Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ray Hayes

Raymond Elton Hayes

December 17, 1905
Chenoa, IL      

July 30, 1986
Des Moines, IA

1927-28 University of Chicago (College)
1939-40 Chicago Bruins (NBL)
1940-41 Arlington High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Arlington High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach
1942-43 Arlington High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach 
1959-60 Arlington High School - Illinois (High School) Head coach

There was a Raymond Hayes who coached basketball at Arlington High School in 1942, but he sure looks old in the photo. Granted, Ray Hayes did not play much in the NBL, but still... he's   old.

However, an article from The Daily Herald on January 22, 1943, gives a little insight on the Arlington Coach Hayes, and he did indeed play at U of C. So I guess it IS the same guy. He left Univ of Chicago in 1928 to go to Arlington, but only served as a teacher until 1935, when he became lightweight (underclassmen?) basketball coach. For the 1940-41 season, he took over as head coach of the varsity team, and left after the 1942-43 season to become the manager of the bulk plant of Socony Vacuum Oil Company in Sycamore. He was also the baseball coach at Arlington. In 1944, as manager at Socony, he was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also the secretary and treasurer of a softball league there and a leader in the local Rotary club. The Arlington Heights Herald from April 7, 1960, has him back at AHS coaching baseball again.

-Update 8/12/2016- 
I found an obituary for Raymond E. Hayes in an Iowa newspaper. Although it does not mention coaching, it does say he was a longtime teacher at Arlington Heights and working for a while in Sycamore. That all matches the information I previously found, so here is our guy.

He married Ruth Carruthers (1907-1999) on August 24, 1928, and they had a son and a daugher.

True Republican, October 10, 1944
Daily Herald, January 22, 1943
Arlington Heights Herald, April 7, 1960
Des Moines Register, July 31, 1986


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