Monday, January 22, 2018

Mickey Reichardt

Michael "Mickey" Reichardt


Born:
February 17, 1912
Trenton, NJ

Died:
May 22, 1983
Miami, FL


Career
Trenton High School (High School)
1930-31 Rider University (College)
1931-32 Rider University (College)
1932-33 Rider University (College)
1933-34 Newark Joe Fays (ABL)
1933-34 Trenton Wonders (Independent)
1934-35 Trenton (EBL)
1935-36 Atlantic City (EBL)

Born in Trenton to Adam and Mary Reichardt, Mickey graduated from Rider and player a few seasons of professional basketball. He played one game for Newark of the ABL in 1933-34

Mickey and his wife, Lucie, had one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mickey-reichardt/


Willie Putzer

William Joseph Putzer


Born:
June 22, 1909
New York City, NY

Died:
May 6, 1990
Lyons, NJ


Career
1924-25 J.K. Paulding High School - New York (High School)
1930-31 Fordham University (College)
1931-32 Middletown United Clothiers (Independent)
1932-33 Middletown Collegians (Independent)
1932-33 Jamaica Corbetts (MBL)
1933-34 New Britain Palace (ABL)
1934-35 New Britain Jackaways (ABL)
1934-35 Bridgeton (EBL)
1935-36 Passaic Reds (ABL)
1935-36 Alabama Pitts All-Stars (Independent)
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandpipers (ABL)

Putzer played for Fordham in his sophomore year, and was set to play baseball in the spring when it was discovered that he had played basketball professionally under an assumed name. He was declared ineligible. He went on to play professionally while finishing his education at Fordham. Putzer would go one to work for many years as a Customs Officer for the Department of the Treasury, retiring in 1979.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/willie-putzer/


Max Posnack

Max Posnack


Born:
June 23, 1909
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
June 30, 1978



Career
1924-25 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1925-26 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1926-27 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1927-28 St. John's University (College)
1928-29 St. John's University (College)
1929-30 St. John's University (College)
1930-31 St. John's University (College)
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1933-34 Carbondale (PSL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Freeland (PSL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 Freeland (PSL)
1936-37 New York Jewels (ABL)
1936-37 Freeland (PSL)
1937-38 New York Yankees (ABL)
1937-38 Kingston Colonials (ABL)
1937-38 Hazelton-Binghamton (NYPA)
1937-38 Myerstown (TCL)
1938-39 Kingston Colonials
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1938-39 Lebanon Eagles (TCL)
1939-40 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1940-41 Washington Brewers (ABL)
1941-42 Washington Brewers (ABL)

Born to Nathan and Rose Posniak, Max grew up in Brooklyn and went to St. John's. He would go on to play pro basketball for a decade, mainly with the Jewels and the Washington Brewers in the ABL.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mac-posnack/


Jake Poliskin

Jacob Poliskin


Born:
February 9, 1912
New Jersey

Died:
July 3, 1972
Los Angeles, CA


Career
1931-32 St. John's University (College)
1932-33 St. John's University (College)
1933-34 Brooklyn Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 New York Jewels (ABL)
1934-35 Plymouth (PSL)
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 Plymouth (PSL)
1941-42 New York Celtics (Independent)

Born to Russian immigrants, Poliskin grew up in Lincoln Park, New Jersey and attended St. John's and was a member of the Wonderful Five.

St. John's lists him on the All-Time Roster as "Polinski" and not "Poliskin."


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jake-poliskin/


Obie O'Brien

Charles "Obie" O'Brien


Born:
January 5, 1909
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
August 20, 1978
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1927-28 West Catholic High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1929-30 Temple University (College)
1930-31 Temple University (College)
1931-32 Temple University (College)
1932-33 Philadelphia Jasper (EBL)
1933-34 Trenton Moose (ABL)
1933-34 Plymouth (PSL)
1933-34 Enterprise (EBL)
1934-35 Germantown (EBL)
1934-35 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1935-36 Germantown (EBL)
1935-36 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Allentown (TCL)
1936-37 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1937-38 Hamburg (TCL)
1937-38 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1938-39 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1939-40 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1940-41 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1941-42 La Salle University (College) Head coach
1941-21 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach 
1942-43 La Salle University (College) Head coach
1942-43 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1943-44 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1944-45 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1945-46 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1946-47 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1947-48 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1948-49 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1949-50 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1950-51 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1951-52 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1952-53 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1953-54 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1954-55 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1955-56 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1956-57 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1957-58 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1958-59 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1959-60 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1960-61 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1961-62 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1962-63 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1963-64 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1964-65 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1965-66 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1966-67 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1967-68 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1968-69 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach
1969-70 La Salle High School - Philadelphia (High School) Head coach

After graduating from Temple, the 5'9 O'Brien played some professional baskeball before being named the head coach for La Salle High School. In 36 seasons there, he never had a winning season. He also coached at La Salle University for two seasons during World War 2.

He married Sarah McGovern and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 1978


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/obie-obrien/


In Memoriam: Paul Yesawich

Hon. Paul Yesawich, a former New York State Supreme Court Justice who played pro basketball for the Syracuse Nationals in the NBL, died last December.


Biography

Obituary

YESAWICH--Paul J., Jr., 94, a resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away in peace on December 13, 2017. He was born November 27, 1923, in Queens, NY, the only child of Paul and Mary Sidabra Yesawich. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and is survived by three children: Paul (Susan) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Peter (Paris) of Boca Raton, Florida; and Christopher, of Brightwood, Oregon; four grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. He was an accomplished athlete, lawyer, judge and legal scholar. A standout high school basketball player at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, NY, he accepted a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Niagara University where he was eventually elected to the Niagara University Hall of Fame. His time at Niagara was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was fond of telling his children and grandchildren that during the war he was a member of the All Navy basketball team - until his All Navy team lost to the All Coast Guard team; after which he was promptly redeployed to serve on the USS Cepheus, an attack cargo ship that participated in the assault on Okinawa in 1945. It was the largest amphibious assault of the war, and he was one of the men who brought supplies to the beach to aid in the initial attack. During the assault the Cepheus came under heavy fire by Japanese aircraft, and aided in downing three of them. Although he rarely discussed it, during the war he was also a member of the Navy Scouts and Raiders, which became today's Navy Seals - yet he was always self-effacing about his service and quick to point out that his training and activities were nothing like those of modern day Navy Seals. He graduated from Niagara University with a BA in 1948, and an MA in 1950. He went on to play professional basketball for the Syracuse Nationals in the National Basketball Association before electing to attend Cornell Law School, from which he graduated in 1951, the same year he was admitted to the New York bar. Following law school, he joined the New York City law firm of Davis, Polk and Wardwell. He later served as Assistant Counsel to the subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives investigating the administration of Internal Revenue laws. In 1955 he and his family moved to Cortland, NY, where he became a partner in the law firm of Folmer, Ryan, Fenstermacher & Yesawich. During this time, he also served as a Commissioner of the New York State Law Revision Commission. He was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1971; that same year he was elected to serve a full 14-year term on that court. He was later designated to serve on the Appellate Division, First Department, in Manhattan, in 1974, remaining there for seven years, simultaneously serving as a trial judge in the Sixth Judicial Department. During this time, he also served as a member of the Advisory Panel on the Proposed Code of Evidence for the State of New York. He was subsequently appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, where he served until his retirement in 1999. He also served temporarily as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of New York, in 1992. He had a deep respect for the law, and for the many attorneys who appeared before him over the years. His exemplary personal and professional comportment made him a wonderful role model for his children and grandchildren, and a committed mentor to other lawyers. Those who knew him will remember him as a rigorous thinker and gifted writer who possessed a profound sense of fairness. His family wishes to thank Adrienne Tomaka and Norma Ward for their months of tireless, quiet, competent devotion to caring for "the Judge," and for the innumerable kindnesses they extended to him in his later years. They were, and are, truly angels. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In Memoriam: George Haines

George Haines, former NBL player with the Pittsburgh Raiders and member of the Bucknell Sports Hall of Fame, died last week at 96.




Biography

Obituary

George F. Haines Jr. BETHLEHEM

George F. Haines Jr., 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Kirkland Village, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late LaVerne (Francis) Haines. Born in Tonawanda, NY, George was the son of the late Rev. George F. and Bertha (Burns) Haines. A 1943 graduate of Bucknell University, he was inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. He went on to play professional basketball for the Pittsburgh Raiders in the 1944 to 1945 season. As a chemical engineer, he earned his MS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954, and worked at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh. He joined Bethlehem Steel Corp in 1960, managing many air and water pollution projects before retiring in 1982. He assisted in the creation of Bethlehem's City Line Little League in 1960, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Bethlehem for many years. Survivors include his daughter, Holly Kent and her husband, Bruce, of Bethlehem; son, George F. Haines III, and his wife, Karen, of Shawnee, OK; grandchildren, Wesley, Allison, Sarah, Daniel, Kristopher, and Drew. George was predeceased by his brother, William R. Haines. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 19, in the 2nd Floor Auditorium of Kirkland Village, One Kirkland Village Circle, Bethlehem, 18017. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Burial will be private. A memory tribute may be placed at longfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, to First Baptist Church, 3235 Linden St., Bethlehem, PA 18017; or to Bucknell University, c/o Gift Processing, Bucknell University, 301 Market St., Suite No. 2, Lewisburg, PA 17837.