Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mike Novak

Michael Donald Novak 

April 23, 1915  
Chicago, IL 

August 15, 1978
Sodus, NY

Tilden High School - Illinois (High School)
1936-37 Loyola University (College)
1937-38 Loyola University (College)
1938-39 Loyola University (College)
1938-39 Chicago Harmons (Independent)
1939-40 Chicago Bruins (NBL)
1940-41 Chicago Bruins (NBL)
1941-42 Chicago Bruins (NBL)
1942-43 Chicago Studebaker Flyers (NBL)
1942-43 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1942-43 Chicago Ramblers (Independent)
1942-43 South Bend Studebaker (Independent)
1943-44 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1944-45 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1946-47 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1946-47 Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
1947-48 Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
1948-49 Rochester Royals (BAA)
1949-50 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1949-50 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1950-51 Louisville Alumnites (NPBL)
1950-51 Utica Pros (ABL)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL) Player / head coach
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL) Player / head coach
1953-54 Syracuse Nationals (NBA) 

One of the first big-men in professional basketball, 6'9 Novak played basketball at Loyola before embarking on a long pro career. He later worked for Delco Products until retiring in 1974. He died in 1978 of a heart attack.

He was married to Evelyn Peterson and had one son and three daughters.

Obituary, Auburn Citizen, August 16, 1978



  1. 1944-45 Wilmington Bombers, 1950-51 Utica Pros, 1951-52 Elmira Colonels, 1952-53 Elmira Colonels

    1. Updated, thanks. Also found his obituary so was able to fill in a little bit more info.

  2. Apple Jacks, I am a relative of Mike Novak. Would it be possible for us to get a copy of Mike's obit from you?
    Thank you!! ��