Friday, January 19, 2018

Squire McDonnell (aka McDonald) Identified

Totally lucked into identifying this player. Known previously as Willie "Squire" McDonald. I stumbled across a photo I found of him with the Columbus Caseys in 1935-36. It listed his name as "Jim 'Squire' McDonnell" and not "Willie 'Squire' McDonald." I went back to searching and found other articles talking about the former St. Francis player but called him McDonnell. Seeming postiive now that his name had been mistakingly recorded over the years, I went to and was able to confirm it easily.

Squire McDonnell

Heine Mueller

Heine Mueller



1931-32 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)

Nothing to add.



Frank Moore

Frank Mills Moore

August 16, 1909
Philadelphia, PA

September 1985
Philadelphia, PA

1929-30 Pierce JC - Philadelphia (College)
1930-31 Pierce JC - Philadelphia (College)
1931-32 Jasper (EBL)
1932-33 Jasper–Bridgeton–Philadelphia WPEN (EBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1933-34 Enterprise (EBL)
1933-34 Pittston (PSL)
1934-35 Germantown (EBL)
1934-35 Plymouth (PSL)
1934-35 Pure Oil (Delri League)
1935-36 Germantown-W.Phil. Shanahans (EBL)
1937-38 Hamburg (TCL)

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Moore played pro basketball for a few years after playing at Pierce Junior College.



Bill Miles

William Miles



1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)
1933-34 Hazleton (PSL)
1933-34 Turners/Enterprise (EBL)
1934-35 Germantown/S.Philadelphia Phillies (EBL)
1935-36 S. Philadelphia Phillies (EBL)
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandpipers (ABL)
1936-37 Carpenter Steel (TCL)
1937-38 Carpenter Steel (TCL)
1937-38 Philadelphia Kelly’s All Stars (Independent)
1937-38 Consohohocken (NL)
1938-39 Schuykill Haven (TCL)
1938-39 Binghamton (NYPA)
1939-40 Schuykill Haven (TCL)

In December of 1938, Miles and fellow player Eddie Taylor were seriously injured in an automobile accident on their way to a game in Binghamton. Miles suffered a fractured skull and missed the rest of the season.

Possibly William Henry Miles (1914-1982) from Philadelphia.



Mike Michelotti

Michael Rudolfo "Mike" Michelotti

February 1, 1909
New York, NY

March 12, 1950
Queens, NY

1930-31 Honesdale (PSL)
1931-32 Long Island Pro-Imps (MBL)
1931-32 Carbondale (PSL)
1932-33 Long Island Pro-Imps (MBL)
1932-33 Yonkers Knights (MBL)
1932-33 Wilkes Barre (PSL)
1933-34 Bronx Americans (ABL)
1933-34 Wilkes Barre-Carbondale (PSL)
1933-34 Astoria L.I. Pro-Imps (Independent)
1934-35 Freeland (PSL)
1934-35 Astoria L.I. Pro-Imps (Independent)
1935-36 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1936-37 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1937-38 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1939-40 New York Firemen (Independent)
1946-47 Long Island (NYNJ)

Michelotti was born to Italian immigrants Raniere and Cortese Michelotti. He was a long-time-professional basketball player and also a fireman for Ladder 116 in New York City.

He was injured in a firefight on April 9, 1948, and eventually died of his injuries almost two years later. He was only 41. He was honored before a Long Island basketball game with a gold watch in gratitude for his years of basketball prowess. This occurred just a month before the incident that would eventually take his life.

He was married to Grace.



Mickey McNiff

Maurice "Mickey" C. McNiff, Jr.

August 5, 1908
Trenton, NJ

August 1978
Levittown, PA

1929-30 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1930-31 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1930-31 Penn Service Wreckers (Independent)
1931-32 Penn Service Wreckers (Independent)
1932-33 Trenton Moose (EBL)
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)

In January of 1931, McNiff, a junior at Penn, was declared ineligible for collegiate athletics.

He was married to Anna



John McGuinness

John Nicholas "Jack" McGuinness

September 10, 1911
Brooklyn, NY

September 14, 1980
Brooklyn, NY

1929-30 St. John's Prep - Brooklyn (High School)
1930-31 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1931-32 St. John's University (College)
1932-33 St. John's University (College)
1933-34 St. John's University (College)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL) ???
1934-35 Crescent Hamiltons (Independent)
1935-36 Crescent Hamiltons (Independent)
1936-37 Crescent Hamiltons (Independent)

When in high school. McGuinness was stuck with osteomyelitis, which is a serious infection of the bones which at that time was fatal 99% of the time. He recovered and returned to the basketball court none the worse for wear.

We know Jack had a brother named James. This could make him John Nicholas McGuinness? (Sept 10, 1911 - Sept 14, 1980) This John went to college, according to the 1940 census. Everything lines up, just not 100% positive.

Or maybe John E. McGuinness, born October 19, 1912, to Thomas and Jane McGuinness.

Newspaper article (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec 6, 1934) says McGuinness was playing for the Boston Trojans. He left the team December 18 after riding the bench to join Crescent A.C. back in Brooklyn. Not sure if he played with the Trojans, but he was apparently at least on the time at some point.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 28, 1934
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 18, 1934