Friday, March 31, 2017

Joe Reiff

Joseph Reiff III


Born:
June 5, 1911
Muskogee, OK

Died:
February 9, 1988
Chicago, IL


Career
1927-28 Crane Technical High School - Chicago (High School)
1928-29 Crane Technical High School - Chicago (High School)
1930-31 Northwestern University (College)
1931-32 Northwestern University (College)
1932-33 Northwestern University (College)
1932-33 Chicago Rosenberg Averys (AAU)
1933-34 Chicago Fast Freighters (AAU)
1933-34 Indianapolis Kautskys (AAU)
1934-35 Chicago Freighters (AAU)
1934-35 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1934-35 Oshkosh All-Stars (Independent)
1935-36 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)
1936-37 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (MBC)
1937-38 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1938-39 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1939-40 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)

Born to Joseph and Cora Reiff in Oklahoma, Joe and the family moved to Chicago not long after Cora's death in 1916. Reiff played basketball at NU while also studying Law. He would play for various pro and semi-pro teams around Chicago throughout the 30's while establishing himself as an attorney.

He was married to Clarisse and they had two sons.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-reiff-2/

Morey Pearson

Maurice Augustus Pearson


Born:
October 16, 1914
Rochester (?), NY

Died:
January 24, 1972
Buffalo, NY


Career
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)


Born to William and Alice Pearson.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/morey-pearson/

Max Padlow

Max Padlow
born Mordko Podlosker


Born:
August 15, 1912
Barishpole (?), Russia

Died:
August 17, 1971
Dayton, OH


Career
1925-29 Stivers High School - Dayton (High School)
1929-30 Stivers High School - Dayton (High School)
1933-34 Ohio State University (College)
1934-35 Ohio State University (College)
1935-36 Dayton Metropolitans (MBC)
1936-37 Dayton London Bobbies (MBC)
1936-37 Columbus Athletic Supplies (MBC)
1936-37 Coshocton Buckeye Clothiers (Independent)

Born in Russia to Isaac and Clara Podlosker, Max' family came to the US when Max was an infant. He attended Stivers HS and OSU, playing basketball and football. Out of college, he played two seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, and also played some pro basketball around Ohio. He served in the military during World War 2, and after the war, operated a surplus store in Xenia, Ohio.

Padlow, who never married, died in an automobile accident two days past his 59th birthday in 1971.

NFL Stats:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/PadlMa20.htm

Source:
Obituary, Xenia Daily Press, August 19, 1971


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/max-padlow/

Red Ouellette

Marvin S. "Red" Ouellette


Born:
September 19, 1910
Detroit, MI

Died:
January 10, 1978
Detroit, MI


Career
1929-30 City College of Detroit (College) - Now Wayne State University
1930-31 City College of Detroit (College) - Now Wayne State University
1931-32 City College of Detroit (College) - Now Wayne State University
1934-35 Detroit Jewells - Detroit (Detroit Basketball Association)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1935-36 Hughey Dodge - Detroit (Detroit Basketball Association)

Born to Marvin and Blanche Ouellette.

He was married to Muriel and they had two daughters and a son.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/red-ouellette/

Bill Murphy

William F. Murphy


Born:
November 15, 1911
Homestead (?), PA

Died:
April 19, 1974
Chula Vista, CA


Career
1931-32 Duquesne University (College)
1932-33 Duquesne University (College)
1933-34 Duquesne University (College)
1934-35 Duquesne University (College)
1935-36 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
1936-37 St. Francis DeSales - Pittsburgh (High School) Head coach
1946-47 McKees Rocks High School - Pittsburgh (High School) Head coach


Murphy served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War 2. After the war, he took the baseball and basketball coaching job at McKees Rocks HS, but in 1946 re-enlisted in the U.S. Army.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-murphy-2/

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hal Motz

Harold Francis Motz


Born:
February 6, 1913
Illinois

Died:
July 29, 1985
Harvey, IL


Career
1932-33 Loyola University - Chicago (College)
1933-34 Loyola University - Chicago (College)
1934-35 Oshkosh All-Stars (Independent)
1934-35 Fouquette Books - Chicago (Independent) 
1935-36 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)
1936-37 Fouquette Books - Chicago (Independent)  

A member of Loyola's Athletic Hall of Fame, Motz owned and operated Waters Edge Mobile Home Park in south Chicago after a few years of professional basketball.

He was married to Emma and had two sons.

Source:
Chicago Tribune, August 2, 1985


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hal-motz/

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bus McMillen

Harold Thomas "Bus" McMillen


Born:
July 20, 1906
Concord, OH

Died:
December 22, 1979
Delaware, OH


Career
Bellpoint High School - Ohio (High School)
1926-27 Ohio State University (College)
1928-29 Delaware Moellers - Ohio (Independent)
1928-29 Coshocton Independents (Independent)
1929-30 Columbus Robert Lees (NPBL)
1930-31 Columbus Robert Lees (Independent)
1931-32 Newark Sterling Oils - Ohio (Independent)
1933-34 Columbus Reliable Coals - Ohio (Independent)
1935-36 Dayton Metropolitans (MBC)
1936-37 Richmar Sterling Oils - Ohio (Independent)

Born to Fred and Olive, Bus played basketball and football at Ohio State.

He served in World War 2.

Married to Helen Gearon in 1937

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bus-mcmillen/

Harold McCammon

Harold Lloyd McCammon


Born:
April 16, 1911
Letts, IN

Died:
June 25, 1969
Wabash, IN


Career
1928-29 Ball State Teachers College - Indiana (College) Freshmen
1929-30 Ball State Teachers College - Indiana (College)
1930-31 Ball State Teachers College - Indiana (College)
1931-32 Ball State Teachers College - Indiana (College)
1931-32 Muncie Whys (Independent)
1932-33 Muncie Whys (NPBL)
1933-34 Delcon Remys - Muncie, Indiana (Independent)
1934-35 Detroit Hed-Aids (Independent)
1935-36 Detroit Hed-Aids (MBC)
1936-37 Detroit Altes Lagers (MBC)





Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harold-mccammon/

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gene Maze

Eugene R. Maze


Born:
June 11, 1910
Clifton, IN

Died:
April 2, 1942
Indianapolis, IN


Career
1925-26 Brownsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1926-27 Brownsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1927-28 Brownsville High School - Indiana (High School)
1931-32 Earlham College - Indiana (College)
1932-33 Earlham College - Indiana (College)
1933-34 Earlham College - Indiana (College)
1935-36 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)

Born to Ernest and Gertrude Maze, Gene grew up in nearby Brownsville, Indiana. He went to DePauw, but dropped out after a year due to poor grades. He later went to Earlham where he starred on the basketball team.

Maze had been seriously ill for six weeks before dying in an Indianapolis hospital. He was only 31 years old.

Source:
Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), April 3, 1942


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/gene-maze/

Whitey Majeski

Edward R. Majeski


Born:
January 10, 1915
Detroit, MI

Died:
May 7, 1976
Port Huron, MI


Career

St. Mary's - Orchard Lake, MI (College)
1933-34 Sweetest Heart of Mary - Detroit (Detroit Basketball Association)
1934-35 Sweetest Heart of Mary - Detroit (Detroit Basketball Association)
Gibson - Highland Park, MI (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1936-37 Dodge (Detroit Basketball Association)

Sometimes spelled Majewski

Whitey was married to Margaret Golanczyk


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/whitey-majeski/

Elky Maister

Elmer Michael "Elky" "Alex" Maister


Born:
July 14, 1908
Trenton, NJ

Died:
1961
Trenton, NJ


Career
Trenton High School (High School)
1929-30 York Collegiate - Pennsylvania
1931-32 Syracuse University (College)
1932-33 Syracuse University (College)
1933-34 Syracuse University (College)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL)
1934-35 Syracuse (NYSL)
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)

Born to Jacob and Fannie Maister in Russia. Brothers Benjamin and Michael, sister is Sophie

From Trenton NJ and Philadelphia

His brother Mickey played in ABL.





Source:
https://www.geni.com/people/Alex-Maister/6000000018138298607



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/elky-maister/

Harry Lucas

Harry Lucas


Born:



Died:




Career
1929-30 Redeemer Church - Chicago (Independent)
1930-31 Redeemer Church - Chicago (Independent)
1932-33 Baptist Covenants (Independent)
1935-36 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)
1935-36 Whiting Ciesars (Independent) 
1936-37 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)

From Chicago

The 6'6 center joined Whiting in February of 1936.

There was a Harry Lucas from Lafayette who played basketball at Jefferson High School and eventually Purdue at the same time that clouds up the research. It's is a younger and obviously different guy.

He could very well be Harry H. Lucas from Chicago, born around 1910 (November 8, 1911) and died in 1980, married to Renada Summerfield

Source:
The Times (Hammond, Ind), February 13, 1936


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-lucas/

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Willis (Willie) Young (Whiting Ciesar) Identified

While searching for Chicago Duffy Florals player Harry Lucas, I noticed he had played some semi-pro ball with a Willis Young. Since Lucas and Young were also teammates for the Florals in the MBC, I think we found that "Willie" is not "William" but "Willis". Looking through Chicago-area newspapers, I find repeated references to Willis who is apparently from Delphi, Indiana (which is near Lafayette). Some poking around genealogical websites and I find a family of Youngs from Delphi in the early 20th centurt with a Willis V. Young who was born in 1909 and died in 1981. All these pieces seem to fit.

Willis Young
1911-1981

Carl Korneffel

Carl F. Korneffel


Born:
June 7, 1908
Michigan

Died:
February 3, 1992
Rochester Hills, MI


Career
Wayne State University (College)
1932-33 Wolverine Sports (Independent)
1933-34 Grand Trunk (Independent)
1934-35 Detroit Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1936-37 Detroit Pfieffer (Independent)

Carl worked for many years as a salesman for J.L. Hudson.

Carl was married to Mary and had one son and one stepson.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, July 19, 1936


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/carl-korneffel/

King Kong Klein

Irwin "King Kong" "Red" Klein


Born:
March 23, 1911
New York, NY

Died:
August 16, 1972
Yonkers, NY


Career
1933-34 New York University (College)
1934-35 New York University (College)
1935-36 New York University (College)
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)



Also played pro football for the New York Yankees in the AFL in 1936. He taught physical education at Tuckahoe High School before being the athletics supervisor for the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. He died in 1972 from a heart ailment.

He was married to Rosalind.

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/1972/08/19/archives/a-parks.html?_r=0
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1380555/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Jews In Sports


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/king-kong-klein/

Johnny Jordan

John J. Jordan


Born:
October 23, 1910
Illinois

Died:
June 13, 1991
Oak Forest, IL


Career
1932-33 Notre Dame (College)
1933-34 Notre Dame (College)
1934-35 Notre Dame (College)
1935-36 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)
1935-36 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1937-38 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1938-39 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1939-40 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1940-41 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach 
1945-46 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1946-47 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Mt. Carmel High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Loyola University - Chicago (College) Head coach
1951-52 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1952-53 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1953-54 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1954-55 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1955-56 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1956-57 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1957-58 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1958-59 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1959-60 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1960-61 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1961-62 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1962-63 Notre Dame (College) Head coach
1963-64 Notre Dame (College) Head coach

Jordan played basketball at Notre Dame and he went to coach Mt. Carmel with a three year interruption to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. He coached at Loyola University for one season before heading to Notre Dame, where he racked up 199 wins and six NCAA tourney births.

Johnny married Eileen Moreland (1917-1980) in 1958.

Source:
Obituary, Chicago Tribune, June 15, 1991


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/johnny-jordan/

Johnny Ivers

John A. Ivers


Born:
September 2, 1909
Illinois

Died:
October 10, 1970
Chicago, IL


Career
1923-24 De La Salle High School - Chicago (High School)
1924-25 De La Salle High School - Chicago (High School)
1925-26 De La Salle High School - Chicago (High School)
American College of Physical Education (College)
1928-29 Madonna Knights of Columbus - Chicago (Independent)
1930-31 Madonna Knights of Columbus - Chicago (Independent)
1930-31 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1931-32 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1932-33 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1933-34 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1934-35 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1935-36 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)
1936-37 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC) Head coach / player
1940-41 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1942-43 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1943-44 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1944-45 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1945-46 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1946-47 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach 
1960-61 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Calumet High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Lane Tech High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Lane Tech High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Lane Tech High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Lane Tech High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Lane Tech High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Lane Tech High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach

Born to Thomas and Mary Ivers, Johnny played for many years with the Florals in the 1930's, and later wound up a legendary basketball coach for Calumet High School and Lane Tech. He was also coached baseball aside from basketball. He died following an illness in 1970.

He was married to Ruth and had two sons and four daughters.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/johnny-ivers/

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Charles Hughes

Charles Michael Hughes


Born:
December 6, 1909
Hollidaysburg, PA

Died:
December 3, 1992
Camp Hill, PA


Career
1932-33 Pittsburgh University (College)
1933-34 Pittsburgh University (College)
1934-35 Pittsburgh University (College)
1935-36 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
1935-36 McKeesport Big Five (Independent)

Born to Joshua and Elizabeth Hughes, Charles attend Pitt and played some prop ball around Pittsburgh while going to med school. Dr. Hughes served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

He married Dorothy Werking Good in 1937 and they had two daughters and three sons.


Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/charles-hughes/

Eddie Hobbs

Edward H. Hobbs


Born:
February 11, 1910
Pennsylvania

Died:
November 28, 1975
Detroit, MI


Career
1932-33 J.B. Simpson Clothes - Michigan (Independent)
1933-34 Sweetest Heart of Mary - Detroit (Independent)
1934-35 Sweetest Heart of Mary - Detroit (Independent)
1934-35 Lanyon - Detroit (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1937-38 Highland Park Gibson - Detroit (Independent)
1939-40 East Side Sports (Detroit Basketball Association)


Eddie was married to Lillian Neuschafer in 1942


Source:



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

Manny Hirsch

Emanuel Hirsch


Born:
May 8, 1903
Rochester, NY

Died:
August 22, 1971
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Career
East High School - Rochester (High School)
Ithaca College (College)
University of Rochester (College)
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1926-27 Warren Buckeyes (CBL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1927-28 Rochester Oldsmobiles (Independent)
1928-29 Rochester Oldsmobiles (Independent) 
1929-30 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1931-32 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1932-33 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1933-34 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1934-35 Rochester - Buffalo (NYSL)  
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)

One of the earliest stars of the New York basketball world, Hirsch played for 11 years on various clubs around his hometown Rochester. He worked with the Jewish Youth Association until 1947 when he retired to run Camp Cherokee at Saranac Lake. After running the camp, which catered to youths, he returned JY, where he stayed until 1968 when he retired to North Miami Beach in Florida.

In the summer of 1971, Hirsch went to Ottawa to visit family, and while there, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Manny married Henrietta Cook in 1933 and they had two daughters and a son.

Source:
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester), August 23, 1971


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/manny-hirsch/

Monday, March 20, 2017

Oral Hildebrand

Oral Clyde Hildebrand


Born:
April 7, 1907
Indianapolis, IN

Died:
September 8, 1977
Southport, IN


Career
1928-29 Butler University (College)
1929-30 Butler University (College)
1935-36 Indianapolis U.S. Tires (MBC)

In February of 1930, he was declared ineligible for athletic by Butler after it was discovered he played professional baseball the previous summer under an assumed name (Roy Hilden). He signed with the Indianapolis AA baseball team in 1930, and by 1931 found himself taking the hill for the Cleveland Indians. In 1933, he won a career-high 16 games and was named to represent the Indians in the first All-Star game. He won 83 games over his 10-year Major League career.

After his baseball career, he work as a die maker st the FMC Corporation, retiring in 1972.

He married Frances Bradley and had two daughters and three sons.

Major League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hildeor01.shtml

Source:
Richmond Item, February 7, 1930


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/oral-hildebrand/

Bobby Harrington

Robert Paul Harrington


Born:
June 16, 1905
Buffalo, NY

Died:
October 25, 1986
Pompano Beach, FL


Career
1930-31 Buffalo University (College)
1931-32 Buffalo University (College)
1934-35 Buffalo (NYSL)
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)

Born to Frank and Clementina Harrington, Bobby played basketball around Buffalo before moving to Florida, where he served as a municipal court judge in Lighthouse Point, Florida.

There was another player named Harrington who played at BU in 1925-26. I don't think it is him, given the large break that would have occurred in his collegiate career. He was definitely the player in 1931 and 1923, though.


Source:
South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 29, 1986


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bobby-harrington/

Mark Harper

Marquis L. "Mark" Harper


Born:
August 11, 1904
Peoria, IL

Died:
September 17, 1995
Peoria, IL


Career
1921-22 Peoria Central High School - Illinois (High School)
1922-23 Peoria Central High School - Illinois (High School)
1923-24 Peoria Central High School - Illinois (High School)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL) 
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1928-29 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1929-30 Detroit Olympics / Jackson (NPBL)
1930-31 Chicago Majestic Radios (Independent)
1930-31 House of David (Independent)
1931-32 House of David (Independent)
1932-33 House of David (Independent) 
1933-34 House of David (Independent)
1934-35 Peoria Armory (Independent)
1935-36 Detroit Hed-Aids (MBC)

Born to Charles and Blanche Harper, Marcus grew up in Peoria, lettering in track, baseball, basketball and football in high school. He would go on to play basketball in the ABL for three years, and later with the House of David during the Depression.

Mark married Faye Greenwalt (1901-1988) and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mark-harper/

Lefty Haas

Arthur S. "Lefty" Haas


Born:
March 15, 1906
Reading, PA

Died:
May 20, 1994
Brownstown, PA


Career
1925-26 Harrisburg Academy - Pennsylvania(High School)
1928-29 Gettysburg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1929-30 Gettysburg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1930-31 Gettysburg College - Pennsylvania (College)
1931-32 Reading Pretzels (Independent)
1931-32 Reading Car Shops (Independent)
1932-33 Womelsdorf Big Five - Harrisburg, PA (Independent)
1933-34 Womelsdorf Big Five - Harrisburg, PA (Independent)
1934-35 Akron Firestones (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Firestones (MBC)

Born to Frederick and Elizabeth Haas in Reading, Pennsylvania, Lefty atteneded Gettysburg College and played professional and semi-pro basketball around the eastern side of the state before joining up with the Akron Firestones. He was also a decent baseball player, pitching in the Mid Atlantic League with an 11-4 record in 1931. His 1935-36 basketball season was cut short due to appendicitis.

He married Gemaine Touzen (1908-1992) and moved to Connecticut in 1938, later returning to Pennsylvania where he died in 1994.


Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=haas--001art

Source:
Harrisburg Telegraph, April 26, 1926
Reading Times, June 10, 1931
Reading Times, February 14, 1936

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lefty-haas/

Carl Gussin

Carl Gussin


Born:
April 25, 1909 ??
Flint, MI

Died:
May 31, 1963
Detroit, MI


Career
1923-24 Central High School - Detroit (High School)
1928-29 Alma College - Michigan (College)
1929-30 Alma College - Michigan (College)
1930-31 Alma College - Michigan (College)
1935-36 Detroit Hed-Aids (MBC)

Born to Max and Celia Gussin, Carl went to Central HS where he played basketball and tennis. He attended Alma and in 1929 was involved in an automobile accident that injured his knee and he missed the remainder of the season. After graduating, he went on to the University of Detroit to go to dental school. While finishing up dental school, he played pro basketball with the Hed-Aids in the MBC. He served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

He married Bertha Weinstein in 1946 and they had one daughter.

There is another Carl Gussin in the Detroit area roughly the same age who went to Wayne State and then got his law degree at the University of Michigan. He is a different guy and not the basketball player.

Not sure about the birthdate. Year seems good, but date itself is unconfirmed.


Source:
Obituary, Detroit Free Press, June 2, 1963


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/carl-gussin/

Gene Gilmore

Eugene Sanford Gilmore


Born:
April 10, 1912
Washington, IN

Died:
September 23, 1971
Indianapolis, IN


Career
1928-29 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1929-30 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1930-31 Indianapolis (Independent)
1931-32 Indianapolis G&J Tire (Independent)
1932-33 Indianapolis (Independent)
1933-34 Indianapolis (Independent)
1934-35 Indianapolis U.S. Tires (Independent)
1935-36 Indianapolis U.S. Tires (MBC)

He was married two Louise and had one daughter and two sons.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/gene-gilmore/

Jack Gebbie

John Gebbie


Born:



Died:




Career
?? 1929-30 Roosevelt High School - Chicago (High School) ??
Geneva College - Pennsylvania (College) ??
University of Chicago (College)
1934-35 Bankes Deans - Akron (Independent)
1934-35 Akron Firestones (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Firestones (MBC)


Allegedly played at Geneva College, but his name does not appear on the shcool's all-time lettermen roster. He is listed in Akron newspaper article as Jack and Bill Jack Gebbie. From Chicago, and attended Univeristy of Chicago.



Source:
Akron Beacon Journal, February 7, 1936


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

Ed Garner

James Edwin Garner


Born:
March 27, 1911
Grand Rapids, MI? Ohio?

Died:
October 9, 1997
Gering, NE


Career

1931-32 University of Michigan (College)
1932-33 University of Michigan (College)
1934-35 Akron Firestones (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Firestones (MBC)
1936-37 Akron Firestones (MBC)




Source:



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

Joe Gallagher

Joseph Emmett Gallagher


Born:
March 7, 1914
Buffalo, NY

Died:
February 25, 1998
Houston, TX


Career
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)

Gallagher played some pro basketball for the Bisons in his home town of Buffalo, but he was a talented baseball player who signed with the Yankees in 1936. He climbed through the minor league to joining the parent club in 1939. In June of 1939 he was dealt to the St. Louis Brown, and a year later to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Gallagher enlisted in the army in 1941 and served during World War 2. After the war, he returned to baseball, playing for Brooklyn's farm team in MOntreal where he was Jackie Robinson's roommate.

Joe married Josephine Cariker (1902-1983)

Major League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gallajo02.shtml

Supposedly played basketball at Manhattan College and Cornell, but he does not appear in their all-time rosters.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-gallagher/

Friday, March 17, 2017

Frank Froschauer

Frank E. Froshauer


Born:
June 6, 1912
Lincoln, IL

Died:
April 28, 1985
Green Bay, WI


Career
1927-28 Lincoln Community High School - Illinois (High School)
1928-29 Lincoln Community High School - Illinois (High School)
1929-30 Lincoln Community High School - Illinois (High School)
1932-33 University of Illinois (College)
1933-34 University of Illinois (College)
1934-35 University of Illinois (College)
1935-36 Chicago Duffy Florals (MBC)

While at Illinois, Forshauer played basketball, football and ran track. After school, he played for the Duffys before moving into teaching and coaching at Thornton High School

He was married to Louise Hansen and they had a daughter and a son.

Source:
Chicago Tribune, April 16, 1942
Decatur Herald and Review, May 3, 1985

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/frank-froschauer/

Lou Fink

Louis Fink


Born:
April 16, 1914
Paterson, NJ

Died:
September 28, 1990
Los Angeles, CA


Career
University at Buffalo (College)
Atlantic City (Eastern League?)
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)
1946-47 Bergen (NYNJ)


Fink died of a heart attack while playing tennis in 1990. 

Source:
Los Angeles Times, October 4, 1990

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lou-fink/

Art Feldman

Arthur Edwin Feldman


Born:
October 18, 1912
Pennsylvania

Died:
December 14, 2004
Lehigh Acres, FL


Career
1927-28 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1928-29 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1929-30 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1930-31 Duquesne University (College) Freshmen
1931-32 Duquesne University (College)
1932-33 Duquesne University (College)
1933-34 Duquesne University (College)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL)
1934-35 Charleroi Wolf Clothiers (Independent)
1934-35 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (Independent)
1935-36 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
1935-36 East Pike Run - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
1936-37 East Pike Run - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1937-38 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1938-39 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1939-40 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1940-41 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach  
1946-47 Monessen High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach 

Feldman served in the Army Air Corps during World War 2 and returned to Monessen. He quit after one season back, and worked as an insurance agent and real estate agent in Monrssen until retiring and moving to Florida.

He was married to Sylvia Trumper.

Source:
Daily Republican, December 5, 1966

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/art-feldman/

Lefty Evans

Leonard Mack "Lefty" Evans


Born:
December 18, 1909
Illinois

Died:
February 2, 1957
Castro Valley, CA


Career
1924-25 Logansport High School - Indiana (High School)
1925-26 Logansport High School - Indiana (High School)
1926-27 Logansport High School - Indiana (High School)
1927-28 Strauss Says (Independent)
1928-29 Indianapolis Marmons (Independent)
1928-29 Strauss Says (Independent)
1929-30 Butler University (College)
South Side Turners (Independent)
1930-31 Richmond Cavaliers - Indiana (Independent)
1930-31 Strauss AA (Independent)
1931-32 Indianapolis Kautskys (Independent)
1932-33 Indianapolis Kautskys (NPBL)
1933-34 Indianapolis Kautskys (Independent)
1934-35 Indianapolis U.S. Tires (Independent)
1935-36 Indianapolis U.S. Tires (MBC)

After playing pro and semi-pro basketball around Indy, we moved the family out to Oakland, California, where he became a vice-president of a rubber and tire company. He died at 47 years of age of a heart ailment.

He was married to Elizabeth and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Logansport Pharos-Tribune, February 5, 1957

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lefty-evans/

Russ Estey

Russell George Estey


Born:
May 31, 1910
Ohio

Died:
June 17, 1988
Akron, OH


Career
1928-29 East High School - Akron, OH (High School)
1929-30 East High School - Akron, OH (High School)
1930-31 East High School - Akron, OH (High School)
1932-33 University of Akron (College)
1933-34 University of Akron (College)
1934-35 University of Akron (College)
1935-36 Akron Firestones (MBC)
1937-38 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1938-39 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1939-40 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1940-41 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1941-42 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1942-43 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1945-46 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1946-47 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1947-48 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1948-49 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1949-50 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1950-51 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1951-52 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1952-53 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1953-54 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1954-55 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1955-56 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1956-57 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1957-58 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1958-59 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach
1959-60 East High School - Akron, OH (High School) Head coach

Estey starred on the court at Akron before taking the head coach job at the high school he attended. He had to leave the post in 1943 to serve his country in World War 2, but returned to the helm after the war and stayed there until 1960 when he quit coaching (but stayed on as a teacher.)

Russ married Mary Miller in 1941.

Source:
Akron Beacon Journal, May 22, 1960

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/russ-estey/

Gene Demmary

Gene Burton Demmary


Born:
December 8, 1911
Williamsport, IN

Died:
June 7, 1988
Monroe, LA


Career
1933-34 Butler University (College)
1934-35 Butler University (College)
1935-36 Indianapolis U.S. Tires (MBC)




Demmary was a brilliant tennis player while at Butler, as well as playing on the basketball team. After graduating, he played for the U.S Tires before moving to Monroe, Louisiana, where he worked at Brown Paper Mills.

Gene married Harriet Hameister (1915-2000) in 1936.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/gene-demmary/

Norbert Crowe

Norbert J. Crowe


Born:
February 15, 1909
Lafayette, IN

Died:
January 13, 1967
Livonia, MI


Career
1925-26 Jefferson High School - Lafayette, IN (High School)
1926-27 Jefferson High School - Lafayette, IN (High School)
1927-28 Jefferson High School - Lafayette, IN (High School)
1928-29 Notre Dame (College) Freshmen
1929-30 Notre Dame (College)
1930-31 Notre Dame (College)
1931-32 Notre Dame (College)
1935-36 Detroit Hed-Aids (MBC)


The Crowe family produced five boys who played sports at Notre Dame: Clem, Ed, Francis, Norbert and Leo. Norbert played basketball at Notre Dame and played professionally in Detroit before taking a job at Automotive Rubber in 1938. He worked there until his death in 1967 at 57 years of age.

He married Catherine Tallman in 1938 and they had a son and two daughters.

His brother Leo played professional basketball, also.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/norbert-crowe/

Bill Crouch

Wilmer Elmer "Bill" Crouch


Born:
August 20, 1907
Wilmington, DE

Died:
December 26, 1980
Howell, MI


Career
1925-26 Highland Park High School - Michigan (High School)
1927-28 Michigan State Normal College - Ypsilanti (College) - now Eastern Michigan University
1934-35 Detroit Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

The son of a former Major League pitcher, Crouch and the family moved to Highland Park, Michigan, and Crouch went to Michigan Normal in Ypsi (now Eastern Michigan.)

Crouch pursued a baseball career, signing with Scottdale in the Mid Atlantic League in 1931. He bounced around the minors for a few seasons, even playing some pro basketball in the Detroit area. In 1938, he won 21 games for Nashville in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system, good enough to get him called up to the big club in 1939. He bounced between the minors and the major leagues over the next half dozen years or so, with time on the Phillies and Cardinals as well as the Dodgers. He hung up his spikes and finished his education, and wound up teaching and coaching baseball at Eastern Michigan for over 20 years.

Bill and his wife, Florence, had one daughter.


Major League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/croucbi02.shtml

Source:
Bullpen, baseball-reference
Obituary, Detroit Free Press, December 27, 1980

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-crouch/

Claire Cribbs

Claire Linton Cribbs II


Born:
August 13, 1912
Pennsylvania

Died:
September 14, 1985
Bellaire, OH


Career
1928-29 Jeannette High School - Pittsburgh (High School)
1929-30 Jeannette High School - Pittsburgh (High School)
1930-31 Jeannette High School - Pittsburgh (High School)
1932-33 University of Pittsburgh (College)
1933-34 University of Pittsburgh (College)
1934-35 University of Pittsburgh (College)
1935-36 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
1936-37 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)


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

Claire was a decent baseball as well as basketball, and his brother, Jack, was a professional boxer.

Claire married Betty Briggs (1917-2008) and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/claire-cribbs/

Norm Cottom

Norman Thomas Cottom


Born:
March 12, 1912
Terre Haute, IN

Died:
July 1, 1972
Yorba Linda, CA


Career
1924-25 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School)
1928-29 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School)
1929-30 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School)
1930-31 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School)
1932-33 Purdue University (College)
1933-34 Purdue University (College)
1934-35 Purdue University (College)
1935-36 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)
1937-38 Alexandria High School - Anderson, IN (High School) Head coach
1938-39 Alexandria High School - Anderson, IN (High School) Head coach
1939-40 Gerstmeyer High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1940-41 Gerstmeyer High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Gerstmeyer High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1942-43 Gerstmeyer High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1943-44 Gerstmeyer High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1944-45 Gerstmeyer High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1946-47 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Wiley High School - Terre Haute, IN (High School) Head coach


Born to Thomas and Beulah Cottom in Indiana, Norm starred at Wiley High School before playing college basketball at Purdue. After playing briefly with the Kautskys, he taught high school social studies and coached baseball and basketball at Alexandria HS and Gerstmeyer HS before serving in the military for World War 2. After his discharge, he returned to Wiley HS to coach and teach. He later moved to California, where he died in 1972 after a lengthy illness.

He was married to Ethyl Wagner (1914-1980)

Source:
Terre Haute Star, December 8, 1950
Terre Haute Star, July 4, 1972

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/norm-cottom/

Sibby Cortelli

Sebastian Nicholas "Sibby" Cortelli


Born:
May 24, 1900
Buffalo, NY

Died:
August 2, 1963



Career
1922-23 Buffalo Rudins (Independent)
1923-24 Buffalo Bisons (Independent)
1924-25 Buffalo Bisons (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1925-26 Olean Metros (Independent)
1926-27 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1927-28 Buffalo (Independent)
1928-29 Buffalo Drydocks (Independent)
1929-30 Buffalo (Independent)
1930-31 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1931-32 Buffalo Hollywoods (Independent)
1932-33 Buffalo (Independent)
1933-34 Buffalo YMCA (Independent)
1934-35 Buffalo (NYSL)
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)

Born to Joseph and Margaret Cortelli, Sibby was a  popular player around Buffalo for many years in the professional and semi-pro circuits.

He married Rose Campiene in 1920 and they had a daughter and two sons.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sibby-cortelli/

Bland Coffman

Ed Bland Coffman


Born:
May 24, 1910


Died:
September 24, 2001
St. Albans, WV


Career
1930-31 Western Kentucky Teachers College (College)
1931-32 Western Kentucky Teachers College (College)
1935-36 Detroit Hed-Aids (MBC)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bland-coffman/

Bud Coffin

Charles Donald "Bud" Coffin


Born:
March 8, 1911
Indianapolis, IN

Died:
August 2, 1974
Cave Creek, AZ


Career
Southport High School - Indiana (High School)
Highland Military Academy
Eastern Normal (College)
1933-34 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)
1934-35 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)
1935-36 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)
1935-36 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)
1936-37 Indianapolis U.S. Tire (MBC)
1938-39 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)

Born in Indy to Charles and Kathryn Coffin, Bud started working at U.S. Rubber right out of college in 1931. He retired and moved to Phoenix in 1964.

Bud and his wife, Marjorie, had one son.

Source:
Indianapolis Star, August 3, 1974

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bud-coffin/

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Junior Byard

Perry Lincoln "Junior" "Junie" Byard, Jr.


Born:
May 9, 1911
Parkerburg, WV

Died:
December 25, 1976
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Career
1926-27 Detroit Northern High School - Michigan (High School)
1931-32 Ferris Institute - Michigan (College)
1932-33 Ferris Institute - Michigan (College)
1934-35 Jaglowicz (Detroit Basketball Association)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

Identifying Junior Byard was difficult. Searching newspapers, I found he did indeed attend Ferris, played basketball in Detroit in the DBA, and even found a box score from his high school days at Detroit Nothern. So where to go from there? Searching "Junior Byard" in Michigan in genealogy records yielded nothing. But assuming he was born roughly in 1910, a just started looking at every "Byard" in Wayne county in the 1920 census who had the same name as his father. That got me to a Perry Byard. Okay, so Perry Byard was a "junior" in Wayne County, but was he the "Junior Byard" who played basketball?

The answer to that question is "Yes." I found an article in the Detroit Free Press saying the Perry Byard, a very skilled golfer, was also on the Detroit Northern HS Championshp basketball team. So hooray for me! Mystery solved.

Born in West Virginia to Perry and Rosalie, Perry and the family moved to Detroit for better prospects. Byard took to basketball and golf, and later in life was an accomplished golf pro in Michigan. He was also president of Southeastern Broach, Inc., at the time of his death.

Junior married Mary Begle (1917-1999) in 1939. They had a son, Mark (1946-1965) and two daughters, including Sharon (1942-1942).


Source:
Detroit Free Press, August 9, 1929



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/junior-byard/

Bill Brandy

William Sangster Brandy


Born:
July 23, 1909
Scotland

Died:
June 3, 1990



Career
North High School - Akron (High School)
1930-31 Heidelberg College - Ohio (College)
1931-32 Heidelberg College - Ohio (College)
1932-33 Akron Firestone (NPBL)
1933-34 Akron Firestone (Independent)
1934-35 Akron Firestone (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Firestone (MBC)

Born to William and Jessie Brandy in Maryland, Brandy was a great golfer and basketball player in high school and college. While working at Firestone, he played both sports on the company's teams. He died in 1990.

Source:
Akron Beacon Journal, June 15, 1990

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-brandy/

Herm Bottema

Herman Mark Bottema


Born:
April 11, 1912
Indianapolis, IN

Died:
June 6, 2002
Indianapolis, IN


Career
Arsenal Technical - Indiana (High School)
1933-34 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)
1934-35 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)
1935-36 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)
1935-36 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)
1936-37 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)
1937-38 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent)
1938-39 Hilgemeier Packers - Indianapolis (Independent) 


Player is listed on some encyclopedias as Ray Bottema (1920-1980) of Indianapolis. Although Ray did play basketball for a year at Butler after World War 2, he would have only been 15 years old when he signed with the Kautskys in 1935, so I found it highly unlikely this is the correct player. (He would have been a sophomore in high school at the time, and that makes little sense.) Ray wound being a dairy farmer, and died of a heart attack in 1980.

So who is this Bottema player?

An article in the December 19, 1938, issue of the Indianapolis Star mention a basketball player named Herm Bottema playing for the Hilgemeier Packers. The article also mentions his teammates included Cy Proffitt, who also played on the MBC's Kautskys, as well as Leo Crowe, who played for the Kautskys when they joined the NBL in 1937-38. Another box score from a different game mentions Harlan Wilson, who also played for the Kautskys in the MBC. All the evidence leads to this player being Herm Bottema and not Ray Bottema.



Source:
Franklin (IN) Evening Star, March 21, 1936
Indianapolis Star, December 19, 1938
Star Press (Muncie, Indiana), February 7, 1980

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ray-bottema/

Norm Borton

Norman A. "Bull" Borton


Born:
October 28, 1910
Emerson, MI

Died:
September 25, 1999
Fort Walton Beach, FL


Career
1926-27 Alma High School - Michigan (High School)
1927-28 Alma High School - Michigan (High School)
1928-29 Alma High School - Michigan (High School)
1931-32 Alma College - Michigan (College)
1932-33 Alma College - Michigan (College)
1934-35 Detroit Hed-Aids (Independent)
1935-36 Detroit Hed-Aids (MBC)
1936-37 Detroit Altes Lagers (MBC)
1937-38 Briggs Beautywares - Highland Park, Michigan (Independent)
1938-39 Briggs Beautywares - Highland Park, Michigan (Independent)
1939-40 Briggs Beautywares - Highland Park, Michigan (Independent)
1940-41 Briggs Beautywares - Highland Park, Michigan (Independent)
1941-42 Briggs Beautywares - Highland Park, Michigan (Independent)
1949-50 Alma College - Michigan (College) Head coach
1950-51 Alma College - Michigan (College) Head coach

Born to William and Ava Borton, Norm played football, basketball, and ran track while at Alma. After playing for various pro and semi-pro teams around Detroit, he returned to Alma where he was head coach for two seasons. (Some places say he coached nine years, so seven of those may have been as an assistant, but school media guide only shows him at the helm of the team for two seasons.)

Norm married Reeva Davis in 1946 and they had one daughter.

Source:
Morning Sun, August 18, 2008

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/norm-borton/

Heman Berns

Herman Edward Berns, Jr.


Born:
March 23, 1914
Linton, IN

Died:
August 10, 1990
Indianapolis, IN


Career
1929-30 Shortridge High School - Indiana (High School)
1930-31 Shortridge High School - Indiana (High School)
1932-33 Wabash College (College)
1933-34 Wabash College (College)
1934-35 Wabash College (College)
1935-36 Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)
1940-41 Wabash College (College) Head coach

Born to Herman and Sella Berns in Indiana. He played basketball at Wabash and returned there to coach basketball. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He was later the secretary and treasurer for the family construction business.

He was married Loretta Pfeffer.

Source:
Indianapolis Star, December 4, 1932

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/herman-berns/

Joe Benson

Joseph Walter Babinski Benson


Born:
January 10, 1912
Adrian, PA

Died:
June 15, 1996
Warren, MI


Career
1934-35 Vandervoort (Detroit Basketball Association)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1935-36 Hughey-Dodge - Detroit (Independent)
1936-37 Dodge (Detroit Athletic League)

Born to Joseph and Katarina Babinski, Joe was given the name Benson to shield him from the anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States at the time. The family moved from coal country in Pennsylvania to Detroit, where Benson played semi-pro basketball around the city and across the river in Windsor.

He married Regina Jaworski (1916-1983) in 1935

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-benson/

Ganzy Benedict

George W. "Ganzy" Benedict


Born:
November 29, 1905
Duquesne, PA

Died:
October 12, 1995
Rochester, NY


Career
1927-28 Duquesne University (College)
1928-29 Duquesne University (College)
1929-30 Duquesne University (College)
1930-31 Duquesne University (College)
1931-32 Oil City Pennzips (Independent)
1931-32 St. Joseph's High School - Franklin, Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1932-33 Ellwood City Merchants (Independent)
1932-33 Ellwood City High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1933-34 Oil City Pennzips (Independent)
1933-34 Ellwood City High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1934-35 Ellwood City High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach 
1935-36 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
1936-37 Pittsburgh Y.M.H.A. (MBC)
1940-41 Pittsburgh Lyceum (Independent)

Ganzy played football (quarterback) and basketball at Duquesne, and was also a very good baseball player (Duquesne did not have a baseball team). He went into coaching football and basketball while still playing semi=pro basketball around Pennsylvania. In 1936, he starteing working for the IRS where he stayed until retiring in 1966 as a Director of the Pittsburgh office. In 1995, he suffered a stroke, and eventually succumbred to the pneumonia that developed shortly thereafter.

George married Christine Klimek (1910-1992) and they had a daughter, Lois, and two sons, George and Howard.

Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 10, 1931
Obituary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 15, 1995


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ganzy-benedict/

Sam Askowitz

Samuel Askowitz


Born:
September 15, 1910
Detroit, MI

Died:




Career
1927-28 Northern High School - Detroit (High School)
1931-32 Skrzycki Baking - Detroit (Independent)
1932-33 Detroit Hed-Aids (Detroit Basketball Association)
1932-33 Dr. Toole (Detroit Basketball Association)
1933-34 Detroit Hed-Aids (Detroit Basketball Association)
1933-34 Dr. Toole (Detroit Basketball Association)
1934-35 Detroit Hed-Aids (Detroit Basketball Association)
1935-36 Detroit Hed-Aids (MBC)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1937-38 Gibson - Highland Park, MI (Independent)



Born to Romanian immigrants Morris and Sophia (b. 1873) Askowitz, Sam played basketball at N orthern HS before playing pro and semi-pro basketball around Detroit for many years. When the Hed Aids joined the MBC, Askowitz went with but after being released early in the season, he went across the Detroit River to play with the Windsor entry in the league. From Hamtramck.

He married Lorietta Michalski in 1935

The trail runs cold on him after 1935.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, December 23, 1935

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sam-askowitz/

Carl Apple

Carl Winnell "Red" Apple


Born:
August 26, 1907
Cookville, TN

Died:
February 13, 1983
Detroit, MI


Career
1927-28 Detroit Michigan Centrals (Independent)
1928-29 Detroit Michigan Centrals (Independent)
1928-29 Toledo Red Men (Independent) - played three seasons for them total
1929-30 Detroit/Jackson Olympics (NPBL) 
1930-31 Detroit Grand Trunk (Independent)
1930-31 Masked Marvels - Detroit (Independent) 
1931-32 Fintex - Detroit (Independent)
1931-32 Skrzycki Baking - Detroit (Independent)
1932-33 Detroit Grand Trunk (Independent)
1933-34 Tivoli Brewers - Detroit (Independent)
1934-35 Lanyon Coal - Michigan (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
1935-36 Hughey-Dodge (Detroit Athletic League)
1936-37 Hughey-Dodge (Detroit Athletic League) 
1937-38 Hack Shoes (Detroit Athletic League)
1939-40 Mayor Kanar - Detroit (Detroit Athletic League)
1940-41 Sam's (Detroit Athletic League)
Pulaski Post (Independent)

Born to Isaac (1889-1943) and Malinda Goolsby Apple (1888-1968) in Cookville, Tennessee, Carl and his family moved to Detroit in the late 1910's. He attended Western High School in Detroit, but did not play basketball until after high school. He played basketball around Detroit for many years, with a reputation as a hard-nosed player.

He married Eleanor Polczynski, had two sons.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, January 2, 1938
Detroit Free Press, April 5, 1941

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/carl-apple/

Tommy Allen

Thomas R. Allen


Born:
August 17, 1903
Syracuse, NY

Died:
November 7, 1981
Syracuse, NY


Career
1927-28 New Process Gearmakers - New York (Independent)
1928-29 New Process Gearmakers - New York (Independent)
1928-29 Syracuse All-Americans (Independent)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1930-31 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1930-31 Dayton (Independent)
1931-32 Syracuse Shamrocks (Independent)
1931-32 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1932-33 Syracuse (Independent)
1933-34 Babe Dridrikson All-Americans (Independent)
1934-35 Syracuse (Independent)
1935-36 Buffalo Bisons (MBC)

Allen joined the All-Americans in his hometown of Syracuse in 1928, and the team joined the ABL in the next season. However, the All-Americans folded near the end of the first half of the season, and Allen was sent to the Centrals for the remainder of the season. He moved over to the Bruins in 1930, but before the end of the season was returned to Rochester. He bounced around a few indie teams in New York before signing with the Bisons of the Midwest Conference.

He was married to Harriet Sickly Just.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tommy-allen/

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)

1935-36 WINDSOR COOPER BUSES
MIDWEST BASKETBALL CONFERENCE
Western Division
Finished: 2-11 .154, 5th place


  • Head Coach: Harry Shanahan (February 9, 1905 - February 16, 1975) Also played. See below.

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  • Artie Artejuski  
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  • Sam Askowitz (September 15, 1910 - ????)
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  • Joe Benson (January 10, 1912 - June 15, 1996)
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  • Junior Byard (May 9, 1911 - December 25, 1976)
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  • Jack Campbell  
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  • Frank Connolly (March 30, 1910 - June 25, 1982)
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  • Bill Crouch (August 20, 1907 - December 26, 1980)
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  • Gardner  
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  • Bill Golub 
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  • Rusty Gordon 
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  • Bill Hayes (December 19, 1910 - February 9, 2004)
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  • Eddie Hobbs (February 11, 1910 - November 28, 1975)
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  • Johnson  
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  • Carl Korneffel (June 7, 1908 - February 3, 1992)
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  • Whitey Majeski (January 10, 1915 - May 7, 1976)
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  • John Martin  
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  • Red Ouellette (September 19, 1910 - January 10, 1978)
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  • Howard Riggs (March 5, 1909 - December 10, 1970)
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  • Jack Saunders  
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  • Maybury Schwiezer (1908 - December 13, 1967)
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  • Sherwood Seekell (May 27, 1911 - February 6, 1997)
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  • Harry Shanahan (February 9, 1905 - February 16, 1975)
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  • Al Shaw (July 8, 1907 - November 29, 2009)
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  • Eddie Skrzycki (July 12, 1910 - November 4, 1987)
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  • Cinch Strelecki  
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  • Frank Worzniak (November 26, 1912 - January 17, 2014)
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