Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Red Patrick Walsh

Patrick Maurice "Red" Walsh
also played under the name Red Patricks

March 17, 1924
Carbondale, PA

March 26, 2002
Noblesville, IN

1946-47 Carbondale Pioneers (PSL)
1947-48 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1947-48 Carbondale Pioneers (PSL) 
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1949-50 St Nicholas High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School) Head coach

First, we have Red Patricks, listed as playing with the Elizabeth Braves and Paterson Crescents of the ABL in 1947-48. Then we have Pat Walsh, who played with the Scranton Miners of the ABL. Turns out it is the same guy. "Red Patricks" or "Red Patrick" lead the PSL in scoring in 1946-47. Oct 6, 1947 issue of Wilkes Barre Record refers to "Red Pat Walsh" trying out with the Barons. Jan 28, 1948 Wilkes Barre Record notes him as Red (Patricks) Walsh. Walsh is also referred to as leading the PSL in the prior season.

Okay, now that we have that straightened out, who is he?

I found a Patrick Walsh of the right approximate age born in Carbondale but dying in Indianapolis. His obituary in the Indianapolis Star lists him as a former phys-ed and health teacher in Carbondale (a good hint) who graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Scranton in 1948. This puts him in the right place at the right time. No mention of playing basketball, however. The obituary also mention his military service, so I went and found his draft papers in List on his paperwork is his hair color: red. I think we got our man!

Born to Maurice and Ruth Walsh, Red served in the army during World War 2. After the war, he lead the Penn State League in scoring in the 1946-47 season when he played with Carbondale. He worked out with the Wilkes-Barre Barons prior to the 1947-48 season but was not offered a contract. He signed with the Elizabeth Braves, but that franchise folded after just one game. He joined the Paterson Crescents in December, and then in February played with the Scranton Miners (both the Penn State League version AND the ABL version), helping the ABL squad into the playoffs. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1948, and went into teaching. After serving again in the Korean War, he would become a vice-principal and principal in Waymart and West Canaan, Pennsylvania, and would eventually become the superintendent for the Carbondale Area School District.

He married Estalla Osborn (1926-2012) in 1949 and they had one daughter.

Wilkes-Barre Record, October 6, 1947
Wilkes-Barre Record, January 28, 1948
Noblesville Ledger, March 28, 2002


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