Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lester Walsh

Lester Vincent "Knobby" Walsh


Born:
December 21, 1919
Union City, NJ

Died:
August 11, 1996
Charlottesville, VA


Career
1937-38 Weehawken High School - New Jersey (High School)
1944-45 Puerto Rico Service League (Military)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 New York (NYNJ)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Born in Union City, New Jersey, Walsh played basketball in high school. He enlisted in the Army January of 1942, being discharged in October of 1945. Walsh, standing at 6' in height and weighing 163 pounds, would play professional basketball in the ABL for a few years with the Gothams.

Lester married Martha Cirincion (1923-2014) in 1945 and they had one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/knobby-walsh/

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stamm

Stamm


Born:



Died:




Career
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Played one game for the Bombers, March 2, 1946. He scored no points, and no information with regards to his identity is known.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/stamm/

Eber Simpson

Eber Eugene Simpson


Born:
December 3, 1921
Eau Claire, WI

Died:
September 20, 1946
Fort Knox, KY


Career
Eau Claire High School - Wisconsin (High School)
1941-42 West Point Academy (College)
1942-43 West Point Academy (College)
1943-44 Harding Field - Louisiana (Military)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)


Born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Simpson went to Eau Clair Teachers College for a year before entering West Point. The son of a colonel, Simpson followed his fathers footsteps into the army, as did his brother, George, a football player at Purdue.

Simpson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 2 and in the European Theater flew 102 missions and 193 sorties. He was awarded a silver star, distinguished flying cross and 8 oak clusters among other medals and citations. While on weekend leave during the 1945-46 season, he played briefly for the Wilmington Bombers. Still in the service, he was returning home to Eau Claire on September 20, 1946, when the flight was grounded due to bad weather. After a delay, the plane got clearance to depart, and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing Captain Simpson and the four other men on board.

Source:
Eau Claire Leader, December 22, 1943
Eau Claire Leader, September 24, 1946

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/eber-simpson/

Jerry Seeders

Gerald Floyd Seeders


Born:
January 7, 1917
Pottstown, PA

Died:
October 4, 1958
Arlington, VA


Career
1931-32 Pottstown High School (High School)
1932-33 Pottstown High School (High School)
1933-34 Pottstown High School (High School)
1936-37 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen
1937-38 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1938-39 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1939-40 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1940-41 Norristown Senators (TCL)
1940-41 Lancaster Red Roses (TCL)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Norristown Senators (Independent)
1949-50 Ursinus College (College) Head coach
1950-51 Ursinus College (College) Head coach

Born to Sam and Alive Seeders, Jerry played baseball and basketball at Pottstown HS. After high school, Seeders went to the Dean Academy in Franklin, Massachusetts and then Massanutten Military Academy. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1940. Seeders enlisted in the U.S. Army in February of 1941 and served during World War 2, seeing action in the European Theater. He took shrapnel in his right foot at Dunkirk. After the war, he played a couple seasons of basketball before taking the coaching job at Ursinus College. He left coaching when the Korean War flared up, and spent that war first stationed in Japan before going to the battlefront. After that conflict ended, he returned to the US and moved to Memphis to work for Rustcraft Greeting Cards. Eventually his job there turned into a district managerial position and he moved to the DC area. He contracted polio in 1958 and died at the age of 41.

He married Beatrice Geise in 1942 and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Morning Call (Allentown, PA), October 5, 1958
The Mercury (Pottstown, PA), October 6, 1958

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jerry-seeders/

Al Rossi

Alfred Michael Rossi


Born:
November 27, 1925
Trenton, NJ

Died:
April 17, 2007
Hamilton, NJ


Career
1944-45 Rider (College)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Trenton Cubs (Independent)
1948-49 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Rossi was a New Jersey native who played both basketball and baseball professionally. After one year at Rider, Rossi left school to pursue athletics. He played basketball for four seasons in the ABL and six seasons in baseball's minor leagues, pitching in the Giants and Senators organizations. He took over the family restaurant, Rossi's Bar and Grill in Chambersburg, New Jersey,, in the 1940's. It was a restaurant renown for their hamburgers and was a favorite stop for many east coast celebrities like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Rossi died in 2007, but the restaurant lives on. In 2013, the restaurant moved from the its location since opening in 1933 to a new location in Hamilton.

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

Source:
Rossi Bar and Grlll to Move

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/al-rossi/

Lloyd Rice

Lloyd Joseph Rice


Born:
September 6, 1917
Natural Bridge, VA

Died:
June 8, 1979
Frederick, MD??


Career
1937-38 Villanova University (College)
1938-39 Villanova University (College)
1939-40 Villanova University (College)
1940-41 Hagerstown Marketeers (Independent)
1940-41 Frederick AC (Independent)
1945-46 Hagerstown Brewers (Indpendent)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Frederick (Independent)
1947-48 Frederick (Independent)
1948-49 Frederick (ESBL)
1949-50 Frederick (PMBA)
1950-51 Frederick (PMBA)

After graduating from Villanova in 1940, Rice signed to play baseball with the Federalsburg (Virginia) team in the Eastern Shore League, and batted .363 that season. In the winter, he would play some semi-pro basketball in Hagerstown as well as his hometown of Frederick, Maryland. He entered the army the following year, and would serve his country proudly during World War 2. After the war, he resumed his athletic pursuits, playing both basketball and baseball. He played with Wilmington in the Interstate Baseball League in 1946 and 1947, and on the court appeared with the Wilmington Brewers of the ABL as well as the Hagerstown Brewers and various teams our of Frederick.

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

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lloyd-rice/

Les Mintz

Lester N. Mintz


Born:
June 27, 1921
New York, NY

Died:
November 10, 2016
Pembroke Pines, FL


Career
1941-42 New York University (College)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothasm (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Whirlwinds (NYSL)
1946-47 Bronx (NYNJ)

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

Les married to Arlene, but that marriage ended in divorce. He remarried to Janet (d. 2000)

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/les-mintz/