Monday, October 8, 2018

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)
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  • Jerry Bailey (July 18, 1922 - August 1985)
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  • Puggy Bell (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
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  • Walt Ciborowski (June 6, 1925 - January 14, 1991)
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  • Hank DeZonie (February 12, 1922 - January 2, 2009)
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  • Jerry Fleishman (February 14, 1922 - June 20, 2007)
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  • Clarence Forbes (May 29, 1923 - August 31, 2008)
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  • Joe Foster
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  • Leo Gottlieb (November 28, 1920 - August 16, 1972)
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  • Vic Hansen 
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  • Chuck Harmon (b. April 23, 1924)
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  • Don Hinds
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  • Sonny Jameson (November 9, 1926 - September 17, 1994)
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  • Henry Jaycox
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  • Ed Kassler (July 21, 1923 - March 7, 2011)
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  • Bobby Kelly (September 12, 1926 - December 23, 2014)
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  • Dolly King (November 15, 1916 - January 29, 1969)
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Johnny Mazziotti


  • Benny McNeil 
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  • Nat Militzok (May 3, 1923 - May 14, 2009)
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George Moore
  • Alex Petersen (July 20, 1924 - June 23, 2014)
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Roy Reardon

  • Hank Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 - February 27, 2010)
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  • John Rucker (b. November 21, 1930)
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Al Shields
Gene Sykes



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