Friday, November 17, 2017

Al Zingone

Albert Angelo Zingone


Born:
October 20, 1903
Sicily, Italy

Died:
August 18, 1988
Leeds Point, NJ


Career
1926-27 Paterson Legionaires / Kingston Raiders (NBL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 St.Louis Americans (Independent)
1928-29 St.Louis Americans (Independent)

Born in Sicily, Zingone came to the United States with his family, settling in Passaic, New Jersey. He took to athletics, and played basketball for a few years professionally and later would work as an umpire in baseball games around the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern United States and the AAGPBL. He was best known as a comical basketball player, a drawing card with slapstick antics much like modern-day Globetrotters. He took his comic trade to baseball as well, making a decent living as an entertainer.

Source:


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


Paul White

Paul Arnold White


Born:
November 9, 1903
Franklin, IN

Died:
December 2, 1952
Urbana, OH


Career
1919-20 Franklin High School - Indiana (High School)
1923-24 DePauw College - Indiana (College)
1924-25 Huntington Legionaires (Independent)
1925-26 Huntington Legionaires (Independent)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)

White was a star on the Franklin High School State Champion team in 1920, and would move on to DePaur. He would play pro basketball for a few years while going to Indiana University to study for his masters degree. He would serve as principal and coach at New Haven High School for 16 years before moving to Urbana, Ohio, in 1943. There, he took work as a district manager for Morgan Trailer Company. 

White was shoveling snow in December of 1952 when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 49 years of age.

He was married to Waneta Brattin and they had two daughters and a son.

Source:
Franklin Evening Star, December 3, 1952

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Fiddle-Morley/


Fritz Wesslock

Frederick L. "Fritz" Wesslock


Born:
October 20, 1905
Staten Island, NY

Died:
March 5, 1972
Morrisville, PA


Career
1926-27 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Warriors (ABL)
1927-28 Carbondale (PSL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1928-29 Carbondale (PSL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Carbondale (PSL)
1930-31 Carbondale-Honesdale (PSL)
1930-31 Reading (TCL)

Born to August and Minnie Wesslock, Wesslock played four seasons in the ABL concurrently with four in the Penn State League. Fritz would serve in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Fritz married Kathryn South (1910-1986)

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/freddie-wesslock/


Bill Vincent

William Edward Vincent


Born:
January 5, 1903
Salisbury, VT

Died:
May 9, 1983
Cohoes, NY


Career
1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1923-24 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1926-27 Hudson (Independent)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Hudson (MBL)

Born in Vermont but raised in Cohoes, New York, Bill played basketball for the local Cohoes entry in the New Yprk League for a couple seasons before a brief stint in the ABL.

He married Lillian Rondeau (1910-1952) and they had two sons and four daughters. He later remarried to Edna May Montgomery (1923-1992).

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-vincent/


Barney Varnes

Blair L. "Barney" Varnes


Born:
April 28, 1904
Stoughton, WI

Died:
April 27, 1999
Clinton, IA


Career


1924-25 Chicago YMCA (Independent)
1925-26 DePaul University (College)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1927-28 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1928-29 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1929-30 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1930-31 Ke-Nash-A Blue Streaks (Independent)
1931-32 St. Patrick High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach


Referred to by George Halas as "a one-man scoring machine," Varnes played pro basketball while working his way through law school. He would practice law around Chicago and would eventually become a circuit court judge in DuPage county in Illinois.

He married Madeline Wardan (d. 1968) in 1933 and they had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Obituary, Chicago Tribune, April 29, 1999

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/barney-varnes/


Hank Thomas

David George "Hank" Thomas


Born:
July 8, 1896
Pulaski, VA

Died:
September 1982



Career
1921-22 Gloversville Glovers (NYSL)
1922-23 Schenectady Dorpians (NYSL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Pros (MBL)
1923-24 Schenectady Doprians (NYSL)
1923-24 Kingston Shirtmakers (MBL)
1923-24 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1925-26 Perth Amboy Amboyans (MBL)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1926-27 Paterson Crescents (MBL)


Born to Mathew and Mary Thomas in Pulaski, Virginia, Thomas grew up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. While playing for Perth Amboy on December 18, 1925, Thomas was punched during a game against Trenton by opposing player Tommy Barlow. Thomas had his jaw broken, and missed most of the season. In early 1926, he filed a $15,000 law suit against Barlow for his injuries and lost wages.

Source:
Central New Jersey Home News, October 11, 1926

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/hank-thomas/


Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Daniel Sullivan


Born:
June 5, 1896


Died:
March 17, 1972
Wantagh, NY


Career
1916-17 New York All-Stars (IBL)
1919-20 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1919-20 Pittsfield (NYSL)
1919-20 Gloversville Glovemakers (NYSL)
1919-20 Paterson Silk Sox (IBL)
1919-20 Springfield Fisk Red Tops (IL)
1919-20 Brooklyn Big Atlantics (Independent)
1919-20 New York MacDowell Lyceum (Independent)
1920-21 Gloversville Glovers (NYSL) Head coach / player
1920-21 Hartford Wyanokas / Turners Falls Athletics (IL)
1920-21 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1921-22 Gloversville Glovers (MYSL) Head coach / player
1921-22 Kingston (NYSL)
1921-22 New York MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1921-22 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1921-22 Ware Wonders (IL)
1921-22 Mt.Vernon Armory Big Five (Independent)
1922-23 Troy Trojans (NYSL)
1922-23 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1922-23 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1922-23 New York MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1923-24 Amsterdam Flashes (NYSL)
1923-24 Utica Utes (NYSL)
1923-24 Mohawk Indians (NYSL)
1923-24 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1924-25 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1924-25 Tri-Council (PBL)
1924-25 Pottsville Big Five (AnBL)
1925-26 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1925-26 Pottsville Miners (EBL)
1926-27 Greenpoint*Trenton (NLN)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1929-30 Dayton Kellys (NPBL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1930-31 Wilmington (TSBL)
1931-32 Bridgeton Moose (EBL)


After a year in pro basketball, Sullivan served in the U.S. Army during World War 1.

Source:


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


Lefty Stern

Hyman "Lefty" Stern


Born:
March 30, 1907
Baltimore, MD

Died:
June 30, 1993
Baltimore, MD


Career

1923-24 Baltimore City College (College)
1924-25 Allied Club - Baltimore (Independent)
1924-25 Baltimore City College (College)
1925-26 Baltimore City College (College)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1929-30 Baltimore Pros (Independent)
1931-32 Stonewall Democrats - Baltimore (Independent) 
1933-34 Stephen Seth and Company - Baltimore (Independent)
1934-35 Westenders - Baltimore (Independent)

Stern was a talented athlete who played football, baseball and basketball, plus wrestled. He played for the Baltimore Orioles in the ABL, and also played some pro baseball for Salisbury in the Eastern Shore League. He would later operate an ice delivery business and worked as a taxi driver.

He married Selma Lehem (d. 1974) in 1945 and they had two sons.

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

Source:
Baltimore Sun, July 4, 1993

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lefty-stern/


Dick Smyth

Richard Joseph Smyth


Born:
March 18, 1894
Manhattan, NY

Died:
September 11, 1967
Far Rockaway (Queens), NY


Career
1912-13 New York Nationals (Independent)
1912-13 Big Atlantics (Independent)
1913-14 Brooklyn Kirkman AA (Independent)
1913-14 Kingston Colonials (NYSL)
1914-15 NewYork Nationals (Independent)
1915-16 De Neri DUddies (EBL)
1915-16 Elizabeth Betsys (IBL)
1915-16 North Hudson Troys (IBL)
1915-16 Brooklyn Trolly Dodgers (IBL)
1916-17 Hazleton Mountaineers (PSL)
1917-18 Hazelton Mountaineers (PSL)
1917-18 Plymouth Shawnees (PSL)
1918-19 Brooklyn Notse Dry Dock (Independent)
1919-20 Plymouth Shawnees (PSL)
1919-20 Brooklyn Dodgers (IBL)
1919-20 Turners Falls Athletics (IL)
1919-20 Brooklyn Knights of St.Anthony (Independent)
1919-20 Brooklyn Van & Schenck (Independent)
1920-21 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1920-21 Wilkes-Barre Barons (PSL)
1920-21 Hartford Wyanokas / Turners Falls Athletics (IL)
1920-21 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1920-21 New York Nationals (Independent)
1920-21 Brooklyn Arcadians (Independent)
1921-22 New York MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1921-22 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL)
1921-22 Holyoke (IL)
1922-23 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1922-23 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Dodgers (MBL)
1922-23 NewYork MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1922-23 Yonkers Chippewas (MBL)
1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1922-23 Greenfield AA Greens (IL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Knights of St.Anthony (Independent)
1923-24 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1923-24 Amsterdam Flashes (NYSL)
1924-25 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1924-25 Tamaqua Bengals (AnBL)
1925-26 Newark Mets (MBL)
1925-26 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1925-26 Trenton (EBL)
1925-26 Lou Gehrig All Stars (Independent)
1926-27 Ridgewood-Orange (NLN)
1926-27 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Washington Place Five (ABL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dick-smyth/


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Red Skurnick

Henry "Red" Skurnick


Born:
1906??


Died:




Career
1924-25 Savage School of Physical Education - New York (College)
1926-27 Akron Wellocks (CBL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1929-30 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1930-31 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1931-32 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1932-33 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1932-33 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1933-34 Chicago Duffy Florals (Independent)
1934-35 Halick-Skurnicks Chicagoans (Independent)
1935-36 Original Celtics (Independent)

Tried to track him down. I know he served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Not likely to be the Henry Skurnick who died in Wisconsin in 1978

Might be Henry Skurnick, April 15, 1904 - August 4, 1966, buried at Arlington

Source:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:n48BC6PsJpgJ:argonnaute.u-paris10.fr/medias/customer_3/periodique/the_stars_and_stripes_pdf/BDIC_GFP_0105_A_1944_1_146.pdf+&cd=29&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/red-skurnick/


Reds Sherr

Louis "Reds" Sherr


Born:
February 2, 1905
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
August 4, 1978
Wynnewood, PA


Career
1922-23 South Philadelphia High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1923-24 Judaic Union - Philadelphia (Independent)
1924-25 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1925-26 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1926-27 Hakoah (PBL)
1926-27 Wildwood (SJL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Warriors (ABL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Elks (PBL)
1927-28 Wildwood (SJL)
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1928-29 Millville (SJL)
1928-29 Kennett Square (EBL)
1928-29 Philadelphia Sphas (Independent)
1929-30 Paterson Whirlwinds (MBL)
1929-30 Kennett Square (EBL)
1929-30 Wilkes Barre (PSL)
1930-31 Philadelphia Elks-SPHA's (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1933-34 Philadelphia Passon (EBL)

Sherr was going to law school at Penn while playing professional basketball. He would play through the mid-30's while continuing to hone his legal skills. He worked for many years as an attorney in the Philly area before his death from leukemia in 1978.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 1978

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/reds-sherr/


Johnny Schrey

John Frank Schrey


Born:
December 18, 1906
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
August 3, 1996
Palm Beach, FL


Career
1925-26 Philadelphia Pollock & Hudson (Independent)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1926-27 Quartermaster (PBL)
1926-27 Ocean City (SJL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Elks (PBL)
1927-28 Salem (SJL)
1928-29 Philadelphia Elks (EBL)
1928-29 Salem (SJL)
1929-30 Philadelphia Elks (EBL)
1930-31 Reading Bears (TCL)
1930-31 Philadelphia Elks (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia Moose (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia Moose (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia WPEN (EBL)
1933-34 Philadelphia Moose-Enterprise (EBL)
1933-34 Wilkes Barre (PSL)
1934-35 Germantown (EBL)
1935-36 Germantown (EBL)
1937-38 Philadelphia Jaspers (NBL)
1937-38 Carpenter Steel (TCL)

Shrey was also a minor league baseball player, playing first base for Toronto and Binghamton.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=schrey001joh

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/john-schrey/


Tony Schiffer

Anthony Louis Schiffer Jr.


Born:
February 17, 1905
Manhattan, NY

Died:
April 25, 1954
Easton, CT


Career
Ridgefield High School - New Jersey (High School)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 New York (Independent)
1928-29 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1928-29 New York Beckman All Stars (Independent)
1929-30 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1930-31 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1930-31 Trenton (TCL)
1930-31 Wilmington Cardinals (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia Jaspers (EBL)
1931-32 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1931-32 Long Island Pro-Imps (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Americans (MBL)

Born in Manhattan to Anthony and Gertrude Schiffer, Tony grew up in New Jersey before a seven seasons of professional basketball. He was only 49 when he died in 1954, but I have yet to find a cause of death.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/tony-schiffer/


Sid Sankovic

Sidney R. Sankovic


Born:
December 27, 1903
Detroit, MI

Died:
October 3, 1976
Fort Pierce, FL


Career
Nordstrum High School - Detroit (High School)
1921-22 Rayl Cubs - Detroit (Independent)
1923-24 Rayl Cubs - Detroit (Independent)
1923-24 Studebakers - Detroit (Independent) 
1924-25 Peoples State Bank - Detroit (Independent)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Detroit Cardinals (ABL)
1927-28 Detroit Michigan Centrals (Independent)
1928-29 Toledo Red Men (Independent)
1929-30 Detroit Olympics /Jackson (NPBL)
1929-30 Dayton Kellys (NPBL)
1931-32 Fintex - Detroit (Independent)

1933-34 Detroit Tivoli (Independent)
1933-34 Toledo Crimson Coaches (Independent)
1934-35 Detroit Tivoli (Independent) Head coach / player
1934-35 Our Lady of Lourdes - River Rouge, Michigan (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Catholic Central High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach
1937-38 Catholic Central High School - Detroit (High School) Head coach

The Detroit-area athlete played a lot of pro basketball, but was better known as a sandlot baseball figurehead. For many years he coached and ran sandlot leagues.

Sid married Claire Ryan and they had one son and one daughter. They divorced in 1951, and Sid would remarry to Dorothy.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sid-sankovic/


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Harry Riconda

Henry Paul "Harry" Riconda


Born:
March 17, 1897
New York, NY

Died:
November 15, 1958
Mahopac, NY


Career
1918-19 Staten Island Minesweepers (Independent)
1919-20 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1919-20 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1919-20 New York Whirlwinds (Independent)
1919-20 NY MacDowell Lycieum (Independent)
1920-21 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1920-21 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1920-21 Brooklyn Arcadians (Independent)
1921-22 Amsterdam (NYSL)
1921-22 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1921-22 Brooklyn Pros (MBL)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL)
1921-22 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1921-22 Easthampton Hampers (IL)
1921-22 Springfield Gunners (IL)
1921-22 Brooklyn Brooklyns (Independent)
1922-23 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Pros (MBL)
1922-23 Philadelphia Jewels (EBL)
1923-24 Schenectady Dorpians (NYSL)
1923-24 Kingston Shirtmakers (MBL)
1923-24 Greenpoint Knights of St Anthony (MBL)
1924-25 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1925-26 Perth Amboy Amboyans / Passiac Mets (MBL)
1925-26 Philadelphia SPHAS (Independent)
1926-27 Paterson Legionaires / Kingston Raiders (NYN)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1927-28 Albany Senators (MBL)
1927-28 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1928-29 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1929-30 New York Celtics (ABL)

A notable athlete from New York City, Riconda signed to play the infield for Springfield, Massachusetts, baseball team in 1916, and in 1917 moved on to New Haven. He would enter the U.S. Army in 1917 and served his country in World War 1. After his return from the war, he returned to athletics. He began play pro basketball while continuing to pursue his baseball career. He returned to the diamond in New Haven, and after a 1922 season that saw him bat .335, he was purchased by Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. Through 1931, he would bounce back and forth between the minors and majors with time on the Pirates, Dodgers, Reds and the Braves. The baseball off-season was very busy for him during this time. He played for various basketball teams each winter around the Mid-Atlantic states.

In 1958, Riconda took a vacation away from his home in New York City at nearby Lake Mahopac. While there, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Major League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/riconha01.shtml

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-riconda/

Phil Rakov

Philip Herman Rakov


Born:
August 23, 1903
NY

Died:
April 10, 2001
Jamesville, NY


Career
1923-24 Syracuse Cultures (Independent)
1924-25 Syracuse University (College)
1925-26 Syracuse University (College)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Rockford Burrs (Independent)
1927-28 Chicago Nationals (Independent)

A member of the Syracuse championship team in 1926, Rakov would get his medical degree at SU and would work as a physician in Syracuse for 60 years. He served as a medic in World War 2.

Rakov died at the age of 97 in 2001.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/phil-rakov/

Buck Pierson

Irving "Buck" Pierson


Born:
January 25, 1904
Rochester (?), NY

Died:
March 20, 1973
Miami, FL


Career


1925-26 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1926-27 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Clermonts (Independent)
1927-28 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1927-28 Rochester Olds (Independent)
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1928-29 Rochester Olds (Independent)
1928-29 New York Beckman AS (Independent)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Rochester Aviators (Independent)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1930-31 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1931-32 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1932-33 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1933-34 Rochester Centrals (Independent)

The Rochester native put in a lot of time playing basketball for various local outfits for almost a decade.

Buck married Mary Goldfarb (1908-1994) and they had one daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/buck-pierson/

Harry Passon

Harry Joseph Passon


Born:
April 1, 1897
Kiev, Russia

Died:
February 16, 1954
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1917-18 De Neri Duddies (EBL)
1917-18 Philadelphia YMCA (ALP)
1918-19 Philadelphia SPHA's (ALP)
1919-20 De Neri Daisies (EBL)
1920-21 Philadelphia SPHA's (ALP)
1921-22 Philadelphia SPHA's (Independent)
1926-27 Philadelphia Elks (PBL)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL) Head coach / player

Passon was born in Kiev, but after the family came to the United States (including fellow future pro baskball players / brother Chick and Nat), Harry took to sports and quickly became on of the larger figures in the semi-pro and pro sports world in Philadelphia. He organized various leagues and tournaments for baseball and basketball, and opened a very successful sporting good store in Philly. Passon owned and managed all-black baseball teams and also worked with other black semi-pro teams in the city. Passons' own team, the Bacarach Giants, competed with the established Negro League Philadelphia Stars and was able to secure fields of play in a time when that was difficult for black-owned sports teams. Passon also fought against the "Blue Laws" in the state, which prevented sports from being played on Sunday. This law was appealed in 1934.

Passon was approached by Cumberland Posey to have his baseball team, the Giants, to join to new National Negro Association being formed. However, the Philly Stars, owned by Ed Bolden and Ed Gottlieb, raised a protest against Passon's team joining. (Gottlieb was both a friend and a rival of Passon. Gottlieb was one of the co-founders of the SPHA's along with Harry.)

On February 16, 1954, Passon was supposed to meet with his brother Nat at a bank conference, but did not show. The next morning, Nat arrived at the store to open for business and intended to turn off the burglar alarm, but since the alarm was not turned on the night before, it went off and the police answered the alarm. Nat thought it was odd the alarm was not turned on, but did not think much of it at the time. Later in the day, with still no sign of his brother Harry and thinking back about the alarm, Nat and his employees began to look around the shop to see if maybe something was wrong. One of his employees found the body of Harry inside the store's gun vault. He had shot himself in the head.

He and his wife, Tillie, had two daughters.

Source:
Courier-Post (Camden, NJ), February 17, 1954
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 17, 1954
SABR.org

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/harry-passon/

Chick Passon

Herman Charles "Chick" Passon


Born:
May 30, 1900
Kiev, Russia

Died:
February 27, 1989
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1918-19 SPHA's - Philadelphia (ALP)
1919-20 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen
1919-20 SPHA's - Philadelphia (ALP)
1920-21 Philadelphia Phillies (EBL)
1920-21 Philadelphia Nativity (ALP)
1921-22 Philadelphia Phillies (EBL)
1921-22 Philadelphia SPHA's (Independent)
1922-23 Atlantic City Sandpipers (EBL)
1922-23 Philadelphia Jewels (EBL)
1922-23 St.Peter’s (PBL)
1923-24 Kingston Shirtmakers (MBL)
1923-24 SPHA's - Philadelphia (PBL)
1924-25 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1924-25 SPHA's - Philadelphia (PBL)
1925-26 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1925-26 SPHA's - Philadelphia (EBL)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1927-28 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1928-29 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1928-29 Bridgeton (SJL)
1928-29 Philadelphia SPHA's (Independent)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1930-31 Philadelphia Elks (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia Moose (EBL)
1931-32 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1932-33 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1933-34 Philadelphia Passon (EBL) Head coach / player
1934-35 Philadelphia Phillies (EBL) Head coach
1935-36 Philadelphia Phillies (EBL) Head coach
1936-37 Atlantic City Sandpipers (ABL) Head coach
1937-38 Consohohocken (NBL) Head coach

Born in Russia, Passon and his family came to the United States in 1906 and settled in Philadelphia. In the 1920's, Passon was a part-owner of one of the largest sporting good stores in Philly, and he also played pro basketball all the while and was a leader and organizer for sports and recreation with the state government as well as the city. His brothers Harry and Nathan also played pro basketball.

Chick was married to Pearl Bader and they had one son and one daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/chick-passon/

Steve Olszewski

Stephen J. Olszewski


Born:
February 11, 1902
Cleveland, OH

Died:
October 18, 1977
Cleveland, OH


Career
1923-24 Halle Brothers (AAU)
1924-25 Favorite Knits (AAU)
1925-26 Union Trust (AAU)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1926-27 Union Trusts - Cleveland, Ohio (Independent)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Union Trusts - Cleveland, Ohio (Independent)


Born to John and Anna Olszewski in Cleveland, Steve played some AAU basketball as well as two seasons in the ABL. Steve's younger brother, John, also played with the Union Trusts basketball team, but he played in the early 1930's after Steve quit playing.

Steve never married.

His name sometimes is listed in newspapers as "Olszenski"

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/steve-olszewski/

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jimmy Nolan

James Nolan
born James J. Barchello


Born:
1905 or 1906


Died:
June 17, 1962
Rochester, NY


Career
1923-24 Rochester Mt. Carmel (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Mt. Carmel (Independent)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Mt. Carmel (Independent)
1928-29 Rochester Mt. Carmel (Independent)
1931-32 Rochester Mt. Carmel (Independent)
1932-33 IYMA - Rochester (Independent)


Nolan was a real tricky one to find since his birthname was Barchello. He adopted the use of the name Nolan after his godfather, heavyweight box Big Sam Nolan. Family name looks like it was also spelled Barricelli.

Nolan was also a baseball player, and played many years of semi-pro and prop baseball as well as basketball. He later worked as a clerk and salesman until illness forced him to retire. He died in 1962 at 57 years of age.

Jimmy and his wife, Catherine, had two daughters.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=nolan-002jam

Source:
Democrat and Chronicle, June 18, 1962

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jimmy-nolan/

Earl Moser

John Earle "Earl" Moser


Born:
May 28, 1906
Fort Myer, VA

Died:
August 10, 1953



Career
1926-27 Baltimore Oriole (ABL)
1928-29 Altoona Works (Independent)


Moser was also a semi-pro baseball player.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/earl-moser/

Stretch Meehan

Francis Patrick "Stretch" Meehan


Born:
April 17, 1897
New Jersey

Died:
February 5, 1968
Newark, NJ


Career

1915-16 Seton Hall University (College)
1916-17 Seton Hall University (College)

1916-17 Danbury Danburians (IBL)
1916-17 Hoboken Hobs (IBL)
1917-18 Seton Hall University (College)
1917-18 Providence (PSL)
1917-18 Scranton Miners (PSL)
1917-18 Norwalk 1st Home Guard (CSL)
1917-18 Jersey City (Independent)
1919-20 Scranton Miners (PSL)
1919-20 Germantown Germaniums (EBL)
1919-20 Paterson Silk Sox (IBL)
1919-20 Newark K0fC Picadill’s (Independent)
1919-20 Jersey City Greenvilles (Independent)
1919-20 Stamford (Independent)
1920-21 Germantown Geraniums (EBL)
1920-21 Scranton Miners (PSL)
1920-21 Easthampton Hampers (IL)
1921-22 Trenton Royal Bengals (EBL)
1921-22 New York MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1922-23 Trenton Tigers (EBL)
1922-23 New York MacDowell Lyceum (MBL)
1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1922-23 SPHAS - Philadelphia (PBL)
1923-24 Trenton Royal Bengals (MBL)
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblooms (Independent)
1924-25 Trenton Royal Bengals (MBL)
1924-25 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1925-26 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1925-26 Trenton Bengals (EBL)
1925-26 Philadelphia Sphas (Independent)
1926-27 Ridgewood*Orange (NLN)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1927-28 Utica All-Utica (Independent)
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1929-30 New York Celtics (ABL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Paterson Whirwinds (ABL)

The 6'7 Meehan was the tallest player in college basketball during his time at Seton Hall. He would play professional basketball through the 1920's in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connectcut and Rhode Island. He would also found himself in the ABL for three seasons before his career ended.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/stretch-meehan/

Jammy Moskowitz

Harry "Jammy" Moskowitz


Born:
October 9, 1904
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
March 4, 1999
North Miami Beach, FL


Career
1920-21 Commercial High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1921-22 Commercial High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1922-23 Savage School of Physical Education - New York (High School)
1923-24 Savage School of Physical Education - New York (High School)

1924-25 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1925-26 NY Lou Geherig All Stars (Independent)
1926-27 Ridgewood*Orange (NYN)
1926-27 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1927-28 New Haven (CBL)
1927-28 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1929-30 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1929-30 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1930-31 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1930-31 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1931-32 Brooklyn Jewish Center (MBL)
1931-32 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1931-32 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1932-33 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1932-33 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1933-34 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1933-34 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1934-35 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1934-35 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1935-36 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1935-36 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1936-37 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1936-37 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1937-38 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1937-38 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1938-39 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1938-39 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (College)  Head coach
1939-40 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1940-41 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1941-42 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1942-43 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1943-44 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1944-45 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1945-46 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1946-47 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1947-48 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1948-49 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1949-50 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1950-51 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1951-52 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1952-53 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1953-54 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1954-55 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1955-56 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1956-57 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1957-58 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1958-59 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1959-60 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1960-61 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1961-62 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1962-63 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1963-64 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1964-65 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1965-66 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1966-67 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach 
1967-68 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach
1968-69 James Madison High School - New York City (High School) Head coach

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Harry was nicknamed "Jammy" for his habit of eating jam sandwiches before every game to calm his stomach. He went to Savage School after graduating from high school, and after that went on to play professional and semi-professional basketball around New York before landing a coaching job at Madison. He coached there for 43 years before retiring and moving to Florida, where he would die in 1999.

Source:
"When Basketball Was Jewish: Voices of Those Who Played the Game" Douglas Stark
Miami New Times, March 27, 1997
Jews In Sports

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jammy-moskowitz/

Willie McWalters

William Henry McWalters


Born:
October 25, 1891
Newport, RI

Died:
August 9, 1948
Orange (?), NJ


Career
1913-14 Newark Bayview Jr. Wheelmen (Independent)
1914-15 Newark (Independent)
1915-16 Newark (Independent)
1916-17 Newark Turners (IBL)
1917-18 Newark Turners (Independent)
1917-18 Providence (PSL)
1918-19 Newark Turners (Independent)
1919-20 Newark Turners (Independent)
1919-20 Newark KofC Piccadilly’s (Independent)
1919-20 Jersey City Greenvilles (Independent)
1919-20 Bloomfield Lyceums (Independent)
1920-21 Newark Prudential Insurance (Independent)
1921-22 Newark Prudential Insurance (Independent)
1922-23 Brooklyn Owls (Independent)
1923-24 Brooklyn Owls (Independent)
1924-25 Greenpoint Knights of St. Anthony (MBL)
1926-27 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)


The Newark native was a long-time basketball player around Newark. His brother, Thomas, was a notable golfer in New Jersey.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/willie-mcwalters/

Danny McNichol

Daniel Joseph McNichol


Born:
October 12, 1898
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
May 19, 1963
Narberth, PA


Career
1918-19 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1919-20 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1920-21 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1921-22 Atlantic City K of C (Independent)
1922-23 Atlantic City Garden Pier Five (Independent)
1922-23 Tri-Council Caseys (PBL)
1923-24 Tri-Council Caseys (PBL)
1923-24 Kingston Shirtmakers (MBL)
1923-24 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head Coach
1924-25 Tri-Council (PBL)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)

Born to James and Anastasia McNichol, Daniel was a well-known athlete who played football, basketball and baseball at Penn. He would sometimes play exhibition games with his four brothers, Eddie, Jimmy, Johnny and Harry (not positive Harry was actually a brother, but he is in the McNichol Family line-up.) Eddie was the coach at Penn when Danny went there. He played some pro basketball after graduating, and also was an assistant coach back at Penn on the their basketball team. In 1927, McNichol signed with the Quakers, but in his only game, McNichol scored no points. He died of a heart attack in 1963.

He was married to Rita and had at least one son, Daniel Jr.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/danny-mcnichol/

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bill McElwain

William Raymond McElwain


Born:
October 9, 1905
Queens, NY

Died:
November 27, 1981
Pompano Beach, FL


Career
1923-24 Brooklyn Triangles (Independent)
1924-25 Yonkers Leaguers (MBL)
1925-26 Yonkers Leaguers (MBL)
1926-27 Ridgewood*Orange/Ridgewood*Newburgh (NLN)
1926-27 Greenpoint Knights / Trenton Royal Bengals (NBL)
1926-27 Yonkers Leaguers (MBL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1928-29 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1929-30 New York Celtics (ABL)
1929-30 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1933-34 New York Nationals (Independent)
1935-36 Passaic Reds (ABL)

Born to Edward and Margaret McElwain, Bill played five years in the ABL.

He and his wife, Louise, had one son and one daughter.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bill-mcelwain/

Willie "Squire" McDonald

William "Squire" McDonald


Born:
c. 1904


Died:




Career

1922-23 St. Francis Prep - Queens (High School)
1923-24 St. Francis Prep - Queens (High School)
1924-25 St. Francis University - New York (College)
1924-25 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1925-26 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1926-27 Newburgh Hillsides / Jersey City Skeeters (NLN)
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1926-27 West Brooklyn Assumption Triangles (MBL)
1926-27 Youngstown Bentleys (CBL)
1927-28 Catskill Howitzers (MBL)
1928-29 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1928–29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (Independent)
1929-30 New York Celtics (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1930-31 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1931-32 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1932-33 Brooklyn Americans (MBL)
1933-34 Bronx Americans (ABL)
1934-35 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1935-36 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1936-37 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)

McDonald played basketball at St. Francis Prep. After at least one year at St. Francis College, McDonald would player pro basketball for many years. Not much else to be found. Alive in December of 1949, appearing at at St Francis Prep reunion game.

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Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/willie-mcdonald/

Charles Lester

Charles R. Lester


Born:
December 14, 1904
Allentown, PA

Died:
February 21, 1973
Emmaus, PA


Career
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)

Born to Charles and Agnes Lester in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lester played one season with the Quakers in the ABL. He was working as a watchman when he died in 1973.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/charles-lester/

Chris Leonard

Christopher Michael Leonard


Born:
February 10, 1890
Manhattan, NY

Died:
May 11, 1957
Manhasset, NY


Career
1911-12 Manhattan College (College)
1912-13 New York St.Gabriels Lyceun (Independent)
1913-14 New York St.Gabriels (Independent)
1913-14 Brooklyn (TSL)
1914-15 Rosedale - New Jersey (Independent)
1914-15 Paterson Crescents (Independent)
1915-16 Paterson Crescents (IBL)
1915-16 Danbury Wooster AC (Independent)
1915-16 Bridgeport Blue Ribbins (Independent)
1916-17 Danbury Danburians (IBL)
1916-17 Newark Turners (IBL)
1916-17 Jasper Jewels (EBL)
1916-17 Hazleton Mountaineers (PSL)
1917-18 Danbury–Jersey City Skeeters (CBL)
1917-18 Jasper Jewels (EBL)
1917-18 Carbondale Pioneers (PSL)
1917-18 Plymouth Shawnees (PSL)
1917-18 Newark Turners (Independent)
1917-18 New Brunswick Wright-Martin Aeroplane Co. (Independent)
1918-19 Newark Turners (Independent)
1918-19 Norwalk (Independent)
1918-19 Staten island Downey Shipyard (Independent)
1919-20 De Neri Daisies (EBL)
1919-20 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (EBL)
1919-20 Pittston (PSL)
1919-20 Troy Knights of Columbus (NYSL)
1919-20 New York Treat 'Em Roughs (IBL)
1919-20 Brooklyn Dodgers (IBL)
1919-20 New York Whirlwinds (Independent)
1919-20 Newark Turners (Independent)
1920-21 Original Celtics (Independent)
1920-21 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1920-21 Pittston (PSL)
1920-21 Hartford Wyanokas (IL)
1921-22 Original Celtics (Independent)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL)
1922-23 Atlantic City Sandpipers (EBL)
1922-23 New York Celtics (MBL)
1922-23 Original Celtics (Independent)
1923-24 Original Celtics (Independent)
1924-25 Original Celtics (Independent)
1925-26 Original Celtics (Independent)
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1927-28 New York Celtics (ABL)

A long time basketball player who made his largest mark on the Original Celtics, Leonard was already 36 years old when the Celts joined the ABL. He retired after the 1927-28 season, and died of a heart attack in 1957.

Source:
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA), May 18, 1957

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/chris-leonard/

Dutch Lentz

Valentine William "Dutch" Lentz


Born:
August 3, 1897
Baltimore, MD

Died:
May 20, 1980
Fayetteville, NC


Career
1915-16 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (High School)
1917-18 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College)
1919-20 Baltimore (Independent)
1920-21 Baltimore (Independent)
1921-22 Baltimore St.Andrews Five (Independent)
1922-23 Baltimore Orioles (Independent)
1923-24 Hagerstown Elks (Independent)
1923-24 Calvert Hall College - Maryland (High School) Head coach
1924-25 Hagerstown Elks (Independent)
1924-25 Calvert Hall College - Maryland (High School) Head coach
1925-26 Baltimore Orioles (Independent)
1925-26 Calvert Hall College - Maryland (High School) Head coach
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Calvert Hall College - Maryland (High School) Head coach
1927-28 Calvert Hall College - Maryland (High School) Head coach
1931-32 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1932-33 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1933-34 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1934-35 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1935-36 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1936-37 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1937-38 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1938-39 St. John's College - Annapolis, Maryland (College) Head coach
1939-40 Army (College) Head coach
1940-41 Army (College) Head coach
1941-42 Army (College) Head coach
1942-43 Army (College) Head coach
1923-24 Calvert Hall College - Maryland (High School) Head coach

Lentz went to Baltimore Poly, where he played basketball in his senior year and has selected captain despite having never played before. He would go on to play at St. John's College in Annapolis and after graduating, he served in the U.S. Army. After World War 1, he would return to Maryland and take up professional basketball, playing for 8 seasons before going into teaching and coaching. He would coach baseball, basketball and football at St. John's for 8 seasons before taking his coaching skills to West Point. He was recommissioned for World War 2, serving in Northern Africa. After World War 2, he taught mathematics before retiring in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

He married Pauline Raabe and they had four sons and a daughter.

Source:
Baltimore Sun, May 21, 1980

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dutch-lentz/

Joe Lapchick

Joseph Bohomiel Lapchick


Born:
April 12, 1900
Yonkers, NY

Died:
August 10, 1970
Monticello, NY


Career
1917-18 Yonkers Hollywood Inn (Independent)
1918-19 Yonkers Hollywood Inn (Independent)
1919-20 Yonkers Hollywood Inn (Independent)
1920-21 Schenectady Dorpians (NYSL)
1920-21 Holyoke Co. E. (IL)
1921-22 Schenectady Doprians (NYSL)
1921-22 Troy Trojans (NYSL)
1921-22 Brooklyn Visitation (MBL)
1921-22 Holyoke Reds (IL)
1921-22 Mt.Vernon Armory Big Five (Independent)
1922-23 Troy Trojans (NYSL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1922-23 Holyoke Reds (IL)
1923-24 Original Celtics (Independent)
1924-25 Original Celtics (Independent)
1925-26 Original Celtics (Independent)
1926-27 New York Celtics (NLN)
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1927-28 New York Celtics (ABL)
1928-29 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1929-30 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1930-31 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL) Head coach / player
1930-31 Toledo Red Men (ABL)
1931-32 Original Celtics (Independent)
1932-33 Original Celtics (Independent)
1932-33 Yonkers (MBL)
1933-34 Original Celtics (Independent)
1933-34 Plymouth (PSL)
1934-35 Original Celtics (Independent)
1935-36 Original Celtics (Independent)
1936-37 Original Celtics (Independent)
1936-37 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1937-38 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1938-39 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1939-40 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1940-41 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1941-42 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1942-43 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1943-44 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1944-45 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1945-46 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1946-47 St. John's University (College) Head coach 
1947-48 New York Knicks (BAA) Head coach
1948-49 New York Knicks (BAA) Head coach
1949-50 New York Knicks (NBA) Head coach
1950-51 New York Knicks (NBA) Head coach
1951-52 New York Knicks (NBA) Head coach
1952-53 New York Knicks (NBA) Head coach
1953-54 New York Knicks (NBA) Head coach
1954-55 New York Knicks (NBA) Head coach
1955-56 New York Knicks (NBA) Head coach
1956-57 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1957-58 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1958-59 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1959-60 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1960-61 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1961-62 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1962-63 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1963-64 St. John's University (College) Head coach
1964-65 St. John's University (College) Head coach 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1964

One of the first big-men in the game, 6'5 Lapchick was a star for the Original Celtics when that time was the highest-drawing professional team in the country. He would also four many teams at the same time, able to make a decent enough living at the game in an era where the term "professional" was not as independent as later days. He was on the Celtics when they took over the Brooklyn franchise in the ABL, and the Celtics were a dominant force. So dominant, in fact, the team was forced to disband by the other franchises. Lapchick and two other Celtics would join the Cleveland Rosenblums and they won two ABL titles. When the Depression ended the ABL in 1931, Lapchick and the others reformed the Celtics. Lapchick would retire as a play in 1937 when he took the head coaching job at St. John's.
As a coach, Lapchick lead St. John's to four NIT championships in his time there, which was interrupted by nine seasons coaching the Knicks. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964, and died of heart failure in 1970.


Source:
Basketball Hall of Fame
NY Times Obituary, August 11, 1970
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 11, 1970
Asheville Citizen-Times, August 11, 1970

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-lapchick/

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rody Lamb

Roy Elmer "Rody" Lamb


Born:
August 19, 1899
Garrison, NE

Died:
December 21, 1995
Corvallis, OR


Career
1923-24 Lomard College - Galesburg, Illinois (College)
1924-25 Lomard College - Galesburg, Illinois (College)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)

Prior to this blog entry, he was known simply as "Lamb." I am fairly certain he is Rody Lamb, All-Western and All-State quarterback and basketball player from Lombard College (now known as Knox College) in Galesburg, Illinois. Lamb would play four seasons in the NFL, with Rock Island and the Chicago Cardinals, as well as playing one game with the Chicago Bruins. Around 1930, he moved to Oregon to coach football.

He and his wife, Rowena, had one son and one daughter.

NFL Stats
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LambRo20.htm

Source:
Knox College Athletics

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

Moyer Krakovitch

Moyer Krakovitch


Born:
November 14, 1907
Passaic, NJ

Died:
February 21, 1985
Miami, FL


Career
1924-25 Passaic High School - NJ (High School)
1925-26 Union High School - NJ (College)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Paterson Crescents (MBL)
1926-27 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Warriors (ABL)
1927-28 St.Louis Americans (Independent)
1928-29 St.Louis Americans (Independent)
1928-29 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)

Like fellow pro basketball player Fritz Knothe, Krakovitch played at Passaic High School during that school's basketball success. After his junior year, he was coaxed into transferring to Union High School to help the basketball team. After graduating in 1926, he went right into the professional game, signing with the Baltimore Orioles in the ABL. He spent three season playing pro basketball.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/moyer-krakovitch/

Fritz Knothe

Wilfred Edgar "Fritz" Knothe


Born:
May 1, 1903
Passaic, NJ

Died:
March 27, 1963
Passaic, NJ


Career
1921-22 Passaic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1922-23 Passaic High School - New Jersey (High School)
1923-24 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen
1925-26 Passaic Mets (MBL)
1926-27 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL)

Born to Gottleib and Augusts Knothe, Fritz was a member of the Passaic High School basketball team that won 159 straight games over 10 seasons. He was also a baseball player, and after graduating, he spent some time at Penn before pursuing an athletic career. He signed with Bay City in baseball's Michigan-Ontario League. He also took up professional basketball at this time, playing for Passaic and Kingston before signing with the Baltimore Orioles in the ABL in 1926-27. After another season with the Colonials and also the Rochester Centrals, he left basketball behind to focus on baseball and headed to the Pacific Coast League. After four seasons out west, including two .300 seasons with Seattle in 1930 and 1931, his contract was purchased by the Boston Braves of the National League and he spent the 1932 season in Boston, batting .238 in 89 games as a third baseman. In June of 1933, the Braves traded him to the Phillies, and he spent next few month there before being sent to Albany in the International League. He would not return to the majors, and would be done with professional baseball after 1934. He returned to Passaic and became a police officer. On March 17, 1963, Fritz suffered a massive stroke and he died ten days later.

Knothe's brother, George, also played major league baseball and both brothers debuted in the same season (1932).


MLB Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/knothfr01.shtml

Source:
SABR.org

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/fritz-knothe/

Moon Klinzing

Carl Martin "Moon" Klinzing


Born:
January 24, 1899
Pittsburgh, PA

Died:
November 13, 1995
Pittsburgh, PA


Career
1914-15 South High School - Pittsburgh (High School)
1915-16 South High School - Pittsburgh (High School) 
1920-21 Duquesne University - Pittsburgh (College)
1921-22 Duquesne University - Pittsburgh (College)
1921-22 Pittsburgh Morrys (Independent)
1922-23 Pittsburgh Morrys (Independent)
1923-24 Pittsburgh Morrys (Independent)
1924-25 Pittsburgh Morrys (Independent)
1925-26 Pittsburgh Morrys (Independent)
1926-27 Pittsburgh Morrys (CBL)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 McKeesport Cyclers (Independent)
1928-29 Pittsburgh Morrys (Independent)
1928-29 Canton (Independent)
1929-30 Homestead Ackermans (CBL)
1930-31 Pittsburgh Fintex (CBL)

After an impressive run on the courts of South High School and Duquense University, "Mooney" became a member of the famed Pittburgh Morry's, playing for them for six seasons. In March of 1927, he made a brief stint in the ABL, playing a few games for the Cleveland Rosenblums. He would go on to play basketball a few more years before hanging it up.

He later worked as a plumber and has a well-known referee in the Pittsburgh area. He died in 1995 at 96 years of age.

He and his wife, Alberta (1920-2007), had two sons and three daughters.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Moon-Klinzing/

Al Kellett

Alfred Henry Kellett


Born:
October 30, 1901
New York, NY

Died:
July 14, 1960
New York, NY


Career
1917-18 Morris High School - New York (High School)
1918-19 Columbia University (College)  - Not sure he actually played basketball
1922-23 Bronx Dodgers (Independent)
1922-23 Brooklyn Dexter Big Five (Independent)
1923-24 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1924-25 Brooklyn (MBL)
1924-25 Eddie Holly’s Majors (Independent)
1924-25 New York Nationals (Independent)
1924-25 New York Cliftons (Independent)
1925-26 New York–Newark (MBL)
1925-26 Pottsville (EBL)
1925-26 Brooklyn Fernwoods (Independent)
1925-26 Philadelphia SPHAS (Independent)
1925-26 New York Nationals (Independent)
1926-27 Newburgh / Jersey City–Ridgewood / Newburgh (NLN)
1926-27 Youngstown (CBL)
1926-27 Philadelphia Quakers (ABL)
1927-28 Philadelphia Warriors (ABL)
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Philadelphia SPHAS (Independent)
1930-31 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1930-31 Carbondale (PSL)
1930-31 Bridgeton (TSL)
1931-32 Brooklyn Visitations (MBL)
1931-32 Carbondale (PSL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Visitation (MBL)
1932-33 Bronx St. Martin (MBL)
1932-33 Bridgeton Gams (EBL)
1932-33 Carbondale (PSL)
1933-34 Bronx Americans (ABL)
1933-34 Dunmore (PSL)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL)
1934-35 Kingston Legionnaires (Independent)
1935-36 Paterson Panthers / Trenton Moose / Passaic Reds (ABL)
1936-37 New York Celtics (ABL)
1937-38 New York Celtics (ABL)
1938-39 Troy Haymakers (ABL)
1939-40 New York Celtics (Independent)
1940-41 New York Celtics (Independent)

After graduating from high school, Kellett enrolled at Princeton but after one year there he entered the U.S. Army. After his discharge from the service, he began playing semi-pro baseball and was signed by Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics in June of 1923. He had five unimpressive outings with the Athletics, and end the end of the season was sold to Portland in the PCL, but stayed east and found his way into one game with the Boston Red Sox, but walked both batters he faced without a strike before getting the hook. His basketball career, though, was flourishing. He would spend 18 seasons playing professionally mainly around New York City. He played 11 seasons in the ABL, and before retiring from the game in 1941 to join the Merchant Marines, played with the New York Celtics, too.

Kellett suffered a fractured skull and a laceration of the brain and died at the ago of 58 in 1960.

MLB Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kelleal01.shtml

Source:
SABR.org

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

Reese Jones

Reese Edward Jones, Jr.


Born:
November 12, 1903
Muncie, IN

Died:
March 24, 1950
Flint, MI


Career
1920-21 Vincennes High School - Indiana (High School)
1921-22 Vincennes High School - Indiana (High School)
1922-23 Vincennes High School - Indiana (High School)
1924-25 Vincennes YMCA - Indiana (Independent)
1925-26 Washington University - Missouri (College)
1926-27 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)
1927-28 Toledo Redmen (Independent)
1927-28 Flint Buick Flyers (Independent)
1928-29 Toledo Redmen (Independent)
1928-29 Battle Creek  - Michigan (Independent)
1928-29 Flint Buick Flyers (Independent)
1929-30 Pontiac Chiefs /Detroit Tool Box (NPBL)
1930-34 Beloit Fairies - Wisconsin (Independent)

Born to Reese and Edith Jones, Reese went to Vincennes High School, where he won the "best player" medal while leading the school basketball team to a state title. In January of 1925, Jones and his YMCA team was travelling by bus to play a basketball game when the bus had to pull over to the side of the road to fix a flat tire. Jones and two other players, Vance Westall (who was also driving the bus) and George Kixmiller were out tending to the tire when they were struck by a car driven by Russell Jackson. Kixmiller died at the hosptial, and Jones suffered a broken leg. That fall,  Jones went to Washington University in St Louis to play football and basketball, but was declared ineligible after it was discovered he played pro football in a game against the Chicago Bears. (It was not an NFL game he played in, but an exhibition the occurred after the NFL season.) Jones moved to Flint, Michigan, shortly after his dismissal from college and would sign on to play pro basketball for the  Detroit entry in the  ABL. He would play basketball professionally and semi-professionally for a few years around Michigan, while also boxing in the heavyweight class.

Reese died following a short bout with pneumonia in 1950.

Source:
Muncie Evening Press, January 10, 1925
Lansing State Journal, April 5, 1950

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/reese-jones/


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Walter Jamieson

Walter J. Jamieson


Born:
February 2, 1904
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
March 23, 1993
Manhasset, NY


Career
1922-23 Brooklyn Owls (Independent)
1923-24 Brooklyn Owls (Independent)
1924-25 Rockaway Veterans (Independent)
1925-26 Brooklyn St.Rose Owls (Independent)
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Brooklyn St. Rose Owls (Independent)
1927-28 Brooklyn St. Rose Owls (Independent)
1928-29 Rockaway Pros (Independent)
1929-30 Brooklyn St. Rose Owls (Independent)
1931-32 Brooklyn St. Rose Owls (Independent)
1932-33 Brooklyn St. Rose Owls (Independent)
1933-34 Brooklyn St. Rose Owls (Independent)

Born to Charles and Rose Jamieson in Brooklyn, Walt played basketball for a dozen season around Brooklyn, save a partial season with the Baltimore Orioles.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/walter-jamieson/


Nat Holman

Nathan Holman


Born:
October 19, 1896
New York, NY

Died:
February 12, 1995
New York, NY


Career
Commerce High School - New York (High School)
1916-17 Savage School (College)
1916-17 Hoboken Hobs (IBL)
1917-18 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (CSL)
1917-18 Jersey City Greenvilles (Independent)
1918-19 Newark Whirlwind AA (Independent)
1918-19 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (Independent)
1919-20 Germantown Geraniums (EBL)
1919-20 Jersey City Skeeters / Brooklyn Dodgers (IBL)
1919-20 Scranton Miners (PSL)
1919-20 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1919-20 Newark Whirlwind AA (Independent)
1919-20 Brooklyn Van & Schneck (Independent)
1919-20 New York Whirlwinds (Independent)
1919-20 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (Independent)
1919-20 Danbury (Independent)
1919-20 Jersey City Greenvilles (Independent)
1919-20 Newark City AC (Independent)
1919-20 Passaic AA (Independent)
1919-20 CCNY (College) Head coach
1920-21 Germantown Geraniums (EBL)
1920-21 Norwalk Co. K (CSL)
1920-21 Pittsfield Hillies (NYSL)
1920-21 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1920-21 Original Celtics (Independent)
1920-21 CCNY (College) Head coach
1921-22 Original Celtics (Independent)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL)
1921-22 CCNY (College) Head coach
1922-23 New York Original Celtics (MBL)
1922-23 Atlantic City Sandpipers (EBL)
1922-23 Original Celtics (Independent)
1922-23 CCNY (College) Head coach
1923-24 Original Celtics (Independent)
1923-24 CCNY (College) Head coach
1924-25 Original Celtics (Independent)
1924-25 CCNY (College) Head coach
1925-26 Original Celtics (Independent)
1925-26 CCNY (College) Head coach
1926-27 New York Celtics (NYN)
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)
1926-27 CCNY (College) Head coach
1927-28 New York Celtics (ABL)
1927-28 CCNY (College) Head coach
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 CCNY (College) Head coach
1929-30 New York Celtics (ABL)
1929-30 Syracuse All-Americans (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 CCNY (College) Head coach
1930-31 CCNY (College) Head coach
1931-32 CCNY (College) Head coach
1932-33 CCNY (College) Head coach
1933-34 CCNY (College) Head coach
1934-35 CCNY (College) Head coach
1935-36 CCNY (College) Head coach
1936-37 CCNY (College) Head coach
1937-38 CCNY (College) Head coach
1938-39 CCNY (College) Head coach
1939-40 CCNY (College) Head coach
1940-41 CCNY (College) Head coach
1941-42 CCNY (College) Head coach
1942-43 CCNY (College) Head coach
1943-44 CCNY (College) Head coach
1944-45 CCNY (College) Head coach
1945-46 CCNY (College) Head coach
1946-47 CCNY (College) Head coach
1947-48 CCNY (College) Head coach
1948-49 CCNY (College) Head coach
1949-50 CCNY (College) Head coach
1950-51 CCNY (College) Head coach
1951-52 CCNY (College) Head coach
1954-55 CCNY (College) Head coach
1955-56 CCNY (College) Head coach
1958-59 CCNY (College) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1964

Holman was one of the game's first true innovators, both as a player and as a coach. After attending the Savage School of Physical Education, he played professional basketball while coaching basketball at CCNY. He was best known on the court as a player for the famous Original Celtics, but played for many different teams both barnstorming and in leagues. As a coach, he started at CCNY in 1919 and would coach through the 1958-59 season, with a couple year gaps in the late 50's. He was one of the first proponents of the man-to-man defensive scheme, which helped his squad to become the first school to win the NIT and NCAA tournament in 1950. The point-shaving scandal that rocked CCNY and college sports in the 1950's virtually destroyed CCNY's athletic program. He would work with high school and junior high school teams as a mentor, and died at the age of 98

Source:
Jews In Sports
http://digital-archives.ccny.cuny.edu/exhibits/holman/intro.html
NY Times Obituary, February 13, 1995

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/nat-holman/


Joe Hoffman

Joseph Hoffman


Born:



Died:




Career

1919-20 Baltimore City College - Maryland (College)
1921-22 Allied Club - Baltimore (Independent)
1922-23 Paramount - Baltimore (Independent)
1923-24 YMHA - Baltimore (Independent)
1923-24 Allied Club - Baltimore (Independent)
1923-24 Calvert AC - Baltimore (Independent) Head coach
1924-25 YMHA - Baltimore (Independent)
1924-25 Olympic Club - Baltimore (Independent)
1924-25 Meredith Realty - Florida (Independent)
1925-26 Coral Gables - Florida (Independent)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Miami Collegians - Florida (Independent)
1928-29 Paul's Tires - Florida (Independent)
1929-30 Paul's Tires - Florida (Independent)
1929-30 Fort Lauderdale Elks - Florida (Independent)
1930-31 Fort Lauderdale Elks - Florida (Independent)
1930-31 Redman's Sport Shop - Miami (Independent)
1931-32 YMHA - Baltimore (Independent)
1931-32 Stonewall - Baltimore (Independent)

He played baseball and basketball at Baltimore City College before playing around the Baltimore area in the 1920's. He also spent some time in Florida, playing basketball down there.

Quite possibly Joseph Edward Hoffman (1898-1985). Son of William Holmes Hoffman  (1857-1942) and Sarah "Sally" Carr (1854-1925). Brother of Adelaide Hoffman Pula (c. 1891), John (c.1894) and Maurice R. Hoffman. Appears in Census as "Edward" sometimes. His military records say he is 5'7, which could very well be the Hoffman in the photo shown here.


I saw another Joseph Hoffman, born in 1902 in Maryland, living in Miami in 1930. 

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/joe-hoffman/