Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jack Laub

Jack Laub


Born:
May 9, 1926


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Career
1941-42 Abraham Lincoln High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 Abraham Lincoln High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1943-44 CCNY (College)
1944-45 CCNY (College)
1946-47 University of Cincinnati (College)
1947-48 University of Cincinnati (College)
1948-49 University of Cincinnati (College)
1949-50 University of Cincinnati (College)
1950-51 University of Cincinnati (College) Assistant coach
1951-52 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)
1959-60 U.S. King's Point Merchant Marine Academy (Military) Head coach

Laub graduated from Lincoln HS and enrolled at CCNY. After two seasons in school, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines for the remainder of World War 2, and would eventually be moved to the U.S. Coast Guard. After the war, he saw his eligibility reset, as was the case with so many college players who served in the war. He went to the University of Cincinnati and played four years, becoming the first (and to our knowledge, the only) college athlete to compete in six seasons of one the same sport. Laub was selected in the 9th round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets. However, he did not make the team and never played in the NBA. He would played with the Scranton Miners instead in 1951-52, and with the Pawtucket Slaters in the 1952-53 swan song season of the ABL. He left basketball in 1954 to work for Pfizer, which was the beginning of a long and celebrated career in the pharmaceutical industry. He was a leader in the movement to provide generic drugs and fighting the high price for medical treatment with pharmaceuticals.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Laub

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Sam Lackaye

Samuel William Lackaye


Born:
December 8, 1926
Orange, NJ

Died:
August 25, 2010
Summit, NJ


Career
1946-47 Hillenbach - East Orange, NJ (Independent)
1947-48 Hillenbach - East Orange, NJ (Independent)
1948-49 Seton Hall University (College)
1949-50 Seton Hall University (College)
1950-51 Seton Hall University (College)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)

Lackaye joined the army at the tail end of World War 2, and after being discharged, headed to Seton Hall. After graduating from SHU, Lackaye played one season with the Elmira Colonels in the ABL, He moved to Summit, New Jersey, in 1957 and worked as a Claims Adjuster for Hartford Insurance Company, retiring in 1992.

Sam married Carold and they had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Obituary, Ippolito Funeral Homes

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Joe Kubachka

Joseph Kubachka


Born:
March 21, 1924
Avella, PA

Died:
January 23, 2012
Rocky Hill, CT


Career
Avella High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1948-49 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1949-50 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Assistant coach
1950-51 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Assistant coach
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 Lenox Merchants - Connecticut (Independent)
1951-52 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Hartford Public High School - Connecticut (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Hartford Capitols (EBL) Head coach

Born to John and Katherine Kubachka, Joe graduated from Avella HS and headed to Waynesburg College but joined the U.S. Army after one year to fight World War 2. He went to Springfield College after the war where he starred on the school's basketball team. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree, he stayed on at Springfield as an assistant coach for the basketball team. He also played for the  Manchester team in the American Basketball League at this time. He became a coach and teacher at Hartford HS, where he won two state titles. He also helped run summer camps with member of the Boston Celtics and coached the Hartford Capitols of the Eastern League.

He married Dorothy Dermotta in 1945 and they had three chuildren.

Source:
Hartford Courant, January 23, 2012

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Kitik

Kitik


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Career
1947-48 Fell Township High School - Pennsylvania  (High School) ??
1951-52 Carbondale Aces (ABL)

Joined Carbondale in the middle of January of 1952. Only person I saw with his surname that firts the mold is a Nicholas Kitik, born in 1931 in Carbondale, died in 1979 in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Henry Jaycock

Henry Jaycox or Jaycock


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Career
DeWitt High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1948-49 Harlem Yankees (NYSL)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1952-53 Philadelphia Colored Giants (Independent)

Not much is found. The only people with the name Henry Jaycock or Henry Jaycox I find are white. Our basketball player was black.

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Gene Janis

Eugene Gerard Janis
born Eugene Janiszewski


Born:
May 1926
Scranton, PA

Died:
February 1986
Sacramento, CA


Career
1947-48 La Salle University (College)
1948-49 Mount St. Mary's University - Maryland (College)
1949-50 Mount St. Mary's University - Maryland (College)
1950-51 Mount St. Mary's University - Maryland (College)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1954-55 Panhandle Fliers - Alaska (Independent)
1955-56 Sportland Bees - Anchorage, AK (Independent)
1957-58 Sportland Bees - Anchorage, AK (Independent)

Born in Scranton to Henry and Margaret Janiszewski, Gene enrolled at La Salle after serving in the military during World War 2, but transferred at the beginning of his sophomore school year to Mount St. Mary's. He was eventually eligible to play by the end of the 1948-49 campaign. The 6'5 center was the captain of the basketball team at MSM in his junior and senior year, and played with the Washington Capitols in 1951-52. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska, shortly thereafter, playing on a few semi-pro teams up there.

Gene married Sally Wilson (1923-1997) and they had three daughters. Gene and Sally divorced in 1974.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Leroy Ishman

Elmer Leroy Ishman


Born:
November 30, 1926
Baxter, PA

Died:
November 29, 2008
Tampa, FL


Career
1943-44 Bradford High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1944-45 Bradford High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1947-48 American University - Washington, DC (College)
1948-49 American University - Washington, DC (College)
1949-50 American University - Washington, DC (College)
1950-51 American University - Washington, DC (College)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)

Ishman entered the military in 1945 to serve, but he war ended shortly after. He would go to American University where he played on the basketball team. Drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 195 fifth round of the 1951 NBA draft.

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Harold Hunter

Harold Hunter


Born:
April 30, 1926
Kansas City, KS

Died:
March 7, 2013
Hendersonville, TN


Career
1942-43 Sumner High School - Kansas City, KS (High School)
1943-44 Sumner High School - Kansas City, KS (High School)
1946-47 North Carolina College at Durham (College)
1947-48 North Carolina College at Durham (College)
1948-49 North Carolina College at Durham (College)
1949-50 North Carolina College at Durham (College)
1950-51 Williston High School - Wilmington, NC (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1952-53 P.S. Jones High School - Washington, NC (High School) Head coach
1953-54 P.S. Jones High School - Washington, NC (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Williston High School - Wilmington, NC (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Williston High School - Wilmington, NC (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Williston High School - Wilmington, NC (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Tennessee State University (College) Assistant coach
1958-59 Tennessee State University (College) Assistant coach
1959-60 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach 
1960-61 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach 
1961-62 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach  
1962-63 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach 
1963-64 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach  
1964-65 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach 
1965-66 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach  
1966-67 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach 
1967-68 Tennessee State University (College) Head coach  
1970-71 Vanderbilt University (College) Assistant coach 
1974-75 Xavier University - Louisiana (College) Head coach - Men's and Women's
1975-76 Xavier University - Louisiana (College) Head coach - Men's and Women's
1976-77 Xavier University - Louisiana (College) Head coach - Men's and Women's
1980-81 Dillard University -  (College) Assistant coach - Women's team
1981-82 Dillard University -  (College) Assistant coach - Women's team
1982-83 Dillard University -  (College) Assistant coach - Women's team
1983-84 Dillard University -  (College) Assistant coach - Women's team
1984-85 Dillard University -  (College) Assistant coach - Women's team
1985-86 Dillard University -  (College) Assistant coach - Women's team
Southern University - Louisiana (College) Assistant coach


Born in Kansas City, Kansas, to Claude and Alta Hunter played at the North Carolina College at Durham (now known as North Carolina Central University). In 1950 he was drafted in the 10th round of the NBA draft by the Washington Capitols. He became the first black player to sign a contract with an NBA team, but he was cut prior to the start of the season. In 1951, after the Capitols had dropped from the NBA and joined the lesser ABL, Hunter signed with the club again, playing in all 22 games before the team folded in January of 1952. In 1957, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Tennessee State basketball team, and two years later became the school's head coach He held that post for nine seasons, leading the Tigers to a 172-67 record in his tenure. 17 of his players were NBA draft picks. He left TSU to coach the U.S. National team on a pre-Olympic tour of Europe and the Soviet Union. When he was hired as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt in 1970, he became the first black member of a coaching staff in the SEC. He went on to coach at Xavier University in Louisiana, both the men's and women's teams. After Xavier, he was an assistant coach for the women's team at Dillard University and later coached at Southern University.

He and his wife, Jacqueline, had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Hendersonville Standard, March 7, 2013
Obituary, tsutigers.com, 2013
The Tennessean, March 11, 2013
nola.com, March 2013


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Harris

Harris


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Career
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)

I can't find the identity of this player named "Harris" who scored three points on a New Years Day game in Manchester.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Grasnicka

Grasnicka


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Career
1951-52 Carbondale Aces (ABL)

No idea on who this is, or if the name is even spelled correctly. No record of anyone with Grasnicka or Grashnicka. There was a family the the surname Graziano in the Carbondale area around that time/ Might be worth looking into that possibility.

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John Gozdenovich

John Vincent Gozdenovich (Gvozdenovich)
aka John Goz


Born:
March 8, 1924
North Bergen, NJ

Died:
July 7, 1997
Edgewater, NJ


Career
1941-42 Cliffside Park High School - New Jersey (High School)
1944-45 Long Island University (College)
1948-49 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1949-50 Pottsville Packers (EBL) 
1949-50 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1949-50 Reading Rangers (EBL)
1950-51 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1951-52 Bridgeport Roesslers (ABL)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1952-53 New Jersey Titans (Independent)

Born in New Jersey to Antonio (Anthony) and Vinka Gozdenovich. A football and basketball player in high school, Goz would play a year at LIU before dropping out of school. He tried out with the Wilkes-Barre Barons in fall of 1948, but did not make the team so he signed with the Pottsville Packers. He would play basketball for a few years in the Eastern and American Leagues.

John married Rita Judge and they had at least one son.

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Kenny Goodwin

Kenneth Clark Goodwin


Born:
November 4, 1927
Somerville, MA

Died:
October 8, 2013
Dunedin, FL


Career
1946-47 University of Rhode Island (College)
1947-48 University of Rhode Island (College)
1948-49 University of Rhode Island (College)
1949-50 Manchester Nassif Arms (EBL-Ct)
1949-50 Hamilton Standard Propeller - Hartford (Independent)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts to Alonzo and Anna Goodwin, Ken was a star basketball player in high school before playing at URI. After graduating, Goodwin received interest from the Boston Celtics and was assigned by them to play with the Hartford Hurricanes. However, Goodwin's lack of defensive skills lead to him being cut but by the Hurricanes prior to the start of the season.. In 1950, he entered the army and served during the Korean War. He played a couple seasons with the Manchester British Americans in the ABL, teaming up with his older brother Don for a season. While back in New England, he got his master's degree in education from Springfield College and worked for many years as a teacher, administrator and coach in Springfield, Vermont, and South Windsor, Connecticut. He left education to go into business, and retired and moved to Florida in 1990.


Ken married Sally Keleher in 1950 and they had four sons and a daughter.



Source:
Hartford Courant, November 25, 1949
Obituary, Journal Inquirer, October 22-26, 2013

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Don Goodwin

Donald M. Goodwin


Born:
June 16, 1925
East Orange, NJ

Died:
March 17, 2008
Westerly, RI


Career
1941-42 Somerville High School - Massachusetts (High School)
1942-43 Somerville High School - Massachusetts (High School)
1948-49 Tufts University - Massachusetts (College)
1949-50 Tufts University - Massachusetts (College)
1950-51 Tufts University - Massachusetts (College)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)

The 6'4 Goodwin was born to Alonzo and Maude Goodwin in East Orange, New Jersey, and thefamily moved to Somerville, Massachusetts shortly after Don was born. He served in the military after World War 2, and enrolled at Tufts University after the war. He was selected all-New England in basketball while at Tufts and after graduating he would play basketball with the Manchester British Americans in the ABL. He would work at Rex Lumber Company in South Windsor, Connecticut, eventually being promoted to General Manager and Vice President. He retired and split his retirement between Charlestown, Rhode Island, and Long Boat Key, Florida. Goodwin died in 2008.

Don's brother Kenny also played pro basketball, teaming up with Don on the BA's.

Don married Ruth Fitzgerald and they had five sons.

Source:
Obituary, Hartford Courant, March 18, 2008

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Pat Gillen

Patrick Joseph Gillen, Jr.


Born:
March 19,1925
New York, NY

Died:
October 5, 2006
Watertown, CT


Career
1951-52 Bridgeport Roesslers (ABL)
1953-54 New Haven (Independent)

Not 100% sure, but I think it is likely hom. No other person named Patrick Gillen or Patrick Gillon in the area of the right age.

Source:
Naugatuck Daily News, January 25, 1954

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Spike Gerwin

Paul John "Spike" Gerwin


Born:
August 10, 1929
Cincinnati, OH

Died:
October 12, 2016
Bonita Springs, FL


Career
Upper Arlington High School - Columbus, OH (High School)
1948-49 Columbia University (College)
1949-50 Columbia University (College)
1950-51 Columbia University (College)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)

Gerwin not only played basketball but baseball, also. He played both at Cornell. and after served in the army. He would play with the Elmira Colonels in 1951-52, but moved on to work at Procter and Gamble for 38 years.

Spike married Marie Massey in 1952 and they had two daughters and two sons.

Source:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/cincinnati/obituary.aspx?n=paul-gerwin-spike&pid=184393572&fhid=6126

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Cecil Gabriel

Cecil R. Gabriel


Born:
October 2, 1929


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Career
1950-51 Spada's Blue Goose - Stratford, CT (Independent)
1951-52 Bridgeport Roesslers (ABL)
1954-55 Savin Jewelers - Bridgeport (Independent)

Gabriel also played semi-pro baseball in New England in the early 50's.

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In memoriam: George Kaftan (Boston Celtics, NY Knicks, Baltimore Bullets)

George Kaftan (1928-2018)

Biography

Dr. George A. Kaftan, 90, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018. Born and raised in Washington Heights, NY, George lived an extraordinary life both professionally and personally. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen; his three daughters, Esta, Evelyn and Georgette; his grandchildren Stephen and wife Erin, Michael, Evan, Natasha and Grant; and great-grandchildren, Harper and Beckett.

As a junior at Xavier High School in New York City, George found his way on to a basketball court which was the start of an illustrious professional basketball career. Playing as starting center for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, George's team won the 1947 NCAA title with him being selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player. As a two time All-American, "The Golden Greek" was named by the NCAA as one of the greatest college players in history, and went on to play professionally for the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, and Baltimore Bullets.

Deciding it was time to move on from pro ball in 1953, George enrolled in Georgetown University's School of Dentistry. After graduating, George worked at the Dental Clinic stationed at Mitchell Field Air Force Base on Long Island, NY. He also coached the Base's basketball team to victory in the World Wide Air Force Tournament in San Antonio. This led to a coaching position for the C.W. Post College basketball team, as well as a professorship teaching Anatomy & Physiology. George once said, "Out of all of my professions, the one that gave me the most gratification by far was teaching. That's the lesson of my life, anyway. If you have a chance to share what you know, and steer young people to the right path, that's what we're here for."

Even with all of his extraordinary professional successes, family was always George's greatest passion After raising their children in Muttontown, Long Island, George retired from his private dental practice and was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus from CW. Post College. George and Helen moved to Wall, NJ to be closer to their grandchildren. George passed on his love of fishing to his grandchildren, taking them on annual fishing trips that they'll remember forever. He will always be their "Pops," from whom they learned lessons of integrity, humbleness, and hard work. Even 90 years is too short for a man who was loved by so many. In his own gentle way, George shook the world and we're certain he's now shooting hook shots in heaven.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, October 10th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 11th at 10:30 am at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 2200 Church Road, Toms River, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey. Checks payable to CSCCNJ and sent to the address below or visit https://cancersupportcnj.org/donate/.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Joe Foster

Joseph Foster


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Career
1947-48 Metropolitan High School - New York City (High School)
1948-49 Brooklyn College (College) Evening session team
1949-50 University of Scranton - Pennsylvania (College)
1950-51 University of Scranton - Pennsylvania (College)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)

Reported to be from Jamaica on Long Island. Attended Met High School in NYC.

Foster once scored 68 points in a high school game, a NY PSAL record at the time.

Could be either of these two guys:

Joseph Foster, born 1929-30, Son of William and Geneva Foster, brother of Edith (c. 1924), William (c. 1928), Edward (c. 1932), Leroy (c. 1935). In 1940, family was on East 118th Street in East Harlem. Met HS about four miles away.

Joseph Foster, born in NYC January 24, 1931, son of Bermudan immigrant Arabelle (1894/5-1958) brother of John (9/19/1922) Violet (7/30/23-5/28/00) Lela (1/3/25)



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Ray Dombrosky

Raymond John Dombrosky


Born:
January 1, 1927
West New York, NJ

Died:
December 9, 1982
Franklin Lakes, NJ


Career
1944-45 Memorial High School - West New York, NJ (High School)
1948-49 St. John's University (College)
1949-50 St. John's University (College)
1950-51 St. John's University (College)
1951-52 Bridgeport Roesslers (ABL)
1951-52 Middletown Guards (ABL)
1952-53 Middletown Guards (ABL)
1952-53 Pawtucket Slaters (ABL)

Dombrosky entered the navy in January of 1945, serving at the tail-end of World War 2. He starred at St. John's after being discharged and played a couple years in the ABL.

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John Dobrutsky

John Dobrutsky


Born:
January 27, 1922
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Died:
March 1, 1996
Naples, FL


Career
1938-39 Weaver High School - Hartford, CT (High School)
1939-40 Weaver High School - Hartford, CT (High School)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)

Born in Montreal to Samuel and Jennifer Dobrutsky but raised in Hartford, Connecticut, John was a life-long athlete, play baseball, football and basketball at high school. He would go on to play semi-pro football and basketball after graduating, and later won the Golden Masters Racquetball Championship in Massachusetts. He owned and operated many restaurants in Massachusetts, and retired in 1992 and moved to Florida. He died there in 1996.

He married Ann Moses and they had a son and two daughters.

Source:
Courant, March 9, 1996

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Walt Ciborowski

Wallace John Ciborowski


Born:
June 6, 1925
New York, NY

Died:
January 14, 1991
St. John's, FL


Career
1948-49 Seton Hall University (College)
1949-50 Seton Hall University (College)
1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Middletown Guards (ABL)

Sometimes listed as "Sabrowski."

Ciborowski played in the ABL after graduating from Seton Hall.

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Cravath

Cravath


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Career
1951-52 Carbondale Aces (ABL)

The only Cravath I can find in the area with the right age range is Walter Cravath (1926-2001). If he isn't the player, he could be related to him. There was a Cravath who played at Scranton Prep in Dec of 1948

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Ed Chenetz

Edward C. Chenetz


Born:
January 30, 1931


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Career
John Adams High School - Queens, NY
1950-51 CCNY (College)
1951-52 Middletown Guards (ABL)

Chenetz played basketball at CCNY during the time of the point shaving scandal, but Chenetz was not involved in the fixing at all. Unfortunately, he was barred from athletics at the school due to the discovery that he and two other players had their high school transcripts altered to help them gain acceptance. This was overturned a year later after Chenetz had gone to play for the Middletown Guards while finishing his education at CCNY.

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Bill Cain

William F. "Sugar" Cain


Born:
November 24, 1918


Died:
February 6, 1999
Baltimore, MD


Career
Armstrong High School (High School)
1939-40 Morgan State College - Baltimore (College)
1940-41 Morgan State College - Baltimore (College)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1952-53 Washington Bears (Independent)
1956-57 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1975-76 Dunbar High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach



Cain played baseball, football and basketball at Morgan State. He would coach at Morgan and Dunbar High School. He was named AD at Dunbar in 1960. Cain, who was a larger-than-life figure in Dunbar, died in 1999 of cancer.


He was married to Wahseola and had at least one daughter.


Source:
Evening Sun, March 10, 1964
Baltimore Sun, June 15, 1980
Baltimore Sun, February 8, 1999

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Syl Bozinski

Sylvester H. "Stretch" Bozinski


Born:
September 7, 1927


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Career
1943-44 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1947-48 Pennsylvania State University (College)
1948-49 Pennsylvania State University (College)
1951-52 Carbondale Aces (ABL)
1954-55 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1975-76 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1976-77 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1977-78 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1978-79 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1979-80 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1980-81 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1981-82 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1982-83 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1983-84 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1984-85 Nanticoke High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach

Bozinski is a Pennsylvania coaching legend, having coached high school basketball for 31 years at Nanticoke High School, retiring in 1985. He had accumulated a record of 626-199 in his time at Nanticoke.

Source:
Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame

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Al Biolsi

Al Biolsi


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Career
1947-48 Grover Cleveland High School - Brooklyn (High School)
St. Francis (College) ??
1949-50 Tradewinds - Brooklyn (Independent)
1950-51 Tradewinds - Brooklyn (Independent)
1951-52 Bridgeport Roesslers (ABL)

I think his name is Alfred Biolsi (b. March 14, 1929). Can't really pick up a trail here. He supposedly went to St. Francis College but does not appear on the St. Francis letterwinners list

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

John Azary

John D. Azary


Born:
October 14, 1929
New York, NY

Died:
September 16, 1981
Washington, DC


Career
1945-46 Commerce High School - (High School)
1946-47 Commerce High School - (High School)
1948-49 Columbia University (College)
1949-50 Columbia University (College)
1950-51 Columbia University (College)
1951-52 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1954-55 Scranton Miners (EBL) Head coach / player

Azary went from Commerce HS to Columbia, scoring on the basketball court the entire way. As a member of the National Guard, Azary was hurt in a training accident that sent shrapnel into his thigh. At first his playing career was in jeopardy, but he successfully returned to the court. He finished at Columbia with 1037 points and was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 7th round of the 1951 draft. He wound up playing with the Scranton Miners instead.

Azary died in his sleep of a heart attack in 1981 at 51 years of age.


Source:
https://gocolumbialions.com/news/2008/10/2/1594729.aspx

Stats:

Jackie Allen

John Joseph "Jackie" Allen


Born:
April 11, 1923
Somerville, MA

Died:
August 24, 1966
Newport, RI


Career
1939-40 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School)
1940-41 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School)
1941-42 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School)
1945-46 University of Rhode Island (College)
1946-47 University of Rhode Island (College)
1945-48 University of Rhode Island (College)
1949-50 Nassif Arms - Manchester, CT (EBL-Ct)
1950-51 Nassif Arms - Manchester, CT (EBL-Ct)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL) Head coach / player
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1954-55 Edwards - Newport, RI (Independent)
1956-57 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Providence College - Rhode Island (College) Head coach - freshmen
1958-59 Providence College - Rhode Island (College) Head coach - freshmen
1959-60 Providence College - Rhode Island (College) Head coach - freshmen 
1960-61 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach
1961-62 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach 
1962-63 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach
1963-64 De La Salle Academy - Newport, RI (High School) Head coach 
1964-65 Watertown High School - Massachusetts (High School) Head coach 
1965-66 Watertown High School - Massachusetts (High School) Head coach

Jackie Allen was born in Massachusetts to Frank and Mary Allen. After leading De La Salle Academy to state prominence in the early 1940's, Allen would serve in World War 2 with the U.S. Army in Europe. After the war, he starred at URI before leaving school to become a firefighter. He would play basketball in Connecticut's Eastern League and for the ABL's Manchester club during this time. In 1956, he quit the fire department to return to school, attending Providence College and graduated in 1960 while being the head coach for the freshmen team. He would return to De La Salle as a teacher and coach, and in 1964 moved to Watertown, Massachusetts to teach junior high and coach the high school team.

Allen died in 1966 after a brief illness at the age of 43. URI held a special memorial night for him during the next season. He left behind his wife, Mary, three sons and a daughter.

Source:
Newport Mercury, March 2, 1951
Newport Daily News, June 22, 1960
Newport Daily News, August 24, 1966

Stats:

Monday, October 8, 2018

1951-52 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

1951-52 WILKES-BARRE BARONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
20-19 .513, 3rd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Elmira, 4-3
ABL Finals: Defeated Scranton, 4-2

The Barons were back in the ABL after a snit with the league over money at the close of the previous campaign. The Barons, regularly a contender for the league title. got off to a poor start and played at a mediocre level for the first three months. Closing January with a 10-14 record, the Barons got rid of Eddie Bartels and Jackie Leighton and picked up veteran star Red Wallace from the defunct Middletown franchise. This helped spark the club to a strong finish, winning 10 of their last 15 games and headed into the playoffs. After a tough seven-game series with Elmira, winning in seven games after being down 3 games to 2, they faced their rivals in Scranton for the ABL Championship. They would defeat the Miners in six games to win their third ABL crown.


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

PLAYERS:
  • Ed Bartels (October 8, 1925 - November 4, 2007)
Biography

  • Jim Cathcart (November 22, 1926 - March 14, 2015)
Biography
 
  • Joe "Bells" Colone (January 23, 1924 - July 1, 2009)
Biography

  • Ray Corley (January 14, 1928 - February 5, 2007)
Biography

  • Ray Ellefson (November 18, 1922 - October 7, 1994)
Biography

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

  • Shag Hawkins (September 23, 1920 - March 10, 2005)
Biography

Roger Layne

  • Jack Leighton (January 25, 1928 - August 2, 1996)
Biography

Joe Majikes
Tom McLaughlin

  • Chuck Mrazovich (b. February 26, 1924)
Biography

Johnny O'Boyle
Frank Pozda

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

  • Jimmy Weston (November 2, 1922 - February 6, 1997)
Biography

1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)

1951-52 WASHINGTON CAPITOLS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
15-7 .682




The Capitols were once an NBA franchise, and in their debut season in 1946-47, they won the BAA regular season title before losing in the semi-finals. Two years later, they lost to the Minneapolis Lakers in the BAA finals. When the BAA merged with the NBL in 1949-50, the Caps saw their record slide. In the next season, they team didn't even make it through January, folding in January 9, 1951. The ownership decided to revamp the club for the 1951-52 seasons and join the smaller ABL. The Caps played great, running out to a 10-3 start. However, financially, the club didn't draw well and once again chose January to call it quits, despite handily being in second place. This time, the Capitols would not resurface.

Head coaches:
  • Chick Reiser (October 19, 1912 - November 14, 2005)

PLAYERS:
  • Carl Braun (September 25, 1927 - February 10, 2010)
Biography

  • Bill Cain (November 24, 1918 - February 6, 1999)
Biography

  • Harris
Biography

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

  • Harold Hunter (April 30, 1926 - March 7, 2013)
Biography

  • Leroy Ishman (November 30, 1926 - November 29, 2008)
Biography

  • Gene Janis (May 1926 - February 1986)
Biography

  • Freddie Lewis (January 6, 1921 - December 27, 1994)
Biography

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

  • Ken Murray (April 20, 1928 - June 15, 2008)
Biography

Johnny O'Boyle
  • Dick O'Keefe (September 29, 1923 - December 17, 2006)
Biography

  • Tommy O'Keefe (June 3, 1928 - October 18, 2015)
Biography

  • Herb Scherer (December 21, 1928 - June 28, 2012)
Biography

  • Dick Schnittker (b. May 27, 1928)
Biography

Don Slattery
  • Jim Slaughter (May 13, 1928 - August 2, 1999)
Biography

  • Hal Tidrick (April 4, 1915 - April 2, 1974)
Biography







1951-52 Scranton Miners (ABL)

1951-52 SCRANTON MINERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
24-11 .686, 1st place

Semi-Finals: Defeated Saratoga, 3-1
ABL Championship: Lost to Wilkes-Barre, 4-2


The powerhouse in Scranton continued their dominant ways, winning the regular season title by 4.5 games. They had some internal trouble this season, which lead to the departure of coach Red Sarachak. The ABL was still struggling financially, and despite Scranton's success on the court, they were not immune to the troubles. In January, the ownership announced that they were going to be cutting salaries. This is lead to not just Sarachak's resignation, but also the resignations of players Jerry Fleishman, Ed Kassler, Bobby Kelly, Nat Militzok and Hank Rosenstein. Despite those departures, the Miners, under new coach Herbie Gershon, didn't miss a beat and finished the season on essentially the same pace. In the playoffs, the Miners took out Saratoga before facing their fierce rivals in Wilkes-Barre. The Barons were too much for the regular season champs, and Scranton lost in six games.

Head coaches:
  • Bernie Sarachak (October 19, 1912 - November 14, 2005) 13-6
  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916 - September 24, 1997) 11-5

PLAYERS:
  • John Azary (October 14, 1929 - September 16, 1981)
Biography 

  • Ed Bartels (October 8, 1925 - November 4, 2007)
Biography

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

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

  • Danny Finn (May 29, 1928 - February 18, 2007)
Biography

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

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

  • Bobby Kelly (September 12, 1926 - December 23, 2014)
Biography 

  • Jack Laub (b. May 9, 1926)
Biography


  • Carl Meinhold (b. March 29, 1926)
Biography

  • Nat Militzok (May 3, 1923 - May 14, 2009)
Biography

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

  • Alex Petersen (July 20, 1924 - June 23, 2014)
Biography

  • Bill Pless (June 3, 1928 - October 25, 2001)
Biography

Roy Reardon
  • Hank Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 - February 27, 2010)
Biography

  • Wally Sheil (April 15, 1929 - June 23, 2002)
Biography


1951-52 Saratoga / Schenectady Harlem Yankees (ABL)

1951-52 SARATOGA / SCHENECTADY HARLEM YANKEES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
12-15 .444, 4th place

Semi-Finals: Lost to Scranton, 3-1

Following a dismal 5-25 season in 1950-51, Art Joseph's club had to make changes to try stay competitive. The club, which for many years had a roster comprised solely of black athletes, began to sign white and Jewish players. The team got off to a poor start, and in mid-January they moved their home games to Schenectady. They pieced together a five-game winning streak and would move their home games back to Saratoga for the remainder of the season. They managed to climb their way into the playoffs, losing to Scranton in four games in a best-of-five series. All four games were played in Scranton due to the unavailability of a home court for the Yanks.

Head Coaches: 
  • Art Joseph 
  • Ollie Edinboro
  • Bernie Sarachak (October 19, 1912 - November 14, 2005)   

PLAYERS:
  • Italo Ablondi (August 25, 1925 - June 16, 2001)
Biography

  • Jerry Bailey (July 18, 1922 - August 1985)
Biography

  • Puggy Bell (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
Biography

  • Walt Ciborowski (June 6, 1925 - January 14, 1991)
Biography 

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

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

  • Clarence Forbes (May 29, 1923 - August 31, 2008)
Biography

  • Joe Foster
Biography 

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

  • Vic Hansen 
Biography

  • Chuck Harmon (b. April 23, 1924)
Biography

  • Don Hinds
Biography

  • Sonny Jameson (November 9, 1926 - September 17, 1994)
Biography

  • Henry Jaycox
Biography 

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

  • Bobby Kelly (September 12, 1926 - December 23, 2014)
Biography 

  • Dolly King (November 15, 1916 - January 29, 1969)
Biography

Johnny Mazziotti


  • Benny McNeil 
Biography

  • Nat Militzok (May 3, 1923 - May 14, 2009)
Biography

George Moore
  • Alex Petersen (July 20, 1924 - June 23, 2014)
Biography

Roy Reardon

  • Hank Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 - February 27, 2010)
Biography

  • John Rucker (b. November 21, 1930)
Biography

Al Shields
Gene Sykes



  • Buddy Thompson 
Biography

  • Leroy Watkins (October 3, 1925 - September 23, 2008)
Biography


1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)

1951-52 MANCHESTER BRITISH AMERICANS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
7-11 .389, 5th place

The BA's joined the league late, starting play on New Years Day, 1952. They had been a member of Connecticut's Eastern League before being lured into the ABL fold. They proved to not have much impact on the playoff race.

Head coaches:
  • Johnny Falkowski (March 9, 1911 - May 3, 1975) 1-0 
  • Jackie Allen (April 11, 1923 - August 24, 1966) 3-5
  • Sonny Hertzberg (July 29, 1922 - July 25, 2005) 4-6

PLAYERS: 
  • Jackie Allen (April 11, 1923 - August 24, 1966)
Biography 

  • Puggy Bell (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
Biography

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

  • John Dobrutsky (January 27, 1922 - March 1, 1996)
Biography 

  • Harry Foley (deceased)
Biography

  • Don Goodwin (June 16, 1925 - March 17, 2008)
Biography

  • Ken Goodwin (November 4, 1927 - October 8, 2013)
Biography 

  • Vic Hansen 
Biography

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

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

  • Joe Kubachka (March 21, 1924 - January 23, 2012)
Biography 

  • Paul Labanowski (March 27, 1928 - March 7, 2002)
Biography

Hank Massa
John Mazziotta
Al Palmieri
Ken Whipple

1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)

1951-52 ELMIRA COLONELS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
22-18 .550, 2nd place

Semi-Finals: Lost to Wilkes-Barre, 4-3

Born from the ashes of the Utica Pros from the season before, the Colonels started slowly with a 2-7 record, but the club turned it around and finished in second place behind players like Leo Mogus and Don Savage. They squared up to meet Wilkes-Barre in the playoffs and dropped the first two games before winning the next three to take a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-7 series. However, they lost an overtime thriller in game six and then were drubbed at home by 20 points in the rubber game.

Head Coach: 
  • Fuzzy Levane (April 11, 1920 - April 30, 2012) Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Greek Athas (October 6, 1922 - April 29, 2009)
Biography

  • Leroy Chollet (March 5, 1925 - June 10, 1998)
Biograph

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

  • Jerry Fowler (June 20, 1927 - June 15, 2008)
Biography

  • Spike Gerwin (August 10, 1929 - October 12, 2016)
Biography

  • Sam Lackaye (December 8, 1926 - August 25, 2010)
Biography

  • Fuzzy Levane (April 11, 1920 - April 30, 2012)
Biography

  • Al Masino (February 5, 1928 - August 16, 2006)
Biography

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

  • Leo Mogus (April 13, 1921 - May 31, 1971)
Biography

  • Paul Noel (August 17, 1924 - November 16, 2005)
Biography

  • Mike Novak (April 23, 1915 - August 15, 1978)
Biography

Maurio Panaggio
  • John Rennicke (August 11, 1929 - December 9, 2007)
Biography

  • Don Savage (April 9, 1928 - January 27, 2010)
Biography

Mark Suprenowicz
Joe Tubiolo


1951-52 Carbondale Aces / Middletown Guards (ABL)

1951-52 CARBONDALE ACES / MIDDLETOWN GUARDS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
7-13 .350

The Carbondale Aces got off to a decent 5-3 start but were having trouble drawings fans. They struggled through the second half of December and January, and Red Wallace was relieved of his head coaching duties on January 13, 1952. Bernie Sarachek, who had been coaching the Scranton Miners until he quit in a salary dispute a few days prior, lead the Aces in a 76-71 loss to Manchester. On January 24, the Aces announced the team was ceasing operations. The league awarded the franchise to the Middletown Guards, with the Guards taking on the 6-8 record Carbondale had pieced together. Joe Wise was the coach of Middletown, and Frank Lewis, who had started the season with Bridgeport before being sent to Carbondale, was the only player who went from the Aces to the Guards. Middletown went 1-5 before the club withdrew from the league.


CARBONDALE:


Head Coaches: 
  • Red Wallace (March 28, 1899 - December 25, 1981) 6-7
  • Bernie Sarachak (October 19, 1912 - November 14, 2005) 0-1
PLAYERS:
  • Syl Bozinski (b. September 7, 1927)
Biography 

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

  • Pete Clark (October 13, 1925 - May 26, 2012)
Biography 

  • Cravath
Biography 

  • Ray Ellefson (November 18, 1922 - October 7, 1994)
Biography

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

  • Grasnicka
Biography 


  • Dick Hammock (March 12, 1924 - February 1, 1965)
Biography

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

  • Kitik
Biography

Frank Lewis
Bob McGrane



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


  • Bill Pless (June 3, 1928 - October 25, 2001)
Biography

  • Herb Scherer (December 21, 1928 - June 28, 2012)
Biography

  • Wally Sheil (April 15, 1929 - June 23, 2002)
Biography

Andy Skovoretz
Tommy Smith

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

Yellis
  • Eddie Younger (January 7, 1923 - March 18, 1985)
Biography



MIDDLETOWN:

Head Coach: 
  • Joe Wise ( - ) 1-5
PLAYERS:
  • Italo Ablondi (August 25, 1925 - June 16, 2001)
Biography

  • Ike Borsavage (July 25, 1924 - January 10, 2014)
Biography

  • Ed Chenetz (b. January 30,. 1931)
Biography


  • Walt Ciborowski (June 6, 1925 - January 14, 1991)
Biography 

  • Jack Curran (b. 1924)
Biography

  • Ray Dombrosky (January 1, 1927 - December 9, 1982)
Biography

  • Vic Hansen 
Biography

  • Dick Holub (October 29, 1921 - July 27, 2009)
Biography

Frank Lewis
  • Freddie Lewis (January 6, 1921 - December 27, 1994)
Biography

Larry Lohniss
Paul Lynner

  • Frank Martello 
Biography

  • Tom Muller (deceased)
Biography

  • Norm Skinner (b. June 15, 1926)
Biography

Arnold Smith
ZZZ Souran Tom Summin?
Mort Stagoff
Charley Wexler