Monday, June 12, 2017

Cinch Strelecki

"Cinch" Strelecki


Born:



Died:




Career
University of Toronto (College)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

Also seen spelled "Strilecki:


Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/cinch-strelecki/

Eddie Skrzycki

Edward J. Skrzycki


Born:
July 12, 1910
Detroit, MI

Died:
November 4, 1987
Detroit, MI


Career
1931-32 University of Detroit (College)
1932-33 University of Detroit (College)
1933-34 University of Detroit (College)
1934-35 Detroit Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1936-37 University of Detroit (Head coach) Freshmen
1944-45 Jagloqicz Giants - Detroit (Independent)

Born to Joseph and Theresa Skrzycki, the 6'2 Ed starred at the University of Detroit, where he would later coach the freshmen team. He later was a detective for the Detroit

He was married to Anne and had two sons.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/eddie-skrzycki/

Maybury Schweizer

Maybury A.  "Mog" Schweizer


Born:
1908


Died:
December 13, 1967
Detroit, MI


Career
1930-31 City College of Detroit (College)
1931-32 City College of Detroit (College)
Grand Trunk - Detroit (Independent)
1934-35 Detroit Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1935-36 Pfeiffer - Detroit (Independent)
1936-37 Pfeiffer - Detroit (Independent)
1937-38 Cochell - Detroit (Independent)

Born to Charles and Henrietta Schweizer, Maybury attended Southeastern High School in Detroit, but did not make the basketball team because the coach thought him to be too thin. (He was 6'3 and 150 pounds.) He went to CC of Detroit (now Wayne State University) where he picked up the game and wound up being among the high scorers. After graduating, he played pro and semi-pro basketball around the Detroit area.


Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ed-schweizer/

Jack Saunders

Jack Saunders


Born:



Died:




Career
University of  Toronto (College)
Pickering College - Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (College)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)



Source:
Warren Times Mirror, January 28, 1936


Stats:

Hugh Salisbury

Hugh Paul Salisbury


Born:
November 18, 1916
Economy, IN

Died:
July 19, 2002
Plymouth, IN


Career
1933-34 Whitewater Bears (High School)
1934-35 Whitewater Bears (High School)
1935-36 Dayton London Bobbies (MBC)
1937-38 Baking Company - Richmond, IN (Independent)
1945-46 Crosley (Indiana Industrial Y-League)
1947-48 Richmond Salisburys - Indiana (Independent) Head coach
1953-54 Farmland High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Raleigh High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Raleigh High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach 
1956-57 Raleigh High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Boston High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach

The lanky athlete played basketball and baseball in high school, and tried his hand at minor league baseball after graduating. He signed with Nashville in the Southern Association in 1938. During this time, he also played some pro and semi-pro basketball. After serving World War 2, Salisbury went to Ball State where he got his teaching degree, graduating in 1953. After many years of teaching and coaching, he ran for the Indiana House of Representatives unsuccessfully in 1970. He tried again in 1994, at 77 years of age.

He was married to Margaret Jett (1921-1986) in 1941 and they had five children.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=salisb001hug

Source:
Obituary
Palladium Item, November 16, 1947
Palladium Item, May 26, 1957

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/salisbury/

Howard Riggs

Howard Jennings "Eppa" Riggs


Born:
March 5, 1909
Essex, Ontario, Canada

Died:
December 10, 1970



Career
1927-28 University of Toronto (College)
1928-29 University of Toronto (College)
1929-30 University of Toronto (College)
1930-31 University of Toronto (College)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)




Source:
https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/births/persons/howard-riggs.html

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/eppa-riggs/

John Martin

John Martin


Born:



Died:




Career
McMaster University - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (College)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

John was a 6'2 center.


Source:

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

Hugh Jones

Hugh Jones


Born:
c. 1913


Died:




Career
1934-35 Carnegie Tech (College)
1935-36 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)




Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hugh-jones/

Johnson

Johnson


Born:



Died:




Career
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

Played two games for Windsor.


Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/johnson-7/

Bill Hayes

William Gerard Hayes


Born:
December 19, 1910
Detroit, MI

Died:
February 9, 2004
Commerce Township, MI


Career
1928-29 St Theresa High School - Detroit (High School)
1929-30 St Theresa High School - Detroit (High School)
1931-32 University of Detroit (College)
1932-33 University of Detroit (College)
1933-34 University of Detroit (College) 
1934-35 Detroit Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

Born to William and Mabel Hayes, Bill was a high scoring basketball player at St Theresa and later at the University of Detroit.


Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Bill-Hayes/

Rusty Gordon

Rusty Gordon


Born:



Died:




Career
University of Toronto (College)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)



Source:
Warren Times Mirror, January 28, 1936


Stats:

Bill Golub

William Golub


Born:



Died:




Career
1930-31 Royal Military College (College)
1931-32 Royal Military College (College)
1932-33 Royal Military College (College)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

Name also sometimes spelled Golob or Golab



Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Bill-Golub/

Gardner

Gardner


Born:



Died:




Career
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)



Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Gardner/

Frank Connolly

Frank E. Connolly


Born:
March 30, 1910
Turtle Creek, PA

Died:
June 25, 1982
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI


Career
Southeastern High School - Detroit (High School)
Assumption College - Michigan (College)
1932-33 Detroit Turners (Independent)
1934-35 Detroit Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1936-37 Pfeiffer Brewery - Detroit (Independent)
1937-38 Cochell (Detroit Basketball Association)

A talented golfer (we won three Michigan Open titles) as well as basketball player, Connolly worked as a clerk in the Wayne County Welfare Department in the 1930's. He was later the long-term athletic director for the CYO as well as director of the Golden Gloves Tournament. He died in 1982 following a lengthy illness.

He married Fern Hawkins in 1936 and they had a son and two daughters.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, January 15, 1933
Detroit Free Press, August 16, 1936
Detroit Free Press, June 28, 1982

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Frank-Connelly/

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell


Born:



Died:




Career
1928-29 University of Toronto (College)
1929-30 University of Toronto (College)
1930-31 University of Toronto (College)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)



Source:
Warren Times Mirror, January 28, 1936

Stats:

Artie Artejuski

Artie Artejuski (Ardzieyewski?)


Born:



Died:




Career
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

From Detroit.

This player is listed as "Artie Artejuski" at probasketballencyclopedia and appears to have played one game for Windsor. Being of Polish ancestry, the spelling of the last name looked too anglicized to me. His last name is most likely Ardzieyewski. I also doubt that "Artie" is his actual first name but most likely a nickname taken from his hard-to-pronounce last name.

In the Detroit area, I found one family of Polish immigrants with that surname, and three sons of the correct age who could possibly be the player: Stanley, Thaddeus and Roman, Jr. (Parents Roman and Sophia). This is the only lead I have. Definitely not much to go on.


Source:

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/artie-artejuski/

Milestone #4.1 - MBC

Our friends at probasketballencyclopedia.com have found some more players (sixteen of them) who played in the MBC but were not listed when I went through the league, so I am going to add their blog posts. Some of these players do not have much information. Some of them I was able to correct or identify beyond what probasketballencyclopedia.com has.
Players added from pro basketball encyclopedia:
Artie Artejuski
Frank Connelly  (I found it is actually spelled Connolly)
Gardner
William Golub
William G. Hayes
William J. Holland
Charles Holmes
Stub Jacobson
Johnson
Hugh Jones
John Martin
Howard Jennings Riggs
Salisbury (I found he is Hugh Salisbury)
Maybury A. Schweizer
Edward J. Skrzycki
Cinch Strelecki

Three players I found listed to have played with Windsor:
Jack Campbell
Rusty Gordon
Jack Saunders
(Source: Warren Times Mirror, January 28, 1936)

Thanks to John Grasso for the heads-up on the additional players.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Milestone #5 - Pacific Coast Basketball League

So that was the Pacific Coast League. Two seasons of grand ideas but poor attendance. The third season and the expansion of the league were still planned until the very end. Pretty interesting league, and fun to learn about players and a league geographically isolated from a majority of the country. I was kind of surprised on how many of those players remain a mystery to me. It's not like newspapers didn't cover the league, but box scores are not the easiest to find.


Here are the players of the PCBL by the numbers:


Number of PCBL players:  118
Unidentified/unknown whereabouts: 21
Surviving PCBL players: 3. Definitely possible that of the 21 mystery players, a few could be still alive. Until I am able to identify them, though, it looks like we have three survivors.

Longevity:
Of the 118 players, 19 players (16.10%) lived to see the age of 90. (So far... one of the three survivors is a mere 89 as I write this). Two men (1.69%) died before the age of 50.

From here, I will update some MBC blog posts with some new information given to me by John Grasso, and then I will be taking a vacation for a bit before returning.





Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Rube Wirkkunen

Reuben R. "Rube" Wirkkunen


Born:
April 13, 1924
Oregon

Died:
September 24, 1974
Astoria, OR


Career
1940-41 Astoria High School - Oregon (High School)
1941-42 Astoria High School - Oregon (High School)
1942-43 Astoria All-Stars (Military)
1946-47 Oregon State College (College) JV
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)
1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL) ??

After high school, Rube entered the U.S. Navy.


Source:



Stan Williamson

Stan "Salmon" Williamson


Born:
c. 1925


 :




Career
1940-41 Astoria High School - Oregon (High School) JV
1941-42 Astoria High School - Oregon (High School)
1942-43 Astoria High School - Oregon (High School)
1943-44 University of Oregon (College) Freshmen
1945-46 University of Oregon (College)
1946-47 University of Oregon (College)
1947-48 University of Oregon (College)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1949-50 Springfield High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Springfield High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Springfield High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Springfield High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1955-56 University of Oregon (College) Assistant coach

After playing as a freshmen, Williamson entered the USMC to serve his country in World War 2. The 5'7 guard returned to be one of Oregon's highest scorers. 
Stan graduated finish playing at Oregon and signed with Portland on March 11, 1948. He was head coach at Springfield HS and then took an assistant job at UO, while selling insurance around Eugene.


Son of John (1893-1960) and Eva Williamson.


There is a Stanley Williamson who was also an insurance agent in Oregon, born in 1928 and died in 2010. He would be too young to have gone to Oregon in 1944.

Source:



Tom Werner

Thomas Charles Werner


Born:
May 29, 1911
Pittsburgh, PA

Died:
June 11, 1988
Seattle, WA


Career
1928-29 Roosevelt High School - Seattle (High School)
1931-32 University of Washington (College)
1943-44 Alpine Dairy - Seattle (Independent) Head coach
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL) Head coach / player
1950-51 Alpine Dairy - Seattle (Independent) Head coach

A long-time coach around Seattle (above record not complete), Werner was the head coach of the Tacoma Mounaineers. Late in the 1947-48 season, in Tacoma's 30-point loss to Portland on March 13, 1948, Werner put himself into the game. I am pretty sure that was his only playing appearance that season.

Tom married Inga Fosberg (1913-1995) in 1936 and they had at least one son.

Source:



Bob Warren

Bob Warren


Born:



Died:




Career
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)

Not really sure who this is. I found no record of him in any articles or boxscores, but he does appear on other site's rosters.


Source:



Al Wark

Al Wark


Born:



Died:




Career
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

Saw his name written as "Tom Wark" in one encyclopedia, but not sure if this is accurate. Name listed as "Al Wark" in the below-listed Eugene Guard. He is not the brother of Roy Wark who also played in the PCBL.

There is a gentleman named Allen Alexander Wark (1919-1986) that could be the answer, but I do not know.


Source:
Eugene Guard, January 5, 1948


Jack Voelker

Jack Fredrick Voelker


Born:
May 12, 1914
Seattle, WA

Died:
January 4, 1998
Kent, WA


Career
Roosevelt High School - Seattle (High School)
1938-39 University of Washington (College)
1939-40 University of Washington (College)
1940-41 University of Washington (College)
1943-44 Alpine Dairy - Seattle (Independent)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

Born to Lewis and Emma Voelker, Jack was one of three brothers who played at UW. Dick was the oldest of the three, and Bob would join him on the Tacoma Mountaineers.


Source:
Eugene Guard, March 9, 1941
Eugene Guard, December 23, 1947


Suds Sutherland

Arvid Erick "Suds" Sutherland


Born:
March 27, 1923
Los Angeles, CA

Died:
June 3, 1999
Bradenton, FL


Career
(High School)
1941-42 Long Beach JC (College)
1943-44 San Diego (Military)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Born to Arvid and Anna Sutherland in Los Angeles, Sutherland served in the USMC during World War 2. After the war, he played with the Portland Indians but was released on February 5, 1948.

He was married to Charlotte (1930-1987)


Source:



Bob Voelker

Robert Harry Voelker


Born:
September 18, 1918
Seattle, WA

Died:
May 1982



Career
Roosevelt High School - Seattle (High School)
1938-39 University of Washington (College)
1939-40 University of Washington (College)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

Born to Lewis and Emma Voelker, Bob was one of three brothers who played at UW. Dick was the oldest of the three, and Jack was a teammate of his with the Tacoma Mountaineers.


Source:



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Frank Smith

Paul Franklin "Frank" Smith


Born:
July 14, 1918
Hood River, OR

Died:
October 5, 1984
Fairview, OR


Career
La Grande High School - Oregon (High School)
1939-40 Eastern Oregon College (College)
1940-41 Eastern Oregon College (College)
1946-47 Eastern Oregon College (College)
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)


Born to Paul and Mabel Smith in Hood River, Oregon, Frank was a basketball player at La Grande High School before heading off to Eastern Oregon College of Education. His education was interrupted by the U.S. Navy. During World War 2, served with the Seabees and was stationed Iceland, and then in Saipan in 1945. He returned to Eastern Oregon and finished his education and played pro basketball with Astoria and the Portland. After getting married, he moved into teaching and coaching.

He married Noreen Hitesman (1925-2016) in 1948 and they had three sons and fiver daughters.

Source:
La Grande Observer, June 26, 1945


Al Popick

Alvin Jay Popick


Born:
January 14, 1924
Portland, OR

Died:
September 30, 2009
Portland, OR


Career
1939-40 Lincoln High School - Portland (High School)
1941-42 University of Oregon (College) Freshmen
1942-43 University of Oregon (College)
1943-44 Camp Kearns - Utah (Military)
1946-47 University of Oregon (College)
1947-48 University of Oregon (College)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Born in Portland to Abe and Ruthella Popick, Al took to basketball early, and after playing at Lincoln HS in Portland, went on to play at the University of Oregon. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Guam during World War 2. After the war, he returned to UO and after graduating, signed with the Portland Indians on March 12, 1948, as the team was heading towards the playoffs. He would then referee high school basketball games while working as a clothing salesman. and later owning his own clothing shop. Popick was also an avid tennis player and player well into his 70's. He died of a heart attack in 2009.

Al married Janet Howe (1927-1988) in 1947 and they had two daughters and a son.

Source:
Oregon Live - Life Story of Al Popick


Monday, June 5, 2017

Wally Palmberg

Walter Henry Palmberg, Sr.


Born:
March 7, 1912
Astoria, OR

Died:
February 12, 2006
Milwaukie, OR


Career
1930-31 Astoria High School (High School)
1931-32 Astoria High School (High School)
1933-34 Oregon State College (College)
1934-35 Oregon State College (College)
1935-36 Oregon State College (College)
1936-37 Union Oilers (Independent)
1938-39 Astoria High School (High School) Head coach
1939-40 Astoria High School (High School) Head coach
1940-41 Astoria High School (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Astoria High School (High School) Head coach
1942-43 Astoria High School (High School) Head coach
1945-46 Astoria High School (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL) Head coach / player / part owner
1948-49 Baker High School (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Oregon Tech (College) Head coach
1955-56 Oregon Tech (College) Head coach
1956-57 Oregon Tech (College) Head coach 
1957-58 Oregon Tech (College) Head coach

A basketball player at Astoria HS and Oregon State, Palmberg and his two brothers, William and Henry, became basketball team owners when they put the Astoria franchise together in the Pacific Coast League. Wally was not just an owner, but also coach and player. The team had cash flow problems and folded after the first half of the season. He later took the head coaching job at Astoria HS before leaving to enter the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

He and his wife, Esther, had a son and a daughter.





Source:



Ty Lovelace

Ty Lovelace


Born:
April 12, 1928


 :




Career
1945-46 Eugene High School - Oregon (High School)
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

After graduating from Eugene High School, Lovelace joined the Astoria Royal Chinooks in 1947. When the team disbanded after the first half of the season, Ty signed with the Portland Indians on February 5, 1948, part of the signings that would lead Portland to a surge in the second half of the season and roll to the Pacific Coast League championship. In 1948, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationedwith the occupying force in Osaka. He proudly served on the honor guard, and was shipped to Korea in 1950. Lovelace was a witness to history, having been in the same room as General Douglas MacArthur when MacArthur was removed for command by President Harry Truman on April 11, 1951.

Ty married Connie (d. 2013) in 1951, and they had four children. He had met Connie in Tokyo where Connie was a civilian employee of General MacArthur.



Source:
oregonlive.com, October 2012
Oregonlive.com, April 2016


Irv Leifer

Irvin Thurman Leifer, Jr.


Born:
February 2, 1923
Sunset, WA

Died:
February 26, 2016
Issaquah, WA


Career
Pine City High School - Washington (High School)
Pine City High School - Washington (High School)
1942-43 Eastern Washington College (College)
1943-44 Eastern Washington College (College)
1945-46 Eastern Washington College (College)
1946-47 Eastern Washington College (College)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)
1947-48 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1950-51 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1952-53 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1954-55 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1956-57 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1958-59 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1960-61 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1962-63 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1964-65 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1966-67 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1968-69 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1970-71 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1972-73 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1973-74 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1974-75 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach
1975-76 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach 
1976-77 Renton High School - Washington (High School) Head coach

After starring at Pine City HS, Leifer went to Eastern Washington, with some time spent in the USMC during World War 2. He played pro basketball for the Tacoma Mountaineers of the Pacific Coast League, but is best known for his thirty years as the head coach at Renton High School, winning the state championship four times.

He married Dorothy Frazier (d. 2008) in 1948 and they had three sons.

Source:
Obituary, Renton Reporter, March 3, 2016
Obituary, Seattle Times, March 2, 2016


Friday, June 2, 2017

Ken Hays

Kenneth Robert Hays


Born:
September 29, 1924
Waitsburg, WA

Died:
July 20, 2006
Junction City, OR


Career
1943-44 University of Oregon (College)
1944-45 University of Oregon (College)
1945-46 University of Oregon (College)
1946-47 University of Oregon (College)
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1949-50 Junction City High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Junction City High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1950-15 Bob Hamilton Collegiate All-Stars - Eugene, Oregon (Independent)
1951-52 Junction City High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Junction City High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Junction City High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Junction City High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Junction City High School - Oregon (High School) Head coach

A center at Oregon, Hays was declared academically ineligible during his freshman year, but returned to start the next three with the varsity squad. After graduating, Hays signed with Astoria, but the team folded half-way into the season. He signed with Portland on February 5, 1948, and lead the team to the Pacific Coast championship. He was named head coach at Junction City HS where he stayed for seven seasons before leaving to focus on his insurance company.


Source:



Ken Hashagen

Kenneth Anthony Hashagen, Sr.


Born:
April 6, 1913
Richmond, NY

Died:
November 30, 1980
Auburn, CA


Career
1932-33 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1933-34 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1934-35 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1935-36 Reading Keys (Independent)
1937-38 Ursinus College - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1938-39 Ursinus College - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1939-40 Ursinus College - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1940-41 Ursinus College - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1941-42 Ursinus College - Pennsylvania (College) Head coach
1946-47 Sacramento Senators (ABL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Lincoln High School - Portland, Oregon (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Placer College - Auburn, CA (College) Head coach

A three-year letter winner at Penn, Hashagen coached at Ursinus College before joining the U.S> Navy. After the war, he moved out west where he played some pro basketball and coaching high school before being recalled into active duty. After, he coached for a number of years at Placer College.

He was married to Dorothy Meta (1914-1975)


Source:



Marv Harshman

Marvel Keith Harshman


Born:
October 4, 1917
Eau Claire, WI

Died:
April 12, 2003
Tacoma, WA


Career
Lake Stevens High School (High School)
1939-40 Pacific Lutheran University (College)
1940-41 Pacific Lutheran University (College)
1941-42 Pacific Lutheran University (College)
1945-46 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1946-47 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)
1947-48 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1948-49 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1949-50 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1950-51 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1951-52 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1952-53 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1953-54 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1954-55 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1955-56 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1956-57 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1957-58 Pacific Lutheran University (College) Head coach
1958-59 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1959-60 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1960-61 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1961-62 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Washington State University (College) Head coach
1971-72 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1972-73 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1973-74 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1974-75 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1975 Team USA (Pan American Games) Head coach
1975-76 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1976-77 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1977-78 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1978-79 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1979-80 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1980-81 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1981-82 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1982-83 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1983-84 University of Washington (College) Head coach
1984-85 University of Washington (College) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1985

A four-sport star at Pacific Lutheran, Harshman was good enough to be drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears after graduating, but went to the U.S. Navy instead. After returning from World War 2, Harshman took the football and basketball coaching jobs at his alma mater. He coached basketball there for 13 seasons, during one of which he also played for the Portland Indians of the Pacific Coast Basketball League. One of the greatest coaches ever to come out of the Pacific Northwest, He would coach 13 seasons at Washington State before coaching another 14 seasons at the University of Washington. He finished his career with 637 victories and 1985 enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


Source:
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Seattle PI Obituary
Seattle Times Obituary
UW Obituary

Bob Graf

Robert Charles Graf


Born:
April 13, 1918
Seattle, WA

Died:
September 19, 2014
Bryn Mawr-Skyway, WA


Career
1934-35 Franklin High School - Washington (High School)
1935-36 University of Washington (College) Freshmen
Central Washington College (College)
1943-44 Alpine Dairy - Seattle (Independent)
1946-47 Alpine Dairy - Seattle (Independent)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)
1949-50 Madigan General Hospital (Independent)

Bob played basketball and volleyball at Franklin HS before getting a basketball scholarship at UW. He left after his freshman year, and would later attend Central Washington briefly. He played for Alpine Dairy, and lead the team to a fourth-place finish in the AAU tournament. Aside from his time with Tacoma, he also squared up a lot against the Harlem Globetrotters when they would tour through the area.

Bob was a well-known jazz aficionado, and possess a large collection of rare jazz albums. He was a regular at jazz clubs around Seattle well into his 90's.

Bob and his wife, Sylvia (1920-1994) had five children.

Source:
Seattle PI Article, 2008
Obituary


Mel Good

Mel Good


Born:



Died:




Career
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Guard for Portland

Good was released by Portland on December 8, 1947.

There was a Melvin B. Goode out of Salem around that time, born 1911, died 1983, who went to Williamette University. We was an prominent attorney and business leader who played tennis at WU. Not likely to be him, but I would like more info before excluding him.
https://www.co.benton.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/elections/archive/3204/e76p_svp.pdf

Source:
Herald and News (Klamath Falls, Oregon) December 10, 1947


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ernie Endress

Ernest Endress


Born:
September 25, 1919
Seattle, WA

Died:
November 29, 1992
Poulsbo, WA


Career
1937-38 Franklin High School - Washington (High School)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)
1953-54 Cheney Studs - Washington (Independent)

Endress played minor league baseball as an outfielder and a first baseman prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army prior to World War 2.

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=endres001ern

Source:



Bill Dwyer

Bill Dwyer


Born:



Died:




Career
Seton Hall University (College)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)




Source:



Tom Cross

Thomas Arthur Cross, Jr.


Born:
September 16, 1920
Tacoma, WA

Died:
December 2003
Surprise, AZ


Career
1936-37 Stadium High School - Tacoma (High School)
1937-38 Stadium High School - Tacoma (High School)
1939-40 College of Puget Sound (College)
1940-41 College of Puget Sound (College)
1941-42 College of Puget Sound (College)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

Born to Thomas and Elfie Criss, Tom was a fixture around Tacoma. He was an active coach, official and administrator for the Tacoma Parks and Recreation Department, a job he held with dedication and passion.


Source:
Tacoma-Pierce County Old Time Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame
Tom Cross Endowment Fund


Hank Chamberlin

Henry Gardner "Hank" Chamberlin


Born:
March 17, 1919
Blaine, WA

Died:
November 7, 2009
Bellingham, WA


Career
1936-37 Bellingham High School - Washington (High School)
1937-38 Bellingham High School - Washington (High School)
1938-39 Western Washington (College)
1939-40 Western Washington (College)
1940-41 Western Washington (College)
1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Born to Henry and Juanita Chamberlin, Hank attended Bellingham HS and then Western Washington College of Education before World War 2 interrupted, with Chamberlin entering the U.S. Army. He was a Master Sergeant under General Patton. After the war, he worked at Sears and Roebuck for 28 years before managing a bookstore. He joined the Bellingham Firecrests around December 11, 1947. He was also a basketball referee around Whatcom County.

Hank married Betty in 1942 and they had two children.

Source:
Grave and Obit
Western Washington Hall of Fame Release, August 5, 2002


Erland Anderson

Erland Joseph Anderson


Born:
March 25, 1923
Hitterdahl, MN

Died:
June 11, 1981
Lebanon, OR


Career
1939-40 Silverton High School - Oregon (High School)
1940-41 Silverton High School - Oregon (High School)
1941-42 Oregon State College (College) Freshmen
1942-43 Oregon State College (College)
1945-46 Oregon State College (College)
1946-47 Oregon State College (College)
1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Born in Minnesota to Olaf and Stella Anderson, Erland and the family moved to Silverton, Oregon, in 1937, where he starred as the center on the Silverton HS basketball team.

After graduating from Oregon State in 1947, Erland moved to St. Louis along with teammate Red Rocha to play basketball professionally with the Bombers of the BAA, but Anderson didn't make the team and returned to the Pacific Northwest. He signed with Astoria in December of 1947, and when the Astoria team bowed out of the league after the first half, Anderson signed with the Portland Indians.

In 1951, Erland moved to Lebanon, Oregon, where he taught woodshop and construction at Lebanon High School. As the school year came to an end in 1981, Erland suffered a fatal attack. He was 58.

Erland and his wife, Maxine, had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Daily Capital Journal, September 22, 1947
Albany Democrat Herald, February 5, 1948
Eugene Guard, April 5, 1948
Statesman Journal, June 12, 1981

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

1947-48 VANCOUVER HORNETS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 
First Half: 16-15 .516, 4th place
Second Half: 13-7 .650, 2nd place


  • Head Coach: Porky Andrews (September 18, 1917 - May 26, 1999) Also played. See below

PLAYERS: 
  • Porky Andrews (September 18, 1917 - May 26, 1999)
Biography

  • Norm Baker (February 17, 1923 - April 23, 1989)
Biography

  • Arthur Chapman (October 28, 1912 - February 3, 1986)
Biography

  • Ken Lawn (June 26, 1920 - October 19, 2012)
Biography

  • Ritchie Nicol (December 14, 1921 - December 26, 2008)
Biography

  • Stretch Osterhaus (November 12, 1917 - November 28, 1997)
Biography

  • Doug Peden (April 18, 1916 - April 11, 2005)
Biography

  • Dave Teyama (March 18, 1923 - September 18, 2013)
Biography

  • Jack Vaughn (July 5, 1923 - June 25, 2000)
Biography

  • Dean White (May 30, 1923 - June 24, 1992)
Biography

1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

1947-48 TACOMA MOUNTAINEERS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 
First Half: 16-13 .552, 3rd place
Second Half: 5-11 .312, 5th place


  • Head Coach: Tom Werner (May 29, 1911 - June 11, 1988) Also played. See below

PLAYERS: 
  • Tom Cross (September 16, 1920 - December 2003)
Biography

  • Ernie Endress (September 25, 1919 - November 29, 1992)
Biography

  • Bob Graf (April 13, 1918 - September 19, 2014)
Biography

  • Marv Harshman (October 4, 1917 - April 12, 2003)
Biography

  • John Katica (November 5, 1918 - May 5, 2000)
Biography

  • Irv Leifer (February 2, 1923 - February 26, 2016)
Biography

  • Jack Roffler (October 7, 1924 - August 14, 2014)
Biography

  • Sig Sigurdson (November 27, 1918 - December 2, 2006)
Biography

  • Bob Voelcker (September 18, 1918 - May 1982)
Biography

  • Jack Voelcker (May 12, 1914 - January 4, 1998)
Biography

  • Al Wark 
Biography

  • Tom Werner (May 29, 1911 - June 11, 1988)
Biography

(Note: There is a newspaper article from December 3, 1947, in the Bend (Oregon) Bulletin that mentions a player names Jack Rossler. I am 99.9% positive they meant to write Jack Roffler, who had just joined the team after the collapse of the PBLA where he was playing in November of 1947)

1947-48 Seattle Athletics (PCBL)

1947-48 SEATTLE ATHLETICS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 
First Half: 22-10 .688, 1st place
Second Half: 8-10 .444, 3rd place

Playoffs:
Advanced to finals when Bellingham withdrew
Lost to Portland, 3-1



  • Head Coach: Al Brightman (September 22, 1923 - June 10, 1992)  Also played. See below.

PLAYERS:
  • Al Brightman (September 22, 1923 - June 10, 1992)
Biography

  • Norm Dalthorp (August 11, 1919 - April 7, 1974)
Biography

  • Elmer Gainer (November 22, 1918 - September 29, 1970)
Biography 

  • Boody Gilbertson (July 3, 1922 - May 23, 2015)
Biography 

  • George Glavin (October 17, 1921 - May 18, 1991)
Biography

  • Hal Kottman (August 22, 1922 - November 30, 2004)
Biography

  • Wally Leask (April 30, 1921 - July 21, 2004)
Biography

  • Bernie Price (September 20, 1915 - January 24, 2002)
Biography

  • Ken Suesens (October 23, 1916 - May 29, 1992)
Biography

  • Frankie Watson (September 1, 1918 - July 3, 2007)
Biography

  • Dean White (May 30, 1923 - June 24, 1992)
Biography

1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

1947-48 PORTLAND INDIANS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 
First Half: 7-26 .212, 6th place
Second Half: 9-14 .391, 4th place

Playoffs -Finished 4-2, in round-robin to see who would join Seattle and Bellingham in the playoffs. They advanced, to play the winner of the Seattle - Bellingham best-of-5 series. Bellingham withdrew from the playoffs, leaving Portland to play Seattle for the title.
Portland defeated Seattle, 3-1.

  • Head Coaches:  
Johnny Bianco  (February 20, 1920 - January 14, 1977) Coached thru Dec 16. Also played. See below.
Roy Pflugrad (December 18, 1916 - January 4, 2012) Coached through Jan 2. Also played. See below.
Swede Roos (August 8, 1913 - January 30, 1979) Took over Jan 3 when the team was 2-17. Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • Erland Anderson (March 25, 1923 - June 11, 1981)
Biography 

  • Johnny Bianco (February 20, 1920 - January 14, 1977)
Biography 

  • Bill Bowen 
Biography 


  • Jack Butterworth (June 19, 1914 - October 19, 1998)
Biography

  • Don Durdan (September 21, 1920 - June 28, 1971)
Biography

  • Bill Dwyer 
Biography

  • Jackie Goldsmith (January 21, 1921 - February 15, 1968)
Biography

  • Mel Good  
Biography

  • Mike Hafenecker (September 19, 1924 - January 15, 1984)
Biography

  • Ken Hashhagen (April 6, 1913 - November 30, 1980)
Biography

  • Ken Hays (September 29, 1924 - July 20, 2006)
Biography

  • Noble Jorgensen (May 18, 1925 - November 2, 1982)
Biography

  • Otto Kerber (May 20, 1922 - August 18, 1988)
Biography

  • Ty Lovelace (b. April 12, 1928)
Biography 

  • Roy Pflugrad (December 18, 1916 - January 4, 2012)
Biography

  • Al Popick (January 14, 1924 - September 30, 2009)
Biography

  • Abel Rodrigues (January 16, 1922 - July 17, 2010)
Biography

  • Swede Roos (August 8, 1913 - January 30, 1979)
Biography

  • Ted Sarpola (July 28, 1916 - February 11, 1986)
Biography

  • Frank Smith (July 14, 1918 - October 5, 1984)
Biography 

  • Lyle "Tom" Smith (b. September 29, 1923)
Biography 

  • Don Stitt (June 9, 1915 - June 18, 2007)
Biography

  • Suds Sutherland (March 27, 1923 - June 3, 1999)
Biography

  • Bill Taitt (August 24, 1923 - September 1, 2004)
Biography 

  • Dave Teyema (March 18, 1923 - September 18, 2013)
Biography

  • Stan Williamson  (b. around 1925)
Biography

1947-48 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

1947-48 BELLINGHAM FIRCRESTS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 
First Half: 21-10 .677, 2nd place
Second Half: 14-7 .667, 1st place

Playoffs - Forfeited to Seattle

The team with the best overall record in the PCBL in 1947-48, Bellingham added Vancouver's Norm Baker to the roster for the playoffs. Bellingham defeated Seattle in the opening game, 84-77. Don Baker, Seattle's owner, protested the acquisition of Baker, and the League President Ray Clark (also part-owner of Portland) declared the game a forfeit. Bellingham appealed, threatening to withdraw from the playoffs if the decision. It stood, and Bellingham walked away.
  • Head Coach: Gale Bishop (June 4, 1922 - December 26, 2003) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • Al Akins (June 13, 1921 - August 29, 1995)
Biography 

  • Gale Bishop (June 4, 1922 - December 26, 2003)
Biography

  • Hank Chamberlin (March 17, 1919 - November 7, 2009)
Biography

  • Bobby Dorr (May 17, 1917 - July 28, 2005)
Biography

  • Cliff Gaffney (December 30, 1920 - June 13, 2014)
Biography 

  • Elmer Gainer (November 22, 1918 - September 29, 1970)
Biography

  • Al Maul (November 27, 1923 - September 30, 1997)
Biography

  • Chuck Patterson (August 2, 1914 - October 1, 1988)
Biography

  • Roy Wark (July 10, 1922 - June 6, 2005)
Biography

1947-48 Astoria Royal Chinooks (PCBL)

1947-48 ASTORIA ROYAL CHINOOKS
PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Finished: 
First Half: 11-19 .367, 5th place
Second Half: withdrew

The Astoria team withdrew from the league after the first half, on February 2, 1948. "We have come to the conclusion that the limited population of Astoria and surrounding communities will not support major league professional basketball." - William C Palmberg, manager
  • Head Coach: Wally Palmberg (March 7, 1912 - February 12, 2006) Also played. See below.

PLAYERS: 
  • Erland Anderson (March 25, 1923 - June 11, 1981)
Biography 

  • Ken Hays (September 29, 1924 - July 20, 2006)
Biography 

  • Dave Howard  
Biography

  • Ty Lovelace (b. April 12, 1928)
Biography 

  • Bill Magruder (January 10, 1924 - February 24, 2007)
Biography 

  • Wally Palmberg (March 7, 1912 - February 12, 2006)
Biography 

  • Frank Smith (July 14, 1918 - October 5, 1984)
Biography 

  • Jim Vernon (May 5, 1921 - October 9, 2000)
Biography
 
  • Bob Warren 
Biography 

  • Rube Wirkkunen (April 13, 1924 - September 24, 1974)
Biography

Friday, May 26, 2017

Len Yandle

Leonard Hoyt Yandle


Born:
February 6, 1911
Tigris, MO

Died:
January 16, 2001
Mesa, AZ


Career
1928-29 Molalla High School - Oregon (High School)
1929-30 Molalla High School - Oregon (High School)
1932-33 Southern Oregon Normal (College)
1934-35 Gonzaga University (College)
1935-36 Gonzaga University (College)
1943-44 Fees Music Makers (Independent)  Head coach / player
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL) Head coach / player
1946-47 Seattle University (College) Head coach
1947-48 Seattle University (College) Head coach
1955-56 College of Idaho (College)

One of seven children born to John and Minnie Yandle, He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. He returned from the war to coach basketball and baseball at Seattle University, as well as being named player / coach for the Salem Trailblazers. He resigned from the school in August of 1948 and moved east to go into business. He returned years later to coach at Idaho


Source:
Medford Mail Tribune, August 6, 1948

Frankie Watson

Frank John Watson


Born:
September 1, 1918
Seattle, WA

Died:
July 3, 2007
Seattle, WA


Career
1936-37 O'Dea High School - Seattle (High School)
1938-39 Gonzaga University (College)
1939-40 Gonzaga University (College)
1940-41 Gonzaga University (College) 
1946-47 Seattle Blue Devils (PCBL)
1947-48 Seattle Athletics (PCBL)

A three-sport star at Gonzaga (football, baseball and basketball), Watson entered the USMC after graduating and served in the South Pacific during World War 2. After a couple years of professional basketball, he owned and opearted a business that sold athletic equipment to high schools around the state of Washington. He retired in 1980 and moved to Florida, but returned to Seattle in his later years, where he passed away in 2007.

He married Helen Sullivan in 1946 and they had three sons and a daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Seattle Times, July 7, 2007
Seattle PI Obituary