Monday, July 6, 2015

1937-38 Akron Firestone Non-Skids (NBL)

1937-38 AKRON FIRESTONE NON-SKIDS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Eastern Division
Finished: 14-4 .778, 1st place


Eastern Division Championship - Lost to Akron Goodyear, 2-0



One of the earlier industrial teams of the era, the Akron Firestone Non-Skids were formed in the early 1930's and played in an earlier incarnation of the NBL, and then the Midwest Basketball Conference, before joining the true NBL in the inaugural 1937-38 season. The Non-Skids won the East division with a 14-4 record but lost in the opening round of the playoffs to their Akron counterparts, the Goodyear Wingfoots.

  • Head Coach: Paul Sheeks (October 18, 1889 – September 17, 1968) 

Known as "Pepper," Sheeks was an Akron-area athlete, playing for Akron in the NFL in 1922 and '23. He played college football and basketball at the University of South Dakota. 

PLAYERS: 
  • Alfred Bonniwell (October 6, 1911-March 8, 2002)
Biography

  • Soup Cable (April 4, 1913-February 19, 1995)
Biography

  • Duck Dowell (Aug 14, 1912-November 27, 2003)
Biography

  • Mally Johnson (February 4, 1908 - September 16, 1969)
Biography

  • Seward Leeka (September 15, 1907-October 11, 1985)
Biography

  • Jack Ozburn (January 4, 1913-February 14, 1969)
Biography

  • Bill Reeves (December 5, 1904-December 6, 1983)
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  • Jack Shaffer (August 13, 1909 - June 17, 1963)
Biography

  • Milas Shoun (October 4, 1904-October 10, 1983)
Biography

  • Paul Tobin (November 23, 1909-September 6, 2003)
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Thomas Joseph and Annie Elizabeth Tobin

  • Warren Whitlinger (April 4, 1914-April 30, 2012)
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