Monday, November 16, 2015

Howard Vocke

George Howard Vocke

March 16, 1915
New York, NY

September 8, 1998
Akron, OH

1932-33 Hempstead High School - New York (High School)
1933-34 Hempstead High School - New York (High School)
1934-35 Hempstead High School - New York (High School)
1936-37 St John's University (College)
1937-38 St John's University (College)
1938-39 St John's University (College)
1939-40 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots (NBL)
1940-41 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots (NBL)
1941-42 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots (NBL)
1946-47 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots (Independent)
1947-48 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots (Independent)

Vocke was tricky to locate because he went by his middle name. I fortunately stumbled across a census record from Akron from 1940 that listed him with other Akron players rooming in the same house, and it listed his actual name, "George." That allowed me all I needed to fill in the rest.

Found Howard Vocke while searching for Bill Lloyd. Vocke played at St John's with Lloyd, and they lived together when they went to Akron to join up with former St John's teammate Gerald Bush.

This here is is SSDI record

Born to George and Lillian Vocke in New York. He attended St John's and served in the US Navy during World War 2. He worked as an engineer at Goodyear for 41 years.
He married Eleanor Shannon (1919-2013) in 1941 and they had three sons; James (d. 1986), Thomas (1961-2007) and Michael, and three daughters; Ann DiPlacido, Barbara Keady-Shannon and Jane Dalton.
Eleanor Shannon

Eleanor's obit:

Akron Beacon Journal, September 11, 1998



  1. My Uncle Howie. My father Robert was his half brother, as was Uncle Charlie. They grew up in Queens Village New York.