Monday, October 16, 2017

Marty Friedman

Max H. "Marty" Friedman


Born:
July 12, 1889
New York, NY

Died:
January 1, 1986
New York, NY


Career
1906-07 NYU Settlement House (AAU)
1907-08 NYU Settlement House (AAU)
1908-09 New York Roosevelts (Independent)
1909-10 Newburgh (HRL)
1910-11 Hudson (HPL)
1911-12 Newburgh (HRL)
1912-13 Utica Indians (NYSL)
1913-14 Utica Indians (NYSL)
1914-15 Utica Utes (NYSL)
1914-15 Carbondale (ICL)
1915-16 Jasper Jewels (EBL)
1915-16 Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (ISL)
1916-17 Jasper Jewels (EBL)
1919-20 Passiac (ISL)
1919-20 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1919-20 Turners Falls Athletics (IL)
1919-20 New York Whirlwinds (Independent)
1919-20 Newark AC (Independent)
1919-20 Passaic AC (Independent)
1920-21 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1920-21 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (CSL)
1920-21 Easthampton Hampers (IL) Head coach / player
1920-21 Trenton Bengals (PSL)
1921-22 Brooklyn Dodgers (MBL)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL)
1921-22 Mohawk Indians (NYSL)
1921-22 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1921-22 Easthampton Hampers (IL) Head coach / player
1922-23 Philadelphia Jewels (EBL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Dodgers (MBL)
1922-22 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1923-24 Gloversville Wonder Workers (NYSL)
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL) Head coach / player
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL) Head coach
1939-40 Troy Haymakers (ABL) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1972

One of the early greats in the sport, Friedman was a great defensive guard who was most notably paired with fellow Hall of Famer and long-time teammate Barney Sedran. He played for many years professionally around the East with many teams in many leagues, and would later coach in the ABL. As one of the games earliest star players, he was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1972. He was 96 when he died in 1986.

Source:
Basketball Hall of Fame
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Fiddle-Morley/


Teddy Feldt

Theodore Albert Feldt


Born:
January 17, 1899
Buffalo, NY

Died:
July 1982



Career
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1921-22 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1922-23 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1922-23 Buffalo Hewitts (Independent)
1923-24 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1923-24 Germody Opticals - Buffalo (Independent)
1924-25 Pittsburgh Morrys (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1926-27 Butler Bruin Oils (ABL)
1927-28 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 Detroit Cardinals (ABL)
1927-28 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1928-29 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1929-30 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1930-31 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)

Feldt was one of the best guards around Buffalo in the early 1920's. After many seasons with the Lincolns, he spent 3 seasons in the ABL before returning to the Lincolns.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Teddy-Feldt/

Gil Ely

Gilbert Clerc Ely


Born:
September 27, 1898
West Unity, OH

Died:
April 5, 1999
Bryan, OH


Career
1922-23 University of Michigan (College)
1923-24 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1924-25 Huntginton Legionaires (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Flint Big Reds (Independent)
1927-28 Toledo Redmen (Independent)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1930-31 Toledo Red Men (ABL)
1930-31 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1930-31 Dayton Kellys (Independent)
1937-38 Toledo Borgelts (Independent)


Born to George and Ada Ely in West Unity, Ohio, Gil grew up in nearby Pioneer, Ohio, and enlisted the army on October of 1918, but World War 1 ended a month later and Ely was discharged in December. He attended the University of Michigan after afterwards played basketball professionally for many years. He splayed with the Pulaski Post team in Detroit for many years, including with the team when they entered the ABL. He left the team before the end of the season, and joined Cleveland just in time for the playoffs.

He later became a physician and was 100 years old when he died in 1999.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Gil-Ely/


Duke Dunne

Robert Jerome "Duke" Dunne


Born:
August 29, 1899
River Forest, IL

Died:
May 18, 1980
Winnetka, IL


Career
1919-20 University of Michigan (College)
1920-21 University of Michigan (College)
Columbus Big-Five (Independent)
1923-24 Milwaukee Badgers (Independent)
1924-25 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)

Born in 1899 to Edwin Dunne, who would become mayor of Chicago in 1905 and governor of Illinois in 1913. Dunne went to high school in Springfield, Illinois. A talented athlete, Dunne was a star football player who went to the University of Michigan where he played not just football but basketball and was a member of the track team. In 1920, he represented the United States in the Olympics in the penathalon. After graduating from UM in 1921, he went to law school at Northwestern where we also served as a line coach for the NU football team. He also played pro basketball for the Chicago Bruins during this time, before being hired as an assistant coach at Havard. After leaving Harvard in 1930, he returned to Illinois to practice law. He would go on to be appointed to the State of Illinois's Circuit bench and began a long career as a judge that would last until his retirement in 1976, spening a lot of time as a probate judge.

Duke and his wife, Margaret, had three sons and a daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/duke-dunne/

Snooks Dowd

Raymond Bernard "Snooks" Dowd


Born:
December 20, 1897
Springfield, MA

Died:
April 4, 1962
Northampton, MA


Career
1913-14 Springfield High School - Massachusetts (High School)
1914-15 Springfield High School - Massachusetts (High School)
1915-16 Springfield High School - Massachusetts (High School)
1915-16 Springfield Vernons (Independent)
1916-17 Springfield Red Tops (Independent)
1917-18 Chicopee Fall Red Tops (Independent)
1918-19 Lehigh College (College) Did he play?
1918-19 Springfield Red Tops (Independent)
1919-20 Springfield Red Tops (IBL)
1920-21 Springfield Gunners (IBL)
1921-20 Springfield Gunners (IBL)
1922-23 Troy Trojans (NYSL)
1922-23 Springfield Gunners (IBL)
1922-23 Eddie Holly's Majors (Independent)
1923-24 Eddie Holly's Majors (Independent)
1924-25 Eddie Holly's Majors (Independent)
1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL)
1926-27 Canton Orphans (CBL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)

Dowd played basketball, football and baseball in high school, and in 1918 signed to play baseball with Syracuse in the International League. He enrolled at Lehigh that fall and played on the football team, but left school in January of 1919. (Not sure he ever played basketball while there.) A very skilled athlete, Dowd found himself in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers in 1919 at age 21. After one game there, he managed three hits in 18 at bats for Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics, and then returned to the minor leagues where he played through 1927. He never returned to the major leagues, but in the off-season, Dowd kept playing pro basketball around Springfield and Massachusetts. He played two season in the ABL with the Boston Whirlwinds and the Baltimor Orioles.

Major League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dowdsn01.shtml

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Snooks-Dowd/

Friday, October 13, 2017

Art Dexter

Arthur Thomas Dexter


Born:
May 11, 1900
New York

Died:
September 5, 1975
Cortland, NY


Career
1919-20 All-Syracuse (Independent)
1920-21 All-Syracuse (Independent)
1921-22 All-Syracuse (Independent)
1922-23 All-Syracuse (Independent)
1923-24 All-Syracuse (Independent)
1924-25 Geneva Eagles (Independent)
1925-20 All-Cortland Five - New York (Independent) 
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1925-26 Olean Metros - New York (Independent)
1926-27 Canton Orphans (CBL)
1926-27 Corry Keystones - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1927-28 Corry Keystones - Pennsylvania (Independent)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Art-Dexter/

Red Dever

Red Dever


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
(College)
1923-24 Armor Post American Legion - Chicago (Independent)
1924-25 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1925-26 Armor Post American Legion - Chicago (Independent)
1926-27 Armor Post American Legion - Chicago (Independent)
1927-28 Armor Post American Legion - Chicago (Independent)

From Chicago, Dever (spelled "Devers" in some places) was a skilled guard in around the Windy City in the 1920's, and had also been a drawing card with his clownish antics (think of Nick Altrock of Max Patkin in the world of baseball.)

Not much else to be found about him. I am kind of entertaining the notion his last name may actually be "Devereaux or "Devereux"



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Red-Devers/

Joe Dermody

Joseph Peter Dermody


Born:
November 3, 1897
Derby, CT

Died:
February 8, 1977
Pinellas, FL


Career
1915-16 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School)
1919-20 Detroit YMCA (Indepedent)
1921-22 Detroit Kelly-Greens (Independent)
1921-22 Detroit Rayls (Independent) 
1923-24 Detroit Minute Men (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit Red Arrows (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)
1926-27 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)

A World War 1 veteran, Dermody played pro basketball around Detroit in the 1920's. He played with Pulakski Post when they joined the ABL in 1925, playing five games on a road trip out east before getting released. He was resigned in February and played in the team's final two games of the season. He returned for one for ABL season with the club in 1926.

He later worked as a real estate agent in Detroit before moving to Florida in 1950.

Joe married Marie Wilson in 1922 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Joe-Dermody/


Richie Deighan

Richard Anthony Deighan


Born:
February 3, 1900
Florence Township, NJ

Died:
March 3, 1987
Cherry Hill, NJ


Career
1919-20 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1919-20 Wilkes-Barre Barons (PSL)
1920-21 Wilkes-Barre Barons (PSL)
1920-21 Plymouth Shawnees (EBL)
1920-21 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1921-22 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1922-23 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1922-23 Elizabeth (MBL)
1922-23 Philadelphia SPHA's (PBL)
1923-24 Philadelphia SPHA's (PBL)
1923-24 Philadelphia Cathedral (PBL)
1923-24 Holy Majors (Independent)
1924-25 Philadelphia Cathedral (PBL)
1924-25 Paterson Legionaires (PBL)
1924-25 Trenton Royal Bengals (PBL)
1924-25 Tamaqua (AnBL)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1928-29 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1929-30 Toledo Redmen (NPBL)
1930-31 Bridgeton (TSL) Head coach / player
1931-32 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1933-34 Camden Brewers (ABL)

Some records say he was born in 1899.

Deighan was a long-time professional basketball player in the 1910's and 20's, largely in New Jersey. He played for the Cleveland Rosenblums for four seasons in the ABL, and returned to the ABL in 1933 with the Camden Brewers. He also played a few years of minor league baseball.

Along with his brother, Neil, Richie owned a few taverns in Pennsauken and Camden, and also worked in real estate until retiring in the mid 1980's.

He and his wife, Helen, had one son.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=deigha001ric

Source:
dvrbs.com
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 5, 1987
Courier-Post (Camden, NJ), March 5, 1987

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Rich-Deighan/


Jack Curtin

John Joseph "Jack" "Nig" "Johnny" Curtin


Born:
June 21, 1900
Cambridge, MA

Died:
1968



Career
Boston College High School - Boston (High School)
1918-19 Boston College (College)
1920-21 Windsor - Vermont (Independent)
1920-21 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1921-22 Adams - Massachusetts (IBL)
1922-23 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1923-24 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL)
1926-27 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1927-28 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)

Born and raised in Cambridge, Jack ran track and played basketball at BCHS and at Boston College before leaving school. He played pro basketball for a few years, and died in 1968.

Some biographical information differs from Pro Basketball Encyclopedia.

Source:
Evening News (Harrisburg, PA), December 11, 1925


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Johnny-Curtin/

Jim Cullen

James Joseph Cullen


Born:
January 13, 1897
Rochester, NY

Died:
March 25, 1967
Rochester, NY


Career
1922-23 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1923-24 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Oldsmobiles (Independent)



Jim married Elizabeth Burns (1895-1974) and had one daughter and two sons.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Jim-Cullen/


Rody Cooney

Roger P. "Rody" Cooney


Born:
May 17, 1902
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
September 29, 1965
Brooklyn, NY




Career
1919-20 St. Francis College - New York (College)
1920-21 Brooklyn Non Parelis (Independent)
1920-21 Brooklyn Visitation (Independent)
1921-22 Brooklyn Visitation (MBL)
1921-22 Easthampton Hampers (IBL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Visitation (MBL)
1922-23 Troy (NYSL)
1922-23 Springfield Gunners (IBL)
1922-23 Holyoke Reds (IBL)
1923-24 Brooklyn Visitation (MBL)
1923-24 Glen Falls (NYSL)
1923-24 Philadelphia SPHA's (PBL)
1924-25 Brooklyn Visitation (MBL)
1925-26 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitations (NBL)
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1927-28 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1927-28 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1928-29 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1929-30 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1930-31 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1931-32 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1932-33 Dunmore (PSL)
1932-33 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1933-34 Pittston (PSL)
1932-33 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1934-35 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1932-33 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1935-36 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1935-36 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1936-37 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1937-38 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1938-39 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1939-40 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1940-41 St. Francis College - New York (College) Head coach
1946-47 Kingston Chiefs (Independent) Head coach
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL) Head coach

After playing many years professionally around Brooklyn, Cooney became a successful coach at St. Francis.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Rody-Cooney/

Jerry Conway

Jerome Patrick Conway


Born:
June 7, 1901
Holyoke, MA

Died:
April 16, 1980
Holyoke, MA


Career
St. Anselm College - Vermont (College)
1918-19 Turners Falls (Independent)
1919-20 Holyoke All-Holyokers (IL)
1920-21 Holyoke Co. E. (IL)
1921-22 Holyoke Reds (IL)
1921-22 Glens Falls Co. K. (NYSL)
1922-23 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1922-23 Holyoke Reds (IL)
1923-24 Schenectady Dorpians (NYSL)
1923-24 Holyoke Pros (Independent)
1924-25 All-Holyoke (Independent)
1924-25 Westfield Whip City AC (Independent)
1924-25 Washington Palace-Five (Independent)
1925-26 Washington Palace-Five (ABL)
1926-27 Canton Orphans (CBL)
1927-28 Albany Senators (MBL)
1927-28 Meridan (CBL)
1927-28 Holyoke Indepenedents (Independent)
1927-28 Syracuse All Americans (Independent)
1928-29 Meridan Endees (Independent)
1928-29 Syracuse All Americans (Independent)
1928-29 Bristol Endees (Independent)
1929-30 Bristol Endees (Independent)
1929-30 Holyoke Giants (Independent)

After going to St. Anselm College, where Conway played basketball and baseball, Conway embarked on an athletic career that last over 10 years. He played professional basketball for many different teams in the east, peaking with his time with the Washington Palace Five. Also a left-handed pitcher, he pitched in one game in the major leagues, throwing two innings for the Washington Senators on August 31, 1920.

Major League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/conwaje01.shtml

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Jerry-Conway/


Connolly

Connolly


Born:



Died:




Career
1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL)

Played one ABL game with Boston Whirlwinds on December 21, 1925

Source:


Stats:

Red Conaty

John Francis "Red" Conaty


Born:
February 12, 1904
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
May 27, 1979
Brooklyn, NY


Career
1920-21 Brooklyn Prospect Big-Five (Independent)
1921-22 Brooklyn Whirlwinds (Independent)
1921-22 Ware Wonders (IBL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1922-23 Schenectady Dorpians (NYSL)
1923-24 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1923-24 Gloversville Wonder Workers (NYSL)
1924-25 Brooklyn (MBL)
1924-25 Philadelphia Kayoula (PBL)
1924-25 Washington Palace Five (Independent)
1925-26 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitations (NBL)
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1927-28 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1927-28 Kingston Colonials (MBL) 
1927-28 Washington Palace Five  / Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1928-29 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1929-30 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1930-31 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1930-31 Dunsmore (PSL)
1930-31 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1931-32 Bridgeton Moose (EBL)
1931-32 Carbondale (PSL)
1931-32 Brooklyn Arcadians (Independent)
1932-33 Brooklyn Hillhouse / Brooklyn Americans / Bronx (MBL) Head coach / player
1932-33 Carbondale (PSL)
1932-33 Pittston (PSL)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1933-34 Pittston (PSL)
1934-35 Newark Mules / New Britain Mules (ABL)
1934-35 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1935-36 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1936-37 Tunkhannock (PSL)
1939-40 Baltimore Clippers (ABL) On team prior to season, not sure he played in ABL games
1941-42 Kingston (NYSL) Head coach
1945-46 Syracuse Stars () Head coach



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/red-conaty-2/

Tommy Clark

Thomas Clark


Born:



Died:




Career
1920-21 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1921-22 Detroit Millers (Independent)
1922-23 Detroit Red Arrows (Independent)
1923-24 Ternstedt Manufacturing (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit Red Arrows (Independent)
1924-25 People's State Bank - Detroit (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)
1927-28 Michigan Centrals - Detroit (Independent)
1928-29 Detroit AC (Independent) Head coach / player
1929-30 Michigan Centrals - Detroit (Independent)

St. John's Military Academy - Manlius, NY (High School) ?? Not likely. The Tommy Clark there was born around 1906.

A 1921 Detroit Free Press article refers to him as "young"

Played fullback for the Kenyons of the Detroit Athletic league in 1921, 1922 and 1923.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Tommy-Clark/


Curley Christian

Stanley "Curley" Christian


Born:
June 15, 1903
Reading, PA

Died:
October 10, 1970
Atlantic City, NJ


Career

1918-19 Reading High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1919-20 Reading High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1920-21 Reading High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1921-22 Boyertown (Independent)
1921-22 Reading Bears (EBL)
1922-23 Reading Pretzels (EBL)
1922-23 Tremont (Independent)
1922-23 Hamburg (Independent)
1922-23 Tamaqua (Independent)
1922-23 Shamokin Big Five (Independent)
1923-24 Tri-Council Caseys (PBL)
1923-24 Philadelphia Rockwoods (Independent)
1924-25 Tremont (AnBL)
1924-25 Trenton Royal Bengals (MBL)
1924-25 Tri-Council (PBL)
1924-25 Philadelphia Cathedral (PBL)
1924-25 Allentown Eagles (Independent)
1925-26 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1925-26 Canton Pros (Independent)
1925-26 Columbus Kinnears (Independent)
1926-27 Canton Orphans (CBL)
1926-27 Akron Wellocks (CBL)
1927-28 Manayunk-Pattison (PBL)
1927-28 Millville (SJL)
1928-29 Pattison (EBL)
1928-29 Hazleton-Wilkes Barre (PSL)
1929-30 Pattison (EBL)
1930-31 Reading (TSL)
1930-31 Reading Bears (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia Jaspers (EBL)
1931-32 Reading Bears (Independent)
1932-33 Reading Bears (Independent)
1934-35 Carpenter Steel - Reading, PA (Tri-County League) Head coach
1935-36 Carpenter Steel - Reading, PA (Tri-County League) Head coach
1936-37 Carpenter Steel - Reading, PA (Tri-County League) Head coach
1937-38 Carpenter Steel - Reading, PA (Tri-County League) Head coach

After many years of playing and coaching basketball, Curley managed Castle Roc Motel in Atlantic City before his death in 1970.

He was married to Ruth Walborn.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Curley-Christian/


Art Carty

Arthur Thomas Carty


Born:
February 22, 1902
Michigan

Died:
January 13, 1997
Southern Pines, NC


Career
1919-20 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School)
1923-24 Alma College (College)
1924-25 Alma College (College)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)
1926-27 Detroit (Independent)
1927-28 Detroit Cardinals (ABL)
1927-28 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1928-29 Detroit Tools (Independent)
1928-29 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1929-30 Detroit/ Jackson Olympics (NPBL)
1929-30 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1930-31 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1931-32 Fintex - Detroit (Independent)
1931-32 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1932-33 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1933-34 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1934-35 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1935-36 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach

A talented athlete from Detroit, Carty attended little Alma College in rural Michigan where he earned his degree in education while starring on the basketball team. He played professional basketball for a few years around Detroit before landing a coaching job at his old high school, Northwestern. Carty was later the Athletics Director at Cass Tech, but in 1949, returned to Northwestern to coach again. He later was appointed principal at Northern High School and found himself embroiled in a student-lead boycott of the school in 1966. Lead by student Michael Batchelor, over a thousand Northern students boycotted school to protest Carty's old-school authoritarian approach to school leadership. Another grievance against Northern was the apparent differences between resources and education levels between schools with majority white students and schools with a predominantly black student body, including Carty's Northern HS. This wound up forcing Carty out of Northern, and was yet another sign of the racial disharmony in one of America's largest cities that would one year later witness one of the ugliest race riots in American history.

He married Irene Anguish in 1926 but that union ended in divorce. He remarried to Prudentia Huffman in 1939

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Art-Carty/


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Soup Campbell

James Francis "Soup" Campbell


Born:
December 24, 1897
Homestead, PA

Died:
March 5, 1942
Lakeland, NJ


Career
1914-15 Homestead Shippers (Independent)
1915-16 Tower City - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1916-17 Pitcairn (IBLWP)
1917-18 Pitcairn (IBLWP)
1918-19 Wilmerding Airbrakes (ICL)
1919-20 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1919-20 Nanticoke Nans (PSL)
1920-21 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1920-21 Nanticoke Nans (PSL)
1920-21 Easthampton Hampers (IBL)
1921-22 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1922-23 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Pros (MBL)
1922-23 Yonkers Chippewas (MBL)
1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1922-23 Tri-Council (PBL)
1923-24 Trenton Royal Bengals (MBL)
1923-24 Kingston Shirtmakers (MBL)
1923-24 Tri-Council Caseys (PBL)
1923-24 Pottsville Big-5 - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1924-25 Passaic / Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1924-25 Trenton Royal Bengals (MBL)
1925-26 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1925-26 Pottsville Miners (EBL)
1925-26 Perth Amboy Amboyans (MBL)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Warriors (ABL)
1927-28 Detroit Cardinals (ABL)
1927-28 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Salem (SJL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1928-29 Salem (SJL)
1928-29 Milville (SJL)
1929-30 Camden (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia WPEN (EBL)

Campbell died of tuberculosis in 1942 at the age of 44.

He married Gladys (Alive) Frick in 1924 and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Mount Carmel Item, June 5, 1924
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 1942

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/soup-campbell-2/

Buddy Bushman

Adolph J. "Buddy" Buschmann (Bushman)



Born:
December 18, 1902
Brooklyn. NY

Died:
August 9, 1961



Career
1918-19 Far Rockaway High School - New York (High School)
1920-21 Far Rockway (Independent)
1921-22 Far Rockway (Independent)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL)
1923-24 Aloysius (Independent)
1945-25 Washington Palace Five (Independent) 
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Detroit Cardinals (ABL)
1927-28 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)

Born in New York to Adolph and Josephine Buschmann. His name appears as "Bushman" in newspaper articles.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Buddy-Bushman/

Joe Brown

Joseph Milton "Poison" Brown
born Joseph Bronislaus Majchrzak


Born:
September 17, 1899
Buffalo, NY

Died:
June 4, 1979
Angola, NY


Career
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1928-29 Buffalo Drydocks (Independent)
1929-30 Rochester Centrals (ABL) 

Brown was a talented minor league baseball player as well as a professional basketball player. He played third base for 11 years in the east, with a lot of time with the Rochester Red Wings.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=brown-003jos

Source:
Democrat and Chronicle, June 5, 1979

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Joe-Brown/

Roy Boosey

Arthur Roy Boosey


Born:
May 7, 1885
Petrolia, Ontario, Canada

Died:
November 28, 1941
Detroit, MI


Career
1904-05 D.U.R. - Detroit (Independent)
1904-05 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1905-06 Detroit General Electric (Independent)
1906-07 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1908-09 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1909-10 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1910-11 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1911-12 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1912-13 Detroit AC (Independent)
1913-14 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1914-15 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1915-16 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1916-17 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1917-18 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1918-19 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1919-20 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1920-21 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1921-22 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1922-23 Detroit Red Arrows (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit Red Arrows (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)

Born in Canada, Boosey was a well-known basketball player in Detroit. He played for many years with various teams, most notably the YMCA and the Rayls, before joining the Red Arrows and Pulaski Post. At the age of 40, he was with Pulaski Post when the team was a member of the ABL. Boosey was also an avid ping pong and handball player, and had a pre-basketball-game ritual of eating chili prior to tip off.

In 1941, Boosey was playing handball in a singles tournament at a Detroit YMCA when he fell over and died of a massive heart attack.

He was married to Marietta Ames in 1907 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, February 3, 1911
Detroit Free Press, November 29, 1941


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Roy-Boosey/


Tom Berry

Thomas Wayne Berry


Born:
June 9, 1901
Connecticut

Died:
November 1959



Career
1922-23 Worcester Tech (College)
1923-24 Worcester Tech (College)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1926-27 Brunswick Birds - New Jersey (Independent)

Grew up in Springfield, MA?

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Tom-Berry/

Whitey Bernot

Withold J. "Whitey" Bernot


Born:
June 18, 1901
Connecticut

Died:
February 1965
Worcester, MA


Career
1918-19 Worcester Classical High School - Massachusetts (High School)
1921-22 Worcester  (IBL)
1921-22 Adams (IBL)
1921-22 Easthampton Hampers (IBL)
1922-23 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1922-23 Easthampton / Northhampton Hampers (IBL)
1922-23 Northampton (IBL) 
1923-24 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1924-25 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL)
1925-26 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1928-29 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1928-29 Plainfield Pros - Connecticut (Independent)
1929-30 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1930-31 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1931-32 Marlboro Bears (Independent)
1932-33 Fitton AC (Independent)

Born to Lithuanian immigrants, blonde Withold Bernot enjoyed a long professional basketball career

Source:
Harrisburg Telegraph, December 12, 1925

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Whitey-Bernot/

Hank Baude

Henry Leroy "Hank" Baude


Born:
February 29, 1896
Chicago, IL

Died:
June 25, 1977
Chicago, IL


Career
1924-25 Waukegan (Independent)
1925-26 202nd Coast Artillery - Chicago (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Chicago (Independent)
1927-28 Chicago Nationals (Independent)
1928-29 Hennepin Shields Knights of Columbus - Chicago (Independent)

Baude was a notable ahtlete around Chicago, known mainly as a semi-pro and amateur baseball player for various local squads. He also played basketball for a few years, including one with the Bruins in the ABL.

Baude died in 1977 (actual date approximated above, his obituary appeared in Chicago Tribune June 26.)

He and his wife, Rose, had three daughters.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Hank-Baude/

Marty Barry

Martin James Barry


Born:
May 7, 1899
Troy, NY

Died:
November 1983
Albany, NY


Career
1919-20 Troy Knights of Columbus (NYSL)
1919-20 Cohoes Trojans (NNYL)
1920-21 Cohoes Trojans (NYSL)
1920-21 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1921-22 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1921-22 Albanay All-Stars (Independent)
1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1922-23 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1923-24 Utica Utes (NYSL)
1923-24 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Utica All-Stars (Independent)
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1929-30 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1931-32 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1932-33 Rochester Centrals (Independent)


Marty was basketball star in high school, and played professionaly after graduating while attending RPI. One of the more visible players of the ABL, he was also pursing a law degree, and eventually had to quit playing as his law practice demanded more and more of his time.
P
Marty married Olive Exner Vandermeulen in 1941

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Marty-Barry/


Phil Barlow

Philip Barlow


Born:
March 2, 1902
Rochester, NY

Died:
January 3, 1986
Rochester, NY


Career
1925-26 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1929-30 Rochester Aviators (Independent)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1931-32 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1932-33 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1933-34 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1934-35 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1934-35 JYMA - Rochester (Independent)
1934-35 Buffalo (NYSL)
1934-35 Rochester Paragons (Independent)

Born in Rochester to Russian immigrants Simon and Nellie, Phil grew up playing baseball and basketball around Rochester. He worked as a lithographer during the 1920's and 30's, as well as playing basketball for many years with the Rochester Centrals. After serving in the Army during World War 2, Barlow owned various parking lots in Rochester.

He and his wife, Lillian had one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, January 8, 1986

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Phil-Barlow/


Red Barak

Stephen John "Red" Barak, Sr.


Born:
March 1, 1905
Austria-Hungary

Died:
June 18, 1987
Chicago, IL


Career
American College of P.E.(College)
1924-25 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1924-25 Waukegan Elks (Independent)
1925-26 202nd Field Artillery - Chicago (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1930-31 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1931-32 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1933-34 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1934-35 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)

Born in Austria-Hungary, Barak came with his family to the U.S. around 1910. The tall center played basketball around the Chicago area for ten years.

He and his wife, Lydia, had two sons.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Red-Barak/

Honey Anowski

Walter Frank "Honey" Anowski


Born:
April 30, 1898
Buffalo (?), NY

Died:
December 1985
Buffalo, NY


Career
1918-19 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1919-20 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1920-21 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1921-22 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1921-22 Niagara Falls (Independent)
1922-23 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1923-24 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1924-25 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1926-27 Butler Bruin Oils (ACL)
1927-28 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1928-29 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1929-30 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)

Anowski was a long-timeplayer with the independent Buffalo Lincoln club, playing for the team for over a decade. When the ABL awarded a franchise to the Buffalo area, Anowski was one of the more recognizable players on the team.

He and his wife, Helen, had one daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Honey-Anowski/

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1925-26 Washington Palace Five (ABL)

1925-26 WASHINGTON PALACE FIVE
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
11-5 .688, 2nd place
Second Half:
11-3 .786, 2nd place



Lou Sugarman
Head Coaches: 
  • Lou Sugarman (October 10, 1889 - June 14, 1951) Also played. See Below
  • Ray Kennedy (  - ) Also played. See Below

PLAYERS:
  • Whitey Bernot (June 18, 1901 - February 1965)
Biography

  • Curley Christian (June 15, 1903 - October 10, 1970)
Biography

  • Red Conaty (February 12, 1904 - May 27, 1979)
Biography

  • Jerry Conway (June 7, 1901 - April 16, 1980)
Biography

  • Rody Cooney (May 17, 1902 - September 29, 1965)
Biography

George Glasco
Bob Grody
Horse Haggerty
Cowboy Jones
Ted Kearns
Ray Kennedy
  • Rusty Saunders (March 12, 1906 - November 24, 1967)
Biography



Lou Sugarman

1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)

1925-26 ROCHESTER CENTRALS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
9-7 .563, 4th place
Second Half:
9-5 .643, 3rd place


Head Coach: Johnny Murphy (March 6, 1889 - March 5, 1976) Also played. See Below

PLAYERS:
  • Phil Barlow (March 2, 1902 - January 3, 1986)
Biography

  • Marty Barry (May 7, 1899 - November 1983)
Biography

  • Jim Cullen (January 13, 1897 - March 25, 1967)
Biography

  • Manny Hirsch (May 8, 1903 - August 22, 1971)
Biography


Trixie Messenger
Mike Mumby
Johnny Murphy (March 6, 1889 - March 5, 1976)
Lou Rabin
Allie Schmidt
  • Sam Siegel (June 4, 1904 - October 20, 1995)
Biography


Lefty Topel
Trottley
Jack Uhlen
Tillie Voss

1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)

1925-26 FORT WAYNE CASEYS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
7-9 .438, 5th place
Second Half:
6-8 .429, 5th place


Head Coaches: 
  • Ralph Miller ( - ) 3-6  Also played. See Below
  • Johnny Whitty (  ) 10-11  Also played. See Below

PLAYERS: 

  • Shang Chadwick (June 9, 1901 - October 3, 1973)
Biography

Blair Gullion
Bill McCleary
Biz Miller
Ralph Miller
Schnitz Schneider
Fred Schulteis
Harry Schwab
Frank Shimek
Homer Stonebreaker
Johnny Whitty
Gus Yerkes

1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)

1925-26 DETROIT PULASKI POST
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
6-10 .375, 8th place
Second Half:
2-12 .143, 8th place


Head Coaches: 
  • Tillie Voss ( - ) 3-3  Also played. See Below
  • Bruno Smokiewicz (  ) 5-19  Also played. See Below

PLAYERS:
  • Roy Boosey (May 7, 1885 - November 28, 1941)
Biography

  • Art Carty (February 22, 1902 - January 13, 1997)
Biography

  • Tommy Clark
Biography

  • Joe Dermody (November 3, 1897 - February 8, 1977)
Biography

  • Gil Ely (September 27, 1898 - April 5, 1999)
Biography

Bruce Gregory
Bill Henderson
Bill Johnson
Joe Karpus
Eddie Lynch
Bill Murphy
  • Sam Siegel (June 4, 1904 - October 20, 1995)
Biography

Bruno Smokiewicz
Aus Unger
Tillie Voss

1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)

1925-26 CLEVELAND ROSENBLUMS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
10-6 .625, 3rd place
Second Half:
13-1 .929, 1st place

  • Head Coach: Marty Friedman (March 9, 1898 - September 28, 1985) Also played. See Below

PLAYERS:
  • Richie Deighan (February 3, 1900 - March 3, 1987)
Biography

  • Gil Ely (September 27, 1898 - April 5, 1999)
Biography

  • Marty Friedman (July 12, 1889 - January 1, 1986)
Biography

Dutch Guenther
  • Nat Hickey (January 30, 1902 - September 16, 1979)
Biography


Carl Husta
Dave Kerr
Honey Russell
Abe Schreiber
Len Shepherd

1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)

1925-26 CHICAGO BRUINS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
6-10 .375, T-7th place
Second Half:
3-11 .214, 7th place

  • Head Coach: Laurie Walquist (March 9, 1898 - September 28, 1985) Also played. See Below

PLAYERS:
  • Red Barak (March 1, 1905 - June 18, 1987)
Biography

  • Hank Baude (February 29, 1896 - June 25, 1977)
Biography

  • Soup Campbell (December 24, 1897 - March 5, 1942)
Biography

  • Red Dever  
Biography

  • Art Dexter (May 11, 1900 - September 5, 1975)
Biography

  • Duke Dunne (August 29, 1899 - May 18, 1980)
Biography

Carl Hartilius
Ike Mahoney
Stretch Miller
Len Sachs
Rosy Starn
BIll Theissen
Jack Tierney
Laurie Walquist (March 9, 1898 - September 28, 1985)
  • Whitey Wickhorst (November 1, 1904 - October 24, 1992)
Biography

1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)

1925-26 BUFFALO BISONS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
5-11 .313, 9th place
Second Half:
5-9 .357, 6th place
  • Head Coach: Al Heerdt (August 9, 1881 - February 4, 1958)

PLAYERS:
  • Honey Anowski (April 30, 1898 - December 1985)
Biography


  • Tom Berry (June 9, 1901 - November 1959)
Biography


  • Joe Brown (September 17, 1899 - June 4, 1979)
Biography 

  • Sibby Cortelli (May 24, 1900 - August 2, 1963)
Biography

  • Ted Feldt (January 17, 1899 - July 1982)
Biography

Cleon Hyde
Ray Knapp
Bert Lewis
Jack Murray
Jiggs O'Dell
Main Rich
George Schell
Carl Wedell

1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)

1925-26 BROOKLYN ARCADIANS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
12-4 .750, 1st place
Second Half:
7-7 .500, 4th place
Championship - Lost to Cleveland, 3-0

Team was owned by Detroit Tiger's baseball player and future Hall of Famer, Harry Heilmann.

  • Head Coach: Garry Schmeelk (March 23, 1891 - October 17, 1941) Also played. See Below


PLAYERS:
  • Buddy Bushman (December 18, 1902 - August 9, 1961)
Biography 

  • Red Conaty (February 12, 1904 - May 27, 1979)
Biography

  • Rody Cooney (May 17, 1902 - September 29, 1965)
Biography

George Glasco
Horse Haggerty
Waite Hoyt
Tubby Raskin

Elmer Ripley
  • Rusty Saunders (March 12, 1906 - November 24, 1967)
Biography


Gary Schmeelk
Tillie Voss
Joe Wallace

1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL)

1925-26 BOSTON WHIRLWINDS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
6-10 .375, tied for 6th place
Second Half:
Expelled (or dropped out) of league after first half

  • Head Coach: Fiddle Morley (June 5, 1901 - August 24, 1968) Also played. See Below

Box score on December 21, 1925, vs Washington, shows players name Jenkins and Connolly played. They also listed "Dodd" and "Burnett" but I am assuming that is actually "Dowd" and "Bernot." I think Jenkins is Harvard athlete Percy Jenkins.

PLAYERS:
  • Whitey Bernot (June 18, 1901 - February 1965)
Biography


  • Connolly  
Biography 

  • Jack Curtin (June 21, 1900 - 1968)
Biography

  • Snooks Dowd (December 20, 1897 - April 4, 1962)
Biography

Walter Guenther
Earl Heal
Nate Hurwitz
Percy Jenkins

Henry Kiley
Leo Martin
Fiddle Morley
Nash
Lou Schneiderman











Tuesday, October 10, 2017

American Basketball League (ABL-I)

I am probably going in over my head with this one, but I am going to step back a few decades and look at the first successful (for the most part) professional basketball league, the American Basketball League.

Formed in 1925, just three decades after the sport's invention, the American Basketball League was the brainchild of multi-millionaires George Preston Marshall and Max Rosenblum, with the guidance of legendary football coach, owner and businessman George Halas. All around the eastern half of the country were dozens of small local professional leagues. These three gentlemen thought that it was time (and likely profitable) for a large scale league run and operated like the other American's sports leagues had. At this time, baseball's National League had been around almost 50 years, and their counterpart, the American League, 25 years. The NHL and NFL were still in their first decade but doing fairly well.

Joe Carr, who was the president of the NFL, was brought in to establish the playing system and rules. Every league in the country operated under their own rules, so Carr took what already existed and put together what was believed to be the best system at the time. The league was also to grant franchises only in large markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic through the Midwest. The league was able to successfully raid leagues like the Eastern League for the best players in the country.

The season was to be split into 16-game two halves, with the winner of each half to face each other in the championship. Teams were set up in Boston, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Rochester and Washington. Brooklyn won the first half, going 12-4 and finishing one game ahead of Washington. The Boston Whirlwinds dropped out after the first half, leaving eight teams to compete in the second half. With Boston gone, the second half was now  a 14-game schedule, won by Cleveland who won 13 of 14.

The Cleveland Rosenblums met Brooklyn in the ABL Championship and swept them in three games.

( I am going to refer to this ABL as ABL-I with respect to labeling blog posts.)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bob Wilson

Robert Wilson


Born:
March 8, 1926
Clarksburg, WV

Died:
August 26, 2014
Newark, NJ


Career
1941-42 Kelly Miller High School - Clarksburg, WV (High School)
1942-43 Kelly Miller High School - Clarksburg, WV (High School)
1943-44 Kelly Miller High School - Clarksburg, WV (High School)
1947-48 West Virginia State University (College)
1948-49 West Virginia State University (College)
1949-50 West Virginia State University (College)
1950-51 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1951-52 Leone's All-Stars - West Virginia (Indepedendent)

Born in the North View section of Clarskburg, West Virginia, Wilson went to Kelly Miller High School in Clarksburg (a "colored" school until the 1956 integration.) After playing at WVSU, he played a year for the Globetrotters before playing with the Milwaukee Hawks,but his NBA career ended with a knee injury. He moved to Newark where he was heavily involved in the city and YMCA.

He and his wife, Josephine Crozier, had four children

Source:
WVSU Website, August 27, 2014
Obituary, West Virginia Gazette, August 26, 2014

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/wilsobo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=wilsobo01

Bill Tosheff

William Mark Tosheff


Born:
June 2, 1926
Gary, IN

Died:
October 1, 2011
Kauai, HI


Career
1941-42 Froebel High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1942-43 Froebel High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1943-44 Froebel High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1947-48 Indiana University (College)
1948-49 Indiana University (College)
1949-50 Indiana University (College)
1950-51 Indiana University (College)
1951-52 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1952-53 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1953-54 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

Tosheff lettered in track, football, baseball and basketball at Froebel HS, and set the state record in the long jump. He entered the U.S. Army, serving in the Air Corps during and after World War 2. After his discharge, he enrolled at Indiana University, playing baseball and basketball until graduating in 1951. He was drafted in the 4th round of the NBA draft by Indianapolis, where he would play two seasons, followed by a third with Milwaukee. But it was on the pitcher's mound where Toshoff found his passion.

Tosh signed with the Lafayette Blue Sox in 1952, and one afternoon threw a no-hitter. This impressed Cleveland Indians' scout Red Ruffing enough to get them to offer a contract. Greenberg decline the amount Tosheff wanted, and he signed with the minor league team in Indianapolis. In 1954, he quit basketball for good and signed with the Milwaukee Braves, and started the season with their affiliate in Tampa. Playing with four teams that year in Class B, he won 21 games, and promoted to the Braves' farm club in Corpus Christi in 1955, he won 20 games. However, he could not get higher than AA ball, and in 1958, at 32 years of age, he left for Cuba, where he played baseball as well as rubbing elbows with Fidel Castro and Ernest Hemingway. Playing there, we became close with a young infielder named Mike Ilitch. Ilitch asked Toshoff to came back to Michigan with him and be his partner in business, but Tosh still wanted to play ball and he left for Venezuela. Ilitch would go on with his "business idea" and formed what would become the Little Caesar's Pizza empire.

Tosh would later become better known as the advocate for getting pre-1965 NBA players pension from the league. Many players were down-on-their-luck or destitute when Tosheff stepped on on their behalf, and would continue to fight for them. He was recognized in 2009 at the NBA All-Star game for his efforts.

Tosheff died of rectal cancer in 2011.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=toshef001wil

Source:
Obit, NW Indiana Times
Baseball Happenings, October 2011
20 Second Timeout Blog

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/toshebi01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=toshebi01

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