Friday, December 13, 2019

Bink Manning Identified

I was looking into Philadelphia-native basketball player Bink Manning, seeing if I could identify him. He went to Overbrook HS in Philly and attended Brown Prep before a length semi-pro career around the Pennsylvania with an interruption by World War 2. He had seen him referred to as Bink, Dink and Bill, but mostly as Bink. Then I saw an article about the Lancaster Roses who signed him and referred to him as W. G. Manning. Since he has been referred to as Bill, I decided to look into William Mannings from Philadelphia and found William Green Manning, who was born in 1921. This Manning served in the army at the same time as Bink Manning and was 6' in height which fits the information I have on his height. Not conclusive, but I felt pretty good about it. I then looked a little further and found W.G. Manning's obituary and although it doesn't mention basketball, it does mention his time in World War 2 as well as his education at Overbrook HS and Brown Prep. Another successful identification!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Russ Herrmann

Russell Charles Herrmann

September 27, 1914
Philadelphia, PA

July 28, 1976
Wynnewood, PA

1934-35 Brown Prep - Philadelphia (High School)
1935-36 Bryn Mawr (Independent) 
1935-36 McGovern's Sons - Chester, PA (Independent)
1937-38 Penn AC - Philadelphia (Independent)
1938-39 Lancaster Red Birds (Independent)
1938-39 J.G. Brill  - Philadelphia (Independent)
1939-40 Philadelphia Athletics (Independent)
1940-41 Penn AC - Philadelphia (Independent)
1941-42 Penn AC - Philadelphia (Independent)
1942-43 Ford Local - Philadelphia (Independent)
1943-44 Ford Local - Philadelphia (Independent)
1944-45 Ford Local - Philadelphia (Independent)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Narbeth - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1946-47 Lancaster Red Roses (EPBL)

Herrmann attended Brown Prep before a decade-plus of semi-pro basketball and baseball around Pennsylvania. He was a high scoring star in Philadelphia industrial leagues, and would play one game for the Wilmington Bombers in the ABL and also played for Lancaster in the Eastern League. He later worked as an expediter and dispatcher and was a member of the UAW. Herrmann died in 1976 st the age of 61.

Herrmann's older brother Alfred was also a Philly-area basketball and baseball player.