Tuesday, February 28, 2017

John Sullivan

John Edward Sullivan


Born:
June 28, 1924
Chicago, IL

Died:
March 3, 1990
Park Ridge, IL


Career
Mc Kinley High School - Chicago (High School)
Loyola University - Chicago (College) ??
1945-46 Berry Field - Tennessee (Independent)
1947-48 Chattanooga Majors (PBLA)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

Sullivan signed with Nashville after the PBLA collapsed, but only last three games with the Vols before being released.

Supposedly played with Loyola, but he does not appear on their all-time roster.

Source:
The Tennessean, November 14, 1945
The Tennessean, November 16, 1947
The Tennessean, December 7, 1947

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=sullijo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/john-sullivan-2/

Bill Stockman

William Edward Stockman


Born:
March 13, 1921
Malta Bend, MO

Died:
August 25, 1998
Marshall, MO


Career
1941-42 West Texas State University (College)
1942-43 West Texas State University (College)
1945-46 West Texas State University (College)
1946-47 Bartlesville Phillipps 66ers (AAU)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)

Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2, earning the Flying Cross. In 1949, Stockman signed with the St. Louis Bombers but was released before the season began. Bill's older brother Frank also played at West Texas,



Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=stockbi01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-stockman/

Jack Spehn

John James "Jack" Spehn


Born:
August 29, 1927
Chicago, IL

Died:
August 8, 1972
Barrington, IL


Career
1944-45 St. Mel High School - Chicago (High School)
University of Detroit (College)
1947-48 Waterloo Hawks (PBLA)

Pretty sure I have properly identified this player.


In 1945, he enrolled at the University of Detroit and played football team.

Source:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyherald/obituary.aspx?pid=172046230

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=spehnja01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-spehn/

Cy Singer

Cyrines Howard Singer


Born:
May 7, 1917
Jasper, IN

Died:
July 1, 1992
Sherman, TX


Career
1936-37 Indiana University (College)
1940-41 Notre Dame (College)
1941-42 Notre Dame (College)
1946-47 Notre Dame (College)
1947-48 St. Joseph Outlaws (PBLA)

Born to Johannes and Louis Signer in Jasper, Indiana. Cy was only 5 years old when his mother died, and eight years later, his father died, too. Served in the military during World War 2.

Source:
Indianapolis Star, September 30, 1936

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=singecy01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/cy-singer/

Julie Silverman

Julius Richard Silverman


Born:
October 20, 1922
St. Paul, MN

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Career
Boys High School - Atlanta (High School)
1947-48 Atlanta Crackers (PBLA)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1948-49 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)
1948-49 New Orleans Sports (SPBL)



Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=silveju01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/julie-silverman/

Nat Silverberg

John Nathaniel "Nat" Silverberg


Born:
September 6, 1922
New York, NY

Died:
October 8, 1993
New York, NY


Career
James Monroe High School - New York (High School)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1943-44 Camden Reds 
1944-45 Long Island Hellcats (Independent)
1944-45 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSPL) 
1947-48 Chattanooga Majors (PBLA)
1947-48 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSPL)
1948-49 Glen Falls Commodores (NYSPL)
25 years St. Helena High School - The Bronx (High School) Coach

Born to Abel and Sabina Silverberg, sister named Julia.

Pretty sure I have the right guy identified here, but not 100% certain.


Source:
Troy Record, October 31, 1946
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/22/sports/garden-salutes-end-of-abdul-jabbar-era.html

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=silvena01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/nat-silverberg/

Monday, February 27, 2017

Harry Shor

Harold H. Shor


Born:
June 8, 1923
Chicago, IL

Died:
October 15, 1994
Pompano Beach, FL


Career
University of Missouri (College) ??
1947-48 Birmingham Skyhawks (PBLA)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)



Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=shorha01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-shor/

Tom Shanley

Thomas Michael Shanley III


Born:
August 4, 1922
Minnesota

Died:
September 1, 1995
Santa Ana, CA


Career
1937-38 Dorsey High School - Los Angeles (High School)
1938-39 Dorsey High School - Los Angeles (High School)
1939-40 Dorsey High School - Los Angeles (High School)
1940-41 University of Southern California (College) Freshmen
1941-42 University of Southern California (College)
1942-43 University of Southern California (College)
1945-46 University of Southern California (College)
1946-47 University of Southern California (College)
1947-48 Omaha Tomahawks (PBLA)

Born in Minnesota to Thomas and Elizabeth Shanley, the family moved to California when Tom was young.

Served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.


Source:


Stats:
www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=shanlto01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tom-shanley/

Charlie Scruggs

Charles Carlton Scruggs II


Born:
April 23, 1923
Atlanta, GA

Died:
March 26, 2010
Pensacola, FL


Career
1942-43 Georgia Tech (College)
1947-48 Atlanta Crackers (PBLA)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)

Born to Charles and Martha Scruggs.

Scruggs played baseball and basketball at Georgia Tech. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, and after the war played pro basketball and baseball. He wound operating a Krispy Kreme franchise for many years as well as coaching youth baseball.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=scrugg001cha

Source:
Obituary, Pensacola News Journal, March 30, 2010

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=scrugch01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/charlie-scruggs/

Ken Scott

Kenneth E. Scott


Born:
July 22, 1923
Oklahoma

Died:
May 28, 1979
Tulsa, OK


Career
1942-43 Central High School - Tulsa (High School)
1945-46 University of Tulsa (College)
1946-47 University of Tulsa (College)
1947-48 Tulsa Ranchers (PBLA)




Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=scottke01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ken-scott/

Bucky Schuler

Charles Walter "Bucky" Schuler


Born:
December 28, 1923
New Albany, IN

Died:
July 11, 1994
New Albany, IN


Career
1939-40 New Albany High School - Indiana (High School)
1940-41 New Albany High School - Indiana (High School)
1941-42 New Albany American Legion (Independent)
1941-42 C.C.C. - Louisville (Independent)
1942-43 Louisville Jewelers (AAU)
1945-46 New Albany American Legion (Independent)
1945-46 Duffy's - Louisville? (Independent)
1946-47 New Albany Guards (Independent)
1947-48 Louisville Colonels (PBLA)
1947-48 Shamrocks - Louisville (Independent)
1948-49 New Albany Guards (Independent)


Schuler worked at the Prosser School of Technology for many years.

Bucky had three sons and a daughter.

Source:
Courier Journal (Louisville), July 13, 1994

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=schulbu01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bucky-schuler/

Norm Rosen

Norman "Moe" Rosen


Born:
April 13, 1925
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
March 1, 1994
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1940-41 Benjamin Franklin High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 Benjamin Franklin High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1942-43 Benjamin Franklin High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1943-44 Temple University (College)
1944-45 Temple University (College)
1945-46 Temple University (College)
1946-47 Temple University (College)
1946-47 Saratoga Indians (NYSPL)
1947-48 New Orleans Hurricanes (PBLA)
1948-49 Saratoga Indians (NYSPL)
1948-49 Philadelphia SPHA's ??
1949-50 York Victory A.C. (EBL)
1949-50 Reading Rangers (EBL)
1950-51 Brith Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent)

Norm married Frances Frankel and they had a daughter and two sons.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=rosenno01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/norm-rosen/

Jack Roffler

Jack Richard "Rabbit" Roffler


Born:
October 7, 1924
Pine City, WA

Died:
August 14, 2014
Lakewood, WA


Career
1940-41 Pine City High School - Washington (High School)
1943-44 Eastern Washington University (College)
1944-45 Eastern Washington University (College)
1945-46 Eastern Washington University (College)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)
1947-48 Tacoma Mountaineers (PCBL)

Jack was born in Pine City, Washington, to Richard Roffler and Elma Hasard.

He worked for many years as a high school teacher

He married Janice Brown in 1955 and they had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Obituary at Ancestry.com (membership required)

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=rofflra01
probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-roffler/

Joe Pogue

Joseph Henry Pogue


Born:
August 28, 1925


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Career
1940-41 Anderson High School - Missouri (High School)
1941-42 Anderson High School - Missouri (High School)
1942-43 Anderson High School - Missouri (High School)
1943-44 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1944-45 Wentworth Military Academy - Lexington, Missouri (High School)
1944-45 Missouri Valley College (College)
1945-46 Notre Dame (College)
1946-47 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1946-47 Anderson Green Waves - Missouri (Independent)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)
1947-48 Anderson Green Waves - Missouri (Independent) 
1948-49 Joplin Tanko Roofers - Missouri (Independent)
1949-50 Joplin Tanko Roofers - Missouri (Independent)


From Anderson, Missouri, Pogue served in the U.S. Navy V12 program during World War 2. He took a teaching job at Anderson High School in Missouri when he signed with the Springfield Squires.

Joe married June Foland in 1949.

Source:
Joplin Globe, November 20, 1947

Stats:
www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=poguejo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-pogue/

Don Platt

Donald Vergene Platt, Sr.


Born:
October 15, 1917
Arnold, KS

Died:
March 23, 1974
Wichita, KS


Career
1937-38 Wichita State University (College)
1942-43 Wichita Cessna Bobcats (AAU)
1943-44 Wichita Cessna Bobcats (AAU)
1944-45 Wichita Cessna Bobcats (AAU)
1945-46 Wichita Cessna Bobcats (AAU)
1945-46 Kansas City Smokies (AAU)
1946-47 Kansas City Smokies (AAU)
1947-48 Tulsa Ranchers (PBLA)

Born to Irwin and Susie Platt.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=plattdo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/don-platt/

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Clint Parmer

Clinton Joseph "Clint" Parmer


Born:
April 10, 1926
Apache, OK

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Career
Apache High School - Oklahoma (High School)
1945-46 Ream Raiders (Military)
1947-48 Tulsa Ranchers (PBLA)

Had a twin brother, Denton, who also played at Apache HS.

Source:
Chula Vista Star, December 21, 1945

Stats:
www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=parmecl01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/clint-parmer/

Friday, February 24, 2017

Allie Paine

Alva Leon Paine, Sr.


Born:
July 22, 1919
Harrah, OK

Died:
March 22, 2008
Norman, OK


Career
1936-37 Oklahoma City Central (High School)
1937-38 Oklahoma City Central (High School)
1938-39 Oklahoma City Central (High School)
1939-40 University of Oklahoma (College)  Freshmen
1940-41 University of Oklahoma (College)
1942-43 University of Oklahoma (College)
1943-44 University of Oklahoma (College)
1946-47 University of Oklahoma (College)
1947-48 Oklahoma City Drillers (PBLA)
San Diego Dons (AAU)
1953-54 Phillips University (College) Head coach

Born to Alla and Viola Paine, Harrah, Oklahoma. Allie's father, a farmer, was murdered when he was robbed walking home after dropping off cotton to be sold. Served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He starred on the court in High School and College before entering the U.S. Army. A knee injury lead to his discharge, and he worked in an airplane factory to help with the was effort. He played pro basketball with the Drillers and the Dons, and was later the head coach at Phillips University.

He married Pauline Riley (d. 1998) in 1946 and they had a son and a daughter

Source:
Obituary, Enid News

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=paineal01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/allie-paine/

Jack Oxenreider

Jack Leo Oxenreider


Born:
December 1, 1922
Des Moines, IA

Died:
April 6, 2004
Johnston, IA


Career
East High School - Des Moines, Iowa (High School)
1941-42 Schmitt & Henry (AAU)
1942-43 William Penn University - Oskaloosa, Iowa (College)
1943-44 William Penn University - Oskaloosa, Iowa (College)
1944-45 William Penn University - Oskaloosa, Iowa (College)
1944-45 Boyt's Harness (AAU)
1945-46 William Penn University - Oskaloosa, Iowa (College)
1947-48 St. Joseph Outlaws (PBLA)
1947-48 Ledora Legion (Independent)
1948-49 William Penn University - Oskaloosa, Iowa (College) Head coach
1953-54 Scranton - Iowa (Independent)
1954-55 Spirit Lake High School - Iowa (High School) Assistant coach
1954-55 Scranton - Iowa (Independent)
1955-56 Spirit Lake High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1958-59 East High School - Des Moines, Iowa (High School) (Assistant coach)


He later became a high school coach and teacher. (Coaching record above is incomplete.)

He was married to Lorna and they had two sons and two daughters.


Source:
Des Moines Register, April 8, 2004

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=oxenrja01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-oxenrider/

Bob Nodler

Robert Charles Nodler


Born:
September 5, 1918
Kansas City, KS

Died:
March 8, 2003
Kansas City, KS


Career
1935-36 Wyandotte High School - Kansas City, Kansas (High School)
1943-44 Wichita Cessna Bobcats (AAU)
1944-45 Wichita Cessna Bobcats (AAU)
1945-46 Kansas City Smokies (AAU)
1946-47 Kansas City Smokies (AAU)
1947-48 Kansas City Blues (PBLA)



Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=nodlebo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bob-nodler/

Phil Moore

Philip Dean Moore


Born:
November 9, 1920


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Career
Wellington High School - Kansas (High School)
1940-41 Southwestern College - Winfield, Kansas (College)
1941-42 Southwestern College - Winfield, Kansas (College)
1942-43 Southwestern College - Winfield, Kansas (College)
1947-48 Tulsa Ranchers (PBLA)




Moore married Rheba Helm (1921-2008) in 1940.


Source:
Rheba's Obituary, 2008

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mooreph01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/phil-moore/

Charlie Molnor

Charles Molnor, Jr.


Born:
December 6, 1925
Chicago, IL

Died:
July 21, 2002
Schiller Park, IL


Career
1942-43 Lindblom Technical High School - Chicago (High School)
1943-44 Lindblom Technical High School - Chicago (High School)
Los Angeles CC (College) ??
1947-48 Chicago Gears (PBLA)

Born to Slovakian immigrants Charles and Theresa Molnor, Charlie went to Lindblom Tech in Chicago and then served in the Army during World War 2. May have attended Los Angeles CC before returning home to Chicago from the War.

He married Anne Mirusky and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=molnech01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/charlie-molnor/

John McGee

John Leroy McGee


Born:
September 23, 1919
Hammond, LA

Died:
December 29, 2001
Hammond, LA


Career
1935-36 Hammond High School - Louisiana (High School)
1936-37 Hammond High School - Louisiana (High School)
1938-39 Tulane University (College)
1939-40 Tulane University (College)
1940-41 Tulane University (College)
1947-48 New Orleans Hurricanes (PBLA)

Born to Leroy and Anne McGee in Hammond, Louisiana, John played basketball at Hammond HS. He played basketball at Tulane where he studied law. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2and after the war continued his law studies and played for the Hurricanes in New Orleans. He became and FBI agent, and later was the chief of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division.

He married Evelyn Stout in 1954 and they had one daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Hammond Star, December 30, 2001

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mcgeejo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/john-mcgee/

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pete McCloud

Leason Horton "Pete" McCloud


Born:
December 29, 1918
Neosho, MO

Died:
July 17, 2013
Newton, KS


Career
1935-36 Newton High School - Kansas (High School)
1936-37 Newton High School - Kansas (High School)
1937-38 Newton High School - Kansas (High School)
1939-40 Colorado University (College)
1940-41 Colorado University (College)
1941-42 Colorado University (College)
1943-44 South Plains Army Airfield (Military)
1944-45 South Plains Army Airfield (Military)
1946-47 Continental Airlines (Independent)
1946-47 Oklahoma City Conairs (AAU)
1947-48 St. Joseph Outlaws (PBLA)

Born to Sindey and Martha McCloud.

Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2.

Married to Martha Schroeder and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Hutchinson News, March 10, 1938
Obituary

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mcclope01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/pete-mccloud/

Babe Mazza

Albert Henry "Babe" Mazza


Born:
February 6, 1922
Clarksburg, WV

Died:
September 12, 2008
Mount Vernon, OH


Career
Washington Irving High School - Clarksburg, WV (High School)
1941-42 Marshall University (College)
1942-43 Marshall University (College)
1946-47 Marshall University (College)
1947-48 Kansas City Blues (PBLA)
1947-48 Columbus Mariners (AAL)
1948-49 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Ceredo-Kenova High School - West Virginia (High School) Head coach
1957-58 South Pointe High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1958-59 South Pointe High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Northeast High School - Fort Lauderdale (High School) Head coach



Born in West Virginia to Samuel and Rosa Mazza, Babe served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. After playing pro basketball first in the PBLA for Kansas City, and then in the All-American League's Columbus franchise after the PBLA collapsed, Mazza became a teacher and coach at the high school level in West Virginia, Ohio and eventually Florida. He became the AD at Northeast in 1968, retiring from the post in 1983.


He married Margaret Byrne in 1948 and they had a son and a daughter.


Source:
Fort Lauderdale News, May 26, 1983
Obituary, Sun-Sentinel, September 15, 2008

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mazzaba01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/babe-mazza/

Jack Mahnen

John Frederick "Bucky" Mahnen


Born:
April 23, 1924
Toledo, OH

Died:
August 20, 1985
Cleveland, OH


Career
DiVilbiss High School - Toledo (High School)
1941-42 Loyola University - Louisiana (College)
1945-46 Toledo Jeeps (Independent)
1946-47 University of Toledo (College)
1946-47 Toledo Jeeps (Independent)
1947-48 New Orleans Hurricanes (PBLA)

Born to John and Angela Mahnen, Jack went to Loyola University before entering the U.S. Army for World War 2. After the war, the lefthander signed with the Yankees and pitched in their farm system in 1945. He returned home to Toledo and enrolled at UT as well as playing semi-pro basketball for the Jeeps. He played pro basketball for the Hurricanes of the PBLA. He later worked as a sales representative for HCM Graphic Arts Systems, retiring in 1983.

Jack was married to Mary and they had a son and two daughters.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=mahnen001joh

Source:
Toledo Blade, August 23, 1985

Stats:
www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mahneja01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-mahnen/

Joe Maddox

Joe Arley "Red" Maddox


Born:
April 12, 1914
Oklahoma

Died:
September 13, 1993
Alva, OK


Career

1937-38 NW Oklahoma State (College)
West Texas State University (College) ??
1947-48 Tulsa Ranchers (PBLA)

From Aline, Oklahoma, Maddox served in the USMC during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=maddore01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-maddox/

Dick Lynch

Richard Charles "Looper" Lynch


Born:
March 12, 1924
Dubuque, IA

Died:
April 25, 2004
Dubuque, IA


Career
1940-41 Loras Academy - Dubuque, IA (High School)
1941-42 Loras Academy - Dubuque, IA (High School)
1942-43 Loras Academy - Dubuque, IA (High School)
1943-44 Loras College - Iowa (College)
1944-45 Loras College - Iowa (College)
1945-46 Loras College - Iowa (College)
1946-47 Loras College - Iowa (College)
1947-48 Waterloo Pro Hawks (PBLA)


Lynch died after a brief bout of cancer in 2004.

Source:
Loras College Athletics Hall of Fame

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=lynchlo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dick-lynch/

Emil Lussow

Emil George Lussow


Born:
March 12, 1922
Oak Park, IL

Died:
January 2, 1989
Mesa, AZ


Career
1936-37 Oak Park High School - Illinois (High School)
1937-38 Oak Park High School - Illinois (High School)
1938-39 Oak Park High School - Illinois (High School)
1940-41 University of Dubuque (College)
1941-42 University of Dubuque (College)
1942-43 University of Dubuque (College)
1947-48 Waterloo Pro Hawks (PBLA)
1954-55 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) JV Head coach
1955-56 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) Coach
1956-57 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) Coach
1957-58 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) Coach
1958-59 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) Coach
1959-60 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) Coach
1960-61 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) Coach
1961-62 Bremen High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach


Lussow attended the University of Dubuque, where he played football and basketball.

Lussow enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in World War 2. After playing for the Pro-Hawks in Waterloo, he got his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin and coached and taught at Bremen High School before moving to Hillcrest High School where he was athletic director.

He married Sarah Vail (1919-2003) in 1942.

Source:
Dubuque Hall of Fame

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=lussoem01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/emil-lussow/

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Darrell Lorance

Darrell Morris Lorance


Born:
February 28, 1928
Phillipsburg, MO

Died:
October 20, 2013
East Moline, IL


Career
1942-43 Conway High School - Missouri (High School)
1943-44 Conway High School - Missouri (High School)
1944-45 Conway High School - Missouri (High School)
1945-46 University of Kentucky (College)
1946-47 University of Missouri (College)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)
1947-48 Conway Motors (Independent)
1948-49 Birmingham Steelers (SPBL)

Born to Jess and Maggie Lorance in 1928. In August of 1948, he signed with Syracuse in the NBL. He signed with the Wilkes-Barre Baron of the ABL in the fall of 1948, but I believe he was cut prior to the commencement of the season, so he moved on to the Steelers in the Southern League. He later served as a fireman.

Darrell married Patricia Park in 1948. They had one son and two daughters.

Note: Some encyclopedias think he died in 2014. His wife died in 2014, and he died in 2013. When she died, the family had a memorial for both of them, so his obituary was reprinted in October of 2014, but he had actually died he year before.

Source:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 26, 1948
Wilkes-Barre Record, November 10, 1948
Obituary, Lebanaon Daily Record, October 29, 2014

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=lorrada01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/darrell-lorance/

Ralph Langer

Ralph William "Swede" Langer


Born:
April 18, 1921
Ainsworth, NE

Died:
October 18, 1998
Omaha, NE


Career
1936-37 Ainsworth High School - Nebraska (High School)
1937-38 Ainsworth High School - Nebraska (High School)
1938-39 Ainsworth High School - Nebraska (High School)
1940-41 Creighton University (College)
1941-42 Creighton University (College)
1942-43 Creighton University (College)
1946-47 Denver Nuggets (AAU)
1947-48 Omaha Tomahawks (PBLA)

Born to Rudolph and Martha Langer in Ainsworth, Nebraska, Langer starred at Creighton before entering the U.S. Army. After the war, Langer played with the Nuggets and the Tomahawks after the war. In October of 1948, he signed with the St Louis Bombers of the BAA, but was cut before the season began.

He was married to Helen Ryan (1925-2003)

Source:
Nebraska State Journal, October 21, 1948

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=langera01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ralph-langer/

Jack Landon

Jack Dean Landon, Sr.


Born:
October 19, 1925
Kremlin, OK

Died:
March 23, 2015
Sheridan, WY


Career
1940-41 Capitol Hill High School - Oklahoma City (High School)
1941-42 Capitol Hill High School - Oklahoma City (High School)
1942-43 Capitol Hill High School - Oklahoma City (High School)
1943-44 Oklahoma University (College)
1944-45 Oklahoma University (College)
1945-46 Oklahoma University (College)
1946-47 Oklahoma University (College)
1947-48 Tulsa Ranchers (PBLA)

Born in Kremlin, to Steve and Florence Landon, Landon was a four-time letterman in basketball at OU. He played for the Ranchers while finishing up his schooling, and took a job in Wyming with Kerr-McGee. He worked as a seismographer leading teams in searching for uranium deposits in the western United States. He eventually became a vice=president at Kerr-McGee before retiring in 1982.

Jack married Anna Mae Willis in 1948 and they had two sons and a daughter.


Source:
Obituary, Sheridan (Wy) Press, March 25, 2015

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=landoja01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jack-landon/

Hal Lambert

Harold Franklin Lambert


Born:
August 11, 1920
Millersburg, PA

Died:
October 29, 2011
Houston, TX


Career
1941-42 Rice University (College)
1942-43 Rice University (College)
1943-44 Bainbridge Naval (Military)
1944-45 Washington / Paterson Capitols (ABL)
1947-48 Houston Maverick (PBLA)
1951-52 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Milby High School - Houston (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Spring Branch High School - Texas (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Spring Branch High School - Texas (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Spring Branch High School - Texas (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Spring Branch High School - Texas (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Spring Branch High School - Texas (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Spring Branch High School - Texas (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Spring Branch High School - Texas (High School) Head coach 

Born to Franklin and Gertrude Lambert. He went on to coach basketball at Milby HS and Spring Branch HS.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=lambeha01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hal-lambert/

Ed Kupper

Edward Robert Kupper, Jr.


Born:
November 19, 1923
Louisville, KY

Died:
November 11, 1978
Louisville, KY


Career
1940-41 Valley High School - Valley Station, Kentucky (High School)
1944-45 University of Louisville (College)
1945-46 University of Louisville (College)
1946-47 University of Louisville (College)
1947-48 Louisville Colonels (PBLA)

Kupper served in the U.S Navy during World War 2, and was a naval trainee at UL.
Ed married Doris Seifritz in 1955, and was employed as the office manager at Lasater Farms, in Goshen, Kentucky, when he died in 1978.

Source:
Courier-Journal (Louisville), November 12, 1978

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kuppeed01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ed-kupper/

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dick Kraus

William Richard "Dick" Kraus


Born:
September 30, 1926
Woodhaven, NY

Died:
February 2, 1995
Danbury, CT


Career
1946-47 West Virginia University (College)
1947-48 Chattanooga Majors (PBLA)
1947-48 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1948-49 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1948-49 Patterson Crescents (ABL)
1948-49 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1949-50 Patterson Crescents (ABL)

Served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=krausdi01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dick-kraus/

Bill Krall

William Rice "Shorty" Krall


Born:
October 21, 1921
St. James, MN

Died:
July 4, 1987
Ann Arbor, MI


Career
Redford High School - Detroit (High School)
1943-44 Shaw's Jewelry - Detroit (Independent)
1944-45 Michigan State University (College)
1945-46 Michigan State University (College)
1947-48 Grand Rapids Rangers (PBLA)


He later was a president and founder of Goodsports, a charity to help people in need. He worked for many years as a sales manager for Great Lakes Beverage. He died in 1987 after a length illness.

He married Mary Ann Wrenn in 1946 and they had three daughters.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, July 7, 1987

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=krallbi01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-krall/

Weldon Kern

John Weldon Kern


Born:
April 30, 1923
Lawton, OK

Died:
April 21, 2014
Shawnee, KS


Career
1940-41 Lawton High School - Oklahoma (High School)
1941-42 Cameron College - Lawton, OK (College)
1944-45 Oklahoma A&M (College)
1945-46 Oklahoma A&M (College)
1945-46 Phillips 66 (AAU)
1946-47 Pocatello Simplots 
1947-48 Oklahoma City Drillers (PBLA)

Kern went to Cameron Junior College for a year and transferred to A&M. However, he werved in the U.S. Army in World War 2. After the war, he returned to school at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) and played on their back-to-back NCAA championship teams. He signed with the Chicago Stags of the BAA in October of 1946, but was cut prior to the season starting. He later worked for ICH Corporation for 20 years before his retirement. 

He married Joan and they had five sons and a daughter.

Source:
Lawton Constitution, October 17, 1946
Obituary, Kansas City Star, April 23, 2014

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kernwe01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/weldon-kern/

Dan Kirkland

Daniel Alto Kirkland


Born:
August 25, 1920
Houston County, Alabama

Died:
July 15, 1980
Muscogee County, Georgia


Career
1934-35 Columbus High School - Georgia (High School)
1935-36 Columbus High School - Georgia (High School)
1938-39 University of Georgia (College)
1939-40 University of Georgia (College)
1940-41 University of Georgia (College)
1941-42 House of David (Independent)
1946-47 House of David (Independent)
1947-48 Chattanooga Majors (PBLA)

A basketball and baseball player at Georgia, Kirkland played minor league baseball in Florida in 1941 and 1942 before entering the Army for World War 2. After the war, he returned to the House of David basketball team and also played hoop briefly for the Chattanooga Majors in the short-lived PBLA.

Married to Freddy Houston (1926-1998)

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=kirkla001dan

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kirklda01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dan-kirkland/

Otto Kerber

Otto Leonard Kerber, Jr.


Born:
May 20, 1922
Chicago, IL

Died:
August 18, 1988
Hammond, IN


Career
Lane Tech - Chicago (High School)
1946-47 De Paul University (College)
1947-48 Waterloo Hawks (PBLA)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)


Served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, but remained stateside.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kerbeot01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/otto-kerber/

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pat Kenelly

Patrick Gumphrey Kenelly


Born:
October 7, 1922
Darbun, MS

Died:
December 12, 2000
Hammond, LA


Career
1941-42 Southeastern Louisiana (College)
1943-44 Camp Abbott (Military)
1945-46 Fort Lewis (Military)
1946-47 Southeastern Louisiana (College)
1947-48 New Orleans Hurricanes (PBLA)

Born to John and Irma Kenelly, Pat was known for this baseball and football skills than his basketball skills. Kennelly played all three at SE Louisiana and also served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. After graduating, he coached football at Bogalusa High School in Louisiana before returning to SLU as an assistant football coach there in 1948. During this time, he tried his hand in professional basketball by playing with the New Orleans Hurricanes. He took over the baseball program in 1951, along with his football duties, and lead the squad until named head football coach in 1965, a position he held for seven seasons. Kenelly suffered a heart attack while cooking breakfast one morning and died. He was 78. SLU's baseball field is named in his honor.

He was married to Bert Armistad and they had a son (Ken, who also played football at Southeatern) and a daughter. After Bert's passing, he remarried to Ruth Settoon.

Source:
http://www.lionsports.net/hof.aspx?hof=14

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kennepa01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/pat-kenelly/

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Julie Kasner

Julius Kasner


Born:
October 23, 1917
New York, NY

Died:
February 15, 2007
Delray Beach, FL


Career
Morris High School - The Bronx (High School)
1935-36 Long Island University (College)
1936-37 Long Island University (College)
1938-39 Brooklyn College (College)
1939-40 Brooklyn College (College)
1940-41 Brooklyn College (College)
1941-42 Fort Monmouth (Military)
1942-43 Camp Kohler (Military)
1945-46 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1947-48 Chattanooga Majors (PBLA)
1947-48 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)
1948-49 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL)


Served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kasneju01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/julie-kasner/

Wayne Kaeding

Wayne E. Kaeding


Born:
September 14, 1920
York, NE

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Career
1940-41 York College - Nebraska (College)
1941-42 York College - Nebraska (College)
1942-43 York College - Nebraska (College)
1946-47 York College - Nebraska (College)
1947-48 Omaha Tomahawks (PBLA)
1948-49 Beatrice High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Beatrice High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Beatrice High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Beatrice High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Beatrice High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach 
1953-54 Beatrice High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach, freshmen

Born to William and Johanna Kaeding in Nebraska. A skilled baseball player, he graduated from Benedict High School in 1937 and entered the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was in the CCC he learned how to play basketball, and he took to it and by the time he finished his 18 months in the CCC, he enrolled at York College and played basketball there. He entered the U.S. Navy after after a few years at York, and returned after the war. He signed with the Tomahawks and played basketball there briefly before taking a teaching and coaching job at Beatrice High School. He later taught and coached and Beatrice Junior High before becoming the principal there, retiring in 1984. He played semi-pro baseball in the Beatrice area through 1955, and was inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Wayne's brother Jim was a teammate of Wayne's at York as well as with the Tomahawks.

Source:
http://www.yorknewstimes.com/sports/wayne-kaeding-now-a-baseball-hall-of-famer/article_65ef748e-73c9-11e1-812b-0019bb2963f4.html

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kaediwa01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/wayne-kaeding/

Jim Kaeding

James Thomas Kaeding


Born:
November 4, 1922
York County, NE

Died:
August 20, 1990
Grand Island, NE


Career
1937-38 Benedict High School - Nebraska (High School)
1938-39 Benedict High School - Nebraska (High School)
1939-40 Benedict High School - Nebraska (High School)
1940-41 York College - Nebraska (College)
1941-42 York College - Nebraska (College)
1942-43 York College - Nebraska (College)
1946-47 York College - Nebraska (College)
1947-48 Omaha Tomahawks (PBLA)
1947-48 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Sutton High School - Nebraska (High School) Head coach 
1958-59 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach  
1966-67 Muscatine High School - Iowa (High School) Head coach 

Born to William and Johanna Kaeding in York County, Nebraska, Jim went to York College before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. He returned to York after the war, and after graduating, he played pro basketball with the Omaha Tomahawks of the PBLA. He also began teaching and coaching in Sutton, Nebraska, before moving to Muscatine, Iowa in 1958. After coaching and teaching at MCS, we moved over to be a middle school principal before retiring in 1984. Jim was killed in a car accident in 1990 at the age of 67.

He married Klea Johnson (1922-2010) in 1946 and they had three daughters and one son. His brother Wayne was a teammate of his both at York College and with the Tomahawks.

Source:
Obituary, Belleville Telescope, August 30, 1990

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kaediji01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jim-kaeding/

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson


Born:



Died:




Career
(High School)
(College)
1947-48 Chattanooga Majors (PBLA)
1947-48 Fitchburg PAMCO's (NEBL)??

Supposedly played with Fitchburg as well as the Majors, but I saw an article in the Fitchburg Sentinel from Feb 27, 1947, that mentions the player for Fitchburg being Howard "Mutt" Johnson. There could have been two Johnson's on Fitchburg, so until I confirm it, I will leave Fitchburg on here

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=johnsha02
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-johnson/

Hal Johnson

Harold Cecil "Hal" Johnson


Born:
October 17, 1918
Hartford, KS

Died:
July 26, 2008
Topeka, KS


Career
1933-34 Hartford High School - Kansas (High School)
1934-35 Hartford High School - Kansas (High School)
1935-36 Hartford High School - Kansas (High School)
1939-40 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1940-41 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1941-42 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1942-43 Kansas Wesleyan (College)
1947-48 Kansas City Blues (PBLA)

Born to Ross and Elizabeth Johnson, in Hartford, Kansas, Hal attended Kansas Wesleyan (the basketball team was coached by his brother, Eugene) and after graduation he entered the U.S. Navy to serve his country during World War 2. After the war, and a brief moment of play basketball professionally, Hal, along with his wife, took a job teaching at Parsons High School, where he coached the basketball team to 10 SEK championships and earned himself a spot in the state's basketball hall of fame. In 1963, he moved on to become an insurance agent for State Farm, retiring in 1981 and moving to Arkansas. He and his wife returned to Kansas a short while later, and lived in Topeka, where he died in 2008 from injuries suffered in a car accident.

He married Dorris Tebbenin (1919-2012) in 1940 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Emporia (Kansas) Gazette, February 27, 1940
Grave and Obit

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=johnsha03
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hal-johnson/

Whitey Jackson

Milton Lee "Whitey" Jackson


Born:
June 16, 1923
New Orleans, LA

Died:
October 13, 1995
Houston, TX


Career
St. Aloysius High School - New Orleans (High School)
1941-42 Loyola University - Louisiana (College)
1945-46 Loyola University - Louisiana (College)
1946-47 Loyola University - Louisiana (College)
1947-48 New Orleans Hurricanes (PBLA)
1948-49 New Orleans Sports (SPBL)

Jackson's time at Loyola University was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=jacksmi03
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/milt-jackson/

Al Ingerman

Albert R. "Albie" Ingerman


Born:
December 4, 1925
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
April 5, 2010
West Palm Beach, FL


Career
1940-41 Central High School - Phil. (High School)
1941-42 Central High School - Phil. (High School)
1942-43 Central High School - Phil. (High School)
1942-43 Neighborhood Centre - Phil. (Jewish Basketball League)
1943-44 Temple University (College)
1944-45 Norfolk Naval (Military)
1945-46 Neighborhood Centre - Phil. (Jewish Basketball League)
1946-47 Ludwig - (Brith Shalom Basketball League - Phil.)
1947-48 New Orleans Hurricanes (PBLA)
1947-48 Ohev Shalom - Pennsylvania (SMBA)

Born to Max and Dora Ingerman, the fiery guard from Philly set a state high school record in 1943 with 47 points in a game. He went on play a season at Temple before entering the U.S. Navy. He played semi-pro ball around Philly after the war, and also signed with the Hurricanes in the PBLA.

He was married to Corinne Schwait in 1949 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Palm Beach Post, April 11, 2010

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ingeral01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/al-ingerman/

Herb Hurley

Herbert Taylor Hurley


Born:
July 7, 1921
Benton, KY

Died:
June 6, 2010
Benton, KY


Career
1937-38 Calvert City High School - Kentucky (High School)
1938-39 Calvert City High School - Kentucky (High School)
1939-40 Calvert City High School - Kentucky (High School)
1940-41 Murray State University (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Murray State University (College)
1942-43 Murray State University (College)
1943-44 Murray State University (College)
1947-48 Louisville Colonels (PBLA)



Born to Harry and Fanny Hurley in rural Kentucky, Herb went tot Calvert City High School and then to Murray State Teachers College, where he played alongside Hall of Famer Joe Fulks. He entered the Marines in 1943, but received a medical discharge and returned to Murray State. After an unsuccessful tryout with the Philadelphia Warriors in October of 1947, he signed on with the Colonels of the PBLA.

He worked most of his life as an asphalt and concrete paver.



He was married to John Well Shemwell and they had two daughters. After his first wife's passing, he remarried to Dorothy Gore.

Source:
Philadelphia Enquirer, October 21, 1947
Grave and Obituary

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hurlehe01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/herb-hurley/

Monday, February 13, 2017

Merrill Hubbard

Merrill Smith Hubbard


Born:
October 19, 1925
St. Paul, MN

Died:
December 3, 2002
Lake Worth, FL


Career
1940-41 Marshall High School - St. Paul, MN (High School)
1941-42 Marshall High School - St. Paul, MN (High School)
1942-43 Marshall High School - St. Paul, MN (High School)
1943-44 Hamline College - Minnesota (College)
1945-46 Hamline College - Minnesota (College)
1946-47 Hamline College - Minnesota (College)
1947-48 St. Paul Saints (PBLA)
1948-49 Birmingham Steelers (SPBL) 


Hubbard joined the U.S. Marines in December of 1943, after playing part of the season at Hamline. He return to Hamline after being discharged in December of 1946. He played basketball and baseball while at Hamline, and signed with the Saints in the PBLA after his days at Hamline. He also put in a season with the Steelers in the Southern League. He later moved to Lake Worth, Florida, where he worked as a golf pro.

He and his wife Shirley had a son and two daughters.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hubbame01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/merrill-hubbard/

Clete Helms

Loyd Cletis Helms


Born:
May 3, 1919
Olean, MO

Died:
June 18, 1990



Career
1936-37 Eldon High School - Missouri (High School)
1937-38 Eldon High School - Missouri (High School)
1938-39 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1939-40 Warrensburg Teachers College - Now Central Missouri State (College)
1940-41 Warrensburg Teachers College - Now Central Missouri State (College)
1941-42 Warrensburg Teachers College - Now Central Missouri State (College)
1946-47 Stover (Independent)
1947-48 Louisville Colonels (PBLA)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)
1947-48 Sedalia Independents - Missouri (Independent)
1948-49 Tipton High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Tipton High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Tipton High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Tipton High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Warrenton High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Warrenton High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Warrenton High School - Missouri (High School) Head coach

Served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

He married Gladys Foster (1911-1997) in 1946 and they had one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=helmscl01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/clete-helms/

Garland Head

Garland Monroe Head


Born:
October 16, 1921
Brownwood, TX

Died:
March 13, 1991
Spearman, TX


Career
1937-38 Clovis High School - New Mexico (High School)
1938-39 Clovis High School - New Mexico (High School)
1939-40 Clovis High School - New Mexico (High School)
1940-41 Texas Tech (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Texas Tech (College)
1942-43 Texas Tech (College)
1945-46 Texas Tech (College)
1946-47 Texas Tech (College)
1947-48 Oklahoma City Drillers (PBLA)

Born to in Brownwood Texas, Head grew up in Clovis, New Mexico, and went to Texas Tech, where he played basketball and football. He served in the military during World War 2 as a paratrooper, and was released from service in January of 1946 and he returned to Tech.

He married Virginia White (1922-2002) in 1949 and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=headga01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/garland-head/

Billy Joe Hanks

Billy Joe Hanks


Born:
December 28, 1926
Selmore, MO

Died:
September 25, 2016
Ozark, MO


Career
1941-42 Ozark High School - Missouri (High School)
1942-43 Ozark High School - Missouri (High School)
1943-44 Ozark High School - Missouri (High School)
1944-45 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1946-47 Ozark (Independent)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)
1947-48 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1948-49 Ozark (Independent)
1948-49 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1949-50 Drury College - Missouri (College)
1949-50 Springfield Collegiates (Independent)

Born to Claude and Muriel Hanks in Ozark, Missouri, Billy Joe attended Ozark HS, graduating in 1944. He married Ruth Ann Landes (d. 2014) in 1945 a month prior to joining the U.S. Army, but was discharged when the war ended months later. He went to school at Drury College, while working for his father-in-law. He later worked at Hanks and Skaggs Motor Company before he and Ruth purchased Western Auto Store, which they owned and operated for 35 years. A civic leader in Ozark, he served in many leadership posts, including being elected to the Ozark City Council. Hanks died in 2016 at 89 years of age.

He and Ruth had one son and one daughter.

Source:
Grave and Obituary

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hanksbi01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/billy-joe-hanks/

Bill Hall

William Henry Hall, Jr.


Born:
January 19, 1925
Washington, PA

Died:
July 15, 1987
Huntington, WV


Career
1940-41 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1941-42 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1942-43 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1943-44 Washington & Jefferson (College)
1944-45 Washington & Jefferson (College)
1945-46 Marshall University (College)
1946-47 Marshall University (College)
1947-48 Kansas City Blues (PBLA)
1947-48 Wheeling (AAA)
1948-49 Huntington (Independent)
1949-50 Huntington Merchants (Independent)


He married Betty Jane Blazer (1926-1975) in 1947.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hallbi01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-hall/