Monday, October 8, 2018

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)
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  • Johnny Ezersky (March 21, 1922 - February 20, 2012)
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  • George Feigenbaum (July 2, 1928 - December 25, 2000)
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  • Danny Finn (May 29, 1928 - February 18, 2007)
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  • Jerry Fleishman (February 14, 1922 - June 20, 2007)
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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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  • Jack Laub (b. May 9, 1926)
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  • Carl Meinhold (b. March 29, 1926)
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  • Nat Militzok (May 3, 1923 - May 14, 2009)
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  • Elmore Morgenthaler (August 3, 1922 - November 25, 1997)
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  • Alex Petersen (July 20, 1924 - June 23, 2014)
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  • Bill Pless (June 3, 1928 - October 25, 2001)
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Roy Reardon
  • Hank Rosenstein (June 16, 1920 - February 27, 2010)
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  • Wally Sheil (April 15, 1929 - June 23, 2002)
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