Friday, February 7, 2020

In Memroiam: Dick Schnittker

Dick Schnittker (1928-2020)

Dick Schnittker, a three-sport standout at Sandusky High School who went on to star at Ohio State and win a pair of NBA championships, died last week at age 91.

Schnittker died of natural causes at his Green Valley, Arizona, home Jan. 12.

Schnittker was named to Sandusky High’s inaugural hall of fame class in 1990 before playing football and basketball at Ohio State and winning NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers. But the seeds for his competitive legacy were planted in northwest Ohio.

Schnittker grew up on Kelly’s Island and had three brothers. Lyle was the youngest, then Dick, Max and Bill, the oldest.

“Bill was the worst. He was the instigator,” Dick’s wife, Barb, remembers Dick saying.

One day, Bill challenged his younger brothers to see who could venture the furthest across iced-over Lake Erie. The brothers fell in.

Knowing their mother would be upset to learn of their game, the brothers built a fire to dry their clothes. Unfortunately, their mom smelled smoke on them when they returned home and sussed out the real story. The Schnittker boys were promptly sent to their rooms without supper.

The competitive nature that drove Dick to walk on the ice eventually drove him to athletic success at Sandusky High. Schnittker became a star in football, basketball and track as a Blue Streak.

In track, he broke the school record in the high jump multiple times between 1941 and 1945. That athleticism transferred to the football field, where Schnittker played tight end well enough to earn a football scholarship offer from Ohio State, and to the basketball court, where he led the Blue Streaks to a Sweet 16 appearance as a 6-foot-5 forward.

Despite the scholarship offer in football, Schnittker opted to try out for basketball at Ohio State. Not only did he make the team, he quickly became the Buckeyes’ best player. He averaged 18.4 points per game in three seasons, leading Ohio State to the Elite Eight in 1950, his final season with the team.

“He’s wonderful,” Ohio State basketball coach Tippy Dye once said of Schnittker. “What else can you say about that guy?”

He even made his mark on the Ohio State football program in 1949. When OSU’s starting tight end was lost for the season due to injury, Schnittker stepped in and caught a touchdown pass against California in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1950.

The NBA’s Washington Capitols made Schnittker the fourth pick in the 1950 NBA draft, but he was drafted by the military after one season. After two years in the military, he rejoined the NBA as a forward with the Minneapolis Lakers. His first season in 1953 overlapped with the legendary George Mikan, and the Lakers won back-to-back championships in Schnittker’s first two seasons with the team.

That was a few years after he met Barb, to whom he was married for nearly 70 years. They were introduced by mutual friends in the summer of 1949, right before Schnittker’s final college season. Barb went to Stevens College in Missouri but lived in Ohio.

Upon meeting Dick, she immediately noticed his tall, athletic build.

“Where’d you meet your little friend?” Barb quipped at the time to her friend, Nancy.

After Dick was drafted into the military, they quickly married. When Dick became a Laker, they bought their first home in Minneapolis.

Dick’s role with the Lakers was limited at first — in ’53, he didn’t play until the NBA Finals — but he became a reliable scorer as his career progressed. He averaged 10 points per game in his second season and 11 in his third. He averaged eight points per game for his career.

Barb loved being a Laker wife. She particularly enjoyed attending games with the other players’ wives and the local celebrity she accrued.

“The recognition was really special,” Barb said. “I could go to the grocery store and they knew who I was. It was a great time. We had a wonderful time.”

Dick enjoyed his life as a basketball player, but he valued his family’s future above all else. When the Lakers began considering a move, he took a job selling adhesives for H.B. Fuller in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with an eye toward a stable family life.

“He had a opportunity for this job and the future,” Barb said. “He always thought about us first.”

The Schnittkers built that life in Green Bay, where they lived for seven years. They had a son, Richard Jr., nicknamed “Riff,” and discovered their passion for God. The Schnittkers started by hosting bible studies at their home, but eventually Dick bought an old building and turned it into the Green Bay Community Church.

Riff remembers hauling materials while his dad revamped the church’s basement, which was filled with water three feet deep when the Schnittkers bought the building.

All the while, Dick maintained his love for sports. The Schnittkers always made the trip to watch Ohio State’s football team play Wisconsin in Madison. Riff remembers meeting players on the sideline thanks to his dad’s status as a Buckeye legend.

Schnittker also played golf for most of his post-playing days. He was pretty good at that, too. Grandson Kevin said Dick recorded three holes-in-one during his life.

Dick’s status as a former Laker particularly impressed his friends at the golf club in Green Valley, where the Schnittkers moved in the early 1990s to be closer to Barb’s mother. Riff followed suit and brought the three Schnittker grandchildren with him.

As he aged, Dick committed even more time to taking care of his family, but never lost touch with sports. He enjoyed golf until a neuropathy left him unable to play. His family gathered to watch the Ohio State-Michigan game at his house each year. Who he was watching with meant just as much as who won the game.

“Pretty much dad included me in everything he was doing,” Riff said. “He was a very good teacher with tools, with sports, with just about anything.”

That’s how his loved ones will choose to remember him. Not as the star athlete he was in his early days, but the committed family man he grew to be after he called it quits. Even in death, Dick’s surviving family members are confident he’s focused on family. Dick’s grandson, Brian, died of leukemia a few months before his 17th birthday. The Schnittkers are comforted by the idea of Dick and Brian making up for lost time.

“I think we’re all happy (Dick) is up there with (Brian) now,” Kevin said.

The rest of Dick’s friends and family will cherish his memory, whether they remember him catching touchdowns and swishing jump shots or building churches and teaching life lessons.

In Barb’s case, she’ll remember the support he showed her for nearly 70 years. The couple would’ve celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in February.

“When I think about Dick, I just love him to pieces because he let me be who I was, and he always took care of me,” Barb said. “We were a team — that is what I’ll remember.”

Sandusky High School graduate Dick Schnittker was a standout basketball player at Ohio State who went on to win two NBA championships with the Minneapolis Lakers. He died this week at age 91.

- Jimmy Watkins, Sandusky Register -

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

1950-51 Wallingford Veterans (EBL-CT)

1950-51 WALLINGFORD VETS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 9-12 .429, T-3rd place

Semi-finals: Lost to Manchester, 2-1

Coached by Jack French, who was also the basketball coach at Meriden High School, Wallingford got off to a slow 2-6 start and never could piece together a good winning stretch depsite a fairly talented team. They would lose to eventual champion Manchester in the semi-finals.

Head Coach:
  • Jack French (July 30, 1924 - November 29, 2004) Also played. See below.


PLAYERS:
  • Ed Anderson  
  • Berselli  
  • George Ferrie (March 2, 1928 - October 18, 2011)
  • Dick Feurtado (May 20, 1926 - May 9, 1991)
  • Chuck Foster  
  • Walt Geoghan (March 28, 1925 - Mar 22, 1997)
  • Albert Gostyla (October 4, 1920 - February 27, 2016)
  • Jankowski 
  • Kars 
  • Don Kotter (December 29, 1920 - November 11, 1985)
  • McNeff 
  • Nat Miller  
  • Frank O'Shea
  • Johnny Penkrot (February 6. 1927 - June 26, 1978)
  • Ed Schwartz 
  • Spud Shapiro (January 1, 1925 - March 24, 2000)
  • Johnny Slab (May 1, 1920 - August 20, 1980)
  • Joe Stanislo 
  • Milt Woolman  

Monday, January 20, 2020

1950-51 Torrington Howards (EBL-CT)

1950-51 TORRINGTON HOWARDS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 9-12 .429, T-3rd place

Semi-Finals: Defeated Meriden, 2-0
Championship: Lost to Manchester, 2-0

Torrington returned to the league after a rough season prior. With a fully revamped line-up, they were slightly improved and surprisingly defeated Meriden in the playoffs. However, they were swept by Manchester in the championship series.


Head Coach:   

PLAYERS:
  • Barrett 
  • Camp 
  • Johnny Cilfone (December 8, 1930 - March 12, 1973)
  • Jack Doherty (b. February 27, 1921)
  • Gino Fabiaschi (b. March 17, 1931)
  • Slim Garrett  
  • Tom Gibbons  
  • Vic Hanson 
  • Ken Keller (August 16, 1922 - February 24, 1983)
  • Chubby Malinconico (November 16, 1921 - March 14, 2007)
  • Johnny Michaels 
  • Murphy  
  • Peters  
  • John Tolan (March 26, 1929 - September 2, 2008)

1950-51 Meriden Sons of Italy (EBL-CT)

1950-51 MERIDEN SONS OF ITALY
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 16-6 .727, 1st place


Semi-finals: Lost to Torrington, 2-0


Meriden came into the league last year and quickly turned the heads of the competition. They opted to withdraw from the league in October of 1950, but were coaxed back into the league. This year, couldn't quite gel in the first half, only winning 7 of their first 12 games. At this point, they caught fire and won 8 straight games to jump into first place. However, when the playoffs came around, they ran into Torrington, who dispatched them easily.

Head Coach: 



PLAYERS:
  • Dipersio 
  • Len Doctor (July 23, 1922 - November 10, 2008)
  • Francis  
  • Gaffney  
  • George Jarvis (August 6, 1923 - December 1, 2014)
  • Don Kotter (December 29, 1920 - November 11, 1985)
  • Race 
  • Ed Readin 
  • Pete Rybeck (November 29, 1929 - March 25, 2000)
  • Joe Schiopucie (March 20, 1921 - June 12, 2001)
  • Ed Schwartz 
  • Spira 

1950-51 Manchester Nassiff Arms (EBL-CT)

1950-51 MANCHESTER NASSIFF ARMS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 13-8 .619, 2nd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Wallingford, 2-1
Championship: Defeated Torrington, 2-0

Manchester, winner of the league championship last year, bolted out to a 6-0 start and won 9 of 11. They stumbled a bit in January, dropping three straight, but rebounded to finish 13-8.

In the playoffs, they squared off against Wallingford and beat the Vets in a hard fought series. Facing Torrington for the EBL Championship, the Nassiff Arms beat Torrington in two straight to win their second straight title.

In a bid to bring in some money lost by the shortcomings of the league and cancelled games, Manchester then played a best-of-three series against Meriden, who also claim to win the regular season title. Manchester dropped Meriden with two wins.


Head Coach:
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005) Also played. See below.

    Bruno Bycholski
PLAYERS:
  • Jack Allen (April 11, 1923 - August 24, 1966)
  • Puggy Bell  (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
  • Joe Bemer (February 21, 1930 - June 3, 2001)
  • Frank Bryer (December 12, 1925 - April 11, 2009)
  • Bruno Bycholski (September 2, 1916 - May 28, 2010)
  • Jackie Foerst (June 8, 1927 - October 7, 2016)
  • Gavdino 
  • Leon Golembiewski (August 17, 1923 - December 23, 1988)
  • Howland 
  • George Joyce (October 18, 1926 - March 17, 1976)
  • Litvinchyk 
  • Chuck Muzikevik (March 11, 1922 - November 5, 1972)
  • Pete Staum (May 28, 1916 - September 23, 2002)
  • Al Surowiec (January 18, 1926 - November 16, 1992)
  •  Chuck Tobin (June 12, 1925 - February 19, 2000)
  • Young 
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005)


1950-51 Hartford Hurricanes (EBL-CT)

1950-51 HARTFORD HURRICANES
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 8-14 .364, 6th place

Hartford was a late addition to the Eastern League. Having dropped out of the ABL the previous basketball season, the Hurricanes stepped up and joined the EBL when the league pleaded to add a team in the Capital City in order to even start play. Hartford drew very poorly, and the team quit prior to their final game of the season.

Head Coach:

PLAYERS:  
  • Chick Ciccarello (December 17, 1931 - March 21, 2008)
  • Max Cogan (July 14, 1928 - January 1, 1988)
  • Verne Cox (January 2, 1920 - September 7, 1991)
  • Cliff Crosby (b. September 4, 1928)
  • Lou Decsi (February 9, 1923 - November 19, 2018)
  • Bill Detrick (July 22, 1927 - September 19, 2014)
  • Jack Dineen (September 12, 1926 - April 25, 2010)
  • Ferd Nadherny (December 12, 1926 - March 12, 2013)
  • Ernie Oglesby  
  • Bill Pitkin (October 9, 1925 - March 7, 1989)
  • Eddie Rosmarin (September 14, 1924 - September 30, 2013)
  • George Sella (b. September 29, 1928)

1950-51 Bristol Tramps (EBL-CT)

1950-51 BRISTOL TRAMPS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 7-10 .412, 5th place

The Bristol Tramps were just a shell of what they once were, winning only two of the first eight games. They caught a spark in January and won five straight, but then lost four straight before the team dropped from the league.

Head Coach: 
  • Julie Larese (July 16, 1917 - May 17, 1998)
Bill Anderson

PLAYERS:
  • George Amsden (November 19, 1923 - October 3, 1974)
  • Bill Anderson (June 5, 1926 - September 12, 1984)
  • Puggy Bell  (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
  • John Canavari (January 20, 1926 - March 17, 2001)
  • Bill Detrick (July 22, 1927 - September 19, 2014)
  • Jackie Foerst (June 8, 1927 - October 7, 2016)
  • Chuck Foster 
  • Gasi 
  • Tom Henry   
  • Howland 
  • George Joyce (October 18, 1926 - March 17, 1976)
  • Roger LaFrance (February 18, 1925 - November 14, 1999)
  • Chubby Malinconico (November 16, 1921 - March 14, 2007)
  • Pat Riera (April 4, 1926 - March 9, 2006)
  • Eddie Rosmarin (September 14, 1924 - September 30, 2013)
  • Johnny Slab (May 1, 1920 - August 20, 1980)
  • Chris Viera 
  • Bill Wade (January 31, 1927 - August 30, 1991)

1950-51 EBL-CT

The Eastern Basketball League of Connecticut was in a free-fall by the time the 1950-51 season came along. The league lost four teams during the previous season (although the Torrington Howards regrouped to rejoin the league in the fall of 1950) and the Middletown Guards left the league. They did pick up the Hartford Hurricanes who had left the American Basketball League after the 1949-50 season. The formerly successful Bristol Tramps team had fallen on very hard times, and the club quit the league with five games left.

The top four teams made the playoffs, and Manchester repeated as the champions, defeating Torrington in the championship series.

After this season, the league announced it was suspending operations for the 1951-52 season, but when the league tried to come back, it was even smaller in scope with lesser semi-pro teams. They had dropped from the Eastern Basketball Association, which now just consisted of the Eastern Professional Basketball League of Pennsylvania, with the third EBA league, the New York State League, having also dissolved a few season earlier.

The Middletown Guards team, which had left  the EBL in 1950, would continue on as an independent until the 1951-52 season when they were invited to join the American Basketball League to fill in the vacancy left by the folding of the Carbondale club shortly into the season.

Bristol Tramps *
Hartford Hurricanes
Manchester Nassiff Arms
Meriden Sons of Italy
Torrington Howards
Wallingford Vets


* - dropped before season's end

Friday, January 17, 2020

In Memoriam: Carl McNulty

Carl McNulty (1930-2020)

Former Purdue player and longtime Indiana high school basketball coach Carl McNulty has died. He was 89.

The native of Washington Township, Indiana, was a 1951 All-American and two-time team MVP for the Boilermakers (he still holds the single-game rebounding record with 27) before entering the military. He later played in one NBA game.

He coached 29 years at the high school level, 18 of them at Kokomo, where he won 13 sectionals. He finished with 413 coaching victories.

McNulty revealed the secret to IndyStar's Gregg Doyel about his rebounding ability: "Tipping."

When McNulty practiced as a kid -- in classic Indiana fashion on a rim hammered into the side of a barn -- he would shoot, and tip any missed shots.

It came in handy that night he set Purdue's record. He also scored 32 points against Minnesota.

“A lot of my rebounds that day were offensive rebounds," McNulty said. "Not sure I ever brought the ball down.”

McNulty also said he wasn't paid for his one NBA appearance with the Milwaukee Hawks, in which he scored two points: “I never asked the (Hawks) what I’d be making, and they never mentioned it.”

McNulty said he learned quickly that the NBA lifestyle wasn't for him, so he ended up coaching.

- Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star -


1949-50 Waterbury Coppers (EBL-CT)

1949-50 WATERBURY COPPERS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 3-5 (3-16) .375, 7th place

Waterbury didn't play that poorly, but financially they couldn't piece it together and dropped on January 9, 1950.


Head Coach: 




PLAYERS:
  • John Butler (December 9, 1930 - March 3, 2019)
  • Ike Dubow (January 15, 1922 - January 16, 1974)
  • Spud Shapiro (January 1, 1925 - March 24, 2000)



1949-50 Wallingford Veterans (EBL-CT)

1949-50 WALLINGFORD VETS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 15-5 .750, 1st place

Semi-finals: Lost to Manchester, 2-0

Wallingford battled Meriden for the top spot all year, finally besting the Sons. They were upset in the playoffs by eventual champion Manchester.

Head Coach:
  • Danny Finn (May 29, 1928 - February 18, 2007)


PLAYERS:
  • George Ferrie (March 2, 1928 - October 18, 2011)
  • Allen Friedman 
  • Jack Loache 
  • Nat Miller 
  • Dan Quinn 
  • Johnny Riccitelli (June 21, 1920 - November 7, 2010)

1949-50 Torrington Howards (EBL-CT)

1949-50 TORRINGTON HOWARDS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 2-13 .133, 8th place


Coached by Hartford basketball figure Abe Silverman (he may not have been the coach at the start of the season but he was the coach in their fourth game of the season. I am not sure). Torrington got beaten on a regular basis until folding on January 29, 1950.


Coach Abe Silverman
Head Coach:   
  • Abe Silverman  (April 5, 1906 - September 2, 1997)


PLAYERS:
  • Ed Anderson 
  • Johnny Cilfone (December 8, 1930 - March 12, 1973)
  • Collins 
  • Len Doctor (July 23, 1922 - November 10, 2008)
  • Morris Felis 
  • Jackie Foerst (June 8, 1927 - October 7, 2016)
  • Slim Garrett 
  • Jack Gimmler (July 27, 1927 - December 14, 1996)
  • Hawran  
  • Andy Hricko (April 16, 1930)
  • Rollie Spino (June 9, 1929 - July 31, 2017)

1949-50 New Britain Rios (EBL-CT)

1949-50 NEW BRITAIN RIOS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 6-8  .429, 6th place


The Rios won their first game and then proceeded to lose the next five. They recovered somewhat, and improved to 6-8 until February 7, 1950, when the club withdrew from the league.

Head Coach: 




PLAYERS:
  • Vic Hanson 
  • George Jarvis (August 6, 1923 - December 1, 2014)
  • Don Kotter (December 29, 1920 - November 11, 1985)
  • Dick Kraus (September 30, 1926 - February 2, 1995)
  • Carmine Mele (July 28, 1924 - June 2, 1992)
  • Bill Warneke 

1949-50 Middletown Guards (EBL-CT)

1949-50 MIDDLETOWN LEGION
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Frank Wenner
Finished: 9-11 .450, 5th place

Middletown got off to good start with victories in their first three games, but then stumbled the rest of the way, finishing in 4th place and missing the playoffs..

Head Coach:

PLAYERS:
  • Frank Crisafi (April 9, 1923 - May 19, 2018)
  • Lou Decsi (February 9, 1923 - November 19, 2018)
  • Slim Garrett 
    Al Surowiec
  • Monyak Hmielewski (September 5, 1928 - March 25, 2004)
  • Chubby Malinconico (November 16, 1921 - March 14, 2007)
  • Miller
  • Bill Spiers 
  • Jim Sullivan (November 29, 1921 - July 18, 2000)
  • Al Surowiec (January 18, 1926 - November 16, 1992)
  •  Frank Wenner (January 28, 1928 - October 24, 1998)




1949-50 Meriden Sons of Italy (EBL-CT)

1949-50 MERIDEN SONS OF ITALY
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 17-6 .739, 2nd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Bristol, 2-0
Championship: Lost of Manchester, 2-1

Meriden, new to the league, jumped out to a 6-1 start and battled Wallingford for first place the entire season. Lead by player / coach Coubly Gunther and containing a roster with many experienced professional players, the Sons defeated Bristol in the playoffs before falling to the upstart Manchester club in the championship series.

Head Coach:

PLAYERS:
  • Len Doctor (July 23, 1922 - November 10, 2008)
  • Joe Schiopucie (March 20, 1921 - June 12, 2001)
  • Ed Schwartz 


1949-50 Manchester Nassiff Arms (EBL-CT)

1949-50 MANCHESTER NASSIFF ARMS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 11-11 .500, 3rd place

Semi-finals: Defeated Wallingford, 2-0
Championship: Defeated Meriden, 2-1

Manchester finished the season with a .500 record, but caught fire in the playoffs, winning their first EBL championship over Meriden.

Head Coach:
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005) Also played. See below.
 
    Bruno Bycholski
PLAYERS:
  • Jack Allen (April 11, 1923 - August 24, 1966)
  • Joe Bemer (February 21, 1930 - June 3, 2001)
  • Bruno Bycholski (September 2, 1916 - May 28, 2010)
  • John Bycholski (December 26, 1920 - October 18, 1982)
  • Tee Collins (September 12, 1923 - November 20, 2000)
  • Red Gavello (July 15, 1921 - August 5, 1984)
  • Bruce Gehrke (September 12, 1924 - April 6, 1976
  • Charlie LaChance (September 27, 1918 - December 21, 1975)
  • Chuck Muzikevik (March 11, 1922 - November 5, 1972)
  • Pete Staum (May 28, 1916 - September 23, 2002)
  • Bob Stefanowski (b. May 24, 1930)
  • Bob Tedford (September 9, 1928 - April 12, 2005)
  • Bob Ulles (June 16, 1927 - July 18, 2016)
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005)







1949-50 Danbury Hatters (EBL-CT)

1949-50 DANBURY HATTERS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 1-7 (1-16) .125, 9th place


The Danbury Hatters took the slot previously held by the Danbury Fedoras, who had dropped out last season despite a first-place standing. This incarnation was nowhere near as good, and after 8 games, the Hatters folded on December 17, 1949.

Jerry Harris
Head Coach: 



PLAYERS:
  • Johnny Barron (May 15, 1920 - November 28, 2017)
  • Jerry Harris
  • Ken Keller (August 16, 1922 - February 24, 1983)
  • Joe Maloney (August 10, 1924 - February 22, 1959)
  • McPherson 
  • Miller 





1949-50 Bristol Tramps (EBL-CT)

1949-50 BRISTOL TRAMPS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT

Finished: 11-9 .550, 3rd place

Semi-finals: Lost to Meriden, 2-0

The three-time defending champions saw a marked drop-off this season. Only a few players returned from the previous season, and owner / coach Larese went through a lot of different players to try and find a winning combination. They did qualify for the playoffs, but were swept by Meriden in the semi-finals.

Head Coach: 
  • Julie Larese (July 16, 1917 - May 17, 1998)

PLAYERS:
  • George Amsden (November 19, 1923 - October 3, 1974)
  • Puggy Bell  (November 26, 1914 - February 19, 1985)
  • John Derderian (b. September 30, 1926)
  • Jackie Foerst (June 8, 1927 - October 7, 2016)
  • Gene Hayes (July 21, 1920 - June 21, 2009)
  • Tom Henry   
  • Paul Kartluke (February 15, 1918 - January 11, 1985)
  • Walt Kresge (September 25, 1920 - August 14, 2000)
  • Tom Markham (August 12, 1921 - December 13, 1998)
  • Freddie Pericas (May 2, 1925 - May 24, 2008)
  • Bob Rafaniello (August 4, 1928 - May 26, 2016)
  • Rosen 
  • Fred Rossi   
  • Sal Sclafani (January 8, 1928 - May 19, 1990)
  • Johnny Slab (May 1, 1920 - August 20, 1980)




Wednesday, January 15, 2020

1949-50 EBL-CT

As the Eastern League of Connecticut entered the 1949-50 season, the league expanded to nine teams, despite waning interest. Gone were Bridgeport and New Haven, and the Manchester Guards merged franchises with Middletown. Danbury re-entered the league under different management, renamed the Hatters, and new additions to the league came from Manchester, Meriden, Waterbury and New Britain. Attendance was down even more, and four teams (Waterbury, Danbury, New Britain and Torrington) withdrew before the end of the season. The league was lucky to be able to crown a champion, since so many things had fallen apart that winter. Bristol was finally dethroned in the playoffs as the Manchester Nassiff Arms would be named the champion courtesy of defeating Meriden in the championship series.


Bristol Tramps
Danbury Hatters *
Manchester Nassiff Arms
Meriden Sons of Italy
Middletown Guards
New Britain Rios *
Torrington Howards *
Wallingford Vets
Waterbury Coppers *

* - dropped before season's end

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1948-49 Wallingford Veterans (EBL-CT)

1948-49 WALLINGFORD VETS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT
Colonial Division
Finished: 12-8 .600, 3rd place

Playoff Round Robin: 4-2, T-1st place

The Wallingford Vets dropped their first four league games before running off five straight victories and finished the season 12-4. Their slow start kept them from climbing out of third place, and would have missed the playoffs had first-place Danbury not withdrawn with two games left to play. This opened the way for Wallingford to enter the round robin, and after winning 4 of six games, tied Bristol in the round robin and were declared co-champions.

Head Coach: 




PLAYERS:
  • Frank Crisafi (April 9, 1923 - May 19, 2018)
Joe Stepanski
  • Fenton 
  • Freddie Ferrie (April 2, 1917 - April 14, 1995)
  • George Ferrie (March 2, 1928 - October 18, 2011)
  • Johnny Riccitelli (June 21, 1920 - November 7, 2010)
  • Alex Semenkovich (November 16, 1923 -December 30, 2009)
  • Al Skiff 
  • Joe Stepanski (April 9, 1928 - May 28, 2012)
  • Walt Yaskot (b. July 1, 1925)

1948-49 Torrington Howards (EBL-CT)

1948-49 TORRINGTON HOWARDS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT
Yankee Division
Finished: 13-6 .684, 1st place

Playoff Round Robin: 3-3, 3rd place

Trroington came in with an entirely differnt roster from the previous year, save for Frank Samele. The result was a mediocre start, alternating wins and losses for the first ten games. Then, the Howards won 8 or nine games down the strectj to win the Yankee Division. In the round robin, they split the six contests, finishing third.


Head Coach:  
  • Frank Samele (January 8, 1923 - July 15, 1990)

PLAYERS:
  • Jack Doherty (b. February 27, 1921)
  • Jackie Foerst (June 8, 1927 - October 7, 2016)
  • Slim Garrett 
  • Jack Gimmler (July 27, 1927 - December 14, 1996)
  • Red Ryan (Septembe 22, 1924 - July 10, 2005)
  • Frank Samele (January 8, 1923 - July 15, 1990)
  • Tommy Sheehan (August 12, 1922 - July 4, 2003)
  • Rollie Spino (June 9, 1929 - July 31, 2017)


1948-49 New Haven Hulls Red Devils (EBL-CT)

1948-49 NEW HAVEN HULLS RED DEVILS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT
Yankee Division
Finished: 4-16 .200, T-3rd place

New Haven were continually beaten all season long. finishing with nine straight losses and tied for last place.


Head Coach: 

Lenny Margolis


PLAYERS:
  • Ronnie Block (June 26, 1923 - June 7, 2004)
  • Camp  
  • George Collins (January 17, 1925 - March 25, 1974)
  • Frank Iwanski (May 3, 1922 - April 18, 1996)
  • Dolly King (November 15, 1916 - January 29, 1969)
  • Lenny Margolis (November 25, 1926 - December 23, 2009)
  • Joe St. John (February 14, 1920 - October 4, 2003)
  • Hy Shendell (March 11, 1920 - April 27, 2000)

1948-49 Middletown Legion (EBL-CT)

Coach Creighton Magoun
1948-49 MIDDLETOWN LEGION
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT
Colonial Division
Finished: 7-12 .368, 4th place

Middletown was never able to get a good winning streak rolling and finished in 4th place.

Head Coach:
  • Creighton Magoun (December 27, 1908 - March 23, 1969)

PLAYERS:
  • Sal Bafuma (September 18, 1922 - April 15, 2009)
  • Larry DePalma (January 17, 1923 - December 7, 2002)
  • Phil Dundas (August 16, 1921 - August 30, 2008)
  • Monyak Hmielewski (September 5, 1928 - March 25, 2004)
  • Stu Johnson (November 7, 1925 - May 2, 2005)
  • Chubby Malinconico (November 16, 1921 - March 14, 2007)
  • Chick Marino (November 8, 1923 - February 13, 2010)
  • Al Massini (July 23, 1916 - July 19, 1955)
  • Al Masztel (June 23, 1925 - June 4, 1985)
  • John McQueeney (September 26, 1920 - November 22, 1988)
  • Milewski  
  • Miller  
  • Ted Mrozowski (May 19, 1923 - January 26, 2014)
  • Nolan  
  • Johnny Pringle (April 29, 1916 - March 1, 1990)
  • John Riccitelli (June 21, 1920 - November 7, 2010)
  • Bill Spiers  
  • Jim Sullivan (November 29, 1921 - July 18, 2000)


1948-49 Manchester Guards (EBL-CT)

1948-49 MANCHESTER GUARDS
EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE - CONNECTICUT
Yankee Division
Finished: 12-8 .600, 2nd place

Playoff Round Robin: 1-5, 4th

The Guards started off with four wins, and then a stretch of mediocre play followed for a couple months before finishing off the season with four wins. They entered the round robin with high hopes, but only won one game (although two losses were within a basket of being a win.)

Head Coach:
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005) Also played. See below.


PLAYERS:
    Bruno Bycholski
  • Bruno Bycholski (September 2, 1916 - May 28, 2010)
  • John Bycholski (December 26, 1920 - October 18, 1982)
  • Ike Cole (September 21, 1921 -  September 19, 2006)
  • Tee Collins (September 12, 1923 - November 20, 2000)
  • Red Gavello (July 15, 1921 - August 5, 1984)
  • Tommy Mason (b. July 12, 1927)
  • Fred Server (January 30, 1919 - January 15, 1993)
    Ike Cole
  • Hank Sheridan (March 5, 1927 - March 8, 2015)
  • Pete Staum (May 28, 1916 - September 23, 2002)
  • Al Surowiec (January 18, 1926 - November 16, 1992)
  • Bob Tedford (September 9, 1928 - April 12, 2005)
  • Lloyd Wilson (July 18, 1929 - January 21, 2008)
  • Earl Yost (August 14, 1921 - September 3, 2005)


Tommy Mason