Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Larry Costello

Lawrence Ronald Costello


Born:
July 2, 1931
Syracuse, NY

Died:
December 11, 2001
Fort Myers Beach, FL


Career
1948-49 Minoa High School - New York (High School)
1949-50 Minoa High School - New York (High School)
1950-51 Niagara University (College)
1951-52 Niagara University (College)
1952-53 Niagara University (College)
1953-54 Niagara University (College)
1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1956-57 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1957-58 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1958-59 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1959-60 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1960-61 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1961-62 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1962-63 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1963-64 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1964-65 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1967-68 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
1968-69 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1969-70 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1971-72 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1972-73 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1974-75 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1975-76 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1976-77 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) Head coach
1978-79 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Head coach

Costello hit the ground running at Niagara, helping the freshmen team to an undefeated season in 1950-51. He would lead the varsity team in scoring as a sophomore, and his three years on varsity lead the Eagles to the NIT twice. A tough and physical player, he would play 12 seasons in the NBA with the Philadelphia Warriors and the Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers. He retired as a player in 1968 and immediately moved to the bench, being named the head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. He coached the Bucks to the NBA title in 1971 with players such as Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson. He would coach the Bucks for eight full seasons and was fired 16 games into a ninth. Costello was one of the first head coaches to employ a full-time assistant on the bench. He returned to coaching in 1978 with the Chicago Bulls but was replaced by Scotty Robertson after a 20-36 start.

Costello died of cancer in 2001.

Source:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42777375
https://www.buffalosportshallfame.com/member/larry-costello/
NY Times, December 14, 2001

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/costela01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=costela01

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bert Cook

Bertram Eugene Cook


Born:
April 26, 1929
Hooper, UT

Died:
November 24, 1998
Roy, UT


Career
1946-47 Weber County High School - Utah (High School)
1947-48 Weber County High School - Utah (High School)
1948-49 Utah State University (College) Freshmen
1949-50 Utah State University (College)
1950-51 Utah State University (College)
1951-52 Utah State University (College)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)

After a collegiate career at Utah State University that saw him named All-American, Cook would serve in the U.S. Army for two years before joining the New York Knicks. He would play 37 games for the Knicks in the 1954-55 season before a knee injury ended his career. His playing days over, he returned home to Utah and worked as the Weber County Sheriff as well as a recreational director for the Clearfield Job Corps. He would eventually run the family business at the Bert Cook Auction Company. He died in 1998 following a battle with cancer.

Bert had two sons and three daughters.

Source:
Deseret News, November 13, 1991
Elko Daily Free Press, December 22, 1998

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/cookbe01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=cookbe01

Monday, June 17, 2019

In Memoriam: Ken Buehler

Dr. Ken Buehler (1919-2019)

Buehler, a three-year veteran of the NBL and the oldest known living professional basketball player, died last April at the age of 99.




Kenneth Buehler, age 99, of Arbor Vitae passed away on Thursday, April 18 at Friendly Village nursing home in Rhinelander.
He is survived by daughter Barbara (George),daughter Patricia (Frank), son Robert, grandchildren Justin Shetler, Maya Flores, Magdelena Flores, Melanie Rasmussen (Derek), Steven Cyra (Sydney), great grandchildren Deanna Flores, Michael Flores, Michaela Flores, Emmanuel Silvera, Luke Rasmussen and great great granddaughter Giselle Solis.
In addition to his wife, Jeannette, he was predeceased by his brothers Harold and Earl Buehler and his sister Virginia Lyons.
Ken was born in Edgar, Wisconsin on November 19, 1919. When his parents, Charles and Gerda Buehler, lost their dairy farm during the depression, the family moved into town and Ken loved living close to the gymnasium where he played basketball with his brothers.
Ken continued playing basketball while attending Milwaukee State Teachers College (now UWM) and then played basketball professionally with the Sheboygan Redskins. Ken was named Rookie of the Year for the National Basketball League in 1943, and in 1974 was named to UWM’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
World War II interrupted Ken’s basketball career when he enlisted in the Navy.He married his sweetheart Jeannette just before he pushed off to fight the Japanese in the Pacific. As 2nd lieutenant, Ken was 2nd in command of the USS Harris that carried 2000 men. Ken was later awarded the Bronze star.
The GI bill enabled Ken to go to dental school at Marquette Dental School in Milwaukee and he practiced dentistry in Menomonee Falls for over 35 years. When he wasn’t seeing patients, Ken kept busyraising three children and playing golf. At age 55, he won the Wisconsin State Dental golf tournament, besting a 30 something rival in sudden death.
When Ken retired, he and Jeannette moved to South Palm Beach, Florida joining Jeannette’s sister and brother and their spouses. And later they were joined by daughter, Barbara. In 2015, he moved back to Wisconsin to live with his daughter, Patsy. Ken enjoyed golfing into his eighties and fishing and biking well into his nineties. At 98 he still frequently rode his 3 wheel bicycle for 2 to 3 miles.
Ken was a wonderful, cheerful and generous man loved by friends and family. He was “never better” until the end.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at Nimsgern Funeral Home, 1025 Margaret Street, Woodruff, WI. There will be a 5:00 welcome and a 5:30 service with a light supper to follow.
Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the UCC church he and Jeannette attended in Florida, First Congregational Church of Lake Worth, 1415 N K Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460.
Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com. Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.

Fred Christ

Frederick L. Christ


Born:
August 6, 1930
Glendale, NY

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Career
1945-46 St. Francis Prep - Brooklyn (High School)
1946-47 St. Francis Prep - Brooklyn (High School)
1949-50 Fordham University (College)
1950-51 Fordham University (College)
1951-52 Fordham University (College)
1952-53 Fort Monmouth Signaleers (Military)
1953-54 Fort Monmouth Signaleers (Military)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)

Christ played at Forham where he set the school record for points in a single game with 37 points. He entered the U.S. Army after school, serving two years He started the 1954-55 season with the New York Knicks, appearing in six games before being released.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/chrisfr01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=chrisfr01

Bob Carney

Robert Lee Carney


Born:
August 3, 1932
Aurora, IL

Died:
November 10, 2011
Normal, IL


Career
1947-48 West High School - Aurora, IL (High School)
1948-49 West High School - Aurora, IL (High School) 
1949-50 West High School - Aurora, IL (High School)
1951-52 Bradley University (College)
1952-53 Bradley University (College)
1953-54 Bradley University (College)
1954-55 Ada Oilers (NIBL)
1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)

While at Bradley, Carney would score 1,355 points in his career, an average of 15.6 per game. Bob set at NCAA Tournament record when he hit 23 free throws in the opening round of the 1954 tourney. Bradley would go on to the Final Four that tournament, and the Braves would fall in the title game to LaSalle. Carney was drafted by the Milwaukee Hawks in the 1954 NBA Draft, but didn't make the team. He would sign with the Minneapolis Lakers on February 1, 1955 and played in 19 games and another seven playoff games.

Bob married Gloria Grandia and they had three daughters.

Source:
PJStar.com, November 11, 2011

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/carnebo01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=carnebo01

Tom Brennan

Thomas Francis Brennan, Jr.


Born:
August 6, 1930
New York, NY

Died:
February 11, 1990



Career
1946-47 Fordham Prep - New York (High School)
1949-50 Villanova University (College)
1950-51 Villanova University (College)
1951-52 Villanova University (College)
1952-53 Service All-Stars (Military)
1953-54 Fort Monmouth Signaleers (Military)
1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)


Graduating from Villanova in 1952, Brennan was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1952 NBA Draft, but went to serve in the U.S. Army before joining the team for the 1954-55 season.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/brennto01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=brennto01

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Don Anielak

Donald Robert "Moose" Anielak



Born:
November 1, 1930
St. Louis, MO

Died:
November 19, 1995
Sandwich, IL


Career
1948-49 Bland High School - Missouri (High School)
1949-50 Bland High School - Missouri (High School)
1950-51 Moberly Junior College -Missouri (College)
1951-52 Bradley University - Illinois (College) Did not play
1951-52 Soells - St. Louis (Independent)
1951-52 Optimists - Washington, MO (Independent)
1952-53 SW Missouri State College (College)
1953-54 SW Missouri State College (College)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)
1955-56 Duchesne High School - St. Charles, MO (High School) Head coach 
1956-57 Duchesne High School - St. Charles, MO (High School) Head coach 
1957-58 Crater High School - Central Point, OR (High School) Head coach 
1958-59 Crater High School - Central Point, OR (High School) Head coach 
1959-60 Yates City High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Ramsey High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Ramsey High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Ramsey High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Williamsville High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Koshkonong High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Koshkonong High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Koshkonong High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1975-76 North Boone High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1976-77 North Boone High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1977-78 North Boone High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach 
1979-80 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1980-81 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1981-82 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1982-83 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1983-84 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1984-85 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1985-86 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1986-87 Sandwich High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach 

Anielak played at Moberly JC before transferring to Bradley. However, he, along with two teammates, failed to show for Bradley's opening game on December 1, 1951 and left the school. He would transfer to Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University) the next year. In just two years at SW, the 6'7 Anielak scored 888 point for the Bears. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in the third round of the 1954 NBA draft, but only played one regular season game for them, scoring three points and pulling down two rebounds against Fort Wayne on November 6, 1954. He became a very successful basketball coach in Illinois and Missouri, regularly turning around stumbling programs into winners.

In December of 1995, Anielak suffered a fatal heart attack while hunting. He was 65 years old.

Source:
Miissouri State Bears HOF

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/anieldo01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=anieldo01