Friday, April 17, 2020

John Orr (NBL player, Chicago) identifed and corrected

The John Orr (not the same as the famous Michigan head coach) who played in the NBL in the 1940's was previously not correctly identified here (and is currently still incorrect on the Pro Basketball Encyclopedia). I found a draft registration that listed his career as a baseball player. Since the Johnny Orr who played with the NBL's Chicago clubs was also a minor league baseball player, this pointed away from the previously identification as John R. Orr (1918-1981),  His draft registration gave me his mother's name, which helped me to track Orr to Tucson, Arizona, in the mid 1950's. He died on cancer and his obituary confirmed his athetletic endeavors and hsi attendance at St Rita HS in  Chicago.