Monday, February 29, 2016

Jim Olsen

James Olsen, Jr.


Born:
June 2, 1921
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
December 1, 2000
Midland, MI


Career
1936-37 Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn, IL (High School)
1937-38 Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn, IL (High School)
1938-39 Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn, IL (High School)
1940-41 Dartmouth (College)
1941-42 Dartmouth (College)
1942-43 Dartmouth (College)
1945-46 Chicago American Gears (NBL)

Olsen was a three-sport star in high school, playing basketball, football and tennis. From Lombard, IL

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

His 2005 induction into the Illinois Hall of Fame has his name spelled "Olson"

Update 9/1/2016
Census records from 1930 show a James Olsen living in York, Illinois, which is right next to Lommbard / Glen Ellyn. Born in Brooklyn in 1921. The same Olsen died in Midland, Michigan in 2000. According to his Social Security information, his SSN is from Illinois. I feel pretty good about this being the right guy.



Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/o/olsenji01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=olsenji01

Buddy O'Grady

Francis David "Buddy" O'Grady


Born:
January 19, 1920
New York

Died:
February 19, 1992
Freehold, NJ


Career
1935-36 St. Peters High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1936-37 St. Peters High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1937-38 St. Peters High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1939-40 Georgetown University (College)
1940-41 Georgetown University (College)
1941-42 Georgetown University (College)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Washington Capitols (BAA)
1947-48 St. Louis Bombers (BAA)
1948-49 St. Louis Bombers (BAA)
1948-49 Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1949-50 Georgetown University (College) - Head coach
1950-51 Georgetown University (College) - Head coach
1951-52 Georgetown University (College) - Head coach

O'Grady graduated from Georgetown and entered the U.S. Army for World War 2. He played a few seasons professionally before returning to Georgetown as a head coach.



Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/o/ogradfr01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/ogradbu01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ogradbu01

In memoriam: Eddie Parry

Eddie Parry, who played for the Detroit Eagles in the NBL, died last week at 98. He was likely the oldest surviving player from the NBL.


Biography

Obituary

Edward W. Parry Jr. age 98 of Clay Twp., MI. died February 23, 2016.  He was born January 29, 1918 in Detroit, MI. to the late Edward W. and Laura (nee Lenth) Parry.  He married Patricia Frederick who died November 19, 1993.

Mr. Parry retired from the Detroit News as a Pressman.  He was a former professional basketball player having played for Detroit Eagle Basketball Team (1941 World Professional Tournament Winners.)

Mr. Parry is survived by a son Ed (John Cashmore) Parry III, his girlfriend Ann Kossak, a sister-in-law Connie Pauken, and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  Predeceased by sisters Edna Roby and Edith Melms.

A memorial visitation will be held 1-4 PM Saturday March 5, 2016 in the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, MI.

www.gilbertfuneralhomeinc.com



Published in The Times Herald on Feb. 28, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetimesherald/obituary.aspx?n=Edward-Parry&pid=177866117#sthash.0TZqUIAQ.dpuf
Edward W. Parry Jr. age 98 of Clay Twp., MI. died February 23, 2016.  He was born January 29, 1918 in Detroit, MI. to the late Edward W. and Laura (nee Lenth) Parry.  He married Patricia Frederick who died November 19, 1993.

Mr. Parry retired from the Detroit News as a Pressman.  He was a former professional basketball player having played for Detroit Eagle Basketball Team (1941 World Professional Tournament Winners.)

Mr. Parry is survived by a son Ed (John Cashmore) Parry III, his girlfriend Ann Kossak, a sister-in-law Connie Pauken, and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  Predeceased by sisters Edna Roby and Edith Melms.

A memorial visitation will be held 1-4 PM Saturday March 5, 2016 in the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, MI.

www.gilbertfuneralhomeinc.com



Published in The Times Herald on Feb. 28, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sanders

Sanders

Born:



Died:



Career
1937-38 Richmond King Clothiers/Cincinnati Comellos (NBL)


Researcher John Grasso found this name in a box score from the January 30, 1938 game between Cincy and Indianapolis. No other information available, Previously unidentified.

Source:
Indianapolis Star, January 31, 1938


Stats:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jack Oberst

John Ralph "Jack" Oberst


Born:
August 11, 1918
Cleveland, OH


Died:
June 1, 2009
Englewood, FL



Career
1935-36 East High School - Cleveland (High School)
1936-37 East High School - Cleveland (High School)
1937-38 East High School - Cleveland (High School)
1939-40 Baldwin-Wallace - Ohio (College)
1940-41 Baldwin-Wallace - Ohio (College)
1941-42 Baldwin-Wallace - Ohio (College)
1945-46 Cleveland Allmen Transfers (NBL)

Jack Oberst was born to Ralph and Agnes Oberst, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and started playing basketball while at Fairmount Junior High School. By the time he got to East HS, he was also playing football. He took a year off before attending BW, and after having cartilage removed from his knee, he quit football and concentrated on basketball. He played at BW before the U.S. Navy came a-calling. He entered the service in June of 1942.
He returned to campus in fall of 1945, and rejoined the BW team to captain the squad for his final season.
He was also called "John" and "Jake" at various points.


Source:
Baldwin-Wallace Exponent, February 8, 1940
Baldwin-Wallace Exponent, January 14, 1942
Baldwin-Wallace Exponent, November 28, 1945
Obituary, Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 3, 2009

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/o/obersja01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=obersja01

Stan Noszka

Stanley Michael Noszka


Born:
September 9, 1920
Pittsburgh, PA

Died:
November 15, 1991
Aspinwall, PA


Career

1940-41 Duquesne University (College)
1941-42 Duquesne University (College)
1942-43 Duquesne University (College)
1945-46 Youngstown Bears (NBL)
1946-47 Pittsburgh Ironmen (BAA)
1947-48 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1947-48 Altoona (AAPBL)

1948-49 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1949-50 Altoona (AAPBL) 

Noszka served for 6 terms in the Pennsylvania State Senate.


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/n/noszkst01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/n/noszkst01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=noszkst01

Oren Nichols

Oren Lavaughn Nichols


Born:
May 7, 1918
Center, IN

Died:
December 25, 2006
Venice, FL


Career
1945-46 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1945-46 Anderson Packers (Independent)
1948-49 Marion Draper Dodgers (Independent)
1950-51 Anderson Packers (NPBL)

He later worked as a sales engineer for Fisher Guide.

He was married to Caroline Wise (1919-1999) and they had two daughters, Carol and Vicki.

Census records show his middle name spelled "Lavon" not "Lavaughn". It also has his first and middle name reversed, same with his brother (Lavere Jacob), from his obituary record. 

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/n/nichoor01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=nichoor01

Al Negratti

Albert Edward Negratti


Born:
June 12, 1921
New Jersey

Died:
February 19, 1998
Green Bay, WI


Career

1940-41 Seton Hall (College)
1941-42 Seton Hall (College)
1942-43 Seton Hall (College)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1944-45 Dayton Acmes (Independent)
1945-46 Dayton Bombers (Independent)
1945-46 Dayton Mickeys (Independent) 
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Washington Capitols (BAA)
1955-56 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1956-57 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1957-58 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1958-59 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1959-60 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1960-61 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1961-62 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1962-63 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1963-64 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1964-65 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1965-66 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
1966-67 University of Portland (College) - Head coach
Lakeview High School - Oregon (High School) - Head coach

I see in a few places he is referred to as "Dr. Al Negratti" but not sure where he got his doctorate.

Negratti died of cancer in 1998. He and his wife Alice (1918-1999) had six children.

Obituary from AP

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/n/negraal01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/n/negraal01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=negraal01

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Orlyn Roberts

Orlyn Woodrow Roberts


Born:
May 30, 1916
Walnut Township, OH

Died:
October 13, 1983
Ironton, OH


Career
1930-31 Waterloo High School - Waterloo, OH (High School) - JV
1931-32 Waterloo High School - Waterloo, OH (High School) - JV
1932-33 Waterloo High School - Waterloo, OH (High School)
1933-34 Waterloo High School - Waterloo, OH (High School)
1934-35 Waterloo High School - Waterloo, OH (High School)
1935-36 Waterloo Wonders (Independent)
1937-38 Dayton Metropolitans (NBL)

While researcher John Grasso from the APBR was researching, he discovered that Orlyn Roberts had played in a few games with Dayton that first year. He has not been included on historical records as playing in the NBL prior. I was aware of his name having researched his cousin Wyman Roberts, who aside from being his teammate on the Metros, was a teammate for the legendary Waterloo Wonders.

Orlyn contracted tuberculosis in 1930, and was bedridden for many months, and missed a lot of school, and therefore the basketball season. He wound up having to repeat ninth grade, and by the time he reached his senior year, he was declared inelgible to play basketball by the Ohio State iIgh School Athletic Association because he already had played four years of high school basketball. However, under appeal, he was then declared eligible due to his illness in ninth grade that saw him miss virtually the entire season (like a modern-day medical red shirt).

He served in the army during World War 2. He was married twice; first to Jeanette Lenord and later to Eva Irene Drummond. He worked as a school custodian and later operated a grocery store.

Source:
Waterloo Wonders, by Dick Burdette
Warren Times, January 31, 1938
December 31, 1937
Ancestry Message Boards

Stats:

Leo Mogus

Leo John Mogus


Born:
April 13, 1921
Ohio

Died:
May 31, 1971
Los Angeles, CA


Career
1939-40 Youngstown State (College)
1940-41 Youngstown State (College)
1941-42 Youngstown State (College)
1942-43 Youngstown State (College)
1945-46 Youngstown Bears (NBL)
1946-47 Cleveland Rebels (BAA)
1946-47 Toronto Huskies (BAA)
1947-48 Youngstown Cubs (AAPBL)
1948-49 Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
1948-49 Fort Wayne Pistons (BAA)
1948-49 Indianapolis Jets (BAA)
1949-50 Philadelphia Warriors (NBL)
1950-51 Philadelphia Warriors (NBL)
1951-52 Elmira (ABL)


Curiously, Mogus is listed in many areas as dying in 1975. However, California Death Records show him dying in 1971.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPKB-CJ5

A star high school athlete out of Youngstown, he wound up playing football and basketball at Youngstown State, scoring 1400 points on the court in his time there.

Source
YSU Hall of Fame

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/m/mogusle01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mogusle01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mogusle01

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Howie McCarty

Howard T. McCarty


Born:
1919
Port Huron (?), MI

Died:
1973?



Career
1935-36 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School)
1937-38 Wayne State University - Detroit (College)
1938-39 Wayne State University - Detroit (College)
1939-40 Wayne State University - Detroit (College)
1945-46 Cleveland Allmen Transfers (NBL)
1941-42 Detroit AAA (Independent)
1942-43 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1942-43 St. Gregory - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1943-44 Detroit Suffrins (Independent)
1944-45 Detroit Mansfields (Detroit Bask. Assoc.)
1944-45 Fort Custer (Military)
1945-46 Detroit Mansfields (Detroit Bask. Assoc.)
1945-46 Lawrence Tech - Michigan (College) Head coach
1946-47 Detroit Gems (NBL)
1946-47 Detroit Falcons (BAA)
1948-49 Detroit Suffrins (AAU)

Did he also play for Cleveland Allmen Transfers in the NBL in 1945-46?

I saw a page that stated he died in 1974, but every other place says 1973.

Born to Ernest (born c. 1883 in Canada) and Effie McCarty (born c. 1880). From Port Huron

His shooting percentages are horrible for the Falcons. .122 from the floor, and .100 from the line.

He coached at Lawrence Tech briefly after serving in the army, attaining the rank of Corporal.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, January 12, 1945
Detroit Free Press, November 25, 1945
Detroit Free Press, April 16, 1949

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/m/mccarho01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mccarho01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mccarho01

Paul McCall

Ernest Paul McCall


Born:
October 10, 1920
Robinson, IL

Died:
September 19, 1997
Portland, OR


Career

1939-40 Bradley University (College)
1940-41 Bradley University (College)
1941-42 Bradley University (College)
1944-45 Detroit Mansfields (Det. Bask. Assoc)
1945-46 Cleveland Allmen Transfers (NBL)
1945-46 Detroit Mansfields (Det. Bask. Assoc) 
Grant High School - Portland, Oregon (High School) - Head coach

McCall attended Bradley, where he lettered in basketball, football and track. After college, he served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He moved to Oregon in 1947, where he worked as an athletic director in the Portland Interscholastic League, retiring in 1980. McCall died following a bout with leukemia in 1997.

He married ElMaurine Murphy (1922-2010) in 1942, and they had three daughters, Paula, Jill and Siri, and a son, Mac.

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/m/mccalpa01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mccalpa01

Press Maravich

Peter Maravich


Born:
August 29, 1915
Logstown, PA

Died:
April 15, 1987
Covington, LA



Career
Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1938-39 Davis & Elkins (College)
1939-40 Davis & Elkins (College)
1940-41 Davis & Elkins (College)
1945-46 Youngstown Bears (NBL)
1946-47 Pittsburgh Ironmen (BAA)
1947-48 Davis & Elkins (College) - Assistant coach
1948-49 Davis & Elkins (College) - Assistant coach 
1949-50 West Virginian Wesleyan (College) - Head coach
1950-51 Davis & Elkins (College) - Head coach
1951-52 Davis & Elkins (College) - Head coach
1952-53 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1953-54 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1954-55 Baldwin High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1955-56 Baldwin High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1956-57 Clemson University (College) - Head coach
1957-58 Clemson University (College) - Head coach
1958-59 Clemson University (College) - Head coach
1959-60 Clemson University (College) - Head coach
1960-61 Clemson University (College) - Head coach
1961-62 Clemson University (College) - Head coach
1962-63 N.C. State (College) - Assistant coach
1963-64 N.C. State (College) - Assistant coach
1964-65 N.C. State (College) - Head coach
1965-66 N.C. State (College) - Head coach
1966-67 LSU (College) - Head coach
1967-68 LSU (College) - Head coach
1968-69 LSU (College) - Head coach
1969-70 LSU (College) - Head coach
1970-71 LSU (College) - Head coach
1971-72 LSU (College) - Head coach
1972-73 Appalachian State (College) - Head coach
1973-74 Appalachian State (College) - Head coach
1974-75 Appalachian State (College) - Head coach
Campbell University (College) - Associate coach

Born to Serbian immigrants, Petar "Press" Maravich played in the NBL and BAA, but is better known as a collegiate coach. While at LSU, he coached his son, Pete, who set the NCAA scoring record and is on  of the greatest basketball players the world has ever known,

Maravich spent World War 2 in the U.S.Navy.

Maravich was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1985. Although diagnosed early, Maravich attempted holistic methods of treatment which allowed the disease to progress. He died in 1987.

L.A. Times Obituary

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/m/maravpe01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/maravpr01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=maravpr01

Thursday, February 18, 2016

John Mahnken

John Emmanuel Mahnken


Born:
June 16, 1922
Jersey City, NJ

Died:
December 14, 2000
Cambridge, MA


Career
1939-40 West New York Memorial - Weehawken, NJ (High School)
1940-41 West New York Memorial - Weehawken, NJ (High School)
1941-42 West New York Memorial - Weehawken, NJ (High School)
1942-43 Georgetown University (College)
1944-45 Dayton Acmes (Independent)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Washington Capitols (BAA)
1947-48 Washington Capitols (BAA)
1948-49 Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
1948-49 Indianapolis Jets (BAA)
1948-49 Fort Wayne Pistons (BAA)
1949-50 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1949-50 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBA)
1949-50 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1950-51 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1950-51 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1951-52 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1952-53 Boston Celtics (NBA)

Mahnken played only one season at Georgetown, and was the only freshman in Georgetown history to be named First-Team All-American. He entered the military after that season, and after returing, he entered the professional ranks, playing through the 1952-53 season. He essentially vanished after that. Georgetown tried for years to locate him in order to honor him, but neither the school or his former teammates could find him.

He died in 2000 in relative obscurity in a nursing home in Cambridge. He was 78.

Source:
Georgetown Hoyas Website

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/m/mahnkjo01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mahnkjo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=bakerbo01

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ed Lewinski

Edmund B. "Gooch" Lewinski


Born:
September 10, 1918
Chicago, IL

Died:
April 15, 1962
Chicago, IL


Career
Bowen High School - Chicago (High School)
1939-40 Chicago Lindall Foundry (AAU)
1940-41 Chicago Lindall Foundry (AAU)
1944-45 (Central Pacific Basketball League - Hawaii)
1945-46 Chicago American Gears (NBL)
1945-46 Andersopn Chiefs (Independent)
1946-47 Anderson Duffey Packers (NBL)
1946-47 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)
1947-48 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)
1948-49 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)

Born to Walter and Mary Lewinski. He entered the Army and was stationed in the Pacific.

It appears to me that he also played minor league baseball. Geographically and chronologically it matches up. Also similar sized.

He wound up living in LaPorte, Indiana.

Edmund was married to Louise (1918-2006).

Source:
Tuscaloosa News, April 16, 1945

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=lewins001edm

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/l/lewined01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=lewined01

Fuzzy Levane

Andrew Joseph Levane


Born:
April 11, 1920
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
April 30, 2012
Irmo, SC


Career
1936-37 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1937-38 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1938-39 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1940-41 St John's University (College)
1941-42 St John's University (College)
1942-43 St John's University (College)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1944-45 New Britain Pros (Independent)
1944-45 Rochester Pros (Independent)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1947-48 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1948-49 Rochester Royals (BAA)
1949-50 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1951-52 Elmira Colonels (ABL)
1952-53 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA) - Head Coach / player
1953-54 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA) - Head Coach
1956-57 New York Knicks (NBA)- Assistant Coach
1957-58 New York Knicks (NBA)- Assistant Coach
1958-59 New York Knicks (NBA)- Head Coach
1959-60 New York Knicks (NBA)- Head Coach
1961-62 St. Louis Hawks (NBA)- Head Coach

Levane was born and raised in New York City. He starred on the court in high school and then with St John's. He suited up with the New York Americans in the ABL, and then moved on to the Rochester Royals. After a decent professional playing career that was somewhat hampered by a congenital heart defect, he moved on to coaching, eventually landing the head coaching job for the Hawks and then the Knicks. After coaching, he worked with the Knicks as a scout.

He was married to Kay (d. 2009) and they had two sons, Lawrence and Andrew, and three daughters, Denise, Theresa and Linda.

New York Times Obituary

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/l/levanan01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/l/levanan01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=levanan01

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dick Lange

Richard Charles Lange, Sr.


Born:
June 3, 1921
Mayville, WI

Died:
February 9, 2012
Mesa, AZ


Career
1936-37 Mayville High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1937-38 Mayville High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1938-39 Mayville High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1940-41 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (College)
1941-42 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (College)
1942-43 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (College)
1945-46 Oshkosh All-Stars (NBL)
1946-47 Milwaukee Shooting Stars (Independent)
1947-48 Milwaukee Shooting Stars (Independent)
1948-49 Milwaukee Bright Spots (Independent)

Born to Herman and Antoni Lange in Mayville, Wisconsin, Lange played basketball, track and football at UW-Whitewater, leading the team to a championship his senior year. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War 2, flying missions in Italy. He returned from the war to play basketball professionally, first with Oshkosh in the NBL before suiting up with the Shooting Stars of Milwaukee. He started working in the insurance industry, moving east to Pennsylvania before heading to Casper, Wyoming, returned to where he received training while in the service.  He started his own insurance company there, and retired in 1992. He died in Mesa, Arizona, in 2012.

Lange married Elsie Ehritz in 1955, and they had two sons, Thomas and Richard, and two daughters, Carol and Jane.

Source:
Obituary
UW-Whitewater Sports Hall of Fame

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/l/langedi01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=langedi01

Nick Lalich

Nikola Andrew Lalich


Born:
May 8, 1916
Lorain, OH

Died:
May 11, 2001
Baltimore, MD


Career
East Tech High School - Cleveland (High School)
1935-36 Ohio University (College)
1936-37 Ohio University (College)
1937-38 Ohio University (College)
1938-39 Cleveland May Co. (AAU)
1939-40 Cleveland May Co. (AAU)
1940-41 Cleveland May Co. (AAU) 
1941-42 Cleveland May Co. (AAU)
1945-46 Youngstown Bears (NBL)

Brother of Pete Lalich.


Nick Lalich has one of the more remarkable biographies of the NBL. Born to Serbian immigrants in Lorain, Ohio, Lalich grew up in Cleveland and attended Ohio University, where he played basketball while obtaining a bachelor's degree in industrial arts, and went on to Columbia for his master's degree. He return to Cleveland to teach, but World War 2 erupted, and he entered the U.S. Army.
While in the army, it was determined that his knowledge of the Serbian language and culture would make him an asset to the OSS, now known as the CIA. Lalich became a key figure in the war in Europe, leading the Halyard Operation. This operation involved going into enemy territory in Yugoslavia and rescue downed Allied pilots. In four months of operation in 1944, Lalich and his crews rescued around 550 airmen with losing a single pilot or man. In the dark of night, Lalich and his crews flew C-47's into occupied territory, often landing in fields, to pick up the airmen.
After the war, Lalich worked for the CIA in Greece, staying there until 1957. He returned to the US to work as an account executive for Kenyon & Eckhardt. He moved to Baltimore to work the the Department of Commerce. He died in 2001 after a bout with esophageal cancer.
Lalich was married to  Mira Vukcevich (d. 1993) and had at least one daughter, Stephanie.


Source:
Obituary, Baltimore Sun, May 15, 2001
Operation Halyard
Transcript of speech from 1994

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/l/lalicni01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=lalicni01

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Johnny Kotz

John P. Kotz


Born:
March 27, 1919
Rhinelander, WI

Died:
May 8, 1999
Madison, WI


Career
1936-37 Rhinelander High School (High School)
1937-38 Rhinelander High School (High School)
1938-39 Rhinelander High School (High School)
1940-41 University of Wisconsin (College)
1941-42 University of Wisconsin (College)
1942-43 University of Wisconsin (College)
1942-43 Sheboygan Redskins (Independent)
1945-46 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1946-47 Milwaukee Shooting Stars (Independent)
1947-48 Madison Badger Sports (Independent) 
1949-50 Madison Frankies (Independent)


Kotz lead his Rhinelander High School squad to the state title, and two years later lead UW to the NCAA title. He served in the military for World War 2.



Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/k/kotzjo01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kotzjo01

Dick Klein

Dick Oland Klein


Born:
September 16, 1920
Fort Madison, IA

Died:
October 10, 2000
Greenville, SC


Career
1935-36 Fort Madison High School - Iowa (High School)
1936-37 Fort Madison High School - Iowa (High School)
1937-38 Fort Madison High School - Iowa (High School)
1939-40 Northwestern University (College)
1940-41 Northwestern University (College)
1941-42 Great Lakes (Navy)
1942-43 Great Lakes (Navy)  
1945-46 Chicago American Gears (NBL)
1946-47 Gary Ingots (Independent)

Klein played basketball in high school, college, and even briefly professionally, but he is best known for founding and being the first owner of the Chicago Bulls. He sold the team after five seasons, and pursued other interests in South Carolina, where he died in 2000. He also served in the navy during World War 2.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=klein-003ric

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/k/kleindi01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kleindi01

Bob Kinney

Robert Paul Kinney


Born:
September 16, 1920
Bexar, TX

Died:
September 2, 1985
Asheville, NC


Career
1935-36 Jefferson High School - San Antonio (High School)
1936-37 Jefferson High School - San Antonio (High School)
1937-38 Jefferson High School - San Antonio (High School)
1939-40 Rice University (College)
1940-41 Rice University (College)
1941-42 Rice University (College)
1945-46 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1946-47 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1947-48 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1948-49 Fort Wayne Pistons (BAA)
1948-49 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1949-50 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1950-51 Anderson Packers (NPBL)

Kinney was an All-American at Rice before embarking on a professional basketball career. He played with the Pistons as they transitioned into the BAA, and was then sold to the Celtics in mid-season of 1948-49. After playing for Anderson, he returned to Fort Wayne where he ran a vending machine business before retiring to North Carolina. He died in 1985.

Bpb married Katherine Boyer in 1944.

Source:
My SA Blog, Douglas Pils, February 25, 2012

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/k/kinnero01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/kinnebo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kinnebo01

Roy Hurley

Roy Leonard Hurley


Born:
August 12, 1922
Indianapolis, IN

Died:
October 14, 1993
Indianapolis, IN


Career
Arsenal Technical High School - Indianapolis (High School)
1945-46 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1946-47 Toronto Huskies (BAA)
1947-48 Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
1947-48 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)

After graduating from Arsenal Tech, Hurley served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. He enrolled at Indiana University after his service, but was recruited by the Kautskys to join the NBL team. He went on the the Toronto Huskies for the inaugural season of the BAA, playing in the first BAA game in history. He returned to the NBL the next season. In 1950 he began working with Unified Funds Inc, staying there for 20 years. He worked as a marketing rep for the Indiana Pacers and as an assistant to the president for the Indianapolis Ice of the International Hockey League. Hurley died in 1993.

Roy Hurley is listed on other sites and encyclopedias as having attended Murray State. This appears to be from confusing Herb Hurley with Roy Hurley. Herb was a star at Murray State during World War 2, whereas Roy's obituary in the Indianapolis Star says absolutely nothing about Murray State. Roy Hurley does not appear on the Murray State all-time roster.

Source:
Indianapolis Star, October 16, 1993


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/h/hurlero01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hurlero01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hurlero01

Red Holzman

William "Red" Holzman


Born:
August 10, 1920
Manhattan, NY

Died:
November 13, 1998
New Hyde Park, NY


Career
1935-36 Franklin K. Lane - Brooklyn (High School)
1936-37 Franklin K. Lane - Brooklyn (High School)
1937-38 Franklin K. Lane - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 University of Baltimore (College)
1940-41 CCNY (College)
1941-42 CCNY (College)
1941-42 Albany (NYSL)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1947-48 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1948-49 Rochester Royals (BAA)
1949-50 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1950-51 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1951-52 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1952-53 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1953-54 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA) - Player / Head coach
1954-55 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA) - Head coach
1955-56 St. Louis Hawks (NBA) - Head coach
1956-57 St. Louis Hawks (NBA) - Head coach
1967-68 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1968-69 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1969-70 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1970-71 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1971-72 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1972-73 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1973-74 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1974-75 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1975-76 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1976-77 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1978-79 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1979-80 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1980-81 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach
1981-82 New York Knicks (NBA) - Head coach


NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1986

Born in Brooklyn to Russian and Romanian immigrants Abraham and Sophie Holzman, Red played basketball in high school and after went to the University of Baltimore. He transferred after two years to CCNY, and after graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy. He joined the Rochester Royals after his military service was up,
and helped the Royal to the NBL championship. He stuck with the Royals as they moved to the BAA, which became the NBA. After 8 seasons with the Royals, he played one season with the Milwaukee Hawks as a player-coach, and retired as a player but stayed on as head coach for three seasons as the franchise moved to St Louis. He became a scout for the New York Knicks, and evenutally took over as head coach. He went on to coach the Knicks for 14 seasons, leading them to two NBA championships. His 696-604 record as a coach, with some help from his playing record, lead to his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. He last coached in the 1981-82 season, and died in 1998 after a bout with leukemia.

He was married to Selma, who died a few months before he did. 


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/h/holzmwi01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/holzmre01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=bakerbo01

Friday, February 12, 2016

Larry Kenney

Lawrence A. Kenney, Jr.


Born:
June 13, 1920
Philadelphia, PA

 :




Career
St. Joseph Prep - Philadelphia (High School)
1938-39 St. Joseph's - Pennsylvania (College)
1939-40 St. Joseph's - Pennsylvania (College)
1940-41 St. Joseph's - Pennsylvania (College)
1945-46 Youngstown Bears (NBL)


After graduating, Larry went to law school at Penn.

Interview




Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/k/kennela01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kennela01

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bob Hanshaw

Robert F. Henshaw


Born:
November 14, 1919
Monaca, PA


Died:
May 29, 2011
Conneaut Lake, PA


Career
Warren G. Harding High School 
Warren G. Harding High School
Warren G. Harding High School - Ohio (High School)
Mount Union College - Ohio (College)
1945-46 Youngstown Bears (NBL)
1946-47 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1947-48 Youngstown (AAPBL)



Source:
Sandusky Register, March 24, 1947


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/h/hanshbo01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hanshbo01

Don Harvey

Donald Lindley Harvey


Born:
July 29, 1920
Jefferson City, MO

Died:
November 26, 2008
Livingston, MT


Career

1939-40 University of Missouri (College)
1940-41 University of Missouri (College)
1941-42 University of Missouri (College)
1945-46 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
Stars of America (barnstorming)

Born in Jefferson City, Missouri, to William and Exie Harvey, he spent his childhood in California before returning to Missouri, where he attended college. He lettered in basketball, football and tennis there. He enter the US Army after graduating and served as an MP on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. After the war, he played professional basketball for a few years before moving on to running a book store, restaurant, and eventually became a cattle rancher.

He was married to Ruth Showman, whom he met while in New Mexico, on May 22, 1945. They had three sons, Tim, Don and Mark, and a daughter, Wendy.


Obituary

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/h/harvedo01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=harvedo02

Al Grenert

Albert Francis Grenert


Born:
July 8, 1919
Holyoke, MA

Died:
August 9, 2002
Rockport, ME


Career
Holyoke High School - New York (High School)
1942-43 NYU (College)
1944-45 NYU (College)
1945-46 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1946-47 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1946-47 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)
1947-48 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBL)
1947-48 Birmingham Skyhawks (PBLA)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1948-49 Utica Olympics (NYSL)
1949-50 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1950-51 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1951-52 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1952-53 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1953-54 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1954-55 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1955-56 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1956-57 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1957-58 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1958-59 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1959-60 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1960-61 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1961-62 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1962-63 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1963-64 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1964-65 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1965-66 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1966-67 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1967-68 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1968-69 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1969-70 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1970-71 St. Anselm College - New Hampshire (College) - Head coach
1976-77 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach
1977-78 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach
1978-79 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach
1979-80 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach
1980-81 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach
1981-82 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach
1982-83 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach
1983-84 Nashua High School - New Hampshire (High School) - Head coach

Grenert was a skilled baseball and basketball player at NYU. He played both games professionally for a brief time before a knee injury. He took the basketball coach job at St Anselm, where he compiled a 304-171 record over 20+ seasons at the helm. After a brief retirement, he returned to coaching at Nashua High School, winning two state titles in his 8 years there.


Grenert also served in the U.S. Marines in World War 2.



Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=grener001alb

Source:
Al Grenert Memorial Golf Outing
MassLive - April 8, 2009
The Telegraph, April 8, 1983

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/g/greneal01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=greneal01

Otto Graham

Otto Everett Graham, Jr.


Born:
December 6, 1921
Waukegan, IL

Died:
December 17, 2003
Sarasota, FL


Career
1936-37 Waukegan High School (High School)
1937-38 Waukegan High School (High School)
1938-39 Waukegan High School (High School)
1940-41 Northwestern University (College)
1941-42 Northwestern University (College)
1942-43 Northwestern University (College)
1943-44 Colgate University (College)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)

Otto Graham was the son of music teachers and as a youth was quite a french horn player.  and went to Northwestern on a basketball scholarship. However, it was not basketball that would define his career, but football. He joined the NU team as a sophomore after coach Pappy Waldorf saw him playing in an intramural game. He also played baseball while at NU. Graham enlisted in the navy while there, and stayed in school while awaiting a call to duty. In February of 1944, he was moved to Colgate for the Cadet Corps program, and played basketball briefly there. After the war, he played a season of pro basketball with the Rochester Royals, but it was the gridiron where he would make his mark. He joined the Cleveland Browns in 1946 and for the next ten seasons became one of the greatest quarterbacks football has ever seen. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

Otto had cancer in 1977, and despite beating it, developed heart problems and later, Alzheimer's disease. He died of a heart aneurysm in 2003.

Graham was married to Beverly Collinge and had two sons, Duey and David, and a daughter, Sandra.

NFL Stats:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GrahOt00.htm

Source:
http://www.ottograham.net/biography/
NY Times Obit

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/g/grahaot01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=grahaot01

Pop Goodwin

Wilfred Russell "Bill" Goodwin


Born:
December 22, 1920
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
May 17, 2005
Walden, NY


Career
1938-39 St. John's Prep - Brooklyn (High School)
1941-42 Kingston (NYSL)
1941-42 Albany (NYSL)
1945-46 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1946-47 Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1947-48 Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1947-48 Scranton (ABL)
1948-49 Mohawk (NYSL)
1948-49 Pottsville (EBL)
1948-49 Williamsport (EBL)
1949-50 Williamsport (EBL)
1950-51 Williamsport (EBL)


Goodwin served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/g/goodwwi01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/goodwpo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=goodwpo01

Dutch Garfinkel

Jacob "Jack" Garfinkel


Born:
June 13, 1918
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
August 14, 2003
Brooklyn, NY


Career
1934-35 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1935-36 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1936-37 Thomas Jefferson High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1938-39 St. John's University (College)
1939-40 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 Baltimore Clippers (ABL)
1941-42 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1941-42 Kingston (NYSL)
1941-42 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1941-42 Toledo White Huts (Independent) 
1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1943-44 Brooklyn Eagles (Independent)
1944-45 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1944-45 Newark CO2s (Independent)
1945-46 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1945-46 Jersey Reds (Independent)
1946-47 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1947-48 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1948-49 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1948-49 Schenectady (NYSL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 Queens McDermott All-Stars (Independent) 

One of the game's earliest skilled passers, Garfinkel led his high school team to the PSAL championship and was planning on attending George Washington University after high school. When the GW representative did not show for planned meeting, he chose St John's instead, where one of the best players in the country.

After college he played professional in the ABL before moving to the NBL when the league put at post-WW2 franchise in Rochester. He left the Royals for the Boston Celtics in the newly-formed (and better organized) BAA, where he played for three seasons. He returned the ABL for one last year, joining Hartford.

Dutch was married to Lillian for 55 years.



Source:
http://www.jewsinsports.org/profile.asp?sport=basketball&ID=151
NBA.com Video Memorial

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/g/garfija01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/garfija01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=garfija01

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Herm Fuetsch

Herman Joseph "Hemmy" Fuetsch


Born:
July 6, 1918
San Francisco, CA

Died:
September 29, 2010
Novato, CA


Career
Polytechnic High School - San Francisco (High School)
1940-41 San Francisco Olympic Club (AAU)
1943-44 Detroit Suffrins (Independent)
1944-45 Detroit Mansfields (DBA)
1945-46 Detroit Mansfields (DBA)
1945-46 Cleveland Allmen Transfers (NBL)
1946-47 Blatimore Bullets (ABL)
1947-48 Baltimore Bullets (BAA)

Born to Austrian immigrants, Fuetsch served in the military after high school, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2.



Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/f/fuetshe01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/fuetshe01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=fuetshe01

Chet Francis

Chester Eugene Francis


Born:
May 1, 1918
Avon, IN

Died:
January 23, 2002
Vincennes, IN


Career
1933-34 Avon High School - Indiana (High School)
1934-35 Avon High School - Indiana (High School)
1935-36 Avon High School - Indiana (High School)
1938-39 Indiana University (College)
1939-40 Indiana University (College)
1940-41 Indiana University (College)
1945-46 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1946-47 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1947-48 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1948-49 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1949-50 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1950-51 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1951-52 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1952-53 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1953-54 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1954-55 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1955-56 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach
1956-57 Lincoln High School - Vincennes, IN (High School) - Head Coach 

Chet was born in Avon to James and Bertha Francis. He played basketball and baseball in high school and then at IU. He served in the Marines during World War 2, and played for Indianapolis in the NBL. He became a coach at Lincoln HS and later own an insurance business in Vincennes.

He married, Laveta H. Edge, on July 21, 1946, and they had a daughter, Kathryne.

Source:
Evansville Courier & Press, Friday, January 25, 2002

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=franci001che

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/f/francch01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=francch01

Bob Fitzgerald

Robert Fitzgerald


Born:
March 14, 1923
Queens, NY

Died:
July 23, 1983
Southampton, NY


Career
Newtown - Elmhurst, NY (High School)
1942-43 St John's University (College)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1943-44 Brooklyn Eagles (Independent)
1943-44 Brooklyn Jewels (Independent)
1944-45 New York Westchesters (ABL)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Toronto Huskies (BAA)
1946-47 New York Knicks (BAA)
1947-48 Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
1947-48 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1947-48 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1947-48 Atlanta Crackers (PBLA)
1947-48 Twin Cities (NYSL)
1947-48 Mohawk Redskins (NYSL)
1947-48 Danbury (ECL)
1948-49 Rochester Royals (BAA)
1948-49 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1949-50 Schenectady Packers (ABL)
1949-50 Meriden (ECL)
1950-51 Meriden (ECL)
1950-51 Bristol (ECL)

Brother of Dick Fitzgerald. Born to Richard and Emma Fitzgerald.


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/f/fitzgro01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/fitzgbo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=fitzgbo01

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

George Fields

George Herbert Fields


Born:
July 9, 1921
Mooresville, IN

Died:
January 22, 2014
Mooresville, IN


Career
Mooresville High School - Indiana (High School)
1940-41 Purdue University (College)
1943-44 Indianapolis Pure Oils (Independent)
1944-45 Indianapolis Pure Oils (Independent)
1945-46 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1946-47 Indianapolis (Independent)

Born to Herbert and Georgie Fields. He attended Purdue and played one season for Indianapolis. He worked as a farmer all his life, and died at 92 in 2014.

Obituary

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/f/fieldge01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=fieldge01

Bob Feerick

Robert Joseph Feerick


Born:
January 2, 1920
San Francisco, CA

Died:
June 8, 1976
San Francisco, CA


Career
Lowell High School - San Francisco (High School)
1939-40 Santa Clara University (College)
1940-41 Santa Clara University (College)
1941-42 Golden State Milkmen (AAU)
1942-43 Golden State Milkmen (AAU)
1945-46 San Francisco Dardis (AAU) 
1945-46 Oshkosh All-Stars (NBL)
1946-47 Washington Capitols (BAA)
1947-48 Washington Capitols (BAA)
1948-49 Washington Capitols (BAA)
1949-50 Washington Capitols (NBA) - Player / Head Coach
1950-51 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1951-52 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1952-53 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1953-54 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1954-55 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1955-56 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1956-57 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1957-58 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1958-59 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1959-60 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1960-61 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1961-62 Santa Clara University (College) - Head Coach
1962-63 San Francisco Warriors (NBA) - Head Coach

From San Francisco, Feerick played five years of pro basketball before becoming a very successful coach at Santa Clara, leading the squad to a Final Four appearance in 1952. He also served as AD during his time there, and left to coach in the NBA for one season.
He was married to Eleanor Rogus on September 5, 1941,and they had four children, Robert, Richard, Dee and Charles.

Santa Clara Honors Feerick

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/f/feeriro01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/feeribo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=feeribo01

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bob Davies

Robert Edris Davies


Born:
January 15, 1920
Harrisburg, PA

Died:
April 22, 1990
Hilton Head Island, SC


Career
John Harris High School - Harrisburg, PA (High School)
1938-39 Seton Hall (College) Freshmen
1939-40 Seton Hall (College)
1940-41 Seton Hall (College)
1941-42 Seton Hall (College)
1942-43 Great Lakes (Navy) 
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1944-45 New York Gothams (ABL)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1946-47 Seton Hall (College) - Head Coach
1947-48 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1948-49 Rochester Royals (BAA)
1949-50 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1950-51 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1951-52 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1952-53 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1953-54 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1954-55 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1955-56 Gettysburg College (College) - Head Coach
1956-57 Gettysburg College (College) - Head Coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1970

Davies went to Seton Hall on a baseball scholarship, but he turned into quite the basketball player. After starring at Seton Hall, he went into the US Navy for World War 2. After the war, he played professionally for the Rochester Royals for ten seasons, forming half of a Hall of Fame backcourt tandem with Bobby Wanzer. He also put in a season as head coach at his alma mater, Seton Hall. Named the NBL's Most Valuable Player in 1946-47, Davies was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970. He worked at the Converse Rubber Company after his basketball days. He died in 1990 after a bout with cancer.

He was married to Mary and had three sons and a daughter.

Obituary


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/d/daviero01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/daviebo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=daviebo01

Chuck Connors

Kevin Joseph Aloysius "Chuck" Connors 


Born:
April 10, 1921
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
November 10, 1992
Los Angeles, CA


Career
1937-38 Erasmus Hall - Brooklyn (High School)
1938-39 Adelphia Academy - Garden City, NY (High School)
1939-40 Adelphia Academy - Garden City, NY (High School)
1941-42 Seton Hall (College)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1943-44 Rochester Pros (Independent)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Rochester Royals (NBL)
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1945-46 Jersey Reds (Independent)
1945-46 Newark (Independent)
1946-47 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1947-48 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Albany (NYSL)

Connors was a basketball and baseball player in high school, college, and also in the professional ranks, but we know him best for his career in Hollywood, working as a rugged tough guy in many roles, most notably as the "Rifleman."


He was drafted into the army in 1942, and spent most of his military time as an instructor at West Point. He played professional basketball for many years, all the while also pursing a career in baseball. While playing in the Pacific Coast League, he caught the attention of casting agents, and soon quit baseball and basketball. Aside from acting, he also worked on his ranch in Southern California. He died of lung cancer in 1992.

Connors was married and divorced three times. He had four sons; Steven, Jeffrey, Michael and Kevin.

Major League Baseball stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/connoch01.shtml

Sources:
SABR Biography
IMDB Page
Obituary


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/c/connoke01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/connoch01.html
www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=connoch01

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Charlie Butler

Charles Joseph Butler


Born:
August 15, 1920
Chicago, IL

Died:
October 5, 2014
Youngstown, OH


Career
Mt. Carmel - Chicago (High School)
1940-41 Notre Dame (College)
1941-42 Notre Dame (College)
1942-43 Notre Dame (College)
1942-43 Detroit Eagles (Independent)   
1943-44 Chicago Bears (Independent)   
1945-46 Chicago American Gears (NBL)
1946-47 Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
1946-47 Youngstown Bears (NBL)
1947-48 Youngstown (AAPBL)
1949-50 Sharon (AAPBL)

Born in Chicago to John and Catherine Fergus Butler.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Butler completed the V7 program at Columbia before heading to the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific. He played for three teams in the NBL before taking a job with Commercial Shearing and Stamping in Youngstown, where he stayed for 35 years until retiring in 1982.

He married Dorothy White (d. 2013) on April 21, 1945 and they had nine children; Kathleen, Charles, Michael, Patricia, John, Thomas, Margaret, Eileen and Mary Kelly.
John and Catherine Fergus Butler

Sources:
Obituary
http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/jul/04/ageless-bear/


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/b/bakerbo01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=bakerbo01

Marshall Brown

Marshall Earl Brown


Born:
June 28, 1918
Troup, TX

Died:
August 20, 2008
Tyler, TX


Career
1933-34 Whitehouse High School - Texas (High School)
1934-35 Whitehouse High School - Texas (High School)
1935-36 Whitehouse High School - Texas (High School)
1936-37 Lon Morris JC - Texas (College)
1937-38 Lon Morris JC - Texas (College)
1938-39 Texas Tech (College)
1939-40 Texas Tech (College) 
1940-41 Sterling City All-Stars (Independent)  
1941-42 Sterling City All-Stars (Independent)  
1945-46 Cleveland Allmen Transfers (NBL)
Tyler High School - (High School) - Head Coach
1958-59 Lon Morris JC - Texas (College) - Head Coach
1959-60 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1960-61 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1961-62 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1962-63 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1963-64 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1964-65 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1965-66 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1966-67 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1967-68 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1968-69 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1969-70 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1970-71 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1971-72 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1972-73 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1973-74 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1974-75 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1975-76 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1976-77 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach
1977-78 Stephen F. Austin (College) - Head Coach

Marshall Brown was born to Earl and Olive Brown in Troup, Texas, and grew up in nearby Whitehouse. He played college basketball at Lon Morris JC and then transferred to Texas Tech. Brown was also an outfielder and played professional baseball in the C- and D- minor leagues in the Southwest. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, and after leaving the service he played briefly for the Allmen Transfers. He coached basketball at the high school and collegiate level for many years, and died in 2008 at 90.

He was married to Virginia and had a son, Terry, and a daughter, Rosemary.

Obituary
http://www.sfajacks.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/082208aad.html

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=brown-004mar

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/b/brownma01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=brownma02