Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Barry Kreisberg

Barrett Gerald Kreisberg


Born:
January 7, 1925
Manhattan, NY

Died:
December 29, 1997
White Plains, NY


Career
1940-41 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1941-42 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1945-46 George Washington University (College)
1946-47 George Washington University (College)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Utica Olympics (NYSL)
1948-49 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)
1949-50 Washington All-Stars (Independent)
1949-50 Brooklyn Paramounts (Independent)

1950-51 York Victory AC (EPBL)

Born in Manhattan to Davis and Beatrice Kreisberg, Barry graduated from James Madison HS in Brooklyn and served in the military during World War 2. He graduated from George Washington where the 6'5 athlete played basketball, and he played pro basketball for a few years following. He would practice law, working in civil rights and was also the president of the Harkness Foundation for Dance. He died of a heart attack in 1997.


Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 4, 1998

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Bobby Knight

Robert F. Knight


Born:
April 30, 1929
Hartford, CT

Died:
May 23, 2008
Springfield, MA


Career
Weaver High School - Hartford (High School)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Nelton Park - Hartford (Independent)
1950-51 Manchester (EPBL)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL) 
New York Broadway Colored Clowns (Independent)
1953-54 Nassiff Arms (Independent)
1953-54 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1954-55 Nassiff Arms (Independent)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)
1955-56 Connecticut Yankees (Independent)

Knight was a very popular player in the Hartford area. Unable to go to college due to the difficulty at the time for black kids to go to college, Knight played semi-pro and pro basketball around Connecticut. He was a talented scorer, and he would eventually find his way to the NBA, playing a couple games for the Knicks in the 1954-55 season.

He was a generous and modest man, working with youths in Hartford for many years, volunteering at the local YMCA for years. He died in 2008 at 79 years of age.

Source:
http://articles.courant.com/2008-05-28/sports/knight0528.art_1_basketball-genius-naismith-memorial-basketball-hall-bobby-knight

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/knighbo01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=knighbo01


Paul Klapprodt

Paul Klapprodt


Born:
July 10, 1923
Killingworth, CT

Died:
April 21, 2011
West Hartford, CT


Career
1939-40 Bulkeley High School - Hartford (High School)
1940-41 Bulkeley High School - Hartford (High School)
1946-47 Hartford Pros (NEBL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Bridgeport Newfield Steelers (ABL)
1950-51 Hartford Hurricanes (EPBL)

Klapprodt played baseball and basketball in high school and served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 after graduating. He would play basketball with the Hartford Hurricanes in 1947-48, averaging 9.6 points per game. He was averaging 8.7 ppg in 1947-49 before being sold to Bridgeport on February 16, 1949. Klapprodt was a successful insurance agent in the Hartford area, and died in 2011.

Paul married Ingrid Anderson in 1949 and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Hartford Courant, April 23, 2011

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Bob Kelty

Robert Patrick Kelty


Born:
July 20, 1921
Trenton, NJ

Died:
November 24, 1991
Yardley, PA


Career
1938-39 Trenton Catholic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1940-41 Villanova University (College)
1941-42 Villanova University (College)
1942-43 Villanova University (College)
1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1948-49 Sayreville Rams (Independent)

The 6'2, 186-pound player from Trenton played at Villanova. He played briefly with the Trenton Tigers in the ABL and with the Sayreville Rams. He also worked as an industrial relations agent in Trenton.

Kelty and his wife had triplets in 1947

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ed Kassler

Edward G. Kassler


Born:
July 21, 1923
New York, NY

Died:
March 7, 2011
Homestead, FL


Career
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Long Island University (College)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1948-49 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1949-50 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1950-51 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1951-52 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1952-53 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1953-54 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1954-55 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1955-56 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1956-57 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1957-58 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1958-59 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1959-60 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1960-61 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1961-62 St. Rose High School - Carbondale, PA (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 
1965-66 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 
1967-68 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 
1969-70 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Oneonta State University (College) Head coach 

After a decent ABL career, Kassler, a World War 2 veteran who served in the Pacific, had coaching success first at St. Rose HS and then at Oneonta State.

Ed married Geraldine Dockery in 1947 and they had five daughters and a son.

Source:
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/local-coaching-legend-eddie-kassler-dies-1.1115760

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Tony Karpowich

Anthony B. "Butch" Karpowich


Born:
August 20, 1919
Freeland, PA

Died:
June 3, 1972
Rover Edge, NY


Career
1936-37 Freeland High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1937-38 Freeland High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1938-39 Seton Hall Prep (Prep School)
1939-40 Seton Hall Prep (Prep School) 
1940-41 Fordham University (College)
1941-42 Fordham University (College)
1942-43 Fordham University (College)
1943-44 Fort Knox (Military)
1944-45 Fort Knox (Military)
1945-46 Fort Knox (Military) 
1946-47 Fordham University (College)
1947-48 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1947-48 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Xavier High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 

Karpowich set a school record for points in a single game with Fordham, scoring 29 in a game. He served in the Army during World War 2, and then after returning and graduating from Fordham, he played in the ABL for a few seasons before taking a teaching job at Xavier HS in New York City. Aside from teach, he would coach basketball and baseball while there and eventually would oversee the school athletic department. Karpowich died unexpectedly at home in 1972 at the age of 52.

He was married to Mary Rajca and they had five daughters and two sons.

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 25, 1954
Standard Speaker (Hazelton, PA), June 9, 1972
Standard Speaker (Hazelton, PA), January 25, 1977

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Arnold Jones

Arnold R. or A. Jones


Born:
1921
Worcester, MA

Died:




Career
1941-42 Worcester Tech (College)
1942-43 Worcester Tech (College)
1946-47 Fitchburg PAMCO's (NEBL)
1946-47 Worcester All-Americans (NEBL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1950-51 Worcester Tadcaster Brewers (Independent)
1950-51 Hartford Hurricanes (EPBL)
1951-52 Worcester Tadcaster Brewers (Independent)

6'7

Born to William (1895-1983) and Anne Jones () ??

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Jim Hanrahan

James Fox Hanrahan


Born:
September 14, 1923
Waterbury, CT

Died:
May 31, 2006
Oakdale, CT


Career
Crosby High School - Connecticut (High School)
1946-47 Georgetown University (College) Did he play on the team??
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1950-51 Fairfield University (College) Head coach
1951-52 Fairfield University (College) Head coach
1952-53 Fairfield University (College) Head coach
1953-54 Fairfield University (College) Head coach
1954-55 Fairfield University (College) Head coach
1955-56 Fairfield University (College) Head coach
1956-57 Fairfield University (College) Head coach
1957-58 Fairfield University (College) Head coach

After graduating from high school, Hanrahan spent seven years at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore before moving over to Georgetown. He would go on to play for the Hartford Hurricanes in 1947 for two games. He would coach at Fairfield University while earning his Master's Degree.

Moving into education, Hanrahan wanted to start a school for underachieving youths and in 1962 opened the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Connecticut.



Source:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=james-f-hanrahan&pid=17966721

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Ted Hanauer

Austin Cedric "Ted" Hanauer


Born:
January 1, 1924
Roanoke, IN

Died:
October 1, 2013
Fort Wayne, IN


Career
1942-43 Huntington College - Indiana (College)
1947-48 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1948-49 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1949-50 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1950-51 Allentown / Carbondale Aces (ABL)

Born to Othal and Grace Hanauer, Ted went to Huntington College before going off to place pro basketball out east for four seasons in the ABL. He returned to Indiana and was a successful insurance entrepreneur.

Ted and his wife, Irene, had one daughter and two sons.


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Martie Goldstein

Martie Goldstein


Born:
1923 or 24


Died:




Career
1943-44 New York University (College)
1944-45 New York University (College)
1945-46 New York University (College)
1946-47 New York University (College)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Not much known about him. He played baseball and basketball at NYU (he was a teammate of Ralph Branca). He joined the basketball team in mid-season in 1943-44.

May have been the same Martin Goldstein who was a women's clothier in Brooklyn.


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Walt Funk

Walter Emery Funk


Born:
October 13, 1922
Phoenixville, PA

Died:
January 13, 2015
West Chester, PA


Career
Phoenixville High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1943-44 Pennsylvania State University (College)
1946-47 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1946-47 West Lampeter High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Coatesville Steelers - Pennsylvania (Independent)
Scott High School - Coatesville, PA (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Lancaster Rockets (EBL)
1951-52 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach 
1958-59 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach 
1960-61 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Coatesville High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach  
1966-67 West Chester University - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1967-68 West Chester University - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1968-69 West Chester University - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1969-70 West Chester University - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1970-71 West Chester University - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1971-72 West Chester University - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1972-73 West Chester University - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach

Born to Horace and Bertha Funk, Walt served in the Merchant Marines and Navy Reserve during World War 2. He graduated from Penn State and played basketball for the Lancaster Roses. He became a teacher, coach and principal at Scott HS in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, before being named the basketball coach at West Chester University.

Funk had four children.

Source:
Obituary
https://wcupagoldenrams.com/news/2015/1/23/MBB_0123155140.aspx?path=mbball

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Carl Frank

Carl George Frank


Born:
January 28, 1925
Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Career
1940-41 St. Nicholas High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School)
1941-42 St. Nicholas High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School)
1942-43 St. Nicholas High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School)
1946-47 Wilkes-Barre Whirlwinds (PSL)
1946-47 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

I think this is the right guy. Often listed as "Franks" but I am certain it is "Frank."

Born to Carl and Adelaide Frank, Carl lead the state in scoring in his senior year at St. Nicholas HS. He served in the military during World War 2.

Carl married Elizabeth Farrell in 1947.


There is a Carl Franks who played in Mahonay City in 1947 that might be him.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=franks001car

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Frank Frascella

Frank J. Frascella


Born:
July 28, 1922
Trenton, NJ

Died:
December 10, 2014
Hamilton, NJ


Career
1940-41 Trenton High School (High School)
1941-42 Trenton High School (High School)
1942-43 Villanova University (College)
1943-44 Villanova University (College)
1944-45 Bainbridge Naval Center (Military)
1945-46 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 St. John's University (College)
1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1948-49 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1949-50 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Frascella went to Villanova after graduating from high school, but entered the U.S. Navy to serve during the war. After combat ceased, he finished his education at St. John's. He would play three seasons with the Trenton Tigers. He would later work as a liquor salesman and a realtor.

He married Marthea Arbitell in 1949 and they had two sons.

Source:
http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/trenton/obituary.aspx?n=frank-frascella-fish&pid=173449714&fhid=16307

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Jim Fox

Jim Fox


Born:



Died:




Career
St. John's (College) ??
1945-46 Letchworth - White Plains, NY (Independent)
1945-46 Conger Pirates (Independent)
1946-47 Conger Pirates (Independent)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Conger Pirates (Independent) 

The 6'6 center played two games for the Gothams.

Is he James Thomas Fox, Fordahm prep 1938?

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Larry Doby

Lawrence Eugene Doby


Born:
December 13, 1923
Camden, SC

Died:
June 18, 2003
Montclair, NJ


Career
1940-41 Eastside High School - Paterson, NJ (High School)
1941-42 Eastside High School - Paterson, NJ (High School)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
Virginia Union College (College)
1943-44 Great Lakes (Military)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Born in Camden, South Carolina, Doby would move to Paterson with his mother after his father drowned while fishing. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school, and enrolled at LIU after graduating. With World War 2 underway, Doby transferred to Virginia Unio to join up with the ROTC. He would play baseball in the Negro Leagues, and when the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson in 1946, Doby saw that he had a chance to make a living as a baseball player. He would sign with the Cleveland Indians and began a long career as a slugger that would wind up with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played 13 seasons in the American League, finishing with 253 career home runs. He would also play pro basketball for a brief stint with the Crescents in the ABL.

After retiring as a player, Doby would become a hitting coach for the Montreal Expos, and eventually would become the second black manager in the major leagues when he took over the Chicago White Sox in 1978.

Doby of cancer in 2003.

He was married to Helyn (d. 2001) in 1946 and they had five children.

Major League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dobyla01.shtml

Source:
SABR Biography

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Larry Disque

Lavere Roy "Larry" Disque
Also played under the name Larry Davis


Born:
March 27, 1921
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Died:
March 3, 1994
Elwood, IN


Career
1941-42 State Teachers College - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Plymouth (PSL)
1947-48 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1947-48 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1948-49 Williamsport Billies (EBL) Head coach / player
1949-50 Williamsport Billies (EBL) Head coach / player 
1950-51 Williamsport Billies (EBL) Head coach / player


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Joe Della Monica

Joseph G. Della Monica


Born:
September 28, 1927
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
January 17, 2013
Garden City, NY


Career
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

The shortstop who played at Penn went on to a 7-year minor league baseball career, with an interruption to serve his country in the Korean War. He also played one game for the SPHA's in 1947, failing to score in his short time on the court. He would go on to form Creative Food Corporation which owned 27 Burger King Franchises.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=dellam001jos

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Chick Craig

Earl C. "Chick" Craig


Born:
July 23, 1922
Pennsylvania

Died:
June 21, 2008
Phillipsburg, NJ


Career
1938-39 Phillipsburg High School - New Jersey (High School)
1939-40 Phillipsburg High School - New Jersey (High School)
1940-41 Phillipsburg High School - New Jersey (High School)
1941-42 Long Island University (College) Freshmen
1946-47 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1948-49 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1949-50 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1950-51 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1950-51 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1951-52 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1952-53 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1952-53 Mauch Chunk Pros (Indepedent)
1953-54 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1953-54 Mauch Chunk Pros (Indepedent) Head coach
1954-55 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1956-57 Easton Madisons (EBL)
1957-58 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1958-59 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1959-60 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1960-61 Easton Madisons (EBL) Head coach
1961-62 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1962-63 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1963-64 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1964-65 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1965-66 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1966-67 Trenton Colonials (EBL) Head coach
1967-68 Scranton Miners (EBL) Head coach
1968-69 Scranton Miners (EBL) Head coach
1969-70 Scranton Miners (EBL) Head coach
1969-70 Binghamton Flyers (EBL) Head coach
1970-71 Trenton Pat Pavers (EBL) Head coach
1971-72 Trenton Pat Pavers (EBL) Head coach
1972-73 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1973-74 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach
1974-75 Allentown Jets (EBL) Head coach
1975-76 Allentown Jets (EBL) Head coach
1976-77 Allentown Jets (EBL) Head coach
1993-94 Hazleton Hawks (Atlantic Basketball League) Head coach

Craig starred on the court at Phillipsburg HS before enrolling at LIU. He left school to serve in the navy during World War 2. After the war, he played basketball in the ABL for the Barons before embarking a long career as a coach and scout.He was a well-known figure around the Eastern Basketball League for years before finally retiring in 1977. He was coaxed out of retirement in 1993 to coach his hometown Hazleton team in the fledgling Atlantic Basketball League.

He married Ethel Lampert on May 9, 1964.

Source:
https://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/22/sports/sports-of-the-times-the-league-of-dreamers-is-no-more.html
http://articles.mcall.com/1999-11-14/features/3276308_1_eastern-basketball-league-nba-general-manager

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/chick-craig/

Verne Cox

Vernon William Cox


Born:
January 2, 1920
Baltimore, MD

Died:
September 7, 1991
Springfield, MA


Career
1943-44 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1945-46 Fitchburg PAMCO - Massachusetts (Independent)
1946-47 Fitchburg PAMCO - Massachusetts (Independent)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1947-48 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Head coach - Freshmen
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1950-51 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Head coach
Lenox Merchants (Independent)
1958-59 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Head coach - Freshmen


On December 21, 1947, Cox was playing for Hartford and accidentally tipped in a basket for the opposing Paterson team, so he appears in Paterson stats for that game and that season.

Cox would coach basketball, lacrosse and track at Springfield College for many years.

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Steve Chanecka

Steven Robert Chanecka


Born:
February 6, 1918
Binghamton, NY

Died:
February 9, 2000
Wilkes-Barre, PA


Career
Central High School - Binghamton (High School)
1946-47 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1948-49 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1949-50 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1950-51 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1959-60 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach / player
1964-65 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL) Head coach

After graduating from Central HS, Steve served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a surgical technician during World War 2. After the war, he joined his brother Bill to play for the Wilkes-Barre Barons. Steve was a very popular player for the Barons in his five years with the club. A back injury in 1951 ended his playing career. He would return 9 years later as the team's coach, even playing in a game before being fired a month into the season. He was hired again to coach the Barons in 1964.

Steve was also a very talented golfer, and would coach the game at Luzerne County Community College. He suffered through various health ailments in his later years, losing part of his leg to gangrene, two heart bypasses and a broken neck. He had just turned 82 when he died in 2000.

Steve was a long-time teammate with his brother Bill and they were a high-scoring tandem for the Barons.

Steve had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA), February 11, 2000

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/steve-chanecka/

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bill Chanecka

William J. Chanecka
also played under the name Bill Stewart 


Born:
April 21, 1924
Binghamton, NY

Died:
January 27, 2010
Binghamton, NY


Career
1940-41 Binghamton High School - New York (High School)
1941-42 Binghamton High School - New York (High School)
1942-43 Binghamton High School - New York (High School)
1945-46 Wilkes Barre Barons (PSL)
1946-47 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1947-48 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1948-49 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1949-50 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1950-51 Wilkes Barre Barons (ABL)
1951-52 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1952-53 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
ABL team??
1953-54 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1954-55 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1955-56 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1956-57 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1957-58 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1958-59 Wilkes Barre Barons (EBL)
1964-65 Scranton Miners (EBL) Assistant coach / player

Chanecka lead his high school team in Binghamton, New York, to an unbeaten season in his senior year. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. Once the war was over, Chanecka entered pro basketball and would play 14 seasons, mainly with the Wilkes-Barre Barons and the WIlliamsport Billies. He was the ABL MVP in 1949, and following the end of the ABL, he became one of the Eastern League's biggest stars, being named to the league's all-time team.He would work for many years at General Electric.

Bill and his wife, Agnes, had two sons and two daughters.

Brother of Steve Chanecka.

Source:
Luzerne County Hall of Fame

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



Norm Butz

Norman Edwin Butz


Born:
September 28, 1919
Lancaster, PA

Died:
March 21, 1999
St. Petersberg, FL


Career
1941-42 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1946-47 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Reading Keys (EBL)
1948-49 St. Hedwig - Chester, Pennsylvania (Independent) Head coach / player
1948-49 Reading / Allentown Keys (EBL)
1949-50 Reading Rangers (EBL)
1950-51 Reading (EBL)

A leading scorer at St. Joseph's, Butz collegiate career was interrupted by World War 2, in which he served proudly as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he finished his education and played pro basketball for a few seasons. He moved to Florida in 1958 and taught and coached at various Catholic school around St. Petersberg. He was also an avid tennis player.

Norm and his wife, Ellen, had a son and two daughters.

Source:
Tampa Bay Times, March 23, 1999

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Milt Breenberg

Milton Breenberg


Born:
September 25, 1923
New York

Died:
February 13, 2017
Livingston, NJ


Career
1945-46 CCNY (College)
1946-47 CCNY (College)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms / Scranton Miners (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Born to Benjamin and Lena Breenberg, Milt played baseball and basketball at CCNY. He was declared ineligible when it was discovered he played pro baseball. Breenberg would play two seasons in the ABL.

Milton married 1946 or 1947 while in school

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Frank Bores

Frank T. Bores


Born:
October 15, 1920
New York, NY

Died:
January 7, 1982
Hartford, CT


Career
1939-40 Hartford High School (High School)
1939-40 Hartford YMCA (Independent)
1940-41 Hartford St. Cyril (Independent)
1940-41 Hartford St. Peters (Independent)
1941-42 Hartford St. Cyril (Independent)
1943-44 Hartford St. Cyril (Independent)
1943-44 Hartford Maccabees (Independent)
1945-46 Bristol Tramps - Connecticut (CSL)
1945-46 Hartford Pros (NEBL)
1946-47 Hartford Atlantics (CSL)
1946-47 Hartford Pros (NEBL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Underwood Typewriter - Hartford (Independent)
1952-53 Frankie's Drive-In - East Hartford (Independent)
1954-55 Frankie's Drive-In - East Hartford (Independent)

Born in New York City, Frank and his family (the family name was shortened from Borowski) moved to Hartford around 1926. Frank would play pro basketball around the Hartford area for a few years. He also played semi-pro football in the area and was a very competitive bowler. He would work for Fordham Distributors for many years, and died in January of 1982 following a battle with cancer.

He was married to Betty, who he would later divorce.

Bores brother, Joe, played along side Frank with the Hurricanes in 1948-49 as awell as on a few semi-pro teams.

Source:
Hartford Courant, January 9, 1982


Stats:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tommy Bell

Thomas Joseph Bell


Born:
September 11, 1922
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
December 17, 1949
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1941-42 La Salle University - Pennsylvania (College)
1943-44 Coast Guard (Military)
1946-47 Allentown Rockets (EBL)
1947-48 Hazleton Mountaineers (EBL)
1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)
1948-49 Pottsville Packers (EBL)

Tommy Bell played basketball at La Salle, but entered the Coast Guard following his sophomore year. He played for the coast guard team while serving during World War 2, and after the war, Bell would play pro basketball in Pennsylvania for 3 season before becoming ill. He died of lymphoma in December of 1949 at the young age of 27, leaving behind his wife, Regina. The Eastern Basketball League named their MVP trophy in his honor.

Source:
Gazette and Daily (York, PA) December 28, 1949

Stats:

Oscar Baldwin

Oscar Raymond "Red" Baldwin


Born:
January 7, 1925
London, KY

Died:
October 31, 2005
Greentown, PA


Career
1943-44 Union College - Barbourville, KY (College)
1944-45 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1945-46 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Muhlenberg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
Washington Generals (Independent)

Born to John and Della Baldwin, Oscar was going to Union College in Kentucky when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve during World War 2. He entered the V-12 program at Muhlenberg and after the war he stayed on until graduating. He played pro basketball for the SPHA's and the Washington Generals. He would settle in Allentown, Pennsylvania, working as branch manager for Wilson Meat as well as being a partner at Lenhart Electric. He retired from Wilson and worked for the city of Allentown as a Code Enforcement Officer.

He married Adele Fegley (d. 1993) and they had two daughters.

Source:
Altoona Tribune, March 1, 1945
Morning Call (Allentown, PA), November 1, 2005

Stats:

Hank Baietti

Henry Thomas "Hank" Baietti


Born:
October 1, 1920
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
June 26, 2006
Northvale, NJ


Career
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1943-44 Muhlenberg College - Pennsyvania (College)
1946-47 Long Island University (College)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1949-50 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)
1950-51 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)

Baietti was a student at LIU when he entered the USMC to help with the war effort. He enrolled in the V-12 program which put him at Muhlenberg. He played for the college team for a year before heading off to war. After the war, he returned to LIU where he continued to play basketball while also playing on the baseball team. Biaetti graduated and played basketball in the ABL for four seasons.

Hank and his wife, Lorraine, had three children.

Source:


Stats:

1947-48 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

1947-48 WILKES-BARRE BARONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
26-8 .765, 1st place

Semi-finals: Defeated Trenton, 2-0
Finals: Defeated Paterson, 2-1

Head Coach:
  • Eddie White (February 4, 1910 - December 9, 1988) 

PLAYERS: 
  • Herky Baltimore (June 21, 1921 - January 1, 1968)
Biography

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

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

  • Bill Chanecka (April 21, 1924 - January 27, 2010)
Biography


  • Steve Chanecka (February 6, 1918 - February 9, 2000)
Biography


  • Chick Craig (July 23, 1922 - June 21, 2008)
Biography 

  • Red Dehnert (January 24, 1924 - September 23, 1994)
Biography

  • Larry Disque (March 27, 1921 - March 3, 1994)
Biography


  • Carl Frank (b. January 28, 1925)
Biography

  • Ted Hanauer (January 1, 1924 - October 1, 2013)
Biography 

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

  • Cas Ostrowski (July 24, 1924 - March 2, 2000)
Biography 

Johnny Rusinko
Joey Thomas




1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

1947-48 TRENTON TIGERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
Southern Division
17-15 .531, 3rd place

Semi-Finals: Lost to Wilkes-Barre, 2-0

Head Coach: 
  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916  - September 24, 1997) Also played. See below.

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

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

  • Chili Edelstein (March 16, 1923 - March 19, 2003)
Biography 

  • Frank Frascella (July 28, 1922 - December 10, 2014)
Biography 

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

  • Gorham Getchell (August 14, 1920 - July 7, 1980)
Biography

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

  • Ed Golub 
Biography

  • Jack Hewson (September 7, 1924 - June 26, 2012)
Biography

  • Bob Kelty (July 20, 1921 - November 24, 1991)
Biography 

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

Bill Pless
Sam Roth

  • Al Schneider (April 12, 1918 - April 20, 1978)
Biography


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

Bill Zerkel

1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

1947-48 PHILADELPHIA SPHA's
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
13-19 .406, 6th place


  • Head Coach: Harry Litwack (September 20, 1907 - August 7, 1999)

PLAYERS:
  • Oscar Baldwin (January 7, 1925 - October 31, 2005)
Biography 

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

  • Stan Brown (June 27, 1929 - August 2, 2009)
Biography

  • Joe Della Monica (September 28, 1927 - January 17, 2013)
Biography 

  • George Feigenbaum (July 2, 1928 - December 25, 2000)
Biography 

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

  • Ed Lyons (July 1, 1926 - October 28, 2011)
Biography

Jack McGaffney


  • Elmore Morgenthaler (August 3, 1922 - November 25, 1997)
Biography

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

  • Jack Rocker (August 12, 1922 - November 27, 2010)
Biography

  • Jerry Rullo (June 23, 1922 - October 21, 2016)
Biography

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

  • Mendy Snyder (January 31, 1915 - June 23, 2002)
Biography 

Aaron Tanitsky
  • Lenny Weiner (October 26, 1923 - May 21, 1995)
Biography 

Bill Zeiss

1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

1947-48 PATERSON CRESCENTS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
19-16 .543, 2nd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Scranton, 2-0
ABL Championship: Lost to Wilkes-Barre, 2-1

Head Coaches: 
  • Ace Abbott (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960) 3-5 Also played. See below.
  • Leo Merson (May 1, 1915 - May 8, 2001) 16-11

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

  • Al Benson     
Biography

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

  • Brownie Carroll (January 27, 1919 - February 16, 2010)
Biography 

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


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

  • Hank DeZonie (February 12, 1922 - January 2, 2009)
Biography

  • Larry Doby (December 13, 1923 - June 18, 2003)
Biography 

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

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

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

  • Ed Kassler (July 21, 1923 - March 7, 2011)
Biography 

  • Ken Keller (August 16, 1922 - February 24, 1983)
Biography

  • Len Lesser 
Biography

  • Frank Mangiapane (August 5, 1925 - July 31, 2005)
Biography

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

  • Bob Mullens (November 1, 1922 - July 15, 1989)
Biography

  • Dick Murphy (March 10, 1921 - October 22, 1973)
Biography

  • Marty Powers (March 27, 1928 - December 21, 1991)
Biography

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

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

  • Sid Tanenbaum (October 8, 1925 - September 4, 1986)
Biography

Red PatrickWalsh

NOTE: Hartford's Verne Cox accidentally tipped in a basket for Paterson on December 21, 1947, so those two points appear in Paterson stats for the season. This was the second of these type of occurrences in ABL history.

Monday, July 9, 2018

1947-48 Lancaster Roses (ABL)

Coach Woody Sponaugle
1947-48 LANCASTER ROSES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)

1-5 .167

The Lancaster Roses withdrew from the ABL on December 3, 1947.

Head Coaches:  
  • Woody Sponaugle (September 24, 1915 -  April 30, 1967)

PLAYERS: 
  • Tommy Bell (September 11, 1922 - December 17, 1949)
Biography 

  • Bob Boylan (April 11, 1920 - May 9, 2013)
Biography

  • Norm Butz (September 28, 1919 - March 21, 1999)
Biography

  • Walt Funk (October 13, 1922 - January 13, 2015)
Biography 

  • Don Gleasner (December 30, 1922 - May 3, 2011)
Biography

Dick Manning
Don Markward

  • Jack McCloskey (September 19, 1925 - June 1, 2017)
Biography 

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

Tommy O'Connell
  • Fred Sheffield (November 5, 1923 - December 8, 2009)
Biography

  • Stan Waxman (May 20, 1922 - February 22, 2013)
Biography

Pete Yousaitis
  • Bill Zubic   
Biography

1947-48 Jersey City Atoms / Scranton Miners (ABL)

1947-48 JERSEY CITY ATOMS / SCRANTON MINERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
16-16 .500, 4th place
First Round: Lost to Paterson, 2-0

The Atoms had attendance issues through the first few months, and in the middle of January the team changed its home to Union City, New Jersey, while looking for a more suitable location. After spitting two games as Union City, the 8-9 team moved to Scranton to become the Miners. Red Wallace took over as player/coach and lead the new-look club to a fourth place finish and a spot in the ABL Playoffs.


Head coaches:
  • Bernie Fliegel (May 13, 1918 - December 3, 2009) 8-9
  • Red Wallace (July 12, 1918 - July 7, 1977) 8-7. Also played. See below.
PLAYERS: 
  • Ace (Abbott) Goldstein  (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960)
Biography

  • Red Allen 
Biography 

  • George Babich 
Biography

  • Milt Breenberg (September 25, 1923 - February 13, 2017)
Biography 

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

  • Norm Drucker (July 4, 1920 - February 6, 2015)
Biography

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

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

  • Pop Goodwin (December 22, 1920 - May 17, 2005)
Biography

  • Tony Karpowich (August 20, 1919 - June 3, 1972)
Biography


  • Ed Kassler (July 21, 1923 - March 7, 2011)
Biography 

  • Don Kotter (December 29, 1920 - November 11, 1985)
Biography

  • Roy Leenig (August 22, 1920 - November 8, 1982)
Biography 

  • Artie Lockheed (March 4, 1921 - November 22, 2014)
Biography

  • Johnny Macknowski (b. January 7, 1923)
Biography

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

Ben Pagiarolli
  • Red Pasch (August 1, 1920 - November 2, 1997)
Biography 
 
  • Hank Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 - February 27, 2010)
Biography

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

  • Sid Tanenbaum (October 8, 1925 - September 4, 1986)
Biography

Joey Thomas
Vince Verdeschi

  • Red Wallace (July 12, 1918 - July 7, 1977)
Biography

Red Patrick Walsh
Tony Zaycheck

1947-48 Elizabeth Braves / Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)

1947-48 ELIZABETH BRAVES / HARTFORD HURRICANES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
11-12 .478, 5th place

The Braves won their first game of the year, and then the franchise was transferred to Hartford as the Braves folded. Jack O'Brien then coached the Hurricanes the rest of the season.

Head coaches:
  • Leo Merson (May 1, 1915 - May 8, 2001) 1-0
  • John O'Brien (July 25, 1916 - June 18, 1994) 10-12 Also played. See below.



PLAYERS:  

Elizabeth Braves:

  • Sid Blair (September 8, 1917 - December 1982)
Biography

  • Norm Drucker (July 4, 1920 - February 6, 2015)
Biography

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


  • Len Lesser 
Biography
Bob Mullens
  • Dick Murphy (March 10, 1921 - October 22, 1973)
Biography

Red PatrickWalsh
Seekani

Hartford Hurricanes:


  • Red Allen 
Biography 

  • Frank Bores (October 15, 1920 - January 7, 1982)
Biography 

  • Verne Cox (January 2, 1920 - September 7, 1991)
Biography 

  • Jack Curran (b. 1924)
Biography

  • Red Dehnert (January 24, 1924 - September 23, 1994)
Biography

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

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

  • Coulby Gunther (February 5, 1923 - July 14, 2005)
Biography

  • Jim Hanrahan (September 14, 1923 - May 31, 2006)
Biography 

  • Arnold Jones 
Biography 

  • Paul Klapprodt (July 10, 1923 - April 21, 2011)
Biography 

  • Bobby Knight (April 30, 1929 - May 23, 2008)
Biography

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

Bob Sherman
Bill Wade

1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

1947-48 BROOKLYN GOTHAMS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
8-20 .286, 7th place



Head Coaches:  
  • Bob Greenberg ( - )

PLAYERS: 
  • Hank Baietti (October 1, 1920 - June 26, 2006)
Biography 

  • Sid Blair (September 8, 1917 - December 1982)
Biography

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

  • Ted Delson (December 5, 1916 - September 15, 1995)
Biography 

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

  • Warren Fenley (February 8, 1922 - January 18, 2009)
Biography

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


  • Jim Fox 
Biography

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

  • Martie Goldstein 
Biography 

  • Coulby Gunther (February 5, 1923 - July 14, 2005)
Biography

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

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

  • Barry Kreisberg (January 7, 1925 - December 29, 1997)
Biography 

  • Len Lesser 
Biography

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

Bill Pless



  • Sid Rabin (July 22, 1916 - June 23, 2007)
Biography 

Cass Rosenman
Al Rossi
  • Ben Scharnus (December 11, 1917 - March 19, 1982)
Biography

  • Harry Shor (June 8, 1923 - October 15, 1994)
Biography
  • Lester "Knobby" Walsh (December 21, 1919 - August 11, 1996)
Biography

### Warrick
Preston Wilcox