Tuesday, February 5, 2019

1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL)

1947-48 JACKSON SENATORS
SOUTHERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
23-18 .561, 2nd place

The Senators (or Solons or Sols, as they were referring to in local papers at the time) finished second in the league in a season loaded with injuries. Everett Williams broke his wrist in December and didn't return that season, and Johnny Stroud missed a few weeks with injury and illness. However, the club did seem to find gold with mid-season pick-ups. Pete Caldwell joined the team in early January and averaged 15 points in his first 12 games before a nagging injury slowed him down. The most notbale pick-up for the Senators was Frank Hodges. Hodges signed in February and in his debut on Valentine's Day he put up 39 points in Jackson's 105-66 drubbing of Nashville. Just five days later, Hodges scored a league-high 50 points against Mobile. In his seven games with Jackson (there may be an 8th game he played in but I haven't found the box yet) Hodges averaged 26.9 points.

Phil Hudson was the coach at the start of the season but he was replaced by Clay Gilliam on February 16.

Despite their second-place finish, Jackson decided not to compete in the playoffs due to the number of injured players on the squad.



Head Coaches:
Phil Hudson (July 6, 1916 - June 22, 2009) Also played. See below
Clay Gilliam (January 12, 1921 - May 3, 2001) Also played. See below.


PLAYERS:
  • Gene Bledsoe (June 23, 1922 - January 10, 1971)
Biography

  • Pete Caldwell (February 21, 1921 - September 23, 1998)
Biography


  • Burnell Egger (October 4, 1917 - October 1, 1993)
Biography

  • Feldman
Biography


  • Clay Gilliam (January 12, 1921 - May 3, 2001)
Biography 

  • Don Hardy (January 26, 1927 - December 30, 2011)
Biography


  • Frank Hodges (December 11, 1919 - November 23, 2004)
Biography


  • Phil Hudson (July 6, 1916 - June 22, 2009)
Biography 

  • Bob McKissack (June 11, 1924 - January 9, 1991)
Biography

John Stroud
Nelson Vinal
Charles Ward
Everett Williams


 

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