semi-finals, denying Gotkin and SJU a third consecutive NIT title.

After graduating, the 5'8 Gotkin played in the ABL for a couple seasons while working at the family business (infant clothing). He got his teaching degree and taught in Brooklyn high schools for 25 years before retiring and moving to Florida.

He married Dolores Miller (1925-2003) in 1946 and they had two sons.

Source:
Obituary, NY Times, April 15, 2004
Jews In Sports


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

John Craddock

John Carl Craddock


Born:
October 16, 1922
Chicago, IL

Died:
August 8, 1991
Tyler, TX


Career
1939-40 Elgin High School - Illinois (High School)
1940-41 Elgin High School - Illinois (High School)
1942-43 Notre Dame (College)
1943-44 Camp Grant (Military)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Born to John and Claudia Craddock, John grew up in Elgin, Illinois and played basketball and football at Elgin HS and at Notre Dame before World War 2 stepped in.

He married Dorothy Mormino and they a son in 1956 who died a day after birth.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/john-craddock/

Friday, April 20, 2018

Saul Cohen

Saul Cohen


Born:
April 22, 1921
Bronx, NY

Died:
March 14, 2018
Boynton Beach, FL


Career
1938-39 DeWitt Clinton High School - New York (High School)
1940-41 Long Island University (College)
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms / Scranton Miners (ABL)
1948-49 Utica Olympics (NYSL)

The Bronx native was on the Long Island team that one the NIT in 1941. After finishing school, he served in the army during World War 2. Upon his return, he played professional basketball while getting a law degree during the week. He would practice law for many years and also became a real estate developer.

He and his wife, Bernice, had two sons and a daughter.


Source:
Obituary

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/saul-cohen/

Jerry Bussell

Gerard James Bussell


Born:
October 17, 1919
New York, NY

Died:
October 2, 1995
Jacksonville, FL


Career
1939-40 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (NY) (College)
1940-41 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (NY) (College)
1941-42 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (NY) (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Hartford (NEBL)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)
1946-47 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1946-47 Bronx-Bergen (NYNJ)

Born to Francis and Frances Bussell in New York City, Bussell grew up in Brooklyn and attended St. Francis. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2. He played some pro basketball after the war and worked for many years as a plant manager at Ann Page Corporation in Horseheads, New York. He retired and moved to Florida.

He married Marie Timoney (d. 1991) and had three sons and one daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jerry-bussell/

Thursday, April 19, 2018

1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

1945-46 WILMINGTON BOMBERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
15-19 .441, 4th place
Semi-Finals: Lost to Philadelphia, 2-0


Head Coaches
  • Stan Szukala (June 12, 1918 - August 30, 2003) 1-2 Also played. See below.
  • Si Boardman (August 24,1915 - March 24, 1950) 10-10 Also played. See below.
  • Bill McKeever (January 25, 1913 - March 9, 2008) 4-7 Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • John Barr (August 18, 1918 - July 1, 2002)
Biography

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

  • Paul Chadick (May 25, 1918 - December 28, 1999)
Biography 

  • Ken Corley (May 10, 1920 - June 27, 1984)
Biography

  • John Craddock (October 16, 1922 - August 8, 1991)
Biography 

  • Bill Davis (October 3, 1920 - November 30, 1975)
Biography

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

  • George Glamack (June 7, 1918 - March 10, 1987)
Biography

  • Harley Graf (February 9, 1915 - May 21, 1995)
Biography 

  • Charley Hoefer (September 16, 1921 - June 12, 1983)
Biography

  • Doug Holcomb (February 9, 1921 - February 3, 2008)
Biography

  • Johnny Jett (February 9, 1918 - August 3, 1975)
Biography 

  • Hal Judenfriend (May 4, 1920 - July 5, 2010)
Biography 

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

  • Herm Knuppel (August 23, 1916 - August 16, 1997)
Biography 

  • Dick Koecher (b. March 30, 1926)
Biography 

  • Bill McCahan (June 7, 1921 - July 3, 1986)
Biography

  • Bill McKeever (January 15, 1918 - January 24, 2007)
Biography

  • John Murphy (September 13, 1924 - January 29, 2003)
Biography

  • Robert Neu (June 28, 1917 - February 7, 1971)
Biography

  • Richie Niemiera (May 26, 1921 - December 27, 2003)
Biography

  • Lloyd Rice (September 6, 1917 - June 8, 1979)
Biography

  • Jerry Seeders (January 7, 1917 - October 4, 1958)
Biography

  • Eber Simpson (December 3, 1921 - September 20, 1946)
Biography

  • Stamm 
Biography

  • Stan Szukala (June 12, 1918 - August 30, 2003)
Biography

1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

1945-46 TRENTON TIGERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
14-20 .412, 5th place


Head Coach:  Honey Russell (May 31, 1902 - November 15, 1973)

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

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

  • Tony Bodego (January 16, 1922 - November 15, 2001)
Biography 

  • Eddie Boyle (June 15, 1917 - March 16, 1999)
Biography

  • Jerry Bussell (October 17, 1919 - October 2, 1995)
Biography 

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

  • Dick Fitzgerald (November 18, 1920 - April 13, 1968)
Biography

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

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

  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916  - September 24, 1997)
Biography

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

  • Tom Gorman (March 16, 1919 - August 11, 1986)
Biography
 
  • Dick Gray (May 26, 1921 - December 28, 1973)
Biography 

  • Earl Hafner (July 29, 1921 - March 15, 1988)
Biography 

  • Bob Hassmiller (December 17, 1916 - September 8, 1980)
Biography

  • Mike McCarron (March 2, 1922 - October 2, 1991)
Biography

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

  • Sam Mele (January 21, 1922 - May 1, 2017)
Biography 

  • Ash Resnick (March 6, 1916 - January 18, 1989)
Biography

  • Al Rossi (November 27, 1925 - April 17, 2007)
Biography 

  • Chubby Sherman 
Biography 

  • Lou Simon (February 13, 1916 - December 1973)
Biography

  • Art Spector (October 17, 1920 - June 18, 1987)
Biography

  • Bob Tough (August 28, 1920 - April 7, 1999)
Biography

  • Virgil Vaughn (May 15, 1918 - February 26, 2007)
Biography


1945-46 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

1945-46 PHILADELPHIA SPHA's
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
21-13 .618, T-1st place
1st Place Playoff: Lost to Baltimore, 1-0
Semi-finals: Defeated Wilmington, 2-0
ABL Championship: Lost to Baltimore, 3-1



PLAYERS:
  • Irv Davis (January 10, 1915 - October 30, 2010)
Biography 

  • Jerry Fleishman (February 14, 1922 - June 20, 2007)
Biography

  • Dutch Garfinkel (June 13, 1918 - August 14, 2003)
Biography

  • Art Hillhouse (June 12, 1916 - October 27, 1980)
Biography

  • Ralph Kaplowitz (May 18, 1919 - February 2, 2009)
Biography

  • Julie Kasner (October 23, 1917 - February 15, 2007)
Biography 

  • Red Klotz (October 21, 1920 - July 12, 2014)
Biography

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

  • Bernard Opper (September 1, 1915 - February 24, 2000)
Biography

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

  • Irv Rothenberg (December 31, 1921 - July 18, 2009)
Biography

  • Ossie Schectman (March 30, 1919 - July 30, 2013)
Biography

  • Butch Schwartz (February 14, 1919 - May 22, 2008)
Biography 

  • George Senesky (April 4, 1922 - June 25, 2001)
Biography

  • Irv Torgoff (March 6, 1917 - October 21, 1993) Also played as "Irv Silvers"
Biography

  • Butch Weintraub (October 8, 1917 - October 20, 2003)
Biography 

1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

1945-46 PATERSON CRESCENTS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
13-21 .381, 6th place


Head Coaches: 

  • Benny Borgman (November 2, 1898 - November 11, 1978) 13-19
  • Moe Frankel (January 5, 1913 - March 9, 2008) 0-2


PLAYERS:
  • Ben Auerbach (March 1, 1919 - June 18, 1993)
Biography
 
  • Hank Beenders (June 2, 1916 - October 25, 2003)
Biography

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

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

  • Sol Broder (July 13, 1920 - June 21, 2004)
Biography

  • Dan Christie (November 19, 1920 - June 15, 1989)
Biography

  • Chuck Connors (April 10, 1921 - November 10, 1992)
Biography

  • Bobby Dorn (June 21, 1920 - December 27, 1979)
Biography

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

  • Johnny Johnson 
Biography

  • Steve Juenger (February 10, 1915 - November 18, 2003)
Biography 

  • Jerry Kelly (June 14, 1918 - July 23, 1996)
Biography

  • Harry Klomp (August 26, 1918 - January 9, 2007)
Biography

  • Chris Langvardt (August 24, 1918 - June 13, 1982)
Biography

  • Russ Miller (February 10, 1916 - March 6, 1982)
Biography

  • Johnny Mroczkowski (May 25, 1918 - July 29, 1994)
Biography

  • George Pajak (August 12, 1916 - June 26, 2011)
Biography

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

  • Jerry Rizzo (March 12, 1918 - August 27, 2011)
Biography

  • Les Rothman (b. August 12, 1926)
Biography

  • Nick Shaback (September 10, 1918 - January 5, 2010??)
Biography

  • Barney Wilk (June 7, 1920 - April 25, 1993)
Biography


1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)

1945-46 NEW YORK GOTHAMS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
18-16 .529, 3rd place
Semi-finals: Lost to Baltimore, 2-0

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

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

  • Tony Bodego (January 16, 1922 - November 15, 2001)
Biography 

  • Jerry Bussell (October 17, 1919 - October 2, 1995)
Biography 

  • Saul Cohen (April 22, 1921 - March 14, 2018)
Biography 

  • Irv Davis (January 10, 1915 - October 30, 2010)
Biography 

  • Johnny Ezersky (March 21, 1922 - February 20, 2012)
Biography

  • Bob Fitzgerald (March 14, 1923 - July 23, 1983)
Biography

  • Frido Frey (October 26, 1921 - May 16, 2000)
Biography

  • Bill Goebel (September 16, 1921 - December 25, 1998)
Biography

  • Hy Gotkin (August 16, 1922 - April 11, 2004)
Biography 

  • Leo Gottlieb (November 28, 1920 - August 16, 1972)
Biography

  • Sonny Hertzberg (July 29, 1922 - July 25, 2005)
Biography

  • Red Holzman (August 10, 1920 - November 13, 1998)
Biography

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

  • Herm Knuppel (August 23, 1916 - August 16, 1997)
Biography 

  • Hal Korovin (b. April 19, 1925)
Biography

  • Tony Krygier (September 25, 1915 - November 5, 2010)
Biography

  • Les Mintz (June 27, 1921 - November 10, 2016)
Biography 

  • Irv Rothenberg (December 31, 1921 - July 18, 2009)
Biography

  • Ben Scharnus (December 11, 1917 - March 19, 1982)
Biography

  • Lester Walsh (December 21, 1919 - August 11, 1996)
Biography

1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)

1945-46 BALTIMORE BULLETS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
22-13 .618, T-1st place
First Place Playoff - defeated Philadelphia, 1-0
Semi-finals - Defeated New York, 2-0
Finals - Defeated Philadelphia, 3-1


Head Coach:
  • Red Rosan (May 22, 1911 - September 3, 1976)  Also played. See below

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

  • John Ahearn (January 6, 1918 - February 17, 1968)
Biography

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

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

  • Al Benson     
Biography

  • Irv Biasi (October 24, 1917 - October 2, 2005)
Biography

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

  • Price Brookfield (May 11, 1920 - April 17, 2006)
Biography

  • Jerry Bussell (October 17, 1919 - October 2, 1995)
Biography 

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

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

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

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

  • Al Kaufman (November 13, 1920 - January 22, 2002)
Biography

  • Wibs Kautz (September 7, 1915 - May 25, 1979)
Biography

  • Lee Logan (April 1, 1919 - August 8, 1988)
  • Johnny Norlander (March 5, 1921 - March 6, 2002)
Biography

  • Leo Osiewalski (September 25, 1921 - February 23, 1985)
Biography

  • Jackie Peters (April 17, 1916 - January 27, 1995)
Biography

  • Ben Scharnus (December 11, 1917 - March 19, 1982)
Biography

  • Nat Silverberg (September 6, 1922 - October 8, 1993)
Biography

  • Bob Sims (July 3, 1915 - May 17, 1994)
Biography

  • Art Spector (October 17, 1920 - June 18, 1987)
Biography

  • Stan Stutz (Modzelewski ) (April 14, 1920 - October 28, 1975)
Biography

  • Virgil Vaughn (May 15, 1918 - February 26, 2007)
Biography

Whalen

Whalen


Born:



Died:




Career
1944-45 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Also known as Wallen

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/whalen-2/

Doug Turley

Douglas Pershing Turley


Born:
November 25, 1918
Nanticoke, PA

Died:
November 1, 1992
Oak Hill, DE


Career
1935-36 John S. Fine High School - Nanticoke, PA (High School)
1936-37 St. Thomas College - Scranton (College) 
1937-38 St. Thomas College - Scranton (College)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Nanticoke (PSL)

The Nanticoke graduated from the University of Scranton (then known as St. Thomas College) and went on to a 5-year career with the Washington Redskins in the NFL. He was also a fixture with the semi-pro football club, the Wilmington Clippers. His size and athleticism also got him to play a little bit of basketball, with the Wilmington Bombers of the ABL and then with his hometown team in the Penn State League.

NFL Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/T/TurlDo20.htm

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/doug-turley/

Bob Suiter

Robert W. Suiter


Born:
September 15, 1919
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
February 13, 1989
Ardsley, PA


Career
1935-36 Overbrook High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1936-37 Overbrook High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1937-38 Overbrook High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1938-39 J.A. Henry - Philadelphia (Independent) 
1940-41 Nevins - Philadelphia (Independent)
1940-41 Penn A.C. - Philadelphia (Independent)
1941-42 SKF - Philadelphia (Independent)
1943-44 Ford Local - Philadelphia (Independent)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Born in Philly to Robert and Marie Suiter, Suiter played soccer and baseball at Overbrook HS, but it was on the court where he made his impact. After starring at Overbrook, he was offered a scholarship at Villanova but passed and went to play semi-pro around Philadelphia. A popular player, he would wind up with the Wilmington Bombers of the American Basketball League. He worked for many years at Kelsey-Hayes before retiring, and died in 1989 at 69 years of age.

He married Margaret Lauer and had three daughters.

Source:
Philadelphia Daily News, February 15, 1989

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bob-suiter/

Jimmy Smith

Samuel J. "Jimmy" Smith


Born:
November 21, 1911


Died:
August 9, 1995
Broward County, FL


Career
1944-45 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1945-46 Honesdale (PSL)


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jimmy-smith/

H. Smith

H. Smith


Born:



Died:




Career
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Don't know a thing about this player.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/h-smith/

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chubby Sherman

Sol "Chubby" Sherman


Born:
April 11, 1919 ??


Died:




Career
1936-37 Seward Park High School (High School)
1937-38 Seward Park High School (High School)
NYU (College)
1939-40 93rd Street YMHA - New York, NY (Independent)
1944-45 New York Westchesters (ABL)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

From New York City, Sherman played baseball and basketball at Seward Park High School.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/chubby-sherman/

Tom Ross

Tom Ross


Born:



Died:




Career
West Virginia University (College)
West Virginia University (College)
West Virginia University (College)
1944-45 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1949-50 Alexandria Eagles (Independent)

From Cameron WV

Pretty sure our player is Thomas Paul Ross, 1/29/1917 - 11/1/1981. Not sure though

Source:


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

Jack Ramsay

John Travilla Ramsay Jr.


Born:
February 21, 1925
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
April 28, 2014
Naples, FL




Career
1940-41 Upper Darby High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 Upper Darby High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1942-43 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 San Diego Dons (AAU)
1946-47 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College)
1947-48 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College)
1948-49 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College)
1949-50 Harrisburg Senators (EBL)
1950-51 Harrisburg Senators (EBL)
1951-52 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
St. James High School - Chester, PA (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1953-54 Mount Pleasant High School - Wilmington, DE (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1955-56 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1956-57 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1957-58 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1958-59 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1959-60 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1960-61 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1961-62 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1962-63 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1963-64 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1964-65 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1965-66 St. Joseph’s University - Philadelphia (College) Head coach
1968-69 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1969-70 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1970-71 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1971-72 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1972-73 Buffalo Braves (NBA) Head coach
1973-74 Buffalo Braves (NBA) Head coach
1974-75 Buffalo Braves (NBA) Head coach
1975-76 Buffalo Braves (NBA) Head coach
1976-77 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1977-78 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1978-79 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1979-80 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1980-81 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1981-82 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1982-83 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1983-84 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1984-85 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1985-86 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Head coach
1986-87 Indiana Pacers (NBA) Head coach
1987-88 Indiana Pacers (NBA) Head coach
1988-89 Indiana Pacers (NBA) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1992

Born to John and Anne Ramsay, Jack excelled in baseball, basketball and soccer in high school. He would go to college at St. Joseph's, but entered the U.S. Army in 1943. After serving his country during World War 2 (and a little bit after the war), Ramsay was discharged and he returned to St. Joseph's, still pursing basketball and baseball. After graduating, he played basketball professionally for six years in the Eastern League while also teaching and coaching at the high school level. He returned to St. Joseph's as the head basketball coach in 1955, staying there 11 years. He left the St. Joseph's bench in 1966 with a 234-72 record after being diagnosed with an edema on his retina. He became the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, who would win the NBA title in his first year on the job. A couple years later, he became the head coach.

After four seasons with the 76ers, he became the coach of the Buffalo Braves, and also stayed their four years. He had turned the Braves from a woeful club into a playoff team, but the improved success did not improve the financial situation for the Buffalo club enough, and he left to go the Portland Trailblazers in 1976. In 1978, the Braves would move to San Diego to become the Clippers. Ramsay's first season is Portland was a great one as the Blazers won the NBA title. He would stay with Portland through the 1986-87 season, but never came close to a second title. In 1986, he took over the reigns of the Indiana Pacers. He coached the Pacers for two seasons and resigned seven games in the 1988-89 season. Done with coaching, he went into broadcasting as was a very popular color commentator for the 76ers and the Miami Heat. He was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1992.

Ramsay died of cancer in 2015 at 89 years of age.

Source:
Hoop Hall
http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/10853320/jack-ramsay-rise-hall-fame
Obituary, Miami Herald

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Fiddle-Morley/

Monday, April 16, 2018

Morris Pressman

Morris Pressman


Born:
Feb 4, 1918
Russia

Died:
Dec 16, 2000
Wayne, NJ


Career
1942-43 Paterson YMCA Booster Club (Independent)
1943-44 Paterson YMCA Booster Club (Independent)
1944-45 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1944-45 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1945-46 Paterson (Independent)
1946-47 Bergen (NYNJ)

Born in Russia to Boris and Sophie Pressman, Morris' family came to the United States in 1922.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/morris-pressman/

Red Pasch

Richard Henry "Red" Pasch


Born:
August 1, 1920
Union City, NJ

Died:
November 2, 1997
Secaucus, NJ


Career
1938-39 Union Hill High School - New Jersey (High School)
1939-40 Union Hill High School - New Jersey (High School)
1941-42 John Marshall (College)
1942-43 Union City Malanka (Independent)
1944-45 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1944-45 Union City Reds (Independent)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1947-48 Carbondale (PSL)

Red was a baseball and basketball player in high school.

Red and his wife, Eugenia, had a son and a daughter.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/red-pasch/