Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sam Ranzino

Samuel Salvadore Ranzino


Born:
June 23, 1928
Gary, IN

Died:
March 13, 1994
Winnabow, NC


Career
1945-46 Emerson High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1946-47 Emerson High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1947-48 North Carolina State (College)
1948-49 North Carolina State (College)
1949-50 North Carolina State (College)
1950-51 North Carolina State (College)
1951-52 Rochester Royals (NBA)

Starring for four season at NC State, Ranzino is still among the top of the school's all-time field goal totals. He played for one season with the Rochester Royals. He died in 1994 at 66 years of age.

He married Ann Brigman (1932-1983) and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Ashville Citizen-Times, March 16, 1994

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/ranzisa01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ranzisa01

Ray Ragelis

Raymond Ernest Ragelis


Born:
December 10, 1928
East Chicago, IN

Died:
September 19, 1983
Chicago, IL


Career
1944-45 Washington High School - East Chicago, IN (High School)
1945-46 Washington High School - East Chicago, IN (High School)
1946-47 Washington High School - East Chicago, IN (High School)
1948-49 Northwestern University (College)
1949-50 Northwestern University (College)
1950-51 Northwestern University (College)
1951-52 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1954-55 Lake Forest College (College) Head coach

Ragelis lettered in basketball, football and baseball at Washington HS in East Chicago, and then went on to play at Northwestern. Playing center despite his 6'4 height, Ragelis lead the Big 10 in scoring in his senior season. After playing for the Rochester Royals, Ragelis served in the U.S. Army for two years. Once out the army, he worked as a teacher, coach and ironworker. He was only 54 years old when he died in 1983.

Source:
Obituary, Chicago Tribune, September 23, 1983

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/ragelra01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ragelra01

Mel Payton

Melvin Eugene Payton


Born:
July 16, 1926
Martinsville, IN

Died:
May 12, 2001
Carmel, IN


Career
1942-43 Martinsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1943-44 Martinsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1947-48 Tulane University (College)
1948-49 Tulane University (College)
1949-50 Tulane University (College)
1950-51 Tulane University (College)
1951-52 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1952-53 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1954-55 Burlington High School - Kokomo, IN (High School) Head coach
1954-55 McCool Insurance Mercury - Kokomo, IN (Independent)
1955-56 Western High School - Kokomo, IN (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Western High School - Kokomo, IN (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Lebanon High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Lebanon High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Whiteland High School - Indiana (High School) Assistant coach
1960-61 Whiteland High School - Indiana (High School) Assistant coach
1961-62 Whiteland High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Whiteland High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach

Born to Clint and Marry Payton in Martinsville, Indiana, Payton graduated from Martinsville HS and went into the U.S. Army for World War 2. The war ended, and eventually Payton was discharged and went to Tulane University in Louisiana. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1951, and played for them for one season. On September 11, 1952, Payton was traded to Indianapolis for Don Lofgran. He left playing basketball to coach it at various high schools in Indiana. Also teaching, he eventually moved down to the junior high level.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/paytome01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=paytome01

Dave Minor

Davage T. "Dave" Minor


Born:
February 23, 1922
Ruleville, MS

Died:
March 14, 1998
Gary, IN


Career
1939-40 Froebel High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1940-41 Froebel High School - Gary, IN (High School)
1942-43 University of Toledo (College)
1946-47 UCLA (College)
1947-48 UCLA (College)
1948-49 Oakland Biitners (Independent)
1949-50 Oakland Biitners (Independent)

1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1952-53 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

After playing at the University of Toledo, helping the Rockets to the NIT title in 1943. He then entered the U.S. Army and served during World War 2. After the war, he transferred to UCLA and played pro basketball with the Oakland Biitners before being signed by the Baltimore Bullets in the NBA. He played the next season with the Milwaukee Hawks.

Davage married Ollie Mae Carter and they had at least one daughter.



Source:



Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/minorda01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=minorda01

Al McGuire

Alfred Emanuel McGuire


Born:
September 7, 1928
Queens, NY

Died:
January 26, 2001
Milwaukee, WI


Career
1945-46 St. John's Prep - Brooklyn, NY (High School)
1946-47 St. John's Prep - Brooklyn, NY (High School)
1947-48 St. John's University (College)
1948-49 St. John's University (College)
1949-50 St. John's University (College)
1950-51 St. John's University (College)
1951-52 New York Knicks (NBA)
1952-53 New York Knicks (NBA)
1953-54 New York Knicks (NBA)
1954-55 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1955-56 Dartmouth College (College) Assistant coach
1956-57 Dartmouth College (College) Assistant coach
1957-58 Belmont Abbey College (College) Head coach
1958-59 Belmont Abbey College (College) Head coach
1959-60 Belmont Abbey College (College) Head coach
1960-61 Belmont Abbey College (College) Head coach
1961-62 Belmont Abbey College (College) Head coach
1962-63 Belmont Abbey College (College) Head coach
1963-64 Belmont Abbey College (College) Head coach
1964-65 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1971-72 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1972-73 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1973-74 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1974-75 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1975-76 Marquette University (College) Head coach
1976-77 Marquette University (College) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1992

McGuire, younger brother of another pro basketball player, Dick McGuire, played football and basketball at St. John's Prep before heading to St. John's University to play basketball. In September of 1949, McGuire, heading into his sophomore season, left the team as his grades had fallen. He managed to get them back up and had his eligibility restored in November. After graduating at St. John's, he played three season with the Knicks and one with the Baltimore Bullets before deciding that coaching was his calling. He was an assistant at Dartmouth for two years before being hired to be the head coach at Belmont in North Carolina. After a 109-63 record in seven years at Belmont, he was hired to coach the basketball team at Marquette University in 1964.
While at Marquette, McGuire lead the team to a NIT championship in 1970 and an appearance in the Final Four in 1974. In December of 1976, McGuire announced that he would be leaving Marquette after the season. He then lead the Golden Eagles to the NCAA title, before leaving retiring from basketball to become a vice-chairman of Medalist Industries. After leaving the company in 1978, he worked as a broadcaster and analyst. He was elected to the Naismaith Hall of Fame in 1992, and died in 2001 after suffering from leukemia.

Source:
knickerblogger.net - Al McGuire's Phantom Bucket
Obituary, NY Times, January 27, 2001

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mcguial01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mcguial01

In memoriam: Phil Moore

Former Tulsa Ranchers (PBLA) player Phil Moore died last July.

I was fortunate enough to correspond with him last February. He made me laugh when he said he had just turned 96 and was "still in good health - but expect anything at my age."

Biography

Obituary from Frank Funeral Home

Philip Dale Moore, age 96, lifelong resident of Wellington, passed away at his home on Friday, July 7, 2017. He was a retired insurance agent for New York Life.
Phil was born on November 9, 1920 in Wellington, KS to Clyde F. Moore and Nora M. (Braun) Moore. He was a graduate of Wellington High School and Southwestern College. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II from 1942 – 1945.
He married Rheba M. Helm on September 5, 1940 in Newkirk, OK. She preceded him in death on July 5, 2008.
Phil enjoyed fishing and traveling in the RV with Rheba.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rheba; son, J. Brandon Moore; four brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include his children Mindy Byington of Park Hills, MO and Tim Robertson and his wife Sharron of Peabody, KS; four grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

John McConathy

John R. "Hound" McConathy


Born:
April 9, 1930
Sailes LA

Died:
April 19, 2016
Bossier City, LA


Career
1945-46 Bryceland High School - Louisiana (High School)
1946-47 Bryceland High School - Louisiana (High School)
1947-48 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1948-49 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1949-50 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1950-51 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1953-54 Gibsland High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Gibsland High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach  

He was but a walk-on at Northwest State in his freshman year, but was named All-American in his senior year. Drafted by the Syracuse Nationals, he would be sent to play with the Milwaukee Hawks for the 1951-52 season prior to the starting of the season. He returned to Louisiana after one season to teach and coach at Gibsland HS and Bossier City HS. He eventually left coaching to became an adminstrator, and eventually became superintendent. After retiring from the school district, he started his own successful insurance company. He stayed visible in the Bossier City community for years, and was a fixture at NSU games before his death in 2016.

He and his wife, Corene, married in 1955 and they had one daughter and three sons.

Source:
NSUDemons.com, April 19, 2016
Shreveport Times, April 19, 2016
Obituary, Shreveport Times, April 21, 2016
Bossier Press, April 19, 2016

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mcconjo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mcconjo01