Friday, May 25, 2018

Ross Merrick

Dr. Roswell Davenport Merrick


Born:
July 20, 1922
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
January 24, 2004
Kilmarnock, VA


Career
1939-40 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1940-41 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1942-43 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1943-44 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1945-46 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1946-47 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1947-48 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1948-49 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1949-50 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1950-51 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1951-52 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1952-53 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach 

Merrick played baskeball at Springfield College and then semi-pro before serving in the military during World War 2. After the war, Ross took the head coaching job at New Britain Teachers College (now Central Connecticut State University), a post he held for seven seasons. During this time, he continued his education at NYU and Boston College, eventually getting a doctorate. He left his coaching job to become the Dean for the  College of Education at Southern Illinois University. In 1958, he moved to DC to represent SIU at the American Alliance for Health. Taking to the Washington scene, he would become the Executive Director of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education until his retirement in 1990. He also established the U.S. Fitness and Sports Council and served as Executive Director.

Ross died in 2004.

Source:
Legacy.com

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Jack McCloskey

John William McCloskey


Born:
September 19, 1925
Mahanoy City, PA

Died:
June 1, 2017
Savannah, GA


Career
1943-44 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1947-48 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach
1948-49 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1950-51 Cheltenham Aces (Main Line League)
1950-51 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1951-52 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1952-53 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Collingswood High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1954-55 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach

A three-sport star in high school (football, baseball and basketball), McCloskey entered the Navy's V-12 program after high school and was sent to the University of Pennsylvania. He played basketball while there. and after the war would play basketball professionally through the mid 1950's. During this time, he would also coach basketball and played minor league baseball.McCloskey was named the MVP of the Eastern League in 1952-53 and 1953-54 before ending his days on the court. However, his involvement in the game itself remained. He continued to coach and would evenutally move into management. In late 1979, McCloskey was hired as the GM for the then-floundering Detroit Pistons. By the end of the 1980's, he had rebuilt the team into a powerhouse, with two NBA championships and multiple appearances in the Conference Finals. He would later leave the Pistons to work as GM for the Minnesota Timberwolves before retiring.

McCloskey died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease in 2017 at the age of 91.

He was married to Leslie.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mcclos012---

Source:
Standard Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), June 4, 1954
Obituary, NY Times

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mccloja01.html

John Marty

John Marty


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Career
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)



There is a John A Marty from New Jersey (1919-1974) that this player could be.

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Harry Markellos

Harry Anthony Markellos


Born:
February 6, 1923
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
January 11, 2010



Career
1940-41 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)

Loyola University - Maryland (College) ??
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Link Belt - Philadelphia (Independent)

The 6', 160-pound athlete from Philly attended Northeastern HS and later served in Army during World War 2, He supposedly went to Loyola, but haven't confirmed it.

Markellos played pro basketball with the Wilmington Bombers in 1946-47. He also played minor league baseball and semi-pro football.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=markel002har

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Makin

Makin


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Career


1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

He is also referred to as Macklin and Mackin.

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Herb Maack

Herbert Henry Maack


Born:
April 16, 1917
Union City, NJ

Died:
May 5, 2007
Narragansett, RI


Career
Hun School of Princeton - New Jersey (Prep school)
1939-40 Columbia University (College)
1941-42 Columbia University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

After playing football and basketball at Columbia, Maack entered the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War 2. After the war, he played one season of pro football (with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the AAFC) and one season of pro basketball (with the Jersey City Atoms in the ABL). He went into coaching, starting as a line coach for the Columbia football team in 1946. He moved to Bucknell and then the University of Rhode Island before being named the head football coach at URI in 1956. He lead URI for five seasons. During his time at Bucknell, he also coached the wrestling team.

AAFC Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MaacHe20.htm

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Ed Lyons

Edmund H. Lyons


Born:
July 1, 1926
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
October 28, 2011
Livingston, NJ


Career
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1948-49 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1949-50 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1950-51 Allentown / Carbondale Aces (ABL)

After high school, where Lyons was a basketball star (he held the city scoring record until broken by Wilt Chamberlain) as well as a baseball star, Eddie enrolled at Temple but quickly went off to the U.S. Army to fight in World War 2. The war ended a couple months after Lyons enlisted, and he was discharged and signed to pitch in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. At this time, he also played pro basketball in the ABL to keep fit in the off-season. He was a fixture around New England on the ball diamond, playing for 18 years not just there but also in Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states, but he never made it to the major leagues. He would become a coach in the Cape Cod league and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2000 as the second-winningest manager in league history. He would also coach high school and college baseball, as was a mentor and a positive role model for scores of young athletes. He and his wife, Kay, had three daughters, but they always joked that they also had hundreds of sons.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=lyons-001edm

Source:
https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/remembering-ed-lyons/n-4316583
http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2011/11/heralded_baseball_coach_eddie.html

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