Monday, June 5, 2017

Wally Palmberg

Walter Henry Palmberg, Sr.


Born:
March 7, 1912
Astoria, OR

Died:
February 12, 2006
Milwaukie, OR


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

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

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





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