Friday, August 18, 2017

Buckshot O'Brien

Ralph E. "Buckshot" O'Brien


Born:
April 28, 1928
Henshaw, KY

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Career
1943-44 George Washington High School - Indianapolis (High School)
1946-47 Butler University (College)
1947-48 Butler University (College)
1948-49 Butler University (College)
1949-50 Butler University (College)
1950-51 Grand Rapids Hornets (NPBL)
1950-51 Waterloo Hawks (NPBL)
1951-52 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1952-53 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1952-53 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1952-53 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1953-54 Indianapolis / Noblesville Mercuries (Indiana Pro Basketball Assoc) Head Coach / Player


The youngest of 13 children, O'Brien set scoring records at Butler before embarking on a professional basketball career. First playing with the Hornets in the NPBL, his contract was reassigned to Waterloo when the Grand Rapids club folded. That summer, with the NPBL being dead, O'Brien headed back home to Indianapolis, signing with the Olympians. In January of 1953, O'Brien was waived and picked up by the Fort Wayne Pistons. His time in Fort Wayne was short, because on February 17, 1953, Fort Wayne traded him along with Jack Kerris and cash to Baltimore for Freddie Scolari and Don Boven. He later worked as an insurance salesman.

Source:
Indianapolis News, December 19, 1982

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/obriera01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=obriera01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ralph-obrien/

Lee Nichols

Lee Nichols


Born:



Died:




Career
1950-51 Kansas City Hi-Spots (NPBL)

Played three games for Kansas City.

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=nichole01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lee-nichols/

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Joe Nelson

Joseph Arthur Nelson


Born:
March 16, 1927 
Richfield, UT

Died:
July 20, 2009
Payson, UT


Career
1944-45 Spanish Fork High School - Utah (High School)
1946-47 Brigham Young University (College)
1947-48 Brigham Young University (College)
1948-49 Brigham Young University (College)
1949-50 Brigham Young University (College)
1949-50 College All-Stars (Independent)
1950-51 St. Paul Lights (NPBL)
1950-51 Waterloo Hawks (NPBL)

A graduate of Spanish Fork HS, where he played football and basketball, and also ran track, Nelson joined the army right out of high school. He returned to BYU after his service, and signed with St. Paul of the NPBL after graduating. When St. Paul folded, his contract was reassigned to Waterloo.

He returned to Utah where he too a job at Dugway Proving Ground for a bit before landing at USS Geneva Steel, where he stayed for 31 years.

He married Phyllis Mae White (1929-2004) in 1949 and they had two daughters and a son.

Source:
Obituary


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=nelsojo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-nelson/

Chuck Mrazovich

Charles Mrazovich


Born:
February 26, 1924
Ambridge, PA

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Career
Ambridge High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1945-46 Ambridge - Pennsylvania (Indpendent)
1947-48 Eastern Kentucky University (College)
1948-49 Eastern Kentucky University (College)
1949-50 Eastern Kentucky University (College)
1950-51 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1950-51 Anderson Packers (NPBL)

1951-52 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1952-53 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)
1952-53 Russell County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Russell County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Russell County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Russell County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Russell County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Russell County High School - Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Franklin County High School - Frankfort, Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Franklin County High School - Frankfort, Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Franklin County High School - Frankfort, Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Franklin County High School - Frankfort, Kentucky (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Hialeah High School -  Florida (High School) Head coach

Born to Croatian immigrants, Mrazovich entered the U.S. Army after high School. Following World War 2, he played basketball and ran track at Eastern Kentucky. Drafted by the Olympians in the NBA, he was released by the club in January and signed with the Anderson Packers on January 16, 1951. He played pro basketball with the Anderson Packers and the Indianapolis Olympians before heading east to the Wilkes-Barre Barons in the ABL.

He would then become a teacher and long-time high school basketball coach in his home state of Kentucky as well as in Florida. He finally stepped down from coaching in 1973.

"We weren't allowed to dunk, but we would just to show off before the game. I wish I could play the game now." - Chuck Mrazovich, 2008 -

Source:
Croatia.org
EKU Sports Hall of Fame

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mrazoch01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/chuck-mrazovich/

McNamara

McNamara


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Died:




Career
1950-51 Kansas City Hi-Spots (NPBL)

Played one game for Kansas City

Source:


Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mcnam01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/mcnamara/

Don McMillen

Donald Dean McMillen


Born:
May 7, 1927
Windsor, MO

Died:
September 23, 1995
Fort Myers, FL


Career
1947-48 University of Missouri (College)
1948-49 University of Missouri (College)
1950-51 St. Joseph Ponies - Missouri (Independent)
1950-51 Kansas City Hi-Spots (NPBL)

McMillen was the star pitcher on the baseball team at Mizzou, and also played on the basketball team for a couple years. He signed with the New York Giants of baseball's National League in June of 1949, and was immediately sent to the Class-B club in Trenton, New Jersey. He stayed in the Giants system through 1952, but never got higher than A level. In the off-season of 1950-51, he played with the St. Joseph Ponies, and when they merged with the financially-strapped Hi-Spots in the NPBL on December 8, 1950, he played five games for them.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mcmill001don

Source:
Mexico Ledger, June 30, 1949

Stats:
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mcmildo01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/don-mcmillen/

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In Memoriam: Vic Siegel

Former Tri-Cities Blackhawsk player Vic Siegel died last month.

Biography

Obituary from QC Times


DAVENPORT - Victor A. Siegel, 96, of Davenport, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017, at home.
He was born on August 24, 1920, in Davenport to Arthur W. Siegel and Selma E. L. Siegel. He married Jane E. Robinson on October 24, 1946 in Melrose Highlands, Massachusetts.
Vic attended Davenport Public Schools (Monroe Elementary, West Intermediate, and Davenport High School). He graduated from Davenport High School in 1938, and was president of his class. He earned All-State Basketball honors and was elected to the Iowa State High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976. He was a 3-year member of the high school golf team. Recruited by University of Iowa to play basketball, he enrolled in 1938. He played Varsity ball for 3 years and was elected team captain in 1941 and 1942. Selected on All-Big Ten second team in 1942. Selected for All-Decade team for the 1940’s at the University of Iowa. Named University of Iowa Athlete of the Year in 1941. Named Iowa’s Most Valuable Player by WGN radio, Chicago, in 1941. He was also a member of the University of Iowa golf team in 1942.
Vic graduated from college in May of 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in June of 1942. He served aboard several ships including LST 327 in the European Theatre of Operations, delivering troops and supplies from England to Omaha Beach in France.  While serving on LST 327 during an operation, it was disabled by an enemy mine on August 27, 1944, with loss of life of 22 crewmen. He was discharged in Boston on March 1, 1946.  
Vic played professional basketball with Fitchburg, Mass., in the New England League in 1946 and with the Tri Cities Blackhawks (now Atlanta Hawks) in the National Basketball League in 1947.
Employed at International Harvester East Moline Works as a supervisor for 31 years, Vic retired in 1978. He was employed part-time in the pro shops at Emeis and Duck Creek Golf courses for 32 years. Vic was an avid golfer who shot his age or better over 340 times and recorded 6 hole-in-ones. He volunteered as assistant basketball coach at the Friendly House in Davenport and as a basketball and softball coach at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.  
Vic was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard. He is survived by his wife, Jane; daughter, Linda Baldwin, of Golden, Colorado; son, Victor Siegel, Jr. (Elaine), of Tega Cay, South Carolina; son, Mark Siegel (Maricela), of Boerne, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport.