Saturday, January 21, 2017

Andy Tonkovich

Andrew Edward Tonkovich

November 1, 1922
Barrackville, WV

September 2, 2006
Inverness, FL

Union High School - Benwood, WV (High School)
1944-45 Marshall University (College)
1945-46 Marshall University (College)
1946-47 Marshall University (College)
1947-48 Marshall University (College)
1948-49 Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1948-49 Wheeling Blues (AABL)
1949-50 Wheeling Blues (AABL)
1950-51 Wheeling Blues (AABL) Head coach / Player

Born in Barrackville, WV (according to Social Security Application, not Unionville), Tonkovich went into the U.S. Army right out of high school to serve his country for World War 2, and entered Marshall after his service. He was the first overall pic in the 1948 BAA draft by the Providence Steamrollers. He only played 17 games for Providence, and then signed with the Wheeling Blues in January of 1949. , he went on to coach the Wheeling Blues and then on to coaching at the high school level around West Virginia. After his retirement, he was a skilled pool player, winning many senior tournament.

He was married to Wilma (1926-1996) and had two sons and two daughters.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 7, 1949
Obituary, SP Times, September 11, 2006


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