Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dave Scobey

John David Scobey


Born:
October 7, 1922
Nashville, TN

Died:
May 11, 2008
Nashville, TN


Career
Lipscomb High School - Nashville (High School)
1940-41 Lipscomb College - Tennessee (College)
1941-42 Lipscomb College - Tennessee (College)
1942-43 Vanderbilt University (College)
1944-45 Vanderbilt University (College)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

Scobey lettered in basketball, baseball and track while at Lipscomb. He transferred to Vanderbilt after a couple years at Lipscomb. Scobey entered the U.S. Navy during World War 2, and after the war finished his education at Vanderbilt.

After a stint with the Nashville Vols in 1947-48, Scobey worked as an accountant and eventually would become the vice-mayor of Nashville. He also was football official in the SEC for 25 years.

Scobey had two sons and three daughters.

Source:
vucommodores.com

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Hoyte Sanford

James Hoyte Sanford


Born:
November 25, 1928
Rutherford County, TN

Died:
December 28, 2011
Murfreesboro, TN


Career
1945-46 Christiana High School - Murfreesboro, TN (High School)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

Born in rural Rutherford County to Nevil and Freddie Mae Sanford, Hoyte was playing basketball in the Rutherford County Indie league in 1948 before signing with the Nashville Vols of the Southern League in February of that year.He played in 2 game for the Vols, scoring twice. He would serve in the U.S. Army, being stationed in post-war Germany before returning to Tennessee where he would work as a Highway Patrolman.

Hoyte married Betty Adams and they had a son and a daughter,



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Harold Sanders

Harold Edward Sanders


Born:
April 30, 1923
Minneapolis, MN

Died:
May 7, 2012
Robinson, IL


Career
1939-40 Central High School - Minneapolis (High School)
1940-41 Central High School - Minneapolis (High School)
1941-42 West High Pharmacy - Minneapolis (Independent)
1945-46 Nashville Junior Vols (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Sanders entered the U.S. Navy and served during World War 2. He went to Vanderbilt during the war for Naval training, it is was there that he played semi-pro basketball for the Junior Vols. A
good football and baseball player, also, Sanders would play minor league baseball for a few years, including time in both the St Louis Browns and Cleveland Indians farm systems. He played basketball with the Nashville Vols for half a season. Despite hitting .321 in four seasons in the minors, he would be sold to Oklahoma City in 1949, and from there would find his way back north. He landed in Merrill, Wisconsin, where he played on the local independent team for a few seasons. Sanders would eventually be inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Hall of Fame. He would work for many years as a sales representative for Semling-Menke and Wisconsin Window Unit.

Sanders died in 2012 at the age of 89. He married Janet Mueller and they had one son and two daughters. Widowed, he would remarry to Jennie.


Source:
Obituary, Wausau Daily Herald, May 20, 2012

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Herman Roberson

Herman Wellington Roberson


Born:
November 3, 1916
Talladega Springs, AL

Died:
April 11, 1998
New Hope, AL



Career
1932-33 Fayetteville High School - Alabama (High School)
1933-34 Fayetteville High School - Alabama (High School)
1934-35 Fayetteville High School - Alabama (High School)
1937-38 University of Alabama (College)
1938-39 University of Alabama (College)
1939-40 University of Alabama (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1947-48 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach
1948-49 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach
1949-50 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach
1950-51 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1951-52 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1952-53 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1953-54 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1954-55 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1955-56 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1956-57 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1957-58 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1958-59 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1959-60 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1960-61 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1961-62 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1962-63 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1963-64 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1964-65 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1965-66 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1966-67 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1967-68 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1968-69 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1969-70 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1970-71 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1971-72 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1972-73 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1973-74 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1974-75 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1975-76 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1976-77 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1977-78 New Hope High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach

Roberson was the head basketball coach at Howard College (now Samford University) when he joined some of his former players on the Birmingham Vulcans as a player. He played briefly that season, but continued coach at Howard and later was a long-term head coach at New Hope HS.

Roberson was a veteran of three wars (WW2, Korean War, Vietnam War).


Source:
http://www.hmcahof.com/inductee_alphabetical.php?myindex=131

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Billy Rigdon

John Willian "Billy" Rigdon


Born:
April 10, 1919
Meridian, MS

Died:
July 9, 1986
Bessemer, AL


Career
Howard College (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)

Rigdon who played minor league baseball around Alabama and Georgia as well as some basketball with the Birmingham Vulcans. Rigdon served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rigdon001wil

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Russell Reid

Russell Eugene Reid


Born:
February 1, 1920
Cotton Plant, MS

Died:
February 28, 2008
Memphis, TN


Career
Tippah Union High School - Mississippi (High School)
1940-41 Holmes JC - Goodman, MS (College)
1946-47 University of Mississippi (College)
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires / Memphis Gulls (SPBL)
1948-49 Laurel Oilers (SPBL)
1949-50 Itawanba JC - Fulton, MS (College) Head coach
1950-51 Itawanba JC - Fulton, MS (College) Head coach
1951-52 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Bartlett High School - Tennessee (High School) Head coach
1961-62 West Point High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1975-76 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1976-77 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1977-78 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1978-79 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1979-80 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1980-81 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1981-82 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1982-83 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1983-84 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach
1984-85 Christian Brothers High School - Memphis (High School) Head coach


Born to Gene and Donie Reid, Russell was a natural athlete from New Albany, Mississippi. He lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track entering Holmes Junior College after graduating. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War 2, and after the war attended Ole Miss. After college, he played a couple years of professional basketball in the Southern League and also played one season of minor league baseball in the Washington Senators farm system. He coached football and basketball many years at the high school and collegiate level.

He married Imogene Panell (1927-2015) and they had three daughters.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=reid--001rus

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Obituary

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Ken Redmond

Kenneth Emerson Redmond


Born:
January 8, 1926
Tennessee

Died:
June 4, 2018
Nashville, TN


Career
1943-44 Howard High School - Nashville (High School)
1946-47 Tennessee Tech - Cookeville, TN (College)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1948-49 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

Redmond entered the military after high school to serve his country during World War 2. After the war, the former high school football and basketball star received scholarship offers from 5 SEC schools but chose to attend Tennessee Poly (now Tennessee Tech). He left school early do to financial hardship, he left school early and played basketball for the Nashville Vols for the two seasons the Southern Basketball League was in existence. He would become one of the more well-known football coach in Tennessee High School athletics, coaching for forty years at various Tennessee school.

Ken and his wife, Joyce, had five children.

Source:
The Tennessean, November 30, 1988
Woodbine Funeral Home

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Felix Ray

Felix Caskey Ray, Jr.


Born:
October 20, 1921
Winchester, TN

Died:
September 4, 1982
Westland, MI


Career
West High School - Nashville (High School)
1941-42 Lipscomb College - Nashville (College)
1942-43 Vanderbilt University (College)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1948-49 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

Born to Felix and Mary Ray, Felix played basketball first at Lipscomb and later at Vanderbilt. He went into the Army Air Corps as a pilot after the 1942-43 season. After the war, he played basketball with the Nashville Vols for two seasons. He moveed to Columbia, Tennessee to go into business, and in 1968 would move to the suburban Detroit area where he ran a motel and restaurant.
 



Source:
The Tennessean, September 5, 1982

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Bill Ramsey

William Thrace Ramsey, Jr.


Born:
February 20, 1920
Osceola, AR

Died:
January 4, 2008
Memphis, TN


Career
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires (SPBL)

Born in Osceola, Arkansas, on the Mississippi River, Ramsey played baseball at the University of Florida briefly before leaving school to play minor league baseball. He started in the Brooklyn Dodger and St Louis Cardinals' farm systems and rose through the ranks during the talent-depleted farm systems of World War 2. In 1945, he made it to the Major Leagues, spending the season with the Boston Braves. He played in 78 games that season, batting .292. With the war over and major league players returning from Duty, Ramsey found himself out west, playing in the Pacific Coast League. with Seattle and Sacramento. A man of great speed, he would lead the PCL in stolen bases. Home for the off-season in 1947-48, he was coaxed to play for the Memphis basketball team in the Southern League. After three game where he scored 21 total points, he was let go. Determined to make it back to the major leagues, he would play a few more years with Seattle in the PCL, but his numbers began to drop, and by the close of 1952, he was done playing professional baseball.

Ramsey married Patricia Ann Bryant and they had two children.

Major League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ramsebi01.shtml

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J.T. Rakestraw

J.T. Rakestraw


Born:
February 25, 1920
Union County, MS

Died:
September 12, 1999
Picayune, MS


Career
Sunflower College (College)
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires (SPBL)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1947-48 Mobile Gulls (SPBL)
1953-54 Whiskered Wizards (Independent)

Rakestraw served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. After finishing at Sunflower College, he played bounced around the Southern Basketball League for the 1947-48 season.

Rakestraw's younger brother, Tye, played basketball at Delta State College in the late 40's and would kill his own wife in 1982 before committing suicide.

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Horace Peterson

Horace Peterson


Born:
July 10, 1921
Birmingham, AL

Died:
July 7, 2001
Lawrenceville, GA


Career
1940-41 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) 
1942-43 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) 
1946-47 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1947-48 Goodwater High School - Alabama  (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Bessemer High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach

Peterson served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Horace earned a Master's Degree from the University of Alabama and would work for the Bessemer Board of Education for 35 years. He was the principal at Jess Lanier High School until retiring in 1983.

Horace married Sarah Horton (1924-1999) in 1943 and they had one son and one daughter.

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Bill Pennebaker

Bill Pennebaker


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Career
1940-41 Yazoo City - Mississippi (Independent) ??
1941-42 Holmes JC - Goodman, Mississippi (College)
1942-43 Holmes JC - Goodman, Mississippi (College)
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires (SPBL)

Allegedly went to University of Arkansas but he is not on their all-time roster.

Aunt obituary ??
https://www.djournal.com/news/obituaries-thursday-dec/article_87de6913-39cb-5b4a-9497-c923d14b1dc9.html


NOT William Dixon Pennebaker

Maybe William T Pennebaker (b. Oct 12 1922 d. 12-13-08)

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Buddy Parker

James Edward "Buddy" Parker


Born:
May 27, 1924
Maysville, KY

Died:
December 27, 1999
Lexington, KY


Career
1941-42 Henry Clay High School - Lexington, KY (High School)
1943-44 University of Kentucky (College)
1944-45 University of Kentucky (College)
1945-46 University of Kentucky (College)
1946-47 University of Kentucky (College)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)

Raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Parker played football and basketball in high school as well as running track. He served in the U.S. Navy after high school, and was discharged in early 1944. He enrolled at UK and joined the basketball team for the last few games of the season. He played there the next three seasons, graduating in 1947. He would play with the Montgomery Rebels for the first month of the 1947-48 Southern League before being let go. Parker worked at Standard Oil before starting his own Real Estate company in 1956.

Buddy's father, Ed, played basketball at UK in 1918-1919.

Buddy was married Louis Watkins.

Source:
http://www.bigbluehistory.net

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Lindsey Oden

Elias Lindsey Oden


Born:
August 27, 1929
Birmingham, AL 

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Career
1947-48 Gadsden / Bessemer Whiz Kids (SPBL)
1948-49 Birmingham Steelers (SPBL)

Oden, a basketball player from the Birmingham area, played two years in the Southern Basketball League. He was the brother in law of teammate Herbert Spitzer.

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Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy


Born:



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Career
1945-46 San Mateo JC - California (College)
1946-47 Spiller's Mobile Gas - Redwood City, CA (Independent)
1946-47 San Diego Dons (AAU)
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires / Memphis Gulls (SPBL)

Good player from California, was playing semi-pro basketball while deciding about college in 1947


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Jim Mims

James Maxwell Mims


Born:
December 19, 1926
Birmingham, AL

Died:
December 30, 2004
Birmingham, AL


Career
1947-48 Gadsden / Bessemer Whiz Kids (SPBL)

Mims was a Birmingham native who was a minor league pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system through the 1940's. In the off-season after 1947, he would play pro basketball with the Whiz Kids in the Southern Basketball League.  He got as high as the Pirates' AAA team in Indianapolis in 1950, but never made the parent club.

Mims served during World War 2 at the end of the war.


Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mims--002jam

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Bill Menton

William Joseph Menton


Born:
November 3, 1919
Passaic, NJ

Died:
February 15, 2010
Mobile, AL


Career
Spring Hill College - Mobile (College)
1947-48 Mobile Gulls (SPBL)

Born to John and Evelyn Menton, Bill grew up in Passaic, New Jersey. He went to Spring Hill on an athletic scholarship, playing baseball, basketball and football. He graduated in 1942 and began coaching. He would work as a Mobile County juvenile probation officer and during this time he played basketball for the Mobile Gulls and also worked as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds. He was also a sportscaster for a Mobile radio station and was the play-by-play announcer for the local minor league baseball team, the Mobile Bears. In the mid-60's, he was the general manager for the semi-pro Mobile Tarpons of the North American Football League. He became Bayou La Batre's police chief before embarking on a career in politics. In 1982, he was elected to the Alabama Senate, and in 1988 served as the Mobile County Commissioner.

Senator Menton married Carmen Santana in 1945 and they had 8 children.

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Obituary

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Bob McKissack


Robert Griffin "Buddy" McKissack, Jr.


Born:
June 11, 1924
Bolton, MS

Died:
January 9, 1991
Jackson, MS


Career
1941-42 Hinds County High School - Mississippi (High School)
1942-43 Hinds Junior College - Raymond, MS (College)
1945-46 Hinds Junior College - Raymond, MS (College)
1946-47 Hinds Junior College - Raymond, MS (College)
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL)


McKissack served in the military during World War 2. and returned to Hinds JC after the war. He would play basketball for part of the 1947-48 season with the Jackson Senators before being released in early February of 1948. He would work as a safety consultant for the Mississippi Health Department before his death in 1991 at 66 years of age.

McKissack was married to Katherine and they had three sons and one daughter.

Source:
Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS) January 11, 1991

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Claude Martin

Claude Cecil Martin


Born:
September 8, 1918
Hammond, LA

Died:
February 27, 2000
Birmingham, AL


Career
1947-48 Mobile Gulls (SPBL)

Martin served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War 2, and was a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down in Europe. He would live most of his life in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which is close to Mobile where he would briefly play basketball with the Mobile Gulls of the Southern League. He worked for many years at Litton Industries as well as managing Food Town Supermarkets in Moss Point, Mississippi, and owning Economy Grocery in Pascagoula.

He married Delores in 1942 and they had a son and a daughter.

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Dan Manning

Dan Manning


Born:
September 11, 1919
Tennessee

Died:
July 19, 2009
Nashville, TN


Career
1940-41 Foster Drug Combine - Nashville (Independent)
1943-44 Square Deal - Nashville (Independent)
1944-45 Square Deal - Nashville (Independent)
1945-46 Square Deal - Nashville (Independent) 
1946-47 Square Deal - Nashville (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1948-49 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1948-49 Budweiser - Nashville (Independent)

Not 100% positive, but I think this is the correct Dan Manning.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Jess Mallory

Jesse Draughton Mallory


Born:
December 27, 1912
Russellville, KY

Died:
September 28, 2004
Nashville, TN


Career
1929-30 Russellville High School - Kentucky (High School)
1937-38 Red Aces - Nashville (Independent)
1938-39 Red Aces - Nashville (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL) Head coach / player
1948-49 Nashville Vols (SPBL) Head coach


Mallory, 6'6 230-pound player from Logan County, Kentucky, Mallory was 6'2 at the age of 13.He played basketball at Austin Peay and the University of Tennessee before serving with the U.S. Navy during World War 2. He was able to make a court while stationed at sea. After the war, he was the part-owner, head coach and occasional player for the Nashville Vols of the Southern League in 1947-48. He returned as head coach the next season, and was optimistic with the leagues propects in the summer of 1949 when the league officially disbanded.

He would go into coaching and teaching, and would eventually served as a high school principal in New Albany, Mississippi. He also made a decent living as a humorist, with various speaking engagements throughout the Mississippi Valley.


Jess married Edna Dickson in 1941 and the had one daughter. Edna died within a month of Jess

Source:
The Tennessean, February 16, 1947
Jackson Sun, September 21, 1966

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Buford Maddox

Buford Martin Maddox


Born:
December 3, 1919
Enid, OK

Died:
April 14, 1979
Birmingham, AL


Career
1937-38 Enid High School - Oklahoma (High School)
1941-42 Oklahoma A&M University (College)
1942-43 Oklahoma A&M University (College)
1946-47 Phillips University - Oklahoma (College)
1947-48 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)


Maddox went to Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) before entering the military to serve during World War 2. After the war he returned to college, first at Phillips and then at Howard. Following the close of the Howard season in February 1948, he was signed to play for the injury-depleted Birmingham Vulcans in the playoffs. Maddox would score 38 point in the Vulcans three playoff games as Birmingham was dispatched in the first round.

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Emery Lowry

Emery Moore Lowry, Jr.


Born:
October 19, 1926
Oneonta, AL

Died:
June 24, 2013
Union City, GA


Career
1944-45 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)



Emery married Peggy Baker (d. 2011) in 1949 and they had three sons and a daughter.



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Danny Long

Daniel Broughton Long, Sr.


Born:
July 23, 1925
Montgomery, AL

Died:
December 27, 2005
Daphne, AL


Career
1942-43 Lanier High School - Montgomery (High School)
1943-44 Lanier High School - Montgomery (High School)
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires / Mobile Gulls (SPBL)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)

Right out of high school, this Montgomery athlete was signed by the Chicago Cubs baseball club and sent to their Nashville affiliate.  In 1945 he would find himself in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system and over the next few years the catcher climbed his was to Class AA. However, that is as high as he would get in the minor leagues. In the off-season of 1947-48, he would play basketball first for the Memphis Legionnaires and when the team moved to Mobile, we went with them but left the team shortly thereafter. He would make a brief appearance with the Birmingham Vulcans at the end of the Southern League season before heading back to baseball. However, this off-season saw him sold to the Cleveland Indias and he struggled though the 1948 season before being let go. He bounced around the low minors until 1950 when he was let go and done with baseball at the age of 24.

Long became a restaurateur in Montgomery for many years and also served on the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

He was married to Murial Savage in 1953 and they had four children.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=long--001dan

Source:
Montgomery Advertiser, December 30, 2005

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Wheeler Leeth

Wheeler Booker Leeth


Born:
May 19, 1917
Boaz, AL

Died:
June 8, 1998
Bradenton, FL


Career
1939-40 University of Alabama (College)
1940-41 University of Alabama (College)
1941-42 University of Alabama (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)

Leeth played football and basketball at Alabama. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He signed to play basketball with Birmingham on January 8, 1948 and played well but had a nagging shoulder injury that limited his playing time. He died in Florida in 1998.


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Steve Kontos

Steven Alex Kontos


Born:
June 22, 1921
Birmingham, AL

Died:
July 9, 2018
Birmingham, AL


Career
Phillips High School - Birmingham (High School)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)

Born to Alex and Stella Kontos, Kontos graduated from high school and went into the U.S. Army Air Corps for World War 2, training in Boise, Idaho. After the war, he played some basketball for his hometown Vulcans for a season. He wound up running the family fruit business, the Kontos Fruit Company, until retiring in 2001. He was a couple weeks past his 97th birthday when he died in 2018.

He and his wife, Annette, had four sons and three daughters.

Source:
Obituary, Birmingham News, July 11, 2018

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Ralph Jones

Ralph Carroll Jones


Born:
February 14, 1922
Florence, AL

Died:
February 18, 1995
Wilmington, NC


Career
Union College - Tennessee (College)
University of Alabama (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1948-49 Birmingham Steelers (SPBL)
1948-49 New Orleans Sports (SPBL)
1948-49 Laurel Oilers (SPBL)

Jones played football at Alabama and would play professionally with the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Colts.

As a basketball player, Ralph signed with the Birmingham Vulcans in February of 1948 and average 11.6 points in the remaining 11 regular season games. Next season, he joined the Birmingham Steelers on December 14, 1948. He was released and signed with New Orleans on January 15, 1949, and after a two-game set against Laurel in February, he was let go but signed with the same Laurel club to finish out the season.

NFL Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/J/JoneRa21.htm

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John Hunter

John A. Hunter


Born:
1925
Springfield, TN

Died:
November 7, 2000
Clearwater, FL


Career
1940-41 Howard High School - Nashville (High School)
1942-43 Howard High School - Nashville (High School)
1943-44 Nashville Junior Vols (Independent)
1943-44 Convair Bombers - Nashville (Independent)
1946-47 Austin Peay Independents (Independent)
1946-47 Veterans Administration - Nashville (Independent)
1946-47 Square Deal Service Station - Nashville (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1948-49 Budweiser - Nashville (Independent)

Aside from being a good basketball player (he average over 18 PPG for the Nashville Vols of the Southern League), Hunter was one of the greatest fast-ptich softball players to ever take the mound. From Nashville in the 40's, he would move to Clearwater, Florida, and became one of the most dominating lefthanded pitchers the sport had ever seen. He turned pro in softball (which was a much bigger sport for men back then than it is now) at the age of 14, he would lead his Nashville team to multiple state title before joining the Clearwater Bombers as the team dominated the national championships in the 50's. Hunter would would win the MVP of the nationals three time and was the first Bomber selected to the USA Softball Hall of Fame. He once struck out 45 batters in a row.


He and his wife, Dororthy "Jeanne", had one daughter.

Source:
http://clearwaterbombersinc.com

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Phil Hudson

Phil "Doc" Hudson


Born:
July 6, 1916


Died:
June 22, 2009
Picayune, MS


Career
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL) Head coach / player

Hudson was the athletic trainer and track coach at the University of Kentucky before resigning in the summer of 1947. He was the player coach for the Jackson Senators of the Southern League before being replaced by Clay Gilliam in early 1948. He went on to be the trainer at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi for many years.

Source:
Hattiesburg American, June 26, 2009

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Travis Howard

Travis Buford Howard


Born:
July 31, 1917
Mississippi

Died:
May 1, 1975
Spartanburg, SC


Career
1944-45 Corvair Bombers - Nashville (Independent)
1946-47 General Shoes - Nashville (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1949-50 Burton - Nashville (Independent)
1953-54 Nashville Veterans (Independent)

Howard served in the U.S. Navy for seven years, being discharged in 1944. He immediately went to the baseball diamond, signing to play with the Nashville Vols baseball team as a first baseman. He had been offered a deal with the Yankees' farm team in Norfolk, Virignia, but chose to stay in Nashville. He was sold to Lockport in the PONY league before being released. From there, he moved to play with Kinsport in the class-D Appalachian League.

Howard's athletic dreams were hampered by numerous run-ins with the law. In spring of 1945, he confessed to multiple burglaries and larcenies. He would escape from the county jail in 1952, only to be captured a short while later.


Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=howard001tra


Source:
The Tennessean, March 30, 1945
The Tennessean, December 2, 1951

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Frank Hodges

Frank Lidell Hodges


Born:
December 11, 1919
Collinsville, MS

Died:
November 23, 2004
Pensacola, FL


Career
1939-40 East Mississippi JC (College)
1940-41 East Mississippi JC (College)
1946-47 Delta State Teachers College - Mississippi (College)
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL)
1953-54 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Philadelphia High School - Mississippi (High School) Head coach

Hodges entered the army after a few years at East Mississippi Junior College. After World War 2, he enrolled at Delta State to finish his education. He joined the Jackson Senators in mid-February of 1948 and made an immediate impact, scoring 39 points in his professional debut against Nashville. Five days later, he would score a league-record 50 points against Mobile. He finished the season averaging 26.9 points per game, but was unavailable to play multiple times due to family issues or teaching commitments.

He went on to coach for many years at the high school level, winning two state titles, and eventually would be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004, a few months before his death.

Source:
https://www.franklincountytimes.com/2004/07/06/hodges-headed-to-hall-of-fame/

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John Hitson

John Ben Hitson


Born:
July 7, 1927
Andalusia, AL

Died:
January 10, 1999
Montgomery, AL


Career
1943-44 Starke University Academy - Montgomery (High School)
1944-45 Starke University Academy - Montgomery (High School)
1945-46 Starke University Academy - Montgomery (High School)
1946-47 WMGY Wavelengths - Montgomery (Independent)
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires (SPBL)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1948-49 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1948-49 Wetumpka Rockets (Independent)

The 6'1, 170-pound Hitson was a three-sport player at Starke Prep and after school he went on to play minor league baseball. The left-handed hitting infielder didn't progress high in the minor leagues, leaving baseball in 1951. He played some pro and semi-pro basketball around his hometown of Montgomery.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hitson001joh

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Ben Harrell

Benjamin Royal Harrell


Born:
January 17, 1923
Rose Hill, NC

Died:
April 13, 1995
Annapolis, MD


Career
1945-46 Washington Travelers (Independent)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
Washington Capitols (Independent)
Anniston - Alabama (Independent)

Ben was a right-handed minor league baseball pitcher in the mid 1940's. He would also play some pro basketball around this time. He would eventually settle down in the DC area, working as a fire fighter.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=harrel001ben

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Harpe

Harpe


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Career
1947-48 Mobile Gulls (SPBL)

Played one game for the Gulls, on February 15, 1948, vs Montgomery. Is it really Harper?

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Don Hardy

Clifford Don Hardy


Born:
January 26, 1927
New Albany, MS

Died:
December 30, 2011
Oxford, MS


Career
WP Daniels High School - New Albany, MS (High School)
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL)
1948-49 New Albany Lions (Independent)

Hardy, son of William and Myrtle Hardy, went into the U.S. Army after graduating from WP Daniels HS in New Albany, MS. He would play basketball while in the army, and after war played with Jackson in the Southern League as well as some semi-pro basketball at home. He eventually moved to Memphis and returned to Mississippi to Oxford, where he died in 2011.

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Jim Glasgow

James Daniel "Red" Glasgow


Born:
December 29, 1924
Covi, AL

Died:
February 17, 1999
Birmingham, AL


Career
1944-45 Birmingham Southern College (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1947-48 Gadsden Whiz Kids (SPBL)



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Clay Gilliam

Clay Joshua Gilliam


Born:
January 12, 1921
Myrtle, MS

Died:
May 3. 2001
Myrtle, MS


Career
1940-41 Sunflower JC - Mississippi (College)
1941-42 Delta State Teachers College (College)
Bainbridge Navy (Military)
1946-47 Delta State Teachers College (College)
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL) Head coach / player

Born to George and Velma Gilliam, Clay served in the US Navy during World War 2 after attening Sunflower Junior College and Delta State. He would play pro basketball with the Jackson Senators

Clay was married to Nelda Graham (1928-2011)

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Earl Gartman

Earl Lloyd Gartman, Sr.


Born:
June 23, 1920
Gadsden, AL

Died:
March 8, 1995
Apopka, FL


Career
1939-40 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1940-41 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1950-51 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach
1951-52 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach
1952-53 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach
1953-54 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach
1954-55 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College) Head coach

Gartman joined the Vulcans after finishing his eligiblity at Howard in March of 1948. He would play for the Vulcans in the Southern League playoffs, scoring 4 points in each the two games he appeared in. He would go on to coach football, baseball and basketball at Howard before sticking to coaching football for the rest of his coaching career. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War 2.

Earl was married to Mildred and they had one son, but the couple divorced in 1956. He remarried to Mellie.

Source:
Tampa Tribune, March 10, 1995

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Wheeler Flemming

Redmond Wheeler Flemming


Born:
November 21, 1919
Birmingham, AL

Died:
January 2, 2015
Birmingham, AL


Career
1937-38 Ramsay High School - Birmingham (High School)
1938-39 Ramsay High School - Birmingham (High School)
1941-42 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1946-47 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL) Head coach / player
1952-53 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1953-54 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1954-55 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1955-56 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1956-57 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1957-58 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1958-59 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1959-60 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach
1960-61 John Carroll High School - Birmingham (High School) Head coach 
Bessemer Royal (Independent)

Fleming was a local athlete in Birmingham who starred in baseball and basketball at Howard College in Birmingham (now known as Samford University.) He served in the USMC during World War 2. After the war, while going for his Master's degree at Auburn, he played minor league baseball Opelisa in the George-Florida League as well as playing basketball around Birmingham.

He and his brother, Frank (who was a teammate of Wheeler's with the Vulcans) would start their own company, Flemming Transfer, in the late 40's. A high school coach, Wheeler also owned a farm for many years before finally selling it off. He died in 2015 at the age of 95.

Wheeler never married.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=flemmi001red

Source:
https://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/01/early_two-sport_pro_athlete_we.html

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Frank Flemming

Michael Francis "Frank" Flemming


Born:
May 4, 1924
Birmingham, AL

Died:
February 25, 2003
Birmingham, AL


Career
Birmingham Southern College (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1950-51 Birmingham YMHA Blue Jackets (Independent)
1952-53 Flemming Transfer Company - Birmingham (Independent)

Frank was the brother of Wheeler Flemming. He is mentioned as attending Birmingham Southern, but haven't found proof yet.


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Feldman

Feldman


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Career
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL)

A player listed as Feldman played one game for Jackson on February 14, 1948.

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Shorty Erwin

Charles Webb "Shorty" Erwin


Born:
November 11, 1921
Alpharetta, GA

Died:
June 20, 2005
Birmingham, AL


Career
1939-40 University of Alabama (College)
1940-41 University of Alabama (College)
1942-43 University of Alabama (College)
1947-48 Alabama A Club (Independent)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1948-49 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1948-49 Wetumpka Rockets (Independent)
1950-51 Talladega High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Talladega High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Talladega High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Talladega High School - Alabama (High School) Head coach

The 6'5 Erwin signed with the Rebels on February 7, 1948, after a good showing against the Rebs in an exhibition game with the Alabama A Club. He would go on to coach Tallagedha HS.


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Abe Epsman

Abraham Epsman


Born:
October 5, 1922
Birmingham, AL

Died:
December 4, 2006
Birmingham, AL


Career
1941-42 Howard College (College)
1946-47 Samford University - Birmingham (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)

Born to Polish immigrants Morris and Olga Epsman in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Howard College in Birmingham before going off to war. After the war, he returned to Howard, except now the college was known as Samford University. He would play a season with the Birmingham Vulcans.


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Burnell Egger

Clifton Burnell Egger


Born:
October 4, 1917
Caledonia, MS

Died:
October 1, 1993
Madison MS


Career
1936-37 Wesson JC - Mississippi (College)
1937-38 Wesson JC - Mississippi (College)
1938-39 University of Mississippi (College)
1939-40 University of Mississippi (College)
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL)

Egger, who lead the SEC in scoring in 1939-40, served in the Army Air Corps during World War 2. After the war, he would play with the Jackson Senators in the Southern League.

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In Memoriam: Don Parsons

Don Parsons, a basketball star at Rutgers who was drafted by the Knicks in the sixth round in 1950 and played with Paterson in the ABL, died last month at 89. He had been in declining health for a while. My sympathies go out to his widow and family, including current Memphis Grizzly Chandler Parsons.

Don Parsons (1929-2019)

Biography

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bill Duvier

William L. Duvier


Born:
June 16, 1927
New Jersey

Died:
September 2, 2018
Charlotte, NC


Career
1942-43 Lodi High School - New Jersey (High School)
1943-44 Lodi High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Lodi Americans - New Jersey (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1948-49 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1967-68 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach 
1975-76 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1976-77 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1977-78 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1978-79 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1979-80 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach  
1980-81 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach  
1981-82 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach  
1982-83 Saddle Brook High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach 

Duvier served in the U.S. Navy in World War 2 after finishing high school. Unable to afford to go to college, he found his way to play basketball with the Nashville Vols in the Southern League. He would eventually attend Montclair College in New Jersey and after graduating embarked on a career as a teaching and basketball coach.

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Art Drago

Arthur Cecil Drago II


Born:
April 10, 1921
Mobile, AL

Died:
November 13, 1999
Mobile, AL


Career
1947-48 Mobile Gulls (SPBL)

Drago graduated from McGill Institute before serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War 2, serving as a bombardier and earning a Purple Heart and the Air Medal. After the war he finished his education at Spring Hill College and played briefly for the Mobile Gulls. He was also working with Mobile's Recreation Department, working with the youth of Mobile including future baseball Hall of Fame members Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey. He continued to be active in the Mobile sports scene for years, promoting semi-pro sports and youth athletics. He became a stockbroker in the 1960 and reported on financial news in radio segments on WLPR in Mobile.

He married Carole Anne Jones (1920-1995) in 1950 and they had one daughter and two sons. He remarried to Eloise.

Source:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/44672102

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Manny Dorsky

Emanuel Dorsky


Born:
October 29, 1919
Birmingham, AL

Died:
November 6, 1991
Birmingham, AL


Career
1943-44 U.S. Army Yankees - Calgary (Military)
1944-45 Edmonton Clippers (Military)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)

Born to Sam and Anne Dorsky, Manny was an athlete from Birmingham who played minor league baseball in the Class-F Georgia Atlantic League as sell as pro basketball first with the Birmingham Vulcans and later the same season with the Montgomery Rebels. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=dorsky001man

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Austin DeJarnett

Edward Austin DeJarnett


Born:
June 3, 1928
Oklahoma

Died:
November 8, 1987
Silver City, NM


Career
1943-44 Drumright High School - Oklahoma (High School)
1944-45 Drumright High School - Oklahoma (High School)
1945-46 Drumright High School - Oklahoma (High School)
1947-48 Buchanan - Tennessee (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

DeJarnett, a 6-foot-6, 250 pound center from Oklahoma, was playing semi-pro basketball in Nashville when he was signed by the Vols on February 11, 1949.


He was married to Lynnita (1934-2018).

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Pete Deem

Peter J. Deem, Jr.


Born:
August 25, 1918
St. Joseph, MO

Died:
September 19, 2005
Buffalo, MN


Career
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires (SPBL)

The 6' 190-pound Deem was a good basketball and baseball player growing up. He served in the army during World War 2, which interrupted his minor league baseball career. Although he never made the major leagues, he was a popular player in the the Indians and Cubs organizations. He played three games for the Southern Basketball League's Memphis franchise in December of 1947. He would eventually find his way to Minnesota, where he wound down his baseball playing career in Faribault where he also managed a couple seasons. He finally left the game in 1957 and found work at Land O'Lakes Creameries.

Pete married his high school sweetheart Jesse in 1939 and they had three kids.

Source:
Springfield (MO) News-Leader, July 3, 2005

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Adam DeBerry

Henry Adam DeBerry


Born:
April 23, 1918
Woodbury, TN

Died:
November 2, 2008
Madison, TN


Career
1936-37 Kittrell High School - Murfreesboro, TN (High School)
1937-38 Kittrell High School - Murfreesboro, TN (High School)
1938-39 Lipscomb College - Tennessee (College)
1939-40 Lipscomb College - Tennessee (College)
1940-41 Lipscomb College - Tennessee (College)
1941-42 Lipscomb College - Tennessee (College)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1954-55 Litton High School - Nashville (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Litton High School - Nashville (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Litton High School - Nashville (High School) Head coach 
1958-59 David Lipscomb High School - Nashville (High School) Head coach

Lipscomb would go from Kittrell HS to Lipscomb College where he starred on their basketball team. After getting a master's degree in education from Peabody College, he went to on coach high school basketball and work as a school administrator.

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Miles Dean

Miles Tillman Dean


Born:
June 18, 1923
Mount Pinson, AL

Died:
September 27, 2005
Jacksonville Beach, FL


Career
1940-41 Phillips High School - Birmingham (High School)
1941-42 Phillips High School - Birmingham (High School)
1942-43 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1943-44 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1946-47 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Howard College - Homewood, AL (College)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)

Dean played baseball and basketball in high school before heading to Howard College (now Samford University). After two years of college, he entered the U.S. Navy to serve during World War 2. After the war, he returned to Howard to finish his education. When the school basketball season ended in February of 1948, he signed with the Birmingham Vulcans to play with the team in the Southern League playoffs. The Vulcans had been beset by injuries and half the team had not played in the regular season.


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Tom Davidson

Tom Davidson


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Career
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

He signed with the Vols, but have yet to see a box score showing he played. 6'3 from West Tennessee.

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Doug Condit

Douglas Allen Condit


Born:
December 19, 1920
Bakersfield, CA

Died:
April 11, 2004
Bakersfield, CA


Career
1946-47 Sinclair Oilers - Wyoming (Independent)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)

Born in California but raised in Idaho, Condit played both baseball and basketball while in service during World War 2. The 6'6 right-hander was the property of the Cincinnati Reds, but never got higher than Class-B Montgomery in the Southeastern League. He played basketball with the Rebels of the Southern Basketball League in 1947-48, averaging 6.1 PPG in 37 games.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=condit001dou

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