Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Red Speicher

Sanford Emerson Speicher

September 20, 1923
Akron, OH

December 6, 2010
Akron, OH

Ellet High School - Ohio (High School)
1944-45 Iceland (Military)
1947-48 Bowling Green State University - Ohio (College)
1948-49 Bowling Green State University - Ohio (College)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Bridgeport Aer-A-Sols (ABL)
1949-50 Bristol Tramps (EBL-Ct)
1949-50 New Britain Rios (EBL-Ct)
1950-51 Goodyear Wingfoots - Akron, OH (Independent)

Red played basketball at Bowling Greens and played for the Hurricanes in a couple of games late in the 1949 season, appearing in the box scores at "Spiers." He was drafted by the Boston Celtics (48th overall) but did not make the team. He played for Bridgeport before returning home to Akron. He worked for many years at Goodyear.

Not sure how Emerson wound up in New England to not just play for Hartford but to be mentioned in various articles at the time prior to his selection by the Celtics. It IS quit possible that "Spiers" of the Hurricanes is a different player than Speicher, but there is no record of any Bill Spiers in basketball in New England at that time, and Speicher is just too close of a name and was featured in articles in Massachusetts and Connecticut at that time.

He and his wife, Marjorie, had one son and one daughter.

North Adams Transcript, March 23, 1949


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