Friday, October 11, 2019

In Memoriam: John Seagrist

John Seagrist (1923-2019)

Seagrist, a 6'8 center, left college early and signed with the Boston Celtics. He never played with the Celts, but played a few games for the Hartford Hurricanes of the ABL and New Britain in the Eastern League before quitting the sport. He died last month at 96.






Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In Memoriam: Ed Kalafat

Ed Kalafat (1932-2019)

Kalafat played three season with the Minneapolis Lakers in the mid 1950's


Age 86, of St. Paul Passed away October 7, 2019 at Sholom Home. Ed also known as "Big Ed" had a love for sports, boating and visiting Naples, FL. He was an active member in the Lumen Christi Church, former professional basketball player with the Minneapolis Lakers, Hall of Fame player for the U of M and captain in the U.S Army but most of all a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Preceded in death by his parents Steve and Katie Kalafat and wife Judith Kalafat. Survived by sister Eileen, nieces and nephews, 3 daughters, Kelly (Skip) Maurer, Lisa Kalafat, Amy (Jeff) Pinotti, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and beloved dog Brandy. Funeral Mass will b e held at 11am Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Lumen Christi Catholic Church (2055 Bohland Ave, St Paul) with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Lumen Christi Catholic Church, Sholom Home or United Hospital. Special thank you to the staff at Saint Paul Fire Station 19, staff and hospice team at Sholom Home and United Hospital for the loving care they provided for Ed.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

1947-48 Sacramento Senators (ABL-AAU)

1947-48 SACRAMENTO SENATORS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 4-15 .211 (9-15 .400), 4th place

Received five forfeit wins from Phoenix.


Head Coach:
  • Dave Kelley (July 24, 1913 - August 31, 1991)
PLAYERS:
  • Sam Alaimo (April 18, 1922 - April 26, 2015)
  • Tony Braginetz (March 23, 1921 - May 8, 2016)
  • Don Delaney (b. April 26, 1924)
  • Gordon Garetson (December 9, 1918 - December 24, 1994)
  • Bob Gill (October 4, 1925 - July 19, 2016)
  • Warren Hubbart (October 29, 1921 - January 15, 2004)
  • Woody Hutchinson (November 3, 1918 - October 21, 2009)
  • Jim Reese (July 4, 1923 - October 12, 2010)
  • Charlie Reyner (September 13, 1921 - May 21, 2003)
  • Roy Tamm (June 26, 1920 - May 2014)
  • Al White
  • Roy Willhoite (February 9, 1916 - December 27, 1992)

1947-48 Phoenix J.W. Nick's Contractors (ABL-AAU)

1947-48 PHOENIX J.W. NICK'S CONTRACTORS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 1-14 .067 (1-23 .042), 5th place

Team was suspended February 10, 1948, with a 1-14 record. They forfeited their remaining nine games.

Head Coach:
  • Bill Ogilvie (October 12, 1916 - December 30, 1975)

PLAYERS:
  • Ernie Baker
  • Ralph Baskett (March 17, 1924 - December 20, 2007)
  • Daffy Douthit (November 23, 1926 - August 20, 1983)
  • Bill Dycus
  • Ford Ferguson (August 31, 923 - May 17, 2008)
  • Marshall Fox (b. December 1923)
  • Carroll Gunnett (November 13, 1921 - June 11, 1979)
  • Dick Gustin (May 30, 1921 - February 21, 1948)
  • Earl Jones (August 20, 1917 - February 5, 2009)
  • Jim Mackey (June 10, 1922 - May 7, 1995)
  • Bill Moylan (December 13, 1922 - June 25, 2001)
  • Bill Nicks (November 30, 1923 - January 23, 1981)
  • Bill Ogilvie (October 12, 1916 - December 30, 1975)
  • Elmer Olson
  • Bill Rainey
  • John Roper (January 19, 1928 - October 25, 2004)
  • Hank Slagle (August 9, 1916 - August 20, 2004)
  • Hank Slider (May 21, 1925 - June 15, 1999)

1947-48 Oklahoma Phillips 66 Oilers (ABL-AAU)

1947-48 OKLAHOMA PHILLIPS 66 OILERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 19-3 .864 (21-3 .875), 1st place

Record includes two forfeits from Phoenix

Head Coach:
  • Bud Browning (October 5, 1911 - September 11, 1978)
PLAYERS:
  • Lew Beck (April 19, 1922 - April 25, 1970)
  • Ed Beisser (May 9, 1919 - October 7, 2000)
  • Gordon Carpenter (September 24, 1919 - March 8, 1988)
  • Gene Jones (May 6, 1919 - January 1, 1983)
  • Bob Kurland (December 23, 1924 - September 29, 2013)
  • Marty Nash (February 16, 1920 - May 20, 2006)
  • Jack Perrault (May 6, 1923 - October 6, 1974)
  • R.C. Pitts (June 23, 1919 - October 29, 2011)
  • Cab Renick (September 29, 1917 - November 25, 1999)
  • Frank Stockman (February 10, 1920 - October 31, 2010)
  • Ruddy York (April 25, 1921 - May 18, 1996)

1947-48 Oakland Bittners (ABL-AAU)

1947-48 OAKLAND BITTNERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 12-11 .522 (13-11 .542), 3rd place

Received one forfeit win from Phoenix.

Head Coaches:
  • Al Kyte (May 3, 1903 - March 9, 1992 ) 3-1
  • Laddie Gale (April 22, 1917 - July 29, 1996) 10-10 Also played. See below.

PLAYERS:
  • Jack Abell (March 26, 1926 - October 26, 1949)
  • Bob Alameida (March 13, 1920 - April 7, 1994)
  • Tom Amberry (November 13, 1922 - March 18, 2017)
  • Don Barksdale (March 31, 1923 - March 8, 1993)
Biography
  • Lou Bogan (May 6, 1921 - March 7, 2008)
  • Billy Burke (September 22, 1922 - October 25, 2006)
  • Don Burness (June 1, 1919 - March 3, 1987)
  • Dick Faszholz (September 24, 1925 - August 21, 2001)
  • Hal Fisher (May 10, 1919 - November 12, 2004)
  • Laddie Gale (April 22, 1917 - July 29, 1996)
Biography 
  • Bob Hogeboom (b. November 19, 1925)
  • Bob Matthews (June 22, 1919 - July 16, 1994)
  • Les O'Gara (May 24, 1920 - December 26, 2000)
  • Mushy Silver (b. February 15, 1922)
  • Slats Taulbee (August 14, 1924 - April 6, 1998)
  • Don Williams (September 30, 1918 - August 11, 2004)

1947-48 Denver Nuggets (ABL-AAU)

1947-48 DENVER NUGGETS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 15-8 .652 (16-8 .667), 2nd place

Received one forfeit win from Phoenix

Head Coach:
  • Ralph Bishop (October 1, 1915 - October 1, 1974)

PLAYERS:
  • Hank Balke (December 27, 1922 - March 13, 2004)
  • Vince Boryla (March 11, 1927 - March 27, 2016)
Biography
  • Jimmy Darden (June 19, 1922 - April 29, 1994)
Biography
  • Ward Gibson (December 5, 1921 - February 1, 1958)
Biography
  • Jack Gray (October 6, 1920 - June 30, 2014)
  • Neal Large (March 6, 1922 - April 28, 2004)
  • Roy Lipscomb (January 3, 1923 - November 24, 1984)
  • Ed Little (March 19, 1925 - November 1978)
  • Ron Livingstone (October 9, 1925 - August 26, 1991)
Biography
  • Robert Salen (b. September 28, 1924)

1946-47 San Diego Tecate Dons (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 SAN DIEGO TECATE DONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 5-15 .250, 11th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 3-1


Head Coach:
  • Tee Connelly ( - )  Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Jack Balmer (September 22, 1924 - April 14, 2008)
  • Nick Buzolich (October 3, 1918 - February 25, 2003)
  • Tee Connelly 
  • Dick Faszholz (September 24, 1925 - August 21, 2001)
  • Bob Fitzpatrick (January 31, 1922 - October 1, 2009)
  • Goyette
  • Scotty Hamilton (November 21, 1921 - April 11, 1976)
  • Jack Herron (July 5, 1919 - May 23, 2003)
  • Fon Johnson (February 7, 1916 - May 29, 2007)
  • Al Martinez (March 15, 1916 - November 27, 2005)
  • Tommy McCarty (June 3, 1921 - February 23, 1965)
  • Meyers 
  • Mitchell
  • Warren
  • Al Wells  

1946-47 Salt Lake City Deseret News (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 SALT LAKE CITY DESERET NEWS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 8-12 .400, T-6th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 2-1


Head Coach:
  • Laddie Gale (April 22, 1917 - July 29, 1996) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS:
  • Bob Bell (September 6, 1920 - December 17, 1987)
  • Vaughn Bennion (April 25, 1921 - December 3, 1998)
  • Blaine Crowther (March 27, 1922 - May 8, 2005)
  • Glenn Duggins (May 29, 1925 - January 4, 1997)
  • Andy Duncan (April 17, 1922 - April 12, 2006)
Biography
  • Laddie Gale (April 22, 1917 - July 29, 1996)
Biography
  • Floyd Giles (July 25, 1918 - June 25, 1998)
  • Banard Hafen (November 20, 1921 - October 25, 2012)
  • Cliff McLean (November 19, 1912 - March 17, 2004)
  • Matt Pavalunas (May 15, 1917 - May 15, 1991)
  • Ellis Pritchett (July 9, 1926 - November 18, 2012)
  • Ed Scott (July 3, 1922 - July 12, 2014)

1946-47 Sacramento Senators (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 SACRAMENTO SENATORS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 6-14 .300, 10th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 2-2


Head Coach:
  • Dave Kelley (July 24, 1913 - August 31, 1991)
PLAYERS:
  • Jack Adee
  • Al Athey (February 21, 1922 - April 2, 1980)
  • Wayne Boulding (March 13, 1927 - March 26, 2013)
  • Tony Braginetz (March 23, 1921 - May 8, 2016)
  • Andy Curtiss (November 2, 1919 - April 26, 1995)
  • Gordon Garetson (December 9, 1918 - December 24, 1994)
  • Bob Gill (October 4, 1925 - July 19, 2016)
  • Ken Hashegan (April 6, 1913 - November 30, 1980)
  • Verne Hoffman (April 8, 1921 - April 23, 2004)
  • Gus Mota (May 6, 1919 - October 2, 1993)
  • Jim Rickert (April 2, 1918 - April 10, 2011)
  • Roy Tamm (June 26, 1920 - May 2014)
  • Warren Taylor (December 12, 1920 - February 4, 1993)
  • Al White
  • Roy Willhoite (February 9, 1916 - December 27, 1992)

1946-47 Pocatello Simplots (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 POCATELLO SIMPLOTS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 8-12 .400, T-6th place

ABL Tournament - Eliminated 0-2


Head Coach:
  • Loren Devel "Cy" Anderson (July 11, 1915 - ????)
PLAYERS:
  • Merlin Ahlquist (May 2, 1915 - March 21, 1998)
  • Chick Atkinson (January 16, 1918 - January 4, 1962)
  • Warren Christensen (March 13, 1922 - February 17, 2011)
  • Frank Fullmer (September 15, 1918 - March 12, 1998(
  • Art Grove (March 17, 1923 - May 25, 1984)
Biography
  • Merle Isham (October 29, 1916 - August 25, 2002)
  • Weldon Kern (April 30, 1923 - April 21, 2014)
Biography
  • Lindsey 
  • Floyd Morris (December 23, 1916 - July 15, 2006)
  • Bob Muller 
  • Bob Orr (January 1, 1920 - December 10, 1996)
  • Berkley Parkinson (July 15, 1915 - December 14, 2004)
  • Robertson 
  • Ray Turner (September 6, 1917 - September 29, 1995)
  • Red Wade (June 27, 1914 - December 28, 2002)

1946-47 Oklahoma Phillips 66 Oilers (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 OKLAHOMA PHILLIPS 66 OILERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 19-1 .950, 1st place

ABL Tournament - Eliminated 1-1


Head Coach:
  • Bud Browning (October 5, 1911 - September 11, 1978)
PLAYERS:
  • Ed Beisser (May 9, 1919 - October 7, 2000)
  • Gordon Carpenter (September 24, 1919 - March 8, 1988)
  • Leon Eggleston (June 8, 1918 - July 10, 1996)
  • Bob Kurland (December 23, 1924 - September 29, 2013)
  • Bill Martin (March 31, 1917 - November 24, 1996)
  • Marty Nash (February 16, 1920 - May 20, 2006)
  • Jack Perrault (May 6, 1923 - October 6, 1974)
  • R.C. Pitts (June 23, 1919 - October 29, 2011)
  • Cab Renick (September 29, 1917 - November 25, 1999)
  • Frank Stockman (February 10, 1920 - October 31, 2010)
  • Ruddy York (April 25, 1921 - May 18, 1996)

1946-47 Oklahoma City Continental Airlines (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 OKLAHOMA CITY CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 10-10 .500, 4th place

ABL Tournament - Eliminated, 1-1


Head Coach:
  • Chuck Hyatt (February 29, 1908 - May 9, 1978)

PLAYERS:
  • Bill Budd (January 24, 1921 - July 31, 2016)
  • Don Fitz (February 11, 1919 - November 25, 2002)
Biography
  • Hugh Ford (April 21, 1920 - November 19, 1995)
  • Marvin Gelber (January 24, 1927 - March 30, 1963)
  • George Hamburg (October 13, 1920 - March 3, 1969)
  • Bob Hamilton (April 22, 1922 - December 7, 1995)
Biography
  • Hal Hutcheson (May 16, 1920 - September 17, 1991)
Biography
  • Leroy King (December 24, 1921 - August 8, 2004)
Biography
  • Pete McCloud (December 29, 1918 - July 17, 2013)
Biography
  • Howard Shannon (June 10, 1923 - August 16, 1995)
  • Bill Stranagan (December 1, 1918 - September 7, 1997)

1946-47 Oakland Bittners (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 OAKLAND BITTNERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 18-2 .900, 2nd place

ABL Tournament - Tournament Champions, 3-0


Head Coach:
  • Bill Wheatley (July 5, 1909 - February 5, 1992)

PLAYERS:
  • Bob Alameida (March 13, 1920 - April 7, 1994)
  • Ernie Baker 
  • Don Burness (June 1, 1919 - March 3, 1987)
  • Bill Calhoun (b. November 4, 1927)
Biography
  • George Clyne (February 20, 1927 - December 5, 2011)
  • Tom Edwards (March 24, 1918 - August 24, 1996)
  • Sig Jacobson (September 12, 1921 - June 8, 2010)
  • Leon LaFaille (February 20, 1918 - May 21, 2019)
  • Ronnie Livingstone (October 9, 1925 - August 26, 1991)
Biography
  • Don McCaslin (b. December 13, 1926)
  • Paul Napolitano (February 3, 1923 - June 22, 1997)
Biography
  • Jim Pollard (July 9, 1922 - January 22, 1993)
Biography
  • Jim Sharp
  • Slats Taulbee (August 14, 1924 - April 6, 1998)
  • Don Williams (September 30, 1918 - August 11, 2004)

1946-47 Los Angeles Carroll Shamrocks (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 LOS ANGELES CARROLL SHAMROCKS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 8-12 .400, T-6th place

ABL Tournament - Eliminated 0-2


Head Coach:


PLAYERS:
  • Hal Allen (September 21, 1917 - December 23, 2009)
  • Jack Ballard (March 8, 1922 - May 7, 2002)
  • Ralph Crowton (August 2, 1916 - October 11, 2010)
Biography 
  • Dick Gartrell (October 13, 1922 - February 22, 2010)
  • Ernie Handelsman (December 30, 1922 - March 19, 1993)
  • Wally Kowalski (May 18, 1917 - February 24, 1999)
  • Les O'Gara (May 24, 1920 - December 26, 2000)
  • Bob Ormsby (June 4, 1921 - September 3, 2014)
  • Marty Pelka (May 16, 1920 - February 17, 2013)
  • Don Seidel (b. September 6, 1925)
  • Jack Stone (October 24, 1926 - November 19, 2004)
  • Vic Townsend (May 22, 1919 - August 14, 2000)
  • George Vulich (May 12, 1925 - February 8, 2011)
  • Doug Winters (April 19, 1920 - February 10, 1992)

1946-47 Kansas City M&O Cigar Smokies (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 KANSAS CITY M&O CIGAR SMOKIES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 8-12 .438, T-6th place

ABL Tournament - Eliminated 2-2


Head Coach:
  • Herman Fischer (July 7, 1910 - August 10, 1986) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS:
  • Hank Balke (December 27, 1922 - March 13, 2014)
  • Jack Ballard (March 8, 1922 - May 7, 2002)
  • Clarence Brannum (May 28, 1926 - October 9, 2000)
Biography
  • Bob Butherus (July 25, 1923 - December 17, 2001)
  • Bill Feagans (February 2, 1927 - April 5, 2009)
  • Herman Fischer (July 7, 1910 - August 10, 1986)
  • Pat Geraghty (July 9, 1925 - May 7, 1962)
  • Monty
  • Bill Morris (May 14, 1920 - June 16, 1995)
  • Bob Nodler (September 5, 1918 - March 8, 2003)
  • Bob O'Brien (January 26, 1927 - September 19, 2008)
Biography
  • Don Platt (October 15, 1917 - June 26, 2006)
  • Lou Steinmeir (March 22, 1921 - May 4, 1992)
  • Joe Trosper (May 11, 1921 - September 29, 2011)
  • Harold Wiseman (May 30, 1921 - August 21, 2005)
  • Vernon Yates (September 17, 1923 - February 16, 2006)

1946-47 Hollywood 20th Century Fox (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 HOLLYWOOD 20TH CENTURY FOX
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 11-9 .550, 3rd place

ABL Tournament: Finished 3rd, winning consolation game

Head Coach:
  • Jerry Gracin (December 8, 1915 - May 14, 1981) Also played.

PLAYERS:
  • Len Berg (January 14, 1920 - January 11, 2011)
  • Ralph Crowton (August 2, 1916 - October 11, 2010)
Biography
  • Bob Gilbert (February 24, 1925 - October 15, 2010)
  • Jerry Gracin (December 8, 1915 - May 14, 1981)
  •  Ted Gossard (May 30, 1918 - March 31, 2016)
  • Jack Lippert (January 19, 1918 - October 21, 1974
  • Frank Lubin (January 7, 1910 - July 8, 1999)
  • Bob Matthews (June 22, 1919 - July 16, 1994)
  • Tom McGarvin (April 19, 1917 - June 18, 2005)
  • Ed McGrath (September 2, 1917 - May 14, 2002)
  • Art Mollner (December 20, 1912 - March 16, 1995)
  • Alex Omalev (July 2, 1920 - November 10, 2008)
  • Dale Sears (April 27, 1918 - January 6, 1973)
  • Jim Seminoff (September 1, 1922 - June 12, 2001)

1946-47 Denver Nuggets (ABL-AAU)

1946-47 DENVER NUGGETS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 9-11 .450, 5th place

ABL Tournament - Runner-up 3-1

The Denver club, now known as the Nuggets, tried to improve their fortunes be revamping their roster, only bringing back Ace Gruenig, Larry Varnell as well as returning playing coach Jack McCracken. They stumbled out to a poor start, but played a little better at the end of the regular season. The Nuggets hit their stride in the ABL tournament, advancing to the final game which they lost to Oakland.

Head Coach:
  • Jack McCracken (June 15, 1912 - January 5, 1958) 6-0 Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Chink Alterman (March 8, 1922 - February 6, 2009)
Biography
  • Ralph Bishop (October 1, 1915 - October 1, 1974)
Biography
  • Vince Boryla (March 11, 1927 - March 27, 2016)
Biography
  • Jimmy Darden (June 19, 1922 - April 29, 1994)
Biography
  • Jack Gray (October 6, 1920 - June 30, 2014)
  • Ace Gruenig (March 12, 1913 - August 11, 1958)
Biography
  • Ralph Langer (April 18, 1921 - October 18, 1998)
Biography
  • Bob Marsh (November 10, 1913 - January 20, 1973)
  • Art Mathisen (November 27, 1920 -January 5, 2004)
  • Jack McCracken (June 15, 1912 - January 5, 1958)
  • Ed Sholine (June 2, 1921 - January 9, 2002)
  • Art Unger (August 12, 1915 - November 1, 2003)
  • Larry Varnell (March 8, 1918 - July 15, 2008)

1945-46 San Francisco Dardies (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 SAN FRANCISCO DARDIES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 9-7 .563, 4th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 3-1


Head Coach:
  • Bill Mortola (February 17, 1917 - May 11, 1993)
PLAYERS:
  • Bob Alameida (March 13, 1920 - April 7, 1994)
  • Ernie Baldini (June 18, 1928 - January 17, 1987)
  • Jack Butterworth (June 19, 1914 - October 19, 1998)
Biography
  • Bill Cowden (September 6, 1920 - October 17, 2007)
  • Gordon Cuneo (January 15, 1924 - January 14, 2010)
  • Ken DeBrunner (November 21, 1922 - January 11, 1989)
  • Ray Ellefson (November 18, 1922 - October 7, 1994)
Biography
  • Bob Feerick (January 2, 1920 - June 8, 1976)
Biography
  • Gene Gallette (February 22, 1919 - November 19, 1976)
Biography
  • Jack Gray (October 6, 1920 - June 30, 2014)
  • Paul Napolitano (February 3, 1923 - June 22, 1997)
Biography
  • Fred Scolari (March 1, 1922 - October 17, 2002)
Biography
  • Tom Siebert (January 14, 1918 - February 3, 2011)
  • Trude Sperry (September 6, 1922 - June 11, 2004)
  • Slats Taulbee (August 14, 1924 - April 6, 1998)
  • Paul Valenti (September 10, 1920 - September 13, 2014)
  • Hal Wood (August 20, 1918 - August 28, 2001)

1945-46 San Diego Dons (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 SAN DIEGO DONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 6-10 .375, 8th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 2-2


Head Coach:
  • Tee Connelly ( - ) Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Aud Brindley (December 31, 1923 - November 19, 1957)
  • Lou Campbell (March 19, 1918 - August 11, 2011)
  • Tee Connelly ( - ) 
  • Garnett Corbin (July 1, 1918 - November 6, 1995)
  • Bill Hance (July 9, 1924 - July 23, 2014)
  • Troy Horton (b. June 3, 1923)
  • Fon Johnson (February 7, 1916 - May 29, 2007)
  • Martin
  • Tommy McCarty (June 3, 1921 - February 23, 1965)
  • Allie Paine (July 22, 1919 - March 21, 2008)
Biography
  • Marty Pelka (May 16, 1920 - February 17, 2013)
  • Jim Pollard (July 9, 1922 - January 22, 1993)
  • Rice
  • Estil Robertson (November 9, 1911 - November 28, 1978)
  • Al Wells 

1945-46 Salt Lake City Deseret Simplots (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 SALE LAKE CITY DESERET SIMPLOTS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 7-9 .438, T-6th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 4-2


Head Coach:
  • Bill Wheatley (July 5, 1909 - February 5, 1992)

PLAYERS:
  • Merlin Ahlquist (May 2, 1915 - March 21, 1998)
  • Maynard Bailey (April 10, 1921 - February 3, 2010)
  • Ralph Crowton (April 2, 1916 - October 11, 2010)
Biography
  • Andy Duncan (April 17, 1922 - April 12, 2006)
Biography
  • Arnie Ferrin (b. July 29, 1925)
Biography
  • Frank Fullmer (September 15, 1918 - March 2, 1998)
  • Laddie Gale (April 22, 1917 - July 29, 1996)
Biography
  • Dave Howard  
  • Walt Lozoski (August 20, 1917 - March 27, 2005)
  • Clyde Morris (November 30, 1914 - April 30, 1982)
  • Floyd Morris (December 23, 1916 - July 15, 2006)
  • Bob Orr (January 1, 1920 - December 10, 1996)
  • Berkeley Parkinson (July 15, 1915 - December 14, 2004)
  • Deb Smith (January 7, 1920 - February 25, 2009)
Biography
  • Ray Turner (Spetember 6, 1917 - September 29, 1995)

1945-46 Sacramento Senators (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 SACRAMENTO SENATORS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 2-14 .125, 9th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 0-2


Head Coach:
  • Dave Kelley (July 24, 1913 - August 31, 1991) Also played. See below
PLAYERS:
  • Jack Abell (March 26, 1926 - October 26, 1949)
  • Jack Adee
  • Wally Borrevik (November 14, 1921 - December 9, 1988)
Biography
  • Andy Curtiss (November 2, 1919 - April 26, 1995)
  • Bunny Edwards (October 15, 1919 - March 9, 2007)
  • Gaines
  • Marvin Gilberb (February 3, 1921 - June 8, 2002)
  • Norman Keller (October 26, 1923 - December 16, 2004)
  • Dave Kelley (July 24, 1913 - August 31, 1991)
  • Vidi Kriste (July 10, 1917 - October 16, 1988)
  • Leon Lafaille (February 20, 1918 - May 21, 2019)
  • Frank Laney (February 2, 1923 - May 27, 2007)
  • Bob Leighton (February 1, 1926 - July 28, 2014)
  • Jack Lozeau
  • Gus Mota (May 6, 1919 - October 2, 1993)
  • Bob Shaddock (November 15, 1920 - April 22, 1991)
Biography
  • Jack Simms (July 23, 1920 - April 27, 1985)
  • Jim Steen (May 23, 1926 - December 30, 2001)

1945-46 Oklahoma Phillips 66 Oilers (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 OKLAHOMA PHILLIPS 66 OILERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 13-3 .813, 1st place

Round Robin - Won 4-1


Head Coach:
  • Bud Browning (October 5, 1911 - September 11, 1978) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS:
  • Ed Beisser (May 9, 1919 - October 7, 2000)
  • Bud Browning (October 5, 1911 - September 11, 1978)
  • Gordon Carpenter (September 24, 1919 - March 8, 1988)
  • Leon Eggleston (June 8, 1918 - July 10, 1996)
  • Pop Freiberger (January 8, 1918 - November 20, 1996)
  • Kenny Jastrow (September 9, 1922 - July 3, 2010)
  • Grady Lewis (March 25, 1917 - March 11, 2009)
  • Paul Lindemann (April 30, 1918 - June 24, 1990)
  • Bill Martin (March 31, 1917 - November 24, 1996)
  • Jimmy McNatt (December 19, 1918 - December 23, 2000)
  • Marty Nash (February 16, 1920 - May 20, 2006)
  • Jack Perrault (May 6, 1923 - October 6, 1974)
  • R.C. Pitts (June 23, 1919 - October 29, 2011)
  • Cab Renick (September 29, 1917 - November 25, 1999)
  • Will Rothman (April 14, 1919 - May 12, 2002)
  • Frank Stockman (February 10, 1920 - October 31, 2010)

1945-46 Los Angeles Carroll Shamrocks (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 LOS ANGELES CARROLL SHAMROCKS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 8-8 .500, 5th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 0-2


Head Coach:
  • Eddie Oram (October 5, 1914 - December 18, 2004)

PLAYERS:
  • Bob Bernhard (July 26, 1921 - November 29, 1998)
  • Ronnie Doe (December 27, 1916 - July 1, 2003)
  • Harold Dornsife (November 12, 1915 - March 9, 1999)
  • Dan Ducich (August 1, 1925 - June 19, 1954)
  • Alex Hannum (July 19, 1923 - January 18, 2002)
Biography
  • Wally Kowalski (May 18, 1917 - February 24, 1999)
  • Hank Luisetti (June 16, 1916 - December 17, 2002)
  • Frank McKay or MacKay 
  • Paul Merchant  (b. July 21, 1924)
  • George Nelmark (May 9, 1917 - December 4, 2010)
Biography
  • Jack Nichols (April 9, 1926 - December 24, 1992)
Biography 
  • Les O'Gara (May 24, 1920 - December 26, 2000)
  • Bob Ormsby (June 4, 1921 - September 3, 2014)
  • Art Stoefen (August 29, 1914 - January 7, 1995)
  • Bob White (February 26, 1917 - January 26, 1995)
  • Tex Winter (February 25, 1922 - October 10, 2018)
  • Doug Winters (April 19, 1920 - February 10, 1992)

1945-46 Kansas City M&O Cigar Smokies (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 KANSAS CITY M&O CIGAR SMOKIES
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 7-9 .438, T-6th place

Round Robin - Eliminated 1-2


Head Coach:
  • Frank "Buck" Weaver (September 24, 1907 - July 9, 1952)

PLAYERS:
  • Jack Ballard (March 8, 1922 - May 7, 2002)
  • Bob Butherus (July 25, 1923 - December 17, 2001)
  • Howard Engleman (November 20, 1919 - January 12, 2011)
  • Herman Fischer (July 7, 1910 - August 10, 1986)
  • Frank Groves (September 2, 1913 - June 14, 1996)
  • Bill Hahn (January 25, 1920 - October 23, 2002)
  • Edgar Hinshaw (June 29, 1915 - May 29, 1989)
  • Lynch  
  • Bob Nodler (September 5, 1918 - March 8, 2003)
  • Don Platt (October 15, 1917 - June 26, 2006)
  • Tucker  
  • Vernon Yates (September 17, 1923 - February 16, 2006)

1945-46 Hollywood 20th Century Fox (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 HOLLYWOOD 20TH CENTURY FOX
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 10-6 .625, T-2nd place

Round Robin: Eliminated, 2-1

Head Coach:
  • G. T. "Bud" Fischer

PLAYERS:
  • Harold Allen (September 21, 1917 - December 23, 2009)
  • Chet Carlisle (November 2, 1916 - August 3, 1988)
  • Jerry Gracin (December 8, 1915 - May 14, 1981)
  • Don Jeffries (June 22, 1918 - September 11, 1985)
  • Buck Lasley (October 29, 1920 - March 21, 1974)
  • Law  
  • Jack Lippert (January 19, 1918 - October 21, 1974
  • Frank Lubin (January 7, 1910 - July 8, 1999)
  • Tom McGarvin (April 19, 1917 - June 18, 2005)
  • Art Mollner (December 20, 1912 - March 16, 1995)
  • Alex Omalev (July 2, 1920 - November 10, 2008)
  • Dale Sears (April 27, 1918 - January 6, 1973)
  • Jim Seminoff (September 1, 1922 - June 12, 2001)

1945-46 Denver Ambrose Jellymakers (ABL-AAU)

1945-46 DENVER AMBROSE JELLYMAKERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - AAU
Finished: 10-6 .625, T-2nd place

Round Robin - Eliminated 1-2


Head Coaches:
  • Floyd Burdette (September 5, 1914 - December 1, 1995) 4-6 Also played. See below
  • Jack McCracken (June 15, 1912 - January 5, 1958) 6-0 Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Jack Barringer (February 3, 1914 - September 10, 2005)
  • Floyd Burdette (September 5, 1914 - December 1, 1995)
  • Cline  
  • Bulbs Ehlers (March 10, 1923 - June 17, 2013)
Biography 
  • Ray Evans (September 22, 1922 - April 24, 1999)
  • Ace Gruenig (March 12, 1913 - August 11, 1958)
Biography
  • George Hamburg (October 13, 1920 - March 3, 1969)
  • Bob Hendren (August 10, 1923 - March 5, 1999)
  • Arnie Johnson (May 16, 1920 - June 6, 2000)
Biography 
  • Jack McCracken (June 15, 1912 - January 5, 1958)
  • Les McKeel (September 30, 1919 - January 16, 1983)
  • Don Putnam (November 13, 1922 - June 26, 2006)
Biography 
  • Bill Strannigan (December 1, 1918 - September 7, 1997)
  • Larry Varnell (March 8, 1918 - July 15, 2008)
  • Roy Willhoite (February 9. 1916 - December 27, 1992)

American Basketball League - AAU (ABL-AAU)

The AAU was formed in the late 1800's to codify the sporting world to commonize rules and practices and to promote amateur competition. Basketball became an AAU sport, and a tournament was held annually to determine the national champion. The teams consisted of a corporate sponsor who would employ players at their business. Since they were paid for their work and not their basketball playing, they maintained their amateur status, which was especially critical if they wanted to compete in the Olympics. More and more highly skilled would forego professional basketball leagues to play AAU ball, and many college players could supplement their income by playing in the AAU without jeopardizing their eligibility. (These waters would become murky, but that is for another blog entry another day.)

After World War 2, a group of AAU teams from the Western half of the United States decided to band together to play in a league. They would play a regular balanced schedule with a playoff and championship, all for the purpose of preparing themselves for the AAU tournament each spring. Notable AAU clubs like the Phillips 66ers, Oakland Bittners and the Denver Nuggets would play in this league, which would be called the American Basketball League. (The other basketball league with the same name at the time had nothing to do with this western league)

In December of 1945, nine teams from western states started play in a 16-game season that would see each team play each other twice. The Phillips Petroleum team from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was already recognized as an amateur powerhouse. They were in the midst of a six-year streak of victorious AAU titles and were the early favorite in the ABL. They jumped out to a 5-0 start before losing two of three to the M&O Smokies of Kansas City and the Ambrose Jellmakers of Denver. They would finish the season 13-3 and in first place, with the Jellymakers and 20th Century Fox (out of Hollywood) tied for second at 10-6. The 66ers would take the league title in the round-robin playoffs in Denver, setting them out for the AAU tournament and subsequent victory there.

The next season saw the league expand to 11 teams, and the 66ers were challenged by the newly-admitted Oakland Bittners. The Bittners and 66ers would both run through the league, meeting on February 26 for a regular season game that would determine the regular season title. the Bittners were 17-1, the Oilers 18-1. The Oilers would prevail, 36-32, to claim the crown, but would falter in the ABL round robin as Oakland swept its way to the ABL Championship.

Financial issues saw the ABL shrink to a mere five teams for the 1947-48 season, and one of those five teams, the J.W. Nicks Contractors out of Phoenix, Arizona, was suspended from the league in February. The Oilers were again the cream of the crop, going 21-3 (including a couple of forfeits from the expelled Phoenix club). However, the ABL cancelled their postseason tournament and no champion was truly crowned.

Apparently the ABL attempted a 1948-49 season. I saw some box scores and references to games with Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose. However, the information is so scarce that I cannot find much of anything. The league apparently failed to finish the season. Other teams from the previous season of the ABL had left for greener pastures. The Denver Nuggets joined the NBL, and with NBL's merger with the BAA, played one season in the NBA before folding. The Oilers would move to the National Industrial League, where they competed until 1968.

I will not go into great detail here. I am just going to list rosters and teams. I found a good portion of  the box scores, so the rosters should be fairly complete.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Bob Carr (Yakima Ramblers - PCBL) Identified

Courtesy of an email from a family member, I was able to confirm that Bob Carr of the Pacific Coast League's Yakima Ramblers is Robert Allen Carr.

Bob Carr
1917-1996

Skippy Whitaker

Lucian Cary "Skippy" Whitaker


Born:
August 29, 1930
Quantico, VA

Died:
August 1990
London, United Kingdom


Career
1947-48 Sarasota High School - Florida (High School)
1949-50 University of Kentucky (College)
1950-51 University of Kentucky (College)
1951-52 University of Kentucky (College)
1954-55 Boston Celtics (NBA)

Whitaker was born in Virginia but went to high school in Sarasota. He would go to the University of Kentucky and was a member of the 1951 NCAA Championship team. After graduating in 1952, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Olympians in the 1952 NBA Draft, but served with the Marines instead. He played three games for the Boston Celtics in February of 1955, scoring only 2 points.

Not sure what became of Whitaker after leaving the Celtics, except that died in London sometime in 1990.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/whitask01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=whitask01

Bobby Watson

Robert E. Watson


Born:
March 22, 1930
Central City, KY

Died:
January 31, 2017
Owensboro, KY


Career
1946-47 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School)
1947-48 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School)
1949-50 University of Kentucky (College)
1950-51 University of Kentucky (College)
1951-52 University of Kentucky (College)
1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1954-55 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1957-58 Henderson County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1974-75 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1975-76 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1976-77 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1977-78 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1978-79 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach 
1979-80 Owensboro High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach

Watson went to Kentucky wher ehe was a member of the 1951 NCAA Championship team. He became the fifth Wildcat to score 1000 points in his career. Watson was drafted by the Milwaukee Hawks in 1952 but served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He signed with the Minneapolis Lakers in late 1954 and played with the team until February 16, 1955, when he was traded to the Milwaukee Hawks for Lew Hitch. His playing career was shortened by an injury, we would go to coach basketball back at Owensboro High School, winning state titles in 1972 and 1980.

Bobby married Diane Hunt and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, WKYT

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/watsobo01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=watsobo01

Jack Turner

Jackie Lee Turner


Born:
June 29, 1930
Bedford, IN

Died:
October 5, 2014
Bedford, IN


Career
1946-47 Bedford High School - Indiana (High School)
1947-48 Bedford High School - Indiana (High School)
1948-49 Western Kentucky University (College) Freshmen
1949-50 Western Kentucky University (College)
1950-51 Western Kentucky University (College)
1953-54 Western Kentucky University (College)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)

A basketball star out of Bedford, Indiana, Jack Turner would go on to Western Kentucky. Turner served in the military following his junior year and returned to Western in 1953 and helped lead them to a 29-3 record. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 1954 NBA Draft and would play 65 games for the Knicks. 

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/turneja01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=turneja01

Jim Tucker

James D. Tucker


Born:
December 11, 1932
Paris, KY

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Career
Paris High School - Kentucky (High School)
1951-52 Duquesne University (College)
1952-53 Duquesne University (College)
1953-54 Duquesne University (College)
1954-55 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1955-56 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1956-57 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)

Tucker attended Duquesne and averaged 19 points as a sophomore. A very popular player for the Dukes, Tucker was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the third round of the 1954 NBA draft. One of the first black players in the NBA, Tucker played sparingly that first season as the Nationals won the NBA title. However, he did set an NBA record on February 20, 1955, when he scored the fastest triple-double in NBA history. In a mere seventeen minutes against the Knicks that night, Tucker scored 12 points, assisted on 12 baskets and grabbed 10 rebounds. His record stood until Nikola Jokic broke it in 2018.

A documentary about Tucker was released in 2018 called "Let 'Em Know You're There." The trailer can be seen HERE

Source:
http://www.readilyapparent.tv/lekyt


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/tuckeji01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=tuckeji01

Art Spoelstra

Arthur Cornelius Spoelstra


Born:
September 11, 1932
Grand Rapids, MI

Died:
April 9, 2008
Evansville, IN


Career
1948-49 Godwin Heights High School - Grand Rapids, MI (High School)
1949-50 Godwin Heights High School - Grand Rapids, MI (High School)
1951-52 Western Kentucky University (College)
1952-53 Western Kentucky University (College)
1953-54 Western Kentucky University (College)
1954-55 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1955-56 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1956-57 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers  (NBA)
1957-58 New York Knicks (NBA)
1958-59 Allentown Jets (EPBL)
1959-60 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EPBL)

From Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 6'9 Art Spoelstra would score over 1500 points at Western Kentucky, leading the team to three straight NIT appearances and an 80-14 in his three years on the varsity team.

Drafted by the Rochester Royals, Spoelstra would play four seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Royal before splitting time between the Lakers and the Knicks in 1957-58. He played two years in the Eastern League after that. Art later worked as a stagehand on Broadway.

Art and his wife, Irene, had three sons and a daughter.


Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/spoelar01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=spoelar01

Gene Shue

Eugene William Shue


Born:
December 18, 1931
Baltimore, MD

 :




Career
Towson Catholic High School - Maryland (High School)
1951-52 University of Maryland (College)
1952-53 University of Maryland (College)
1953-54 University of Maryland (College)
1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA)
1955-56 New York Knicks (NBA)
1956-57 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1957-58 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1958-59 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1959-60 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1960-61 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1961-62 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
1962-63 New York Knicks (NBA)
1963-64 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1966-67 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1967-68 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1968-69 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1969-70 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1970-71 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1971-72 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1972-73 Baltimore Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1973-74 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1974-75 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1975-76 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1976-77 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1977-78 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Head coach
1978-79 San Diego Clippers (NBA) Head coach
1979-80 San Diego Clippers (NBA) Head coach
1980-81 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1981-82 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1982-83 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1983-84 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1984-85 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1985-86 Washington Bullets (NBA) Head coach
1987-88 Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) Head coach
1988-89 Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) Head coach

Not even offered a scholarship at the University of Maryland, Gene Shue worked hard to play for the school and would average over 20 points per game in his junior and senior years. The school had never had a prominent basketball program, but Shue helped push the school into national prominence.

After leaving the University of Maryland, Shue was the 3rd overall pick in 1954 NBA draft, selected by the Philadelphia Warriors. Shue would last less than month with Philly before being sold to the New York Knicks. He would see limited playing time with the Knicks for two seasons and was then traded to the Fort Wayne Pistons in April of 1956 for Ron Sobie. Fort Wayne moved to Detroit the in 1957, and Shue began five straight years as an All-Star, scoring over 22 PPG in 1959-60 and 1960-61. He was traded back o the Knicks in 1962, and a little over a year later was sold to the new Baltimore Bullets.

After the 1963-64 season with the Bullets, he retired as a player but a few years later returned as the team's head coach. Struggling to a 16-40 record in his first season as coach in 1966-67, two years later he lead the Bullets to a divisional title (and unfortunately a quick exit from the playoffs.) In 1971, the Bullets advanced to the NBA Finals but Shue's team was swept by the Milwaukee Bucks. In June of 1973, Shue quit the Bullets with four divisional titles under his belt. He was hired by the Philadelphia 76ers a few weeks after. Shue took a team that had been 9-73 in 1972-73 to the NBA finals four seasons later. He was fired by the Sixers in December of 1977, and a year later would begin his two-season stint coaching the San Diego Clippers. He resigned from the Clippers in May of 1980 to return to the Bullets (now playing in the nation's capitol), but this time the Bullets remained hovering around the .500 mark for all six seasons he was at the helm. After being fired by the Bullets, he returned to the Clippers for a season and a half but didn't fare well, being fired 38 games into the 1988-89 season. He worked for the 76ers in the front office as well as working as a scout in the 90's.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/shuege01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=shuege01

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Frank Selvy

Franklin Delano Selvy


Born:
November 9, 1932
Corbin, KY

 :




Career
1948-49 Corbin High School - Kentucky (High School)
1949-50 Corbin High School - Kentucky (High School)
1950-51 Furman University - South Carolina (College) Freshmen
1951-52 Furman University - South Carolina (College)
1952-53 Furman University - South Carolina (College)
1953-54 Furman University - South Carolina (College)
1954-55 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1954-55 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1955-56 St. Louis Hawks (NBA)
1957-58 St. Louis Hawks (NBA)
1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1958-59 New York Knicks (NBA)
1959-60 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1959-60 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1960-61 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
1961-62 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
1962-63 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
1963-64 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
1966-67 Furman University - South Carolina (College) Head coach
1967-68 Furman University - South Carolina (College) Head coach 
1968-69 Furman University - South Carolina (College) Head coach
1969-70 Furman University - South Carolina (College) Head coach  


On February 13, 1954, Furman was celebrating their favorite senior with Frank Selvy night in a game against Newberry College. Selvy was averaging over 40 point per game, highest in the country. With 4000 fans, including many friends and family members from Kentucky, packed in to Textile Hall, Coach Lyles Ally told his team to get the ball to Selvy and let him do the work on his special night. What wound up happening is Selvy hit 41 of 66 field goal attempts and also scored 18 from the line to score a staggering 100 points, a record that still stands for a Division I team. (Newberry College was not a Division 1 opponent. The record for points in a game by a Division 1 player against a Division I opponent is 72 by Kevin Bradshaw.)

Selvy was the first overall selection in the 1954 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets. The Bullets franchise dissolved shortly into the 1954-55 season, and Selvy was selected by the Milwaukee Hawks in the dispersal draft. He would average 19 points per game in his rookie year and was partly into his second season with the Hawks (now in St Louis) when he entered the U.S. Army. He would spend two years in the service and returned to the Hawks in 1958. The Hawks traded him to the Lakers in mid-February of 1958, and joined the New York Knicks for the 1958-59 season. After a year with the Knicks, he was waived on the eve of the 59-60 season. He was claimed by the Nationals and spent about six weeks with Syracuse before being sold back to the Lakers. He spent the rest of his nine year career in Los Angeles before retiring in 1964 as a two-time All-Star. He returned to Furman to coach the team for four seasons.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/selvyfr01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=selvyfr01

Dick Rosenthal

Richard Anthony Rosenthal


Born:
January 20, 1930
St. Louis, MO

 :




Career
1948-49 McBride High School - Missouri (High School)
1949-50 McBride High School - Missouri (High School)
1951-52 University of Notre Dame (College)
1952-53 University of Notre Dame (College)
1953-54 University of Notre Dame (College)
1954-55 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1956-57 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)

A two-time basketball All-American as well as a baseball player at Notre Dame, Rosenthal was drafted by the Pistons in the first round of the 1954 NBA draft. After one season with Fort Wayne, he entered the U.S. Army and missed the 1956-57 season. He made his return to the Pistons in January of 1957 and played in 17 games before being released.

Rosenthal was working as the president of St. Joseph Bank and Trust in South Bend, Indiana, when Notre Dame hired him in 1987 to become the school's athletic director. Dick remained in that position until retiring in 1994.

Source:
Chicago Tribune, August 1, 1994

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rosendi01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=rosendi01

Frank Ramsey

Frank Vernon Ramsey, Jr.


Born:
July 13, 1931
Corydon, KY

Died:
July 8, 2018
Evansville, IN


Career
1947-48 Madisonville High School - Kentucky (High School)
1948-49 Madisonville High School - Kentucky (High School)
1950-51 University of Kentucky (College)
1951-52 University of Kentucky (College)
1953-54 University of Kentucky (College)
1954-55 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1956-57 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1957-58 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1958-59 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1959-60 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1960-61 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1961-62 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1962-63 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1963-64 Boston Celtics (NBA)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1982

Ramsey would play baseball and basketball at the University of Kentucky. In 1952, the UK basketball program was suspended for a year due to a point-shaving scheme perpetrated by Wildcat players prior to Ramsey arriving there. Ramsey graduated in 1953 and was a first round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1953 NBA draft, but Ramsey returned to UK for one more season, with the Wildcats finishing 25-0. However, Kentucky has to pass on the NCAA tournament due to a rule stating graduate students (like Ramsey and a few teammates who had also returned after the year off) were not permitted to compete. Ramsey would join the Celtics that fall and averaged 11.2 points in his rookie season. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, and missed the 1955-56 season but returned to the Celtics in January of 1957. All told, he would play nine seasons with the Celtics, with seven of those seasons as the NBA champions. He was a very versatile player, and was the first true "sixth man" in NBA history, coming off the bench and making an impact in limited playing time. He averaged 13.4 PPG in his career while playing in under 25 minutes per game. His number would be retired by the Celtics, and in 1982, Ramsey was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring in 1964, Ramsey went to work at the bank his grandfather founder, and he was president of that bank in Dixon, Kentucky, until retiring in his 80's. In 2018, he suffered an aneurysm and died shortly thereafter of cardiac arrest.

Frank and his wife, Jean, had three children.

Source:
Obituary, Washington Post, July 10, 2018
Obituary, kentucky.com, July 8, 2018

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/ramsefr01.html
https://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ramsefr01