Friday, September 22, 2017

Tom Smith

Thomas Franics Xavier Smith


Born:
July 5, 1927
Jersey City, NJ

Died:
May 31, 1996
Jersey City, NJ


Career
1946-47 St. Peter's Prep - Jersey City, NJ (High School)
1948-49 St. Peter's College - New Jersey (College)
1949-50 St. Peter's College - New Jersey (College)
1950-51 St. Peter's College - New Jersey (College)
1951-52 New York Knicks (NBA)
1952-53 Jersey City Titans (Independent)

Born to Edward and Viola Smith,

Tom was drafted by the Knicks in 1951, and signed on October 14, 1951

Smith scored over 1300 points at St Peters, and was drafted by the Knicks in 1951. He only played one game with the Knicks in the regular season, scoring four points.(Not sure which game.)

He served as a city clerk in Jersey City for eight years before running successfully for the city's mayor in 1977, serving his term through 1981 when he ran for governor of New Jersey, but lost in the primaries. Also an author who wrote of his time in politics and the powers of Jersey City, Smith died of cancer in 1996.

He and his wife, Florence, has two daughters.

Source:
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Knicks, Michael Benson
Obituary, New York Times, June 5, 1996

Stats:

http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=smithto01

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jim Slaughter

James Walker Slaughter


Born:
May 13, 1928
Bristol, TN

Died:
August 2, 1999
Central, SC


Career
1945-46 Jefferson High School - Roanoke, VA (High School)
1946-47 Jefferson High School - Roanoke, VA (High School)
1947-48 University of South Carolina (College)
1948-49 University of South Carolina (College)
1949-50 University of South Carolina (College)
1950-51 University of South Carolina (College)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)

Born in  Bristol, Tennessee, to John and Vera Slaughter, Jim and the family moved to Roanoke around the time of World War 2. He graduated from Jefferson High School and went to South Carolina where he was selected twice All-Southern Conference and also All-American. He left South Carolina in March of his senior year to pursue all-star basketball tours. Slaughter was drafted in the fourth round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the Blackhawks, and the 6'11 center signed with the club on July 19, 1951. The Hawks, having changed their name since moving to Milwaukee in the period since the draft, waived Slaughter on October 29, 1951, before the beginning of the season. He headed to the ABL, signing with the Washington Capitols in early December, 1951. After a little over a month later, after the Capitols folded, he was picked up by the Manchester British Americans, who joined the ABL as a replacement team. I am not sure he got into a game with them, however. He signed a sort time later with the Baltimore Bullets, making his debut on January 19, 1952. In the 50's and 60's, he would still play semi-pro and amateur basketball, but his career was now working at J.P. Stevens.

Source:
Star Gazette, Elmira (NY), January 18, 1952
Obituary, Greenville (SC) News, August 4, 1999

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/slaugji01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=slaugji01

Whitey Skoog

Myer Upton "Whitey" Skoog


Born:
November 2, 1926
Duluth, MN

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Career
1942-43 Brainerd High School - Brainerd, MN (High School)
1943-44 Brainerd High School - Brainerd, MN (High School)
1944-45 Jacksonville Naval - Florida (Military)
1948-49 University of Minnesota (College)
1949-50 University of Minnesota (College)
1950-51 University of Minnesota (College)
1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1952-53 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1955-56 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1956-57 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1957-58 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1958-59 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1959-60 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1960-61 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1961-62 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1962-63 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1963-64 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1964-65 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1965-66 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1966-67 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1967-68 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1968-69 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1969-70 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1970-71 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1971-72 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1972-73 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1973-74 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1974-75 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1975-76 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1976-77 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1977-78 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1978-79 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1979-80 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach
1980-81 Gustavus Adolphus College - Saint Peter, MN (College) Head coach

After high school, Skoog entered the U.S. Navy to serve World War 2. It was while in the military his white hair and fair complexion garnered the nickname "Whitey." The war ended, and Skoog was eventually discharged. He went back to Minnesota where he enrolled at the University of Minnesota. A three-time All-American, Skoog wound up being drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the first round of the 1951 draft and played seven seasons with the Lakers, winning three championships, before a back injury coupled with chronic knee pain forced him to retire. Not done with basketball entirely, though, he was quickly offered a job at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, as the head coach of the basketball team. He stayed on for 24 seasons, and along the way also took over the school's golf program. In 1981, he started his own company called Environmental Recycling Resource, which would collect aluminum cans from various municipalities in nearby South Dakota for recycling. He stopped coach basketball and teaching at this time, but stayed on as the golf coach until finally retiring.

Source:
Gustavus Adolphus Hall of Fame
Brainerd Dispatch, 1971
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD), March 15, 1981

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/skoogwh01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=skoogwh01

Zeke Sinicola

Emilio Joseph "Zeke" Sinicola


Born:
January 25, 1929
New York, NY

Died:
June 6, 2011
Manhattan, NY


Career
1945-46 Benjamin Franklin High School - New York, NY (High School)
1946-47 Benjamin Franklin High School - New York, NY (High School)
1947-48 Niagara University (College)
1948-49 Niagara University (College)
1949-50 Niagara University (College)
1950-51 Niagara University (College)
1951-52 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1953-54 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1954-55 Lenox Merchants (Independent)
1955-56 Trenton Capitols (EBL)
1955-56 Hazleton Hawks (EBL)
1956-57 Scranton Miners (EBL)
1957-58 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1958-59 Williamsport Billies (EBL)
1958-59 Hazleton Hawks (EBL)
1959-60 Hazleton Hawks (EBL)

After scoring 1188 points at Niagara University, becoming the first player to reach 1000 at the school, Sinicola was a first-round draft pick of the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1951 draft. He played three games for the Pistons before joining the U.S. Army to serve during the Korean War. Once discharged, he returned briefly to the Pistons. He headed back east with the Trenton Capitols, but was let go when the team fell apart. He signed with the Hazleton Hawks in late January of 1956. After a season with the Scranton Minors, he signed the with Williamsport Billies in 1957. In December of 1958, Williamsport traded him back to Hazleton for Floyd Layne and John Maglio. After hanging up his basketball shoes, Zeke returned to New York City and worked in the city's financial department.






Source:
Obituary, New York Times, June 19, 2011

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/sinicze01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=sinicze01

Don Savage

Donald Joseph Savage


Born:
April 9, 1928
Syracuse, NY

Died:
January 27, 2010
Basking Ridge, NJ


Career
1945-46 St. Anthony of Padua - Syracuse, NY (High School)
1946-47 Manlius Military Academy - Syracuse, NY (High School)
1947-48 LeMoyne College - Syracuse, NY (College)
1948-49 LeMoyne College - Syracuse, NY (College)
1949-50 LeMoyne College - Syracuse, NY (College)
1950-51 LeMoyne College - Syracuse, NY (College)
1951-52 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1952-53 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1954-55 Parris Island (Military)
1955-56 Parris Island (Military) 
1956-57 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)

Savage went to LeMoyne College, and as a freshman was a member of the first basketball team the school had ever fielded. In four years, he racked up over 1600 points and the Dolphins had made it to be ranked in the top ten in small college teams. He went to play with the Nationals, and after being let go, went over to play with Elmira in the ABL for a couple years. He joined the U.S. Marines Corps and served on Parris Island, and after his discharge, he played another year with the Nationals. He moved to New Jersey and worked for many years for USF&G in the insurance industry.

He married Jacqueline McGill and they had two sons and a daughter.




Source:
Lemoyne Dolphins Hall of Fame
Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame
Obituary, Syracuse Post Standard, January 28, 2010

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/savagdo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=savagdo01

John Rennicke

John William Rennicke


Born:
August 11, 1929
Aurora, IL

Died:
December 9, 2007
Perham, MN


Career
1945-46 East Aurora High School - Illinois (High School)
1946-47 East Aurora High School - Illinois (High School)
1947-48 Drake University (College)
1948-49 Drake University (College)
1949-50 Drake University (College)
1950-51 Drake University (College)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

Rennicke played baseball and basketball at Drake, and after graduating he was signed by the Chicago Cubs and was assigned to their C-level affiliate in Sioux Falls. He was also drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks in the 6th round of the 1951 draft. (The team moved to Milwaukee prior to the start of 1951 season but after the draft.) Rennicke did not make the club, and signed with Elmira in the ABL. He was let go in January, and returned home to Iowa when he got his offer from the Hawks and joined the club on January 30, 1952. He played six games for them before being released. He played another season of minor league baseball, this time with the Cubs' Topeka club.

He married Carla Sheldon (d. 2006) in 1950 and they had two sons.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rennic001joh


Source:
Obituary, Brainerd Dispatch, December 11, 2007

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rennijo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=rennijo01

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sam Ranzino

Samuel Salvadore Ranzino


Born:
June 23, 1928
Gary, IN

Died:
March 13, 1994
Winnabow, NC


Career
1945-46 Emerson High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1946-47 Emerson High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1947-48 North Carolina State (College)
1948-49 North Carolina State (College)
1949-50 North Carolina State (College)
1950-51 North Carolina State (College)
1951-52 Rochester Royals (NBA)

Starring for four season at NC State, Ranzino is still among the top of the school's all-time field goal totals. He played for one season with the Rochester Royals. He died in 1994 at 66 years of age.

He married Ann Brigman (1932-1983) and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Ashville Citizen-Times, March 16, 1994

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/ranzisa01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ranzisa01