Wednesday, May 9, 2018

George Babich

George Babich

New York, NY


1940-41 Fordham University (College)
1942-42 Fordham University (College)
1942-43 Fordham University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1946-47 Saint Peter's University - New Jersey (College) Head coach
1947-48 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1947-48 Saint Peter's University - New Jersey (College) Head coach
1948-49 Saint Peter's University - New Jersey (College) Head coach
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Babich played both football and basketball at Fordham. He would play basketball in the ABL while coaching at Saint Peter's University, and then was a professional wrestler in the 1950's.

There was another George Babich from DeKalb, Illinois, born in 1918, died in 1984. His obituary says nothing about Fordham, Saint Peter's, football, wrestling or basketball; he lived for years as an electrician in Chicago. Not the same guy, but he is identified as the baseball player on Wikipedia.

Possibly George Babich, Dec 3 1920 - February 1981



1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure the Wikipedia article does in fact have the correct birth / death dates (April 4, 1918 – July 22, 1984).

    If you look through all of the article's references, they corroborate each other and all lead to the same guy. The smoking gun is the reference citing the "Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling, 2d ed." that lists Babich as the same person who played football at Fordham and went on to have a coaching career at Saint Peter's. The Fordham Hall of Fame reference says Babich played basketball there. The FindAGrave reference pinpoints the exact dates of birth and death, with the year of birth matching the Biographical Dictionary's year.

    I don't think this is 'George Babich, Dec 3 1920 - February 1981'