Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dave Laub

David Laub


Born:
July 7, 1921
New York, NY

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Career
1938-39 Eighth Avenue Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1939-40 CCNY (College)
1941-42 CCNY (College)
1942-43 CCNY (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Laub played one year at CCNY but was declared ineligible after that season. The engineering student was able to get his eligibility restored and he rejoined the school team in 1941. After the 1942-43 season, Laub entered the U.S. Army and served during World War 2 as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. After his discharge in 1946, he played one year with the Troy Celtics in the ABL. He would go on to work in the construction field for many years before finally retiring in 2014 at the age of 93.

Source:
CCNY Athletics, August 17, 2015

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Bill Landis

Bill Charles "Tall Timber" Landis, Jr.


Born:
June 25, 1925
Fountain Hill, PA

Died:
September 26, 1997
Quakertown, PA


Career
1942-43 Quakertown High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1943-44 Albright College - Reading, PA (College)
1944-45 Albright College - Reading, PA (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

The 6'7, 190 pound Landis starred on the court at Quakertown HS, and by the time he finished at Albright college, had grown to 6'9 and 215 pounds.

Landis signed with the Philadelphia Warriors of the BAA in October of 1946 but was waived and wound up with the Bombers in the ABL. He played five games for the Bombers, putting up 26 points. He left basketball and worked for many years in the maintenance department of the Reading Railroad.

Source:
Morning Call (Allentown, PA) September 27, 1997

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Charlie Lacina

Charles Lacina


Born:
March 29, 1922
Mount Vernon, NY

Died:
June 21, 2007
The Bronx, NY


Career
1939-40 James Monroe High School - The Bronx, NY (High School)
1940-41 James Monroe High School - The Bronx, NY (High School)
1941-42 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Scranton Miners (PSL)

After being named all-City in basketball at Monroe HS, Lacina was offered many scholarships to college but chose to go to St John's. After one season on the freshmen squad, being their leading scorer, Lacina left school to join the army. He became an officer and would serve in the Pacific during World War 2 as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers and later a supply officer. It was while in the Pacific he met his future wife, an army nurse named Elizabeth ("Bette") Clavin, and they married in 1944. After the war, Lacina declined to return to St. John's and went on to play professional basketball. He joined the ABL's Troy Celtics in November of 1946, and appeared in 8 games and scoring 44 points before he was let go. He then signed with Scranton in the Penn State League and finished out the season. He quit the game to become a policeman for the city of New York, and within a few years became a detective. He was eventually promoted to Detective First Grade and was a part in many big investigation at the time, especially looking into organized crime in the area. He would retire from the NYPD and take a job with the U.S. Department of Defense, overseeing security at various governmental facilities.

An avid boater in retirement, Charlie died in 2007 at the age of 85. He and his wife and two sons.

Source:
Obituary, The City Island Current

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Freddy Kunz

Fred Kunz


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Career
1939-40 Good Counsel High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Is he Fred Kuntz (1921-2005)

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Harry Kovner

Harry Kovner


Born:
c. 1916


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Career
New Utrecht High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1936-37 CCNY (College)
1939-40 Jewish Center - Brooklyn (Independent)
1942-43 Jewish Community House - Bensonhurst, NY (Indpendent)
1944-45 Boro Park YMHA - Brooklyn (Independent)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

WW2 veteran. Was also referred to as "Jake Kovner" in a news story (probably a mistake).

Two possibilities:
Harry Kovner Nov 29 1916 - June 4, 2002  Died in Brooklyn
Harry Kvoner October 24 1915 - November 11. 1996 Died in Queens

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Bill Kotsores

William James Kotsores


Born:
September 18, 1924
Astoria, NY

Died:
June 6, 1971
Queens, NY


Career
Andrew Jackson High School - Queens (High School)
1943-44 St. John's University (College)
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1948-49 Bridgeport Steelers (ABL)


He married Jacqueline Perkins (1925-2005) in 1944 and they had two daughters. Bill and Jackie divorced in 1965.

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Bill Kobler

William Kobler


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Career
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1945-46 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Kobler signed with Troy in the ABL, but was released after playing in three games (despite putting up 14 point in the season opener.) He joined the SPHA's a few weeks later but was used sparingly in four games, scoring only two points. He bounced over to the Crescents in January for a brief stint before being let go again.

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