Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tommy Bell

Thomas Joseph Bell

September 11, 1922
Philadelphia, PA

December 17, 1949
Philadelphia, PA

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.

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


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