Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Larry Matthews

Frank Lawrence "Larry" Matthews III


Born:
January 12, 1934
Elmira, NY

Died:
October 18, 2005
Chattanooga, TN


Career
1949-50 Horseheads High School - New York (High School)
1950-51 Horseheads High School - New York (High School)
1951-52 Horseheads High School - New York (High School)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1971-72 Notre Dame High School - Elmira (High School)  Head coach - freshmen
1972-73 Notre Dame High School - Elmira (High School)  Head coach - freshmen
1973-74 Notre Dame High School - Elmira (High School)  Head coach - freshmen

Larry Matthews was a prep star from Horseheads, New York, earning 11 letters at Horseheads HS. The football and basketball star played one game for the ABL's Elmira Colonels in November of 1952. After serving in the USAF, he would work for many years as a teacher, coach and administrator. He eventually accepted a post in Nashville, and died in Tennessee in 2005.



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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

1947-48 Zanesville Pioneers (AABL)

1947-48 ZANESVILLE PIONEERS
ALL-AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Finished: 6-15 .286, 6th place


Zanesville managed to claw their way out to a 5-5 start, but then hit the skids, dropping ten of 11 to finish in a distant last place.

Head Coach:
  • Manny Hyatt (December 17, 1916 - December 10, 1986) Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Harold Augsberger (March 27, 1920 - April 23, 2006)
  • Bill Cope (October 24, 1923 - March 21, 2014)
  • Bill Feeney (February 7, 1924 - January 31, 1990)
  • Whitey Fowle (September 30, 1914 - June 1, 1998)
  • Ed Janicki (November 4, 1918 - July 10, 2011)
    • Roger Jorgenson (September 2, 1920 - October 3, 2010)
    • John Kolodziek (January 24, 1926 - May 12, 1969)
    • Hap Smith
    • Ed Strall (January 1, 1919 - October 29, 1996)
      • Straw  
      • Kenny Walters (April 29, 1922 - February 13, 1992)
      • Bill Ziemer (May 8, 1923 - May 22, 2015)
      (I know you might think Starw is probably a typ for Strall, but they both played in the Feb 1, 1948 game)

      1947-48 Youngstown Cubs (AABL)

      1947-48 YOUNGSTOWN CUBS
      ALL-AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE

      Finished: 20-8 .714, 1st place

      Semi-finals: Defeated Wheeling, 3-1
      AABL Finals: Lost to Dayton, 3-1

      When the NBL's Youngstown Bears disbanded following the 1946-47, the end of professional basketball in the Ohio town was short-lived. The town was granted a franchise in the smaller All-American League, and the team took the Cubs moniker, aware that the scope of play was smaller than the NBL. Paul Birch, whose 1946-47 season was his first withut playing, had been the coach of the BAA's Pittsburgh Ironmen but he team folded prior to the 1947-48 season, and Birch would head to Youngstown where he would be the head coach for the Cubs, as well as an active player.

      The Bears, playing with a lot of NBL/BAA castoffs, rolled to a regular season title and advanced through the semi-finals before falling to the red-hot Dayton Metros in the AABL Championship series.

      Head Coach:
      • Paul Birch  (January 4, 1910 - June 5, 1982) Also played. See below.

      PLAYERS:
      • Lou Gabriel (December 13, 1923 - January 4, 1973)
      • George Naples (June 6, 1924 - November 26, 1992)
      • Fred Paine (December 7, 1925 - October 26, 2004)

      1947-48 Wheeling Puritans (AABL)

      1947-48 WHEELING PURITANS
      ALL-AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE

      Finished: 13-14 .481, 3rd place
      Semi-Finals: Lost to Youngstown, 3-1


      Wheeling pretty much hovered around the .500 mark all season, making the playoffs but losing to Youngstown in the semi-finals. Jimmy Quinlan was the team's high scorer, averaging 15.5 point in the 14 games I could find stats for.

      Head Coach:


      PLAYERS:
      • Irv Barnett (October 19, 1920 - April 18, 1999)
      • Joe Baron (October 5, 1919 - May 22, 1991)
      • Gene Britt (October 13, 1921 - November 29, 2004)
      • Al Campeti (October 7, 1923 - December 10, 1992)
      • Albert DeVeechis (October 14, 1925 - October 14, 1995)
      • Bob Doughty (November 18, 1925 - December 30, 1983)
      • Hank Ellis (August 18, 1921 - October 29, 2015)
      • Bill Hall (January 19, 1925 - July 15, 1987)
      • Roger Jorgenson (September 2, 1920 - October 3, 2010)
      • Joe Rodak (May 24, 1923 - June 19, 1996)
      • Jim Ruch (August 15, 1920 - July 2, 1984)





      1947-48 Cumberland Dukes (AABL)

      Coach Bobby Cavanaugh
      1947-48 CUMBERLAND DUKES
      ALL-AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE

      Finished: 10-15 .400, 5th place

      The Cumberland Dukes were one of the teams in the AABL that did well at the ticket office, but despite a few talented players, they couldn't get it together to make the playoffs.

      Head Coach:
      • John J. "Bobby" Cavanaugh (November 23, 1903 - January 1984)

      PLAYERS:
      Lou Bell
      • Lou Bell (August 10. 1922 - August 16, 1993)
      • Chick Cubbage (January 1, 1917 - June 27, 1994)
      • Eddie Diehl (January 13, 1915 - April 1, 2003)
      • Gus Frizzell (January 12, 1921 - January 8, 2005)
      • George Geatz (January 26, 1924 - March 9, 1995)
      • Norm Mason (February 11, 1920 - November 15, 1999)
      • Johnny Meyers (August 29, 1917 - February 20, 1998)
      • Paul Oberhaus (September 7, 1920 - December 3, 1974)
      • Walt Orndorff (December 18, 1921 - August 25, 2019)
      • Bob Pence (August 10, 1922 - August 17, 1991)
      • Jim Roby (February 7, 1921 - August 31, 2004)
        Walt Orndorff
      • Joe Wagner (October 1, 1918 - February 26, 2003)

      1947-48 Columbus Mariners / Dayon Metropolitans

      1947-48 COLUMBUS MARINERS / DAYTON METROPOLITANS
      ALL-AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE

      Finished: 16-11 .593, 2nd place
      Semi-Finals: Defeated Altoona, 3-0
      AABL Championship: Defeated Youngstown, 3-1


      After their January 14 win over Zanesville, the Mariners found themselves to deep into the red financially to continue. The league looked to add a team to take their place for the season, and found the Dayton Metropolitans to be receptive. The Mets were a popular barnstorming team at thetime with several flashy players like Sweetwater Clifton and Duke Cumberland. Introduced into league play on January 25, and inheriting the 5-7 record the Mariners had, the Mets won six of their first 8 games (with the only two losses coming at the hands of the front-running Youngstown Cubs). Playing a league schedule while still engaged in a very-full exhibition schedule, the workhorse Mets went 11-4 in the AABL to finish the season at 16-11. Two of the Mets' losses were by a single point.

      Rolling into the playoffs, the Mets swept Altoona in the semi-finals to face the powerful Youngstown club in the league championship. Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, the high scorer for the Mets who averaged 16.2 points in regular season league play, lead the Mets to a victory over the Cubs in 4 games.


      COLUMBUS: (5-7)

      Head Coach:
      • Gene Scholz (September 28, 1917 - March 9, 2005) Also played. See below

      PLAYERS:
        Harold Augsberger
        Willie Garland
        Glen Golden
        Harold Augsberger (March 27, 1920 - April 23, 2006)
      • Bob Clindaniel (May 31, 1922 - June 7, 1988)
      Bob Whetstone
      • Jim Garland (November 17, 1918 - January 30, 1995)
      • Willie Garland (June 9, 1928 - July 19, 1996)
      • Glen Golden (February 23, 1919 - July, 1986)
        • Earl Kelly (March 26, 1921 - September 5, 1996)
        • Babe Mazza (February 6, 1922 - September 12, 2008)
        • Vernal "Hap" Smith  
        • Bob Whetstone (June 27, 1919 - January 31, 2009)


        DAYTON: (11-4)

        Head Coach:
        • Herb Brown (December 1, 1911 - August 21, 1993) 

        Don Blanken
        PLAYERS:
        • Don Blanken (June 21, 1920 - October 21, 2009)
        • Johnny Brown (April 9, 1922 - June 1, 2009)
        • Chris Hansen (February 10, 1919 - April 28, 2002)
        • Les Pugh (September 18, 1922 - February 25, 1979)
        • Roy Witry (September 28, 1923 - October 6. 2010)
        Roy Witry

        Thursday, June 18, 2020

        1947-48 Altoona Edwards / Railroaders (AABL)

        Coach Chick Davies
        1947-48 ALTOONA EDWARDS / RAILROADERS
        ALL-AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE

        Finished: 9-11 .450, 4th place
        Semi-Finals: Lost to Dayton, 3-0

        Altoona, listed as going by the Edwards and the Railroaders, had some talented players like Dom Asmonga and Mike Bytzura. The finished in fourth place and made the playoffs, but were swept by eventual champions Dayton.

        Legendary Duquesne coach Chick Davies was the named the head coach, but it appears in games that were in conflict with his duties at Duquesne, Wy Paris coached. Hard to say when this happened, by Davies is listed as coach in games in the beginning and end of the season, and Paris is mentions as coach in the middle of the season.

        Head Coaches:
        Bobby Artman
        • Charles "Chick" Davies (April 30, 1900 - April 15, 1985)
        • Wy Paris (August 5, 1908 - May 21, 2001) Also played. See below

        PLAYERS:
        • Bobby Artman (February 8, 1922 - April 9, 1975)
        • Jim Atkins (August 25, 1924 - March 10, 2012)
        • Moe Becker (February 24, 1917 - January 9, 1996)
          Jimmy Atkins
        • Johnny Beecham (April 13, 1928 - May 4, 2011)
        • Don Graham (August 27, 1925 - April 18, 2009)
        • Dave Hornstein (August 16, 1922 - September 25, 1997)
        • Al Hruska (June 18, 1929 - July 4, 2001)
        • Hurd
        • Ed Janicki (November 4, 1918 - July 10, 2011)
        • Red Manning (November 17, 1928 - April 27, 2005)
          Bill DeVenzio
        • Stan Noszka (September 9, 1920 - November 15, 1991)
        • Wy Paris (August 5, 1908 - May 21, 2001) 
        • Joe Penzelik (January 13, 1921 - May 13, 1970)
        • Eddie Strall (January 1, 1919 - October 29, 1996)
          Stan Wasik
        • Bill Vojtko (August 18, 1921 - May 24, 2012)
        • Stan Wasik (December 24, 1919 - November 6, 2005)
        Joe Penzelik


        Ed Janicki

        Bill Vojtko