Monday, April 23, 2018

Harley Graf

Harley Paul Graf


Born:
February 9, 1915
Lake Mills, WI

Died:
May 21, 1995
Brookfield, WI


Career
1930-31 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1931-32 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1936-37 University of Wisconsin (College) Junior Varsity
1937-38 Lake Mills - Wisconsin (Independent)
1937-38 Wisconsin Sporting Goods - Madison, Wisconsin (Independent)

1940-41 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Camp Grant (Military)
1942-43 Camp Grant (Military)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Lake Mills High School - Wisconsin (High School) Head coach 

Graf entered the U.S. Army in September of 1941, three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He played briefly with the Wilmington Bombers before returning to Lake Mills HS, where he coached not just basketball but football and golf, too.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harley-graf/

In memoriam: Joe Pogue

Joe Pogue played briefly in the short-lived Professional Basketball League of America. He died last February. His passing leaves only three known surviving players of the PBLA


Biography

Obituary

 GODFREY — Joe H. Pogue, 92, of Anderson, Missouri, and Alton, Illinois, passed away peacefully at United Methodist Village in Godfrey, Illinois, on Feb. 4, 2018, with family members at his side.

Joe was born on Aug. 28, 1925, in Joplin, Missouri, and remained the only child of Arthur Terrel and Bertha May Pogue who raised him in and around Anderson, Missouri.

After graduating from Anderson High School in 1943, Joe embarked upon a variety of experiences that contributed to his long and rewarding life. These included attending college at the Wentworth Military Academy, Notre Dame, and Drury University; serving in the regular Navy and Naval Reserve, teaching school, refereeing basketball games, and assuming a variety of positions in the business world where he sold real estate and insurance while acting as Vice President of the Anderson State Bank and Anderson's Community Bank and Trust.

On top of these responsibilities, Joe also enjoyed the life of a farmer in two locations; one known as the "Bell Place" situated alongside Indian Creek outside of Anderson, Missouri, and another 250 acres of land located just south of Goodman, Missouri. As a farmer Joe delved in growing wheat, operating a dairy, raising beef cattle, hogs, and hay. Joining in with his parents, Bertha and Terrel, Joe was often instrumental in the planting of a huge garden that supplied family and friends with fresh fruits and vegetables over many summers.

Joe will be remembered, particularly, for being a star athlete. During his high school and college years, he played basketball, baseball, football, and was a pole vaulter. After college, Joe played on a professional basketball team sponsored by Joplin's Tamko corporation. His nickname, given to him by those who frequented Midwest basketball culture, was "Jumpin' Joe Pogue." Besides being active in sports, Joe also enjoyed fishing, hunting ducks and quail, and floating Indian Creek and Elk River in his canoe in pursuit of channel catfish and smallmouth bass. In addition to these hobbies, Joe was an avid reader of history and he enjoyed books about the founding fathers, the World War II generation, and other notable figures such as Lincoln and Jefferson who were instrumental in the maintenance of democracy in the United States of America. Supplementing his awareness of history, Joe was an avid traveler. Besides frequenting famous locations across North America, he also had the pleasure of visiting Europe, South America, Russia, and Africa.

Another attribute which will accompany the memory of Joe was his insistence on accenting the positive in face of confronting life's ups and downs. He always chose to see the positive side of events even when they seemed negative. He always saw whatever life presented us as challenges and unique opportunities to learn if we were only willing. Come what may, Joe always believed that, "the sun's going to come up in the morning!" Finally, Joe was a generous and philanthropic individual who will be remembered for helping many people who needed a break. He was a kind man known for his gentleness. Besides accenting the positive, he was always conscious of the blessings that came to him, his family, and his friends. Joe's values reveal that he was a spiritual man and a Christian. He will be remembered for his active membership in the First Baptist Church of Anderson, Missouri, where he taught Sunday School as well as his active membership in Alton's First Presbyterian Church.

On Feb. 18, 1949, Joe married June Marie Halbrook. They raised four children together in and around Anderson, Missouri. During their later years, they enjoyed traveling the world, visiting children and grandchildren, and dwelling in a condo in Naples, Florida, during the winter months. After the death of June, Joe married Dorothy Lyon in 2003 and they spent nearly 14 years together before Dorothy's death on December 13, 2017. Joe and Dorothy also enjoyed traveling the world and an active social life with family and many friends around both Alton, IL and Naples, Florida.

Joe Pogue is survived by four children: Larry Pogue (wife Suzon), Joey Pogue (companion Linda), John Henry Pogue (wife Paulette), and Mary Jane Montagut (husband Fabian). He is survived by five grandchildren: Angela Love (husband John), Julie Breckenkamp (husband Scott), James Terrell Pogue (wife Anna), Cozette Mongagut, and Romeo Montagut. He is survived by six greatgrandchildren: Tyler Breckenkamp, Connor Brekenkamp, Spencer Breckenkamp, Jessica Love, Sam Love, and C.J. Pogue.

His memorial service is scheduled to be held on April 28 at 2 p.m. at Alton's First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Fourth and Alby Streets. After the service there will be a reception with food and fellowship for Joe's family and friends.

Hy Gotkin

Hyman Gotkin


Born:
August 16, 1922
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
April 11, 2004
Boca Raton, FL


Career
1939-40 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 St. John's University (College)
1943-44 St. John's University (College)
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Born to Joe and Ida Gotkin in Brooklyn, Gotkin was one of the great guards in the collegiate game during the 1940's. As a sophomore, he lead St. John's to the NIT title in 1943. The following year, with all but himself leaving school for the war, St. John's repeated and won the 1944 NIT. In his senior season, St. John's lost in the NIT semi-finals, denying Gotkin and SJU a third consecutive NIT title.

After graduating, the 5'8 Gotkin played in the ABL for a couple seasons while working at the family business (infant clothing). He got his teaching degree and taught in Brooklyn high schools for 25 years before retiring and moving to Florida.

He married Dolores Miller (1925-2003) in 1946 and they had two sons.

Source:
Obituary, NY Times, April 15, 2004
Jews In Sports


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hy-gotkin/

John Craddock

John Carl Craddock


Born:
October 16, 1922
Chicago, IL

Died:
August 8, 1991
Tyler, TX


Career
1939-40 Elgin High School - Illinois (High School)
1940-41 Elgin High School - Illinois (High School)
1942-43 Notre Dame (College)
1943-44 Camp Grant (Military)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Born to John and Claudia Craddock, John grew up in Elgin, Illinois and played basketball and football at Elgin HS and at Notre Dame before World War 2 stepped in.

He married Dorothy Mormino and they a son in 1956 who died a day after birth.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/john-craddock/

Friday, April 20, 2018

Saul Cohen

Saul Cohen


Born:
April 22, 1921
Bronx, NY

Died:
March 14, 2018
Boynton Beach, FL


Career
1938-39 DeWitt Clinton High School - New York (High School)
1940-41 Long Island University (College)
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms / Scranton Miners (ABL)
1948-49 Utica Olympics (NYSL)

The Bronx native was on the Long Island team that one the NIT in 1941. After finishing school, he served in the army during World War 2. Upon his return, he played professional basketball while getting a law degree during the week. He would practice law for many years and also became a real estate developer.

He and his wife, Bernice, had two sons and a daughter.


Source:
Obituary

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/saul-cohen/

Jerry Bussell

Gerard James Bussell


Born:
October 17, 1919
New York, NY

Died:
October 2, 1995
Jacksonville, FL


Career
1939-40 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (NY) (College)
1940-41 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (NY) (College)
1941-42 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (NY) (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Hartford (NEBL)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)
1946-47 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1946-47 Bronx-Bergen (NYNJ)

Born to Francis and Frances Bussell in New York City, Bussell grew up in Brooklyn and attended St. Francis. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2. He played some pro basketball after the war and worked for many years as a plant manager at Ann Page Corporation in Horseheads, New York. He retired and moved to Florida.

He married Marie Timoney (d. 1991) and had three sons and one daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jerry-bussell/

Thursday, April 19, 2018

1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

1945-46 WILMINGTON BOMBERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
15-19 .441, 4th place
Semi-Finals: Lost to Philadelphia, 2-0


Head Coaches
  • Stanley Szukala (June 12, 1918 - August 30, 2003) 1-2 Also played. See below.
  • Si Boardman (August 24,1915 - March 24, 1950) 10-10 Also played. See below.
  • Bill McKeever (January 25, 1913 - March 9, 2008) 4-3 Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • John Barr (August 18, 1918 - July 1, 2002)
Biography

  • Si Boardman (August 24,1915 - March 24, 1950)
Biography 

  • Paul Chadick (May 25, 1918 - December 28, 1999)
Biography 

  • Ken Corley (May 10, 1920 - June 27, 1984)
Biography

  • John Craddock (October 16, 1922 - August 8, 1991)
Biography 

  • Bill Davis (October 3, 1920 - November 30, 1975)
Biography

  • Bernie Fliegel (May 13, 1918 - December 3, 2009)
Biography

  • George Glamack (June 7, 1918 - March 10, 1987)
Biography

Harley Graf
  • Charley Hoefer (September 16, 1921 - June 12, 1983)
Biography

  • Doug Holcomb (February 9, 1921 - February 3, 2008)
Biography

Johnny Jett

Hal Judenfriend

  • Sam Kaplan (December 22, 1912 - July 1, 1998)
Biography

  • Herm Knuppel (August 23, 1916 - August 16, 1997)
Biography 

Dick Koecher
  • Bill McCahan (June 7, 1921 - July 3, 1986)
Biography

  • Bill McKeever (January 15, 1918 - January 24, 2007)
Biography

  • John Murphy (September 13, 1924 - January 29, 2003)
Biography

  • Robert Neu (June 28, 1917 - February 7, 1971)
Biography

  • Richie Niemiera (May 26, 1921 - December 27, 2003)
Biography

Lloyd Rice
Jerry Seeders
Eber Simpson
### Stamm



  • Stanley Szukala (June 12, 1918 - August 30, 2003)
Biography