Friday, April 28, 2017

Bill Anton

William Anton


Born:
1918??
Utah

 :




Career
Cleveland High School - Portland, OR (High School)
1935-36 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College) Freshmen
1936-37 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College)
1937-38 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College)
1938-39 Williamette University - Salem, OR (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

Born to Greek immigrants Steve and Kathleen Anton, Anton played baseball and basketball at Williamette. After playing pro basketball with Salem, he moved to Salt Lake City where he operated a nightclub. (1949)

He is NOT William G Anton, an airplane pilot from Salem (1914-1971)

He and his wife had at least one son (born 1949 or earlier). Sister named Angeline two years older.

Name is sometimes spelled "Antone"


Source:

Porky Andrews

George Lloyd "Porky" Andrews


Born:
September 18, 1917
Victoria, BC

Died:
May 26, 1999




Career
1934-35 Victoria Blue Ribbons - British Columbia (Amateur)
1939-40 University of Oregon (College)
1940-41 University of Oregon (College)
1941-42 University of Oregon (College)
1944-45 Pat Bay Gremlins - British Columbia (Military)
1945-46 Victoria Dominos - British Columbia (Independent) Head coach
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL) Head coach / player
1946-47 Portland Indians (World Pro Tournament)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL) Head coach / player
Port Alberni Athletics - British Columbia (Independent)
1951-52 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Victoria High School - British Columbia (High School) Head coach

Andrews joined with his Portland rivals to compete in the World Professional Basketball Tournament after the PCBL season. He went on to coach successfully at Victoria HS.



Source:
British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame
Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

Dick Anderson

Richard Anderson


Born:



 :




Career
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

From Olympia, WA

Anderson joined the Blazers around February 3, 1947.

Possibly Richard Anderson, born in California in 1922, lived in Gull Harbor, WA in 1935, son of Lawrence and Zelma. Lawrence was a teacher and moved the family to Olympia in 1927.

Maybe played basketball at Oregon

Source:

Al Akins

Albert George Akins


Born:
June 13, 1921
Spokane, WA

Died:
August 29, 1995
Reno, NV


Career
1935-36 John R. Rogers High School - Spokane (High School)
1936-37 John R. Rogers High School - Spokane (High School)
1937-38 John R. Rogers High School - Spokane (High School)
1942-43 Washington State College (College)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1976-77 Southern Oregon State College (College) Head coach, Women's Basketball
1977-78 Southern Oregon State College (College) Head coach, Women's Basketball
1978-79 Southern Oregon State College (College) Head coach, Women's Basketball
1979-80 Southern Oregon State College (College) Head coach, Women's Basketball


Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1944 NFL Draft, Akins played three seasons of pro football in the AAFC from 1946-48. He also played semi-pro baseball around the Pacific Northwest, and was good enough to play one season of minor league baseball in the St. Louis Browns' farm system. He became the head football coach at Southern Oregon from 1956-1969, and later coached their women's basketball team.

Akins died of heart failure in 1995.

Akins married Marilyn Miller in 1948.

AAFC Stats:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/A/AkinAl20.htm

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=akins-000al-

Source:

1946-47 Yakima Ramblers (PCBL)

1946-47 YAKIMA RAMBLERS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Finished: 8-25 .242, 6th place

The Yakima team dissolved on February 14, 1947.


  • Head Coach:



PLAYERS:  

Clipper Carmody
Emil Drovetto


  • Jack Jennings (April 2, 1918 - February 8, 1982)
Biography

Joe Matanich
John Matanich
Harry Parrish
Don Sanders
Moose Schlicting
Bob Smith
Sorenson

Jim Vernon

1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

1946-47 VANCOUVER HORNETS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 24-14 .632, 3rd place
Round Robin Playoffs - Finished 6-6

  • Head Coach: Porky Andrews (September 18, 1917 - May 26, 1999) Also played. See below
PLAYERS: 
  • Porky Andrews (September 18, 1917 - May 26, 1999)
Biography
 
  • Norm Baker (February 17, 1923 - April 23, 1989)
Biography

Arthur Chapman
Reg Clarkson
Ken Lawn
Ritchie Nicol
Doug Peden
Sykes

1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)

1946-47 SPOKANE ORPHANS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Finished: 1-17 .056, 7th place

Team merged with Salem in early February and became the Spokane Blazers. This team would not finish the season.


  • Head Coach:



PLAYERS:  

Bill Bowen
Dave Howard
Johnson
Bill Magruder
Oberstaller
Olson
Vince Stroyan
Al Stitt

1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)

1946-47 SEATTLE BLUE DEVILS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Finished: 18-19 .486, 4th place

Round Robin Playoffs - Finished 2-10


  • Head Coach:



PLAYERS: 

Chase
Norm Dalthorp
Bill Fleming
Glavin
John Katica
Wally Leask
Logg
Ernie Maskovich
Al Maul
Sig Sigurdson

Bob Parsons
Frankie Watson

1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)

1946-47 SALEM TRAILBLAZERS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Finished: 8-21 .276, 5th place


The Salem team was wrought with attendance problems, and by the end of January, were a team looking for a new home. They played in various venues, even giving Tacoma a try before merging with the floundering Spokane franchise in early February. The new team, called the Spokane Blazers, would eventually drop out of the league on February 17.
  • Head Coach: Len Yandle ( ) Also played. See Below



PLAYERS: 
  • Dick Anderson 
Biography
 
  • Bill Anton (born c. 1918)
Biography
Wally Beck

Bob Burns
Lowell Doud
Gray
Johnson
Johnny Kolb
Ernie Maskovitch
Gay O'Brink
Stretch Osterhaus
Don Stitt
Vince Stroyan
Dave Teyama
Jack Vaughn
Len Yandle

1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)

1946-47 PORTLAND INDIANS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Finished: 33-10 .684, 1st place

Round Robin Playoffs - Finished 7-5


  • Head Coach:Slim Wintermute also played. See below.



PLAYERS:  

Jack Butterworth
Don Durdan
Mike Hafenecker
Bob Hamilton
Dave Howard
Frank Mandic
John Mandic
Harry Parrish
Roy Pflugard
Ted Sapola
Bill Taitt

Slim Wintermute

1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

1946-47 BELLINGHAM FIRCRESTS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 26-12 .684, 2nd place
Round Robin Playoffs - Finished 9-3


  • Head Coach: Gale Bishop (June 4, 1922 - December 26, 2003) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • Al Akins (June 13, 1921 - August 29, 1995)
Biography 

  • Gale Bishop (June 4, 1922 - December 26, 2003)
Biography

  • Weyman Cotton (December 29, 1920 - March 10, 1999)
Biography


Bobby Dorr
Ziggy Marcell
Bob Olson
Chuck Patterson
Arky Simon
Lyle Smith
 
Earl Torgeson
Van Sindern 
Ray Wark

Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League (PCBL)

Right after World War 2, the troops were coming back home to the United States and Canada. The economy was going for war production back to consumer goods.People were generally doing well, and leisure and recreation were being enjoyed in the new America. Baseball and football saw their attendance spike, and professional basketball, still in its infancy for the most part, was all over the landscape, coast to coast. It was during this time that the sport began to centralize into one dominant professional league. By the mid 1950's, only one major professional league stood. But in 1946, The American Basketball League was the longest running league, and the National Basketball League survived the player depletion of the war. They saw new competition with the formation of new professional leagues: The BAA started in major cities in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, Southern League attempting to rise from the land of Dixie, and out west, the Pacific League was formed.

The fact that a lot of talent was out west was not in question. By 1946, Utah, Wyoming, Stanford and Oregon had all won the NCAA championship, with Oregon winning the first title in 1939. A team from Colorado had grabbed the NIT one year. However, a lot of these players had only AAU and independent teams to play for. They, for the most part, were localized collegiate players and did not want to move to the other side of the country, far away from family and friends, to play a game that really did not pay that much.

That is where the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League stepped in.

Major League baseball had already found the talent pool of the West. The Pacific Coast League for baseball had given the major leagues Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and the DiMaggio brothers. That PCL was a shade below the major leagues in talent, but produced a higher quality of baseball than any of the minor leagues in the east. It seemed natural the a Pacific League for basketball would easily rival the quality of play in the American or National Basketball Leagues. Seemed logical.

The PCBL was set to be an eight-team league, with teams in Bellingham, Portland, Salem, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver and Yakima. Commencing on December 3, 1946, Commissioner Bobby Morris said the league have a 64-game schedule over 16 weeks. The teams would play four games a week, consisting of two two-game series. They hoped at the end of the seasonn, they would meet with the champions of the NBL, BAA and ABL for a playoff to determine the World Champion.

Lofty goals, all of which would never come to be.

Spokane and Tacoma had problems right off the start. The Spokane franchise could not get organized in time for the start of the season and began two weeks late. Tacoma failed to get a team together and folded before playing a game. Limping into the new year, the seven-team league began to have schedule and travel issues that hampered the league's viability. Salem was dogged with poor attendance and kept looking at new venues to draw. Spokane's late start didn't help the teams fortune, and neither did their inability to find a sutiable place to play home games. However, not all teams were failing at the gate. Bellingham, for example, drew very well at home. But the troubles with other teams were hard to overcome. Even after Salem dropped ticket prices from $1.50 to $1.00, the team still failed to draw. A mere 150 bothered to show up for a January game in Yakima. It was clearly evident that four teams (Bellingham, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland) in the league were doing well enough to survive. The other three (Salem, Spokane and Yakima) were crumbling fast.

Late in January, the Salem Trailblazers began looking beyond Salem to find a place to play. They chose to reorganize and become essentially nomads.  They played a home game in Mt. Angel on January 31 before trying to call Tacoma home. (They played as the Tacoma Blazers on February 5 in a 82-58 trouncing at the hands of Bellingham.) Two days later, after a 57-47 loss to Yakima, the team had all but disintegrated.

As Salem tried their best to survive that first season, the Spokane Orphans were an ill-fated franchise from the beginning. As stated before, they were barely able to start the season, and when they did, they only managed one victory and rarely could keep their schedule obligations, playing all road games (by January 27, they had played on 8 league games while every other team had played 22 gamed or more.)

Salem, now on the verge of folding, found a lifeline with Spokane. The league approved a merger of the two teams, and they were to finish the season as the Spokane Blazers. Players Dave Teyema, Jack Vaughn, Bill Osterhaus and Ernie Maskovich were released, new players (Dick Anderson, Lowell Doud, Dale Genry, Bob Burns, Jack Riggins and Wally Beck) were brought aboard.

The league limped through February with six teams. The Blazers team, despite the merger and efforts to stay afloat, last two more weeks before ceasing operations. The Yakima Ramblers, with their 8-25 record and mounting debt and revenue losses, withdrew from the PCL on February 14, 1947. In order to preserve the league and the four remaining teams, Commissioner Morris chose to cut the regular season short and begin the playoffs. Instead of a normal playoff series system, they went with a round-robin format, with each team playing each other four times. The second-place Bellingham Fircrests went 9-3 in these round-robin games, finishing ahead of regular season leader the Portland Indians (7-5), Vancouver Hornets (6-6) and Seattle Blue Devils (2-10) to win the PCBL championship.

Following the 1946-47 season, the Blue Devils folded, leaving only Bellingham, Portland and Vancouver. Three new teams, the Seattle Athletics, the Astoria Royal Chinooks and the Tacoma Mountaineers, joined for the 1947-48 season. Astoria was unable to finish the season for financial reasons. The Portland Indians won the 1947-48 championship.

Still optimistic, League President Ray Clark announced  in January of 1948 that plans to expand in the 1948-49 season to include a Southern Division with teams in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton and either Redding or Long Beach. Additionally, The Astoria club was to be revitalized and would relocate to either Everett or Bremerton in Washington. Unfortunately, during the summer of 1948, Clark decided against trying a third season and the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League was dead.


I used the APBR site for initial research, but that page has not been updated in almost 20 years (!) so a lot of the following research will be from scratch.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Milestone #4 - MBC

That will conclude the initial look into the Midwestern Basketball Conference.

An attempt at consolidating the larger industrial independent teams of the Midwest in the mid 1930's, the MBC lasted two season before morphing into the National Basketball League, which then merged into the NBA. That is why I found it worth looking into.

As far as the personnel of the MBC go, here are the numbers.
But so far, here is the NBL by the numbers:

Number of MBC players:  188
Unidentified/unknown whereabouts: 14
Surviving MBC players: 0. I suppose it is possible that one of the 14 Mystery players could be alive, but they would be at the very least 100 years of age. Statistically, the existence of a surviving MBC player is very very slight. When Frank Worziak died in 2014, he was the last known MBC veteran.

Longevity:
Of the 188 players, 12.23% lived to see the age of 90. 3.19% died before the age of 50. It is a smaller sample size than the NBL's players, but those numbers are consistent between the two leagues.





Monday, April 24, 2017

Young

H. (?) Young


Born:



Died:




Career
1936-37 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)

Not much known here. He is listed as "H. Young" on probasketballencyclopedia, but I found a box score in the Feb 15 1937 edition of the Chicago Tribune that lists "R. Young". Willie Young was also on the Chicago team, which further confuses things.



Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/h-young/

Vic Yanze

Vic Yanze


Born:



Died:




Career
Massachusetts State (College)
1936-37 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)
1936-37 Chicago Majors (Independent)

Noting to be found except a newspaper article that mention Yanze and his play at Massachusetts State (now UMass).



Source:
Sheboygan Press, February 2, 1937


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/vic-yanze/

Melvin Windland

Melvin Ray Windland


Born:
December 19, 1912
Mahoning, OH

Died:
November 20, 1992
Alliance, OH


Career
1930-31 Alliance High School - Ohio (High School)
1933-34 Mt. Union College (College)
1934-35 Mt. Union College (College)
1935-36 Mt. Union College (College)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear (MBC)

A three-sport star at Mt. Union, Windland served in the Marines during World War 2.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/melvin-windland/

Whitey Wickhorst

Paul Mitchell "Whitey" Wickhorst


Born:
November 1, 1904
Hammond, IN

Died:
October 24, 1992
Blue Springs, MO


Career
Whiting High School - Indiana (High School)
1923-24 Gary Slickers (Independent)
1924-25 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1930-31 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1935-36 Whiting Ciesar (Independent)
1936-37 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (MBC) Head coach / player
1937-38 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (NBL) Head coach
1938-39 Hammond Ciesar All-Americans (MBC) Head coach

Whitey played for many seasons for the Bruins in the ABL, and later caught in with Whiting Ciesar first as a player, then player/coach, and then just head coach. He worked at American Maize Company in Roby, Indiana. He eventually found his way to Topeka, Kansas in the 1950's, and died in Missouri in 1002.



Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/whitey-wickhorst/

George Van Heyde

George Adams Van Heyde


Born:
December 21, 1906
Columbus, OH

Died:
June 2, 1983
Columbus, OH


Career
1926-27 Ohio State University (College)
1927-28 Ohio State University (College)
1928-29 Ohio State University (College)
1929-30 Columbus Robert Lees (Independent)
1930-31 Columbus Federals (Independent)
1931-32 Hebron Gassers (Independent)
1933-34 Coshocton Independents (Independent)
1933-34 Coshocton Buckeyes (Independent)
1935-36 Lancaster - Ohio (Independent)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supply (MBC)

Born in Ohio to Julius and Teresa Van Heyde


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/george-van-heyde/

Ernie Talos

Ernest Alex Talos, Sr.


Born:
December 23, 1913
Cleveland, OH

Died:
March 24, 1999
Dayton, OH


Career

1933-34 Ohio Wesleyan (College)
1934-35 Ohio Wesleyan (College)
1935-36 Ohio Wesleyan (College)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supply (MBC)
1936-37 Dayton London Bobbies (MBC)

Born to Hungarian immigrants, Talos grew up in Celveland and played basketball at Ohio Wesleyan where he studied business law before a professional season with both the Columbus and Dayton franchises in the Midwestern League. He played minor league baseball for six seasons, primarily in the Indians' farm system. Talos served his country during World War 2.

He married Mary Frances Hunt (1914-2016) in 1941 and they had a son and a daughter.

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=talos-001ern

Source:
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois), June 29, 1938


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ernie-talos/

Jack Stewart

Jesse Arthur "Jack" Stewart


Born:
May 30, 1904
Springfield, OH

Died:
November 20, 1961



Career
1929-30 Ohio State University (College)
1930-31 Ohio State University (College)
1934-35 Bedford High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supply (MBC)

Born to William and Cara Stewart in Springfield, Ohio.

Stewart married Louise Lulu Canning in 1933.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-stewart/

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stemki

Stemki


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
(College)
1936-37 Dayton London Bobbies (MBC)

Identity unknown.

There is a Charles Stenken who graduated from Covington (KY) Catholic High School in 1934 who wwas the basketball team captain. He played in January 1937 for the Hindmarch team and the Newport Merchants in the Cincinnati Municipal league.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/stemki/

Mel Shaw

Melville James Shaw


Born:
December 21, 1902
Wapakoneta, OH

Died:
January 10, 1993
Columbus, OH


Career
1923-24 Ohio State University (College)
1924-25 Ohio State University (College)
1925-26 Columbus Kinners (Independent)
1926-27 Columbus Kinners (Independent)
1926-27 Lancaster Mondank Mills (Independent)
1927-28 Columbus Kinners (Independent)
1927-28 Columbus Robert Lees (Independent)
1928-29 Columbus Robert Lees (Independent)
1929-30 Columbus Robert Lees (NPBL)
1932-33 Greenfield A.C. - Ohio (Independent)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supplies (MBC)


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mel-shaw/

Will Senchak

William Senchak


Born:
June 18, 1913
Whiting, IN

Died:
June 27, 1995
Santa Clara, CA


Career
1935-36 Whiting Ciesars (Independent)
1936-37 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (MBC)
1937-38 Grand Trunk - Battle Creek (Independent)
1938-39 Grand Trunk - Battle Creek (Independent) 
1939-40 Grand Trunk - Battle Creek (Independent)
1940-41 Grand Trunk - Battle Creek (Independent)





Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/will-senchak/

Doc Scofield

William Fletcher "Doc" Scofield


Born:
May 2, 1910
Columbus, IN

Died:
January, 1987
Columbus, IN


Career
1931-32 Olsen's Terrible Swedes (Independent)
1933-34 Reliance - Indiana (Independent)
1934-35 New Albany CCC (Independent)
1934-35 Reliance - Indiana (Independent)
1935-36 Columbus AllStars - Indiana (Independent)
1936-37 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)

Doc's brother Joe also played with him on the Swedes.

He married Josephine Dale in 1931 and they had one son before their divorce in 1935. He later remarried to Ethel Scott.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/doc-scofield/

Bill Sadler

William Jefferson Sadler


Born:
February 10, 1910
Martinsville, IN

Died:
February 28, 1988
Hixson, TN


Career
1931-32 Central Normal - Danville, IN (College)
1932-33 Central Normal - Danville, IN (College)
1933-34 Central Normal - Danville, IN (College)
1935-36 Noblitt-Sparks - Columbus, IN (AAU)
1936-37 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)

Mistakingly indentified as William Joseph Sadler (1916-1979) in some places. This would have made him 16 years old as a sophomore in college, and 13 as a high school junior. There is a different William J. Sadler who is from Martinsville and is the right age.

He married Garnet Lane in 1936.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-sadler/

Rowlands

Rowlands


Born:



Died:




Career
1936-37 Dayton London Bobbies (MBC)

Possibly could be Bobbie Rowlands (Robert O. Rowlands 1912-1975), who played semi-pro baseball in Richmond, Indiana with the Richmond Kautskys in 1937.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/rowlands/

Bob Preusse

Robert Ernest Preusse


Born:
February 21, 1910
New Jersey

Died:
July 26, 1973
Fort Sam Houston, TX


Career
1927-28 South High School - Akron, Ohio (High School)
1933-34 University of Akron (College)
1934-35 Akron Goodyear (AAU)
1935-36 Akron Goodyear (AAU)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear (MBC)

Preusse went to Akron South High School and then went to UA to study engineering. Despite his height of 6'5, he did not play basketball until his senior year in high school, and was playing intramural hoop at Akron when he finally made the varsity team as a senior. After working for Goodyear, he served in the army during World War 2 and the Korean War. He died in 1973.

He and his wife, Mary Ellen, had three sons.

Source:
Akron Beacon Journal, November 22, 1933


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bob-preusse/

Jim Prather

James Marvin Prather


Born:
March 5, 1916
Martinsville, IN

Died:
September 22, 1988
Martinsville, IN


Career
1932-33 Arsenal Technical - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Arsenal Technical - Indiana (High School)
1935-36 Columbus Bulldogs - Indiana (Independent)
1936-37 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)

A high school teammate of Leroy Edwards, Prather played some pro basketball in Indiana before a carpenter. He died in 1988 following a lengthy illness.

He married Margaret Lewis (1925-1978) and they had three sons and three daughters.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jim-prather/

Joe Popeko

Joseph William Popeko
(later went by the name Joseph Pope)


Born:
March 20, 1910
Benton, IL

Died:
November 16, 1987
Albany, GA


Career
1926-27 Garfield High School - Ohio (High School)
1927-28 Garfield High School - Ohio (High School)
1928-29 Garfield High School - Ohio (High School)
1929-30 Ohio State University (College) Freshmen
1933-34 Mercer University - Georgia (College)
1935-36 Akron Goodyear (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear (MBC)

Born to Lithuanian immigrants Alex and Magdelina Popeko, Joe and the family moved to Akron in the 1920's. He worked for many years at Goodyear, and in the 1960's, moved to Georgia.

He was married to Rose (d. 1985).

Source:
Akron Beacon Journal, May 25, 1934
Akron Beacon Journal, November 19, 1987


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-popeko/

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Elmer Paul

Elmer Paul


Born:
September 8, 1905??


Died:
January 5, 1976 ??



Career
(High School)
1923-24 Butler University ?? (College)
1933-34 Fort Wayne General Electrics (Independent)
1934-35 Fort Wayne General Electrics (Independent)
1935-36 Fort Wayne General Electrics (Independent)
1936-37 Fort Wayne General Electrics (MBC)

Bradford, OH

Not sure that the guy identified by ProBasketballEncyclopedia is the right guy.

Another option is Elmer Paul (1911-1964) who lived in Indy for a while and was an Indiana state trooper.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/elmer-paul/

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Curley Owen

Carroll Henry "Curley" Owen


Born:
April 4, 1915
Boaz, AL

Died:
September 26, 1995
Columbus, OH


Career
1931-32 Columbus North High School - Ohio (High School)
1933-34 Ohio State University (College)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supplies (MBC)

Article in the Daily Times refers to a high school basketball player, Curley Owen, who was selected 2nd team All-District. Same article gives us his real name, Carroll. Found a Carroll Owen residing in Columbus that is the right age. Looks like a good match.

Born to John and Bertie Owen, the family moved from Alabama to Ohio sometime in the 1920's.

Source:
Daily Times (New Philadelphia, Ohio), March 21, 1932


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/curley-owen/

Johnny Miklozek

John Edmund Miklozek


Born:
September 15, 1912
Terre Haute, IN

Died:
October 12, 1982
Indianapolis, IN


Career
1933-34 Indiana State University (College)
1934-35 Indiana State University (College)
1935-36 Indiana State University (College)
1936-37 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)

Born to Stina and Nellie Miklozek, Miklozek went to ISU, and played briefly with the Kautskys while on his way to becoming a physician, going to med school at Indiana. Dr. Miklozek died in 1982.

John and his wife had at least two sons, Jack and Mark.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/johnny-miklozek/

Harry Mead

Harry Louis Mead, Jr.


Born:
August 4, 1912
Springfield (?), OH

Died:
May 19, 1974
Missouri


Career
1933-34 Augustana College - Illinois (College)
1934-35 Augustana College - Illinois (College)
1935-36 Augustana College - Illinois (College)
1935-36 Kalamazoo Gazettes (Independent)
1936-37 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)
1937-38 Moline Turners (AAU)
1938-39 Moline Turners (AAU)

Born in Ohio, (the family lived in Springfield at the time of his birth), the Mead family moved to Maywood, Illinois, where Harry grew up. The 6'10 center starred on the hardcourt at Augustana College and played professional basketball around Illinois for a few years.

Mead married to Marjorie Szekely, whom he met at Augustana, and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-mead/

Larry McAfee

Lawrence R. McAfee


Born:
August 3, 1910
Dayton, OH ??

Died:
February 8, 1992
Dayton, OH


Career
1930-31 Wittenberg College (College)
1931-32 Wittenberg College (College)
1932-33 Wittenberg College (College)
1933-34 Dayton Collegians (Independent)
1934-35 Dayton York Supplies (Independent)
1935-36 Dayton Pros (Independent)
1936-37 Dayton London Bobbies (MBC)

Hometown is Dayton, Ohio.



Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/larry-mcafee/

Phil Liehr

Philip Winfield Liehr, Jr.


Born:
October 8, 1914
Indianapolis, IN

Died:
January 12, 1999
Indianapolis, IN


Career
1929-30 Technical High School - Indianapolis (High School)
1930-31 Technical High School - Indianapolis (High School)
1931-32 Technical High School - Indianapolis (High School)
1934-35 Indiana University (College) Freshmen
1935-36 Indiana University (College)
1936-37 Dayton London Bobbies (MBC)

Born in Indianapolis to Philip Sr. and Grace Liehr, Liehr was an all-Indiana player at Tech. He played at IU as a freshman and sophomore.

Liehr owned and operated an insurance company until his retirement in 1980.

He married Janice Brandt in 1936 and they had one son.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/phil-liehr/

Monday, April 17, 2017

Al Lauchiksis

Albert E. Lauchiskis


Born:
December 6, 1914
Illinois

Died:
December 20, 1982



Career
1933-34 Armour Institute of Technology - Chicago (College)
1934-35 Armour Institute of Technology - Chicago (College)
1935-36 Shumacher Shoes - Akron (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear (MBC)
1937-38 Akron Backer Jewelers (Independent)

Born to Joseph and Anna Lauchiskis

Albert married Frances in 1936

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/al-lauchiskis/

Austin Lambert

Elzie Austin "Red" "E.A." Lambert


Born:
November 13, 1912
Monrovia, IN

Died:
March 6, 1974
Williamsport, IN


Career
1928-29 Monrovia High School - Indiana (High School)
1929-30 Monrovia High School - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Purdue University (College)
1934-35 Purdue University (College)
1935-36 Purdue University (College)
1936-37 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)
1937-38 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Assistant coach
1938-39 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1939-40 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1940-41 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1942-43 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach 
1943-44 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1944-45 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1945-46 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1946-47 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach 
1951-52 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach 
1953-54 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1954-5 Attica High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach 

Born to Grover and Lucie Lambert, Austin grew up in Hall, Indiana, and went to school at Purdue. After graduating from Purdue, he taught one year at Boswell HIgh School before moving over to Attica. He coached the basketball team for 17 seasons, and taught agriculture and biology until his death in 1974 of a heart attack.

Austin married Marjorie Eldridge (1917-1996) and they had one son and two daughters.



Source:
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), March 7, 1974


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/austin-lambert/

Toy Jones

Toy William Jones


Born:
March 5, 1911
Indiana

Died:
October 10, 1981
Fort Wayne, IN


Career
1927-28 Peru High School - Indiana (High School)
1928-29 Peru High School - Indiana (High School)
1929-30 Peru High School - Indiana (High School)
1930-31 Peru High School - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Butler University (College)
1934-35 Butler University (College)
1935-36 Butler University (College)
1936-37 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)

Toy played basketball and ran track at Peru HS, and attended Butler afterwards.

Toy married Loraine Long (1911-1990)

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/toy-jones/

Manny Hyatt

Mansfield Sharpe Hyatt


Born:
December 17, 1916
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
December 10, 1986
Pittsburgh, PA


Career
1932-33 Schenley High School - Pittsburgh (High School)
1934-35 Braddock Big Five (Independent)
1935-36 Pittsburgh Preps (Independent)
1935-36 Pittsburgh University (College) Freshmen
1936-37 Warren Penns (MBC)
1937-38 East Liverpool (AAU)
1938-39 Hyatt Big Five - Pittsburgh (Independent)
1939-40 Elmira (NYSL)
1941-42 Pittsburgh Republicans (Pittsburgh Municpal)
1942-43 Pittsburgh Corbetts (Independent)
1943-44 Pittsburgh Corbetts (Independent)
1945-46 Pittsburgh Raiders (Independent)
1946-47 Pittsburgh Leslies (Independent)
1947-48 Pittsburgh Gunners (AAL) Manager
1947-48 Zanesville Pioneers (AAL) Player / coach


Served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

Manny's brother Art Hyatt played with him on various teams,.Their older brother Charley was also a basketball player of high reputation. Manny played pro basketball around the Pennsylvania and Ohio for many years, and as a player for the Warren Penns, he quit the team in January of 1937 and returned to Pittsburgh. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, Hyatt owned the Pittsburgh Raiders and had been the president of the Oshkosh AllStars in the NBL. He was to be the manager for the Pittsburgh Gunners in the All-American League, but the team folded before the season began and he joined Zanesville as a player. He went on to work as a business manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, and later as an automoblie salesman and a truck fleet manager. He died of a heart attack in 1986.

He was married to June and had one daughter, Jacqueline.

Source:
Warren Times Mirror, January 6, 1937
Cumberland Evening Times, November 11, 1947
Obituary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 12, 1986


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/manny-hyatt/

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cliff Hutzley

Clifford Z. Hutzley


Born:
August 29, 1911
Canal Zone, Panama

Died:
November 14, 1983
Ocean City, NJ


Career
1930-31 Beaver Falls High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1931-32 Beaver Falls High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1932-33 Geneva College - Pennsylvania (College)
1933-34 Geneva College - Pennsylvania (College)
1934-35 Geneva College - Pennsylvania (College)
1935-36 Geneva College - Pennsylvania (College)
1936-37 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
Penn Athletic Club - Philadelphia (AAU)
1945-46 Long Branch High School - New Jersey (High school) Head coach
1946-47 Long Branch High School - New Jersey (High school) Head coach
1947-48 Long Branch High School - New Jersey (High school) Head coach
1948-49 Long Branch High School - New Jersey (High school) Head coach

Cliff graduated from Geneba college and played a little basketball while teaching high school in Pennsylvania. He later moved to New Jersey and took a job at Long Branch HS. After teaching and coaching at Long Branch, he moved to Fort Monmouth as an education specialist until retiring in 1976.

He married Josephine Leech (d.1977) and they had two sons and a daughter. He remarried to Eleanor  Leaycraft Sculthorpe.

Source:
Asbury Park Press, November 12, 1945
Asbury Park Press, November 15, 1983


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/cliff-hutzley/

Lou Harmon

Louis Anthony Harmon, Jr.


Born:
September 11, 1910
Renesselaer, IN

Died:
January 3, 1976
Livonia, MI


Career
1933-34 Purdue University (College)
1934-35 Shumaker Shoes - Akron (Independent)
1935-36 Shumaker Shoes - Akron (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear (MBC)

Born in Indiana to Louis and Rose Harmon, Lou grew up in Gary, Indiana. Harmon played pro basketball for Goodyear. After living in Akron, where he got married, he got a job with Ford Motor Company and moved to the Detroit area.

Lou's brother was Tom Harmon, who was a football star at the University of Michigan and later played in the NFL.

He married Agnes McGarry in 1940 and they had two sons and a daughter.


Source:
Detroit Free Press, January 5, 1976


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lou-harmon/

Grove

Grove


Born:



Died:




Career
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supply (MBC)





Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/grove/

Howard Ginaven

Howard Leroy Ginaven


Born:
August 1, 1910
Springfield, OH

Died:
September 29, 2005
Bradenton, FL


Career
1926-27 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School)
1927-28 Springfield High School - Ohio (High School)
1929-30 Ohio Wesleyan (College)
1930-31 Ohio Wesleyan (College)
1931-32 Ohio Wesleyan (College)
1933-34 Cleveland Pennzoils (Independent)
1934-35 Akron Goodyear (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Goodyear (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear (MBC)

Born to Harry And Elenora Ginaven, Howard graduated from Ohio Wesleyan (playing football and basketball) and took employment at Goodyear, playing basketball on their industrial team. He worked at Goodyear for 41 years, both in Akron and in England. He retired to Florida, where he died in 2005.

He was married to Marjorie and they had three sons and a daughter.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/howard-ginaven/

Sam Forscey

Samuel Chester Forscey


Born:
August 7, 1912
Jamestown (?), NY

Died:
January 6, 1994
Hillsborough, FL


Career
1934-35 Jamestown Lewis Collins 5 (Independent)
1935-36 Jamestown Schroeders (Independent)
1936-37 Warren Oilers (MBC)
1938-39 Jamestown (AAU)

Forscey also played semi-pro baseball in Warren.

Sam was married to Virginia Thomas (1918-1976).

Source:
Warren Times Mirror, January 6, 1937


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sam-forscey/

Prexy Ervin

Harold A. "Prexy" Ervin


Born:
June 7, 1906
Fayette, OH

Died:
March 1, 2000
Springfield, OH


Career
1928-29 Ohio State University (College)
1929-30 Ohio State University (College)
1930-31 Ohio State University (College)
1934-35 Coshocton Bullseyes (Independent)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supply (MBC)
1938-39 Hadley - Springfield, Ohio (Independent)

Ervin was born in Fayette, Ohio and grew up South Vienna, a town between Dayton and Columbus.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/prexy-ervin/

Moe Dublier

Morris Dublier


Born:
February 20, 1915
Jersey City, NJ

Died:
April 22, 2003
Miami, OH


Career
1934-35 John Marshall University - New Jersey (College)
1935-36 Jersey Reds (ABL)
1936-37 New Jersey Jewels (ABL)
1936-37 Detroit Altes Lager (MBC)
1936-37 Freeland (PSL)
1936-37 Nanticoke (PSL)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 Plymouth (NYPA)
1937-38 Larksville (NYPA)
1937-38 Myserstown (TCL)
1938-39 Tory Haymakers (ABL)
1938-39 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1938-39 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1938-39 New York Yankees (Independent)  
1939-40 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1939-40 Washington Brewers (ABL)  
1939-40 Original Celtics (Independent)  
1940-41 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1940-41 Rochester Seagrams (Independent)
1941-42 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1941-42 Troy (NYSL)
1941-42 New London (CSL)
1941-42 Original Celtics (Independent)  
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1942-43 Brooklyn Indians (ABL) 
1942-43 New York Celtics (Independent)
1944-45 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1945-46 Honesdale (PSL)
1945-46 Larksville (PSL)
1945-46 Hartford (NEL)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms (ABL) 

From Jersey City, New Jersey, Dublier was a popular basketball player throughout the Atlantic states for many years. He also played pro football with the New York Yankees of the American Football League in 1936. Moe served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.



Source:
http://www.oldestlivingprofootball.com/morrismoedubilier.htm


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/moe-dublier/

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ray Dickerson

Ray Cletus Dickerson


Born:
June 15, 1908
Keota, OK

Died:
April 9, 1993



Career
NE Oklahoma / Tahlequah (College) ??
1928-29 Olson's Terrible Swedes (Indepedent)
1929-30 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1929-30 Olson's Terrible Swedes (Indepedent)
1930-31 Olson's Terrible Swedes (Indepedent)
1932-33 Akron Firestone (NPBL)
1933-34 Ritz Pennsylvanians (Independent)
1934-35 Akron Firestone (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Firestone (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Firestone (MBC)

Dickerson grew up in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Ray was married to Vera Salome

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ray-dickerson/

Dan Davies

Walter Daniel "Dan" Davies


Born:
June 8, 1912
Columbus, OH

Died:
April 30, 1991
Lexington, TN


Career
1931-32 Denison College - Ohio (College)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supplies (MBC)

Davies played football and basketball at Denison.

He married Kathleen Austin (1917-1990)

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dan-davies/

Ralph Crowton

Ralph Ernest Crowton

Born:
August 2, 1916
Salt Lake City, UT

Died:
October 11, 2010
Ogden, UT


Career
1933-34 Granite High School - Utah (High School)
1934-35 Brigham Young University (College) Freshmen
1935-36 Brigham Young University (College) 
1936-37 Akron Goodyear Regulars (MBC)
1936-37 Salt Lake City Goodyear (Independent)
1937-38 Salt Lake City Eckers (AAU)
1938-39 Brigham Young University (College) 
1939-40 Provo Lions (AAU) 
1939-40 Salt Lake City Eckers (AAU) 
1941-42 World Boosters - Wyoming (AAU)
1942-43 Salt Lake City Sherriffs (AAU)
1943-44 Salt Lake City Sherriffs (AAU)
1944-45 Salt Lake City Eckers (AAU) 
1944-45 Idaho Simplots (AAU)
1945-46 Salt Lake City Sherriffs (AAU)
1945-46 Salt Lake City Rudy and Headlund (AAU)
1946-47 Hollywood (ABL) 
1946-47 Los Angeles (ABL) 


He started employment with Goodyear, and later worked for the SLC Sherriff Department and 20th Century Fox before moving on to teach and coach in the Weber School District, and retired in 1978.

He married Ruth Giles in 1938 and they had two daughters and one son.

Source:
Grave and Obituary


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ralph-crowton/

Blackie Conrad

Frederick Brown "Blackie" Conrad


Born:
October 5, 1911
Wooster, OH

Died:
March 3, 1988
Topeka, KS


Career
1927-28 Wooster High School - Ohio (High School)
1928-29 Wooster High School - Ohio (High School)
1929-30 Wooster High School - Ohio (High School)
1931-32 Ohio State University (College)
1932-33 Ohio State University (College)
1933-34 Ohio State University (College)
1933-34 Canton Stark Marbles (Independent)
1934-35 Akron Goodyear (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Goodyear (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear Regulars (MBC)
1937-38 Akron Goodyear (Independent)
1940-41 Maney's Maniacs (Independent)

At Wooster HS, Conrad played football, basketball and baseball, and also ran track. Graduating after being all-Ohio at OSU, Conrad took a job at Goodyear, where he worked as well as played on the industrial athletic teams.

He married Lucille Wilcox in 1933

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/blackie-conrad/

Joe Clinton

Martin Joseph "Joe" Clinton

Born:
March 7, 1917
Detroit, MI

Died:
June 22, 1980
Detroit, MI


Career
1933-34 St. Theresa High School - Detroit (High School)
1934-35 St. Theresa High School - Detroit (High School)
1935-36 St. Theresa High School - Detroit (High School)
1936-37 Detroit Altes Lagers (MBC)
1936-37 University of Detroit (College) - Freshmen

Clinton was a star quarterback at St Theresa as well as a star on the basketball court, and signed to play with the Lagers in January of 1937. He went to the University of Detroit, playing basketball and football as a freshmen, and later furthered his education at the University of Michigan. He worked for Wayne county as a counselor and also coached kids in football, basketball and baseball for many years.

He and his wife Margaret had five daughters and two sons.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, January 17, 1937
Detroit Free Press, June 24, 1980

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-clinton/

Shang Chadwick

Maurice Wilson "Shang" Chadwick


Born:
June 9, 1901
New Richmond, IN

Died:
October 3, 1973
Millersberg, OH


Career
1919-20 Crawfordsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1922-23 Wabash College - Indiana (College)
1923-24 Wabash College - Indiana (College)
1924-25 Wabash College - Indiana (College)
1925-26 New York Original Celtics (Independent)
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1928-29 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL) 
1929-30 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1930-31 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL) 
1931-32 Toledo Red Men (Independent)
1932-33 Akron Firestones (Independent)
1933-34 Akron Firestones (Independent)
1934-35 Akron Firestone (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Firestone (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Firestone (MBC)

Chadwick was a star player at Wabash College and played with Fort Wayne for six years. He took a job with Firestone in 1932 and also played on their basketball team through 1937 when he quit the game. He stayed employed at Firestone in 1946 when he co-founded his own companny, Rice-Chadwick Rubber Company, and retired in 1961.

He was married to Evelyn Bales (1908-1983) and they had one daughter.

Source:
Akron Beacon Journal October 9, 1973


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/shang-chadwick/

George Butler

George Butler


Born:



Died:




Career
1936-37 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)



Pro Basketball Encyclopedia has him listed as George Butler (1920-1994), but it doesn't fit. That George Butler went to Decatur HS, graduating in 1938. I doubt he played professionally for Kautskys at age 16 while still in high school. That George Butler went to Butler after World War 2, but played baseball and not basketball.



Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/george-butler/

Roscoe Batts

Roscoe William Batts


Born:
April 11, 1914
Scircleville, IN

Died:
July 7, 2002
Los Gatos, CA


Career
1931-32 Scircleville High School - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Butler University (College)
1934-35 Butler University (College)
1935-36 Butler University (College)
1936-37 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)

Born to Arthur and Eva Batts, Roscoe played baseball, football and basketball at Butler. After Butler, and playing for a season for U.S. Tire, Batts went to law school at Indiana University. He moved to Chicago and later California. Batts worked for International Havester, retiring in 1976.

He married Helen Behmer (1913-1995) in 1939 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Chicago Tribune, July 25, 2002


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/roscoe-batts/

Johnny Allen

John Allen


Born:



Died:




Career
1936-37 Detroit Altes Lagers (MBC)

Not much to be found. Very common name.



Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/johnny-allen/

Saturday, April 8, 2017

1936-37 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (MBC)

1936-37 WHITING CIESAR ALL-AMERICANS
MIDWEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE
Western Division
Finished: 3-5 .375, 4th place

  • Head Coach: "Whitey" Wickhorst (November 1, 1904 - October 24, 1992) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • Tony Carp (May 2, 1911 - May 1960)
Biography

  • Bill Haarlow (May 5, 1913 - November 21, 2003)
Biography

  • Vince McGowan (August 13, 1913 - April 4, 1982)
Biography

  • Joe Reiff (June 5, 1911 - February 9, 1988)
Biography

  • Swede Roos (August 8, 1913 - January 30, 1979)
Biography

  • Will Senchak (June 18, 1913 - June 27, 1995)
Biography

  • Joe Sotak (February 9, 1914 - December 11, 2007)
Biography

  • Joe Stack (November 5, 1912 - October 1954 )
Biography

  • Whitey Wickhorst (November 1, 1904 - October 24, 1992)
Biography

1936-37 Warren Oilers (MBC)

1936-37 WARREN OILERS
MIDWEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
Finished: 8-6 .571, 3rd place

  • Head Coach: Gerald Archibald (August 22, 1907 - November 25, 1990) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • Gerald Archibald (August 22, 1907 - November 25, 1990)
Biography

  • Sam Forscey (August 7, 1912 - January 6, 1994)
Biography

  • Bill Holland (April 10, 1914 - February 26, 2000)
Biography

  • Manny Hyatt (December 17, 1916 - December 10, 1986)
Biography

  • Joseph Leson (August 24, 1912  - April 3, 1967)
Biography

  • Frank Maury
Biography

  • John Pawk (December 23, 1910 - December 28, 2004)
Biography

  • Walter Stankey (February 25, 1911 - March 1978)
Biography

1936-37 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)

1936-37 PITTSBURGH Y.M.H.A.
MIDWEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
Finished: 2-9 .182, 6th place


  • Head Coach: Harry Menzek (  - )  
I don't find anyone by that name, but there was a Harry Menzel in Pittsburgh area around that time, born in 1897, died in 1975.

PLAYERS: 

  • Ganzy Benedict (November 29, 1905 - October 12, 1995)
Biography

  • Irving Brenner (May 31, 1913 - January 20, 1991)
Biography

  • Claire Cribbs (August 13, 1912 - September 14, 1985)
Biography

  • Art Feldman (October 18, 1912 - December 14, 2004)
Biography

  • Hyman Ginsburg (March 23, 1914 - March 2, 1986)
Biography

  • Cliff Hutzley (August 29, 1911 - November 14, 1983)
Biography

  • Art Hyatt (June 29, 1912 - January 3, 1991)
Biography

  • Stub Jacobson
Biography

  • Donald "Dudey" Moore (April 5, 1910 - April 8, 1984)
Biography

  • Martin Reiter (August 25, 1911 - February 6, 1986)
Biography

  • Red Silverman (October 15, 1910 - January 29, 1997)
Biography

  • Joe Stydahar (March 17, 1912 - March 23, 1977)
Biography

1936-37 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)

1936-37 INDIANAPOLIS U.S. TIRE
MIDWEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE
Western Division
Finished: 3-9 .250, 6th place

  • Head Coach: Lefty Evans (June 29, 1901 - January 6, 1970)
PLAYERS: 
  • Roscoe Batts (April 11, 1914 - July 7, 2002)
Biography

  • Bud Coffin (March 8, 1911 - August 2, 1974)
Biography

  • Toy Jones (March 5, 1911 - October 10, 1981)
Biography

  • Jim Prather (March 5, 1916 - September 22, 1988)
Biography

  • Bill Sadler (February 10, 1910 - February 28, 1988)
Biography

  • Bill Schrader (May 14, 1910 - October 1968)
Biography

  • Doc Scofield (May 2, 1910 - January 1987)
Biography

  • Sally Suddith (December 26, 1910 - September 14, 1984)
Biography

  • Harlan Wilson (February 3, 1914 - August 3, 1988)
Biography

  • Bob Yohler (August 20, 1908 - November 12, 1965)
Biography

1936-37 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)

1936-37 INDIANAPOLIS KAUTSKYS
MIDWEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE
Western Division
Finished: 2-5 .286, 5th place

  • Head Coach: Frank Kautsky (October 22, 1888 - October 11, 1959)
PLAYERS: 
  • Frank Baird (April 10, 1912 - March 20, 2007)
Biography

  • Herm Bottema (April 11, 1912 - June 6, 2002)
Biography

  • George Butler  
Biography

  • George Chestnut (September 27, 1911 - September 18, 1983)
Biography

  • Bob Kessler (November 25, 1914 - September 5, 2001)
Biography

  • Austin Lambert (November 13, 1912 - March 6, 1974)
Biography

  • Johnny Miklozek (September 15, 1912 - October 12, 1982)
Biography

  • Searle Proffitt (October 26, 1911 - February 13, 1996)
Biography

  • Marvin Stout (August 6, 1915 - December 12, 1991)
Biography

  • John Wooden (October 14, 1910 - June 4, 2010)
Biography

1936-37 Fort Wayne General Electrics (MBC)

1936-37 FORT WAYNE GENERAL ELECTRICS
MIDWEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE
Western Division
Finished: 6-6 .500, 2nd place

Western Division Finals - Defeated Dayton, 2-1
Championship - Lost to Akron Goodyear, 2-0



  • Head Coach: Ray Lindemuth (October 17, 1894 - December, 1974) 

PLAYERS: 
  • Willie Adams (October 2, 1911 - September 30, 1992)
Biography

  • Scott Armstrong (October 12, 1913 - August 20, 1997)
Biography

  • Byron Evard (March 27, 1908 - December 22, 1983)
Biography

  • Ife Holmes (August 15, 1905 - January 27, 1985)
Biography

  • Bud Lindberg (December 8, 1911 - February 1, 1988)
Biography

  • Elmer Paul (September 8, 1905 - January 5, 1976)
Biography

  • Bart Quinn (February 19, 1917 - March 3, 2013)
Biography

  • Preston Slack (December 28, 1908 - January 25, 1993)
Biography