Tuesday, September 19, 2017

John McConathy

John R. "Hound" McConathy


Born:
April 9, 1930
Sailes LA

Died:
April 19, 2016
Bossier City, LA


Career
1945-46 Bryceland High School - Louisiana (High School)
1946-47 Bryceland High School - Louisiana (High School)
1947-48 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1948-49 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1949-50 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1950-51 Northwest State University - Louisiana (College)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1953-54 Gibsland High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Gibsland High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Bossier City High School - Louisiana (High School) Head coach  

He was but a walk-on at Northwest State in his freshman year, but was named All-American in his senior year. Drafted by the Syracuse Nationals, he would be sent to play with the Milwaukee Hawks for the 1951-52 season prior to the starting of the season. He returned to Louisiana after one season to teach and coach at Gibsland HS and Bossier City HS. He eventually left coaching to became an adminstrator, and eventually became superintendent. After retiring from the school district, he started his own successful insurance company. He stayed visible in the Bossier City community for years, and was a fixture at NSU games before his death in 2016.

He and his wife, Corene, married in 1955 and they had one daughter and three sons.

Source:
NSUDemons.com, April 19, 2016
Shreveport Times, April 19, 2016
Obituary, Shreveport Times, April 21, 2016
Bossier Press, April 19, 2016

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mcconjo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=mcconjo01

George King

George Smith King, Jr.


Born:
August 16, 1928
Charleston, WV

Died:
October 5, 2006
Naples, FL


Career
1944-45 Stonewall Jackson High School - Charleston, WV (High School)
1945-46 Stonewall Jackson High School - Charleston, WV (High School)
1947-48 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College) 
1948-49 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College) 
1949-50 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College) 
1950-51 Phillips 66'ers (Independent/AAU)
1951-52 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1952-53 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1953-54 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1954-55 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1955-56 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
1956-57 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College) Head coach
1957-58 Cincinnati Royals (NBA)
1958-59 West Virginia University (College) Assistant coach
1959-60 West Virginia University (College) Assistant coach 
1960-61 West Virginia University (College) Head coach
1961-62 West Virginia University (College) Head coach
1962-63 West Virginia University (College) Head coach
1963-64 West Virginia University (College) Head coach
1964-65 West Virginia University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Purdue University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Purdue University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Purdue University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Purdue University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Purdue University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Purdue University (College) Head coach
1971-72 Purdue University (College) Head coach 

King was an All-American at Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston), and was drafted by the Chicago Stags in the 1950 NBA Draft, but the Stags folded before the season began. He played for the Phillips's 66ers independent team before signing with the Syracuse Nationals for the next season. He spent five seasons with the Naitonals and then took the head coaching job back at Morris Harvey. After one season, he returned to the NBA, playing with the Cincinnati Royal in 1957-58. He took an assistant coaching job at West Virginia in 1958 and quit playing for good. After two seasons as assistant, he was promoted to the head coach job. He had a 102-43 record in five seasons there, and then moved over to Purdue, leading Purdue to their first Big Ten title in 29 years. After the 1971-72 season, he was named the the school's Athletic Director, a job he held until retiring in 1992.

He and his wife, Jeanne, had two sons and three daughters.

Source:
Obituary

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/kingge01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kingge01

Jack Kiley

John Francis Kiley, Jr.


Born:
January 5, 1929
Irvington, NJ

Died:
February 16, 1982
Baltimore, MD


Career
1945-46 Seton Hall Prep - South Orange, NJ (High School)
1946-47 Seton Hall Prep - South Orange, NJ (High School)
1948-49 Syracuse University (College)
1949-50 Syracuse University (College)
1950-51 Syracuse University (College)
1951-52 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1952-53 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)

Born in Irvington, New Jersey, Kiley grew up in Newark before going to Seton Hall Prep. He went on to play basketball at Syracuse, scoring just under 1200 points, and was a second round draft pick of the Fort Wayne Pistons.

He later worked for many years as a sales rep for the BBL Division of Becton Industries, Bristoil Laboratories and Johnson and Johnson. He died in 1982 following a lengthy illness.

He married Jane Pfaff and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Baltimore Sun, February 18, 1982

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/kileyja01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=kileyja01

Neil Johnston

Donald Neil Johnston


Born:
February 4, 1929
Chillicothe, OH

Died:
September 28, 1978
Irving, TX


Career
1944-45 Chillicothe High School - Ohio (High School)
1945-46 Chillicothe High School - Ohio (High School)
1946-47 Ohio State University (College)
1947-48 Ohio State University (College)
1948-49 Columbus Mariners - Ohio (Independent)
1948-49 Gerber's Lustrons - Chillicothe, OH (Independent)
1949-50 Gerling Builders - Chillicothe, OH (Independent)
1949-50 Agonis Club - Newark, OH (Independent)
1950-51 Agonis Club - Newark, OH (Independent)
1951-52 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1951-53 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1951-54 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1951-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1951-56 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1951-57 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1951-58 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1958-59 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1959-60 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Head coach
1960-61 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA) Head coach
1961-62 Pittsburgh Rens (ABL) Head coach / player
1962-63 Pittsburgh Rens (ABL) Head coach
1964-65 Wilmington Blue Bombers (EBL) Head coach
1965-66 Wilmington Blue Bombers (EBL) Head coach
1966-67 Wake Forest (College) Assistant coach
1967-68 Wake Forest (College) Assistant coach
1968-69 Wake Forest (College) Assistant coach
1969-70 Wake Forest (College) Assistant coach
1970-71 Wake Forest (College) Assistant coach
1971-72 Wake Forest (College) Assistant coach
1972-73 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Assistant coach
1973-74 Portland Trailblazers (NBA) Assistant coach
1976-77 Chemetka Community College - Salem, OR (College) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1990

Johnston played both baseball and basketball at Chillicothe HS and then at Ohio State. He left school early to pursue baseball, pitching in the Philles farm system from 1949-1951. After pitching for Wilmington in the Interstate (B) League in 1951, his manager Jim Ward helped him get a tryout with the Philadelphia Warriors. He made the team, and never looked back to the mound. Blessed with a sweet hook shot, Johnston played 8 seasons with the Warriors, leading the league in shooting percentage multiple times and also in rebounded. (He also got a Masters Degree at Temple during this time.) In 1959, he severely injured his knee and moved from the court to the bench, coaching the Warriors for 2 seasons. He moved over the the Pittsburgh Rens of the new ABL in 1961, and was a player / coach. He quite playing but stayed on the bench in the next season, and the ABL folded after the 62-63 season. After a year off, Johnston coached Wilmington in the Eastern League for a couple seasons before Jack McCloskey hired him as his assistant at Wake Forest. Six years later, McCloskey left for the NBA, and Johnston was not hired by Wake to replace him, and instead fired him. McCloskey brought him on board at Portland. They were both fired after two seasons there. Johnston took a job with the BBB in Portland before returning to basketball in 1976 as the head coach at Chemetka CC in Salem, Oregon. After one season there, he was offered the Athletic Director job at North Lake Community College in Irving Texas in the summer of 1977.

On one warm September day in 1978, Johnston was playing basketball with some friends and family when he collapsed. The heart attack he was suffering would prove to be fatal. He was only 49 years old. He was posthumously elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Neil married Phyllis Wilson (1931-1980) and they had two sons and three daughters.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=johnst001don

Source:
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), January 13, 1966
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), April 6, 1972
Obituary, Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), September 29, 1978

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsne01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=johnsne01

Mel Hutchins

Melvin Ray Hutchins


Born:
November 22, 1928
Sacramento, CA

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Career
1945-46 Monrovia High School - California (High School)
1946-47 Monrovia High School - California (High School)
1947-48 Brigham Young University (College)
1948-49 Brigham Young University (College)
1949-50 Brigham Young University (College)
1950-51 Brigham Young University (College)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1952-53 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1953-54 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1954-55 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1955-56 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1956-57 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1957-58 New York Knicks (NBA)

After a stellar career at BYU, Hutchins was the second pick overall in the 1951 draft, selected by Tri-Cities (who would announce their move to Milwaukee weeks later.) Hutchins would lead the NBA in rebounding in his rookie year, a feat only accomplished by one other player, Wilt Chamberlain. In 1953, the Hawks sold him to the Pistons, and in his four seasons there the Pistons made it to the NBA Finals twice. After the 1957 season, we has traded along with Charlie Tyra to the New York Knicks for Dick Atha, Nat Clifton and Harry Gallatin. His career ended following a serious knee injury in 1958.

His sister, Colleen, was named Miss America in 1952. She married fellow pro basketball player Ernie Vandeweghe and their son (Mel's nephew) Kiki also played in the NBA.


Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hutchme01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hutchme01

Lew Hitch

Lewis Rufus Hitch


Born:
July 16, 1929
Griggsville, IL

Died:
February 8, 2012
Wamego, KS


Career
1945-46 Griggsville High School - Illinois (High School)
1946-47 Griggsville High School - Illinois (High School)
1947-48 Culver-Stockton College - Missouri (College)
1948-49 Kansas State University (College)
1949-50 Kansas State University (College)
1950-51 Kansas State University (College)
1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1952-53 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1953-54 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1954-55 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1955-56 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1956-57 Rochester Royals (NBA)
1956-57 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1957-58 Ellis High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Ellis High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Ellis High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Ellis High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Wichita Heights High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Wichita Heights High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Wichita Heights High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Wichita Heights High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Wichita Heights High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Wichita Heights High School - Kansas (High School) Head coach

Born to Rufus and Maurine Hitch, Lew went to Griggsville HS before being awarded a basketball scholarship at Culver-Stockton Junior College. After a year there, he transferred to Kansas State, playing three years.Graduating from KSU, Hitch was a second-round draft pick of the Lakers, where he won two NBA championships in his two years there before being sold to the Hawks in October of 1953.He played with the Hawks until February 15, 1955, when he was traded back to the Lakers in exchange for Bobby Watson and the rights to unsigned players Carl McNulty and Dick Rutherford. He played two more seasons the the Lakers until May of 1956 when he was traded to the Rochester Royals for the draft rights of Bob McKeen. In January of 1957, he was sold to the Philadelphia Warriors. He finished the year with the Warriors and then retired from playing.

His basketball career done, Hitch moved to Ellis, Kansas, and then on to Wichita to teach and coach high school basketball. He moved to Westmoreland, Kansas, in 1971, and eventually became a superintendent until retiring in 1990. Hitch died on 2012 following a long illness.

He married Danna Jean Foltz (d. 2004) in 1953 and they had three sons.

Source:
Chicago Tribune, February 17, 1955
Family Tree
Obituary

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hitchle01.html
www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=hitchle01

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jake Fendley

John Phillip "Jake" Fendley


Born:
June 12, 1929
Danville, IL

Died:
August 9, 2002
Oak Park, IL


Career
1943-44 South Shore High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1944-45 South Shore High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1945-46 South Shore High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1946-47 South Shore High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1948-49 Northwestern University (College)
1949-50 Northwestern University (College)
1950-51 Northwestern University (College)
1951-52 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1952-53 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)

After starring at Shore HS and Northwestern, Fendley was drafted by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1951. After two seasons, he left the Pistons tw raise a family, and began working ABC-TV in Chicago. Working in advertising, we would eventually move to McCall's, and then to WGN where he was promoted to the position of Sports Sales Director.

He and his wife, Pat, had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Obituary, Chicago Tribune, August 13, 2002

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/fendlja01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=fendlja01

Elmer Behnke

Elmer H. or E. Behnke, Jr.


Born:
February 3, 1929
Rockford, IL

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Career
1945-46 Marengo High School - Illinois (High School)
1946-47 Marengo High School - Illinois (High School)
1947-48 Bradley University (College)
1948-49 Bradley University (College)
1949-50 Bradley University (College)
1950-51 Bradley University (College)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

Born in Rockford, Elmer played basketball at Bradley, where the team made it to the NCAA championship game, losing to CCNY in 1950. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Rochester Royals, but was released and signed by the Hawks. After four games, Behnke was let go in November of 1951. He took employment at Caterpillar Tractor

He married Lee Thompson in 1953.



Source:
Marengo Republican-News, May 14, 1953

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/behnkel01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=behnkel01

Don Barksdale

Donald Argee Barksdale


Born:
March 31, 1923
Oakland, CA

Died:
March 8, 1993
Oakland, CA


Career
1940-41 Marin Junior College - California (College)
1941-42 Marin Junior College - California (College)
1942-43 UCLA (College)
1944-45 Camp Ross (Military)
1945-46 Camp Ross (Military)
1946-47 UCLA (College)
1947-48 Oakland Biitners (Independent)
1948 - United States National Team (Olympics)
1948-49 Oakland Biitners (Independent)
1949-50 Oakland Blue and Gold Nuggets (Independent)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1952-53 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1953-54 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1954-55 Boston Celtics (NBA)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 2012

Born in Oakland, Barksdale went to Berkeley High School but was cut from the basketball team every year there (some people say he wasn't skilled enough, others say it was because he was black.) Undeterred, he went to Marin JC and made the team, and after two years there he transferred to UCLA. After one year there, he went into the U.S. Army to serve during World War 2. After his service, he went back to UCLA, where he was an All-American in 1946-47. He started playing independent basketball after leaving UCLA, and eventually was selected to play on the 1948 Olympic team. After helping the team to the gold medal, he returned to Oakland to play on various indy and AAU teams. In 1951, he was signed by the Baltimore Bullets, becoming the fourth black player inthe NBA. Two years later, Barksdale joined the Boston Celtics but after two years, his career was cut short with chronic ankle problems. He worked in radio for many years, and was also a key figure in the Oakland schools for his fundraising to save Oakland athletic programs. Barskdale died of throat cancer in 1993, and was posthumously elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012.

Source:
Obituary, New York Times, March 11, 1993

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/barksdo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=barksdo01

1951-52 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)

1951-52 SYRACUSE NATIONALS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Eastern Division
Finished: 40-26 .606, 1st place

Division Semifinals - Defeated Philadelphia, 2-1
Division Finals - Lost to New York, 3-1

  • Head Coach: Al Cervi (February 12, 1917 - November 9, 2009)  also played, see below

PLAYERS: 
  • Gerry Calabrese (February 4, 1925 - April 13, 2015)
Biography

  • Al Cervi (February 12, 1917 - November 9, 2009)
Biography

  • Billy Gabor (b. May 13, 1922)
Biography

  • Noble Jorgensen (May 18, 1925 - November 2, 1982)
Biography

  • George King (August 16, 1928 - October 5, 2006)
Biography

  • Wally Osterkorn (July 6, 1928 - January 11, 2012)
Biography
 
  • George Ratkovicz (November 13, 1922 - November 10, 2007)
Biography

  • Red Rocha (September 18, 1923 - February 13, 2010)
Biography


Don Savage
  • Dolph Schayes (May 19, 1928 - December 10, 2015)
Biography

  • Paul Seymour (January 30, 1928 - May 5, 1998)
Biography

1951-52 Rochester Royals (NBA)

1951-52 ROCHESTER ROYALS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Western Division
Finished: 41-25 .621, 1st place

Division Semifinals - Defeated Fort Wayne, 2-0
Division Finals - Lost to Minneapolis, 3-1
NBA Finals - Defeated New York, 4-3 




  • Head Coach: Les Harrison (August 20, 1904 - December 23, 1997) 

PLAYERS: 

  • Jack Coleman (May 23, 1924 - December 8, 1997)
Biography 

  • Bob Davies (January 15, 1920 - April 22, 1990)
Biography

  • Alex Hannum (July 19, 1923 - January 18, 2002)
Biography

  • Red Holzman (August 10, 1920 - November 13, 1998)
Biography

  • Arnie Johnson (May 16, 1920 - June 6, 2000)
Biography

  • Joe McNamee (September 24, 1926 - July 16, 2011)
Biography

  • Paul Noel (August 17, 1924 - November 16, 2005)
Biography

Ray Ragelis
Sam Ranzino
  • Arnie Risen (October 9, 1924 - August 4, 2012)
Biography

  • Odie Spears (June 17, 1924 - March 28, 1985)
Biography

  • Bobby Wanzer (June 4, 1921 - January 23, 2016)
Biography

1951-52 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)

1951-52 PHILADELPHIA WARRIORS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Eastern Division
Finished: 33-33 .500, 4th place

Division Semifinals - Lost to Syracuse, 2-1


  • Head Coach: Eddie Gottlieb (September 15, 1898 - December 7, 1979)

PLAYERS: 
  • Paul Arizin (April 9, 1928 - December 12, 2006)
Biography

  • Nelson Bobb (February 25, 1924 - December 8, 2003)
Biography

  • Stan Brown (June 27, 1929 - August 2, 2009)
Biography

  • Walt Budko (June 30, 1925 - May 25, 2013)
Biography

  • Ed Dahler (January 31, 1926 - March 26, 2012)
Biography 

  • Joe Fulks (October 26, 1921 - March 21, 1976)
Biography

  • Vern Gardner (May 14, 1925 - August 26, 1987)
Biography

  • Neil Johnston (February 4, 1929 - September 28, 1978)
Biography


  • Ed Mikan (October 20, 1925 - October 22, 1999)
Biography


Mel Payton
  • Andy Phillip (March 7, 1922 - April 28, 2001)
Biography


  • George Senesky (April 4, 1922 - June 25, 2001)
Biography

1951-52 New York Knicks (NBA)

1951-52 NEW YORK KNICKS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Eastern Division
Finished: 37-29 .561 3rd place

Division Semifinals - Defeated Boston, 2-1
Division Finals - Defeated Syracuse, 3-1
NBA Finals - Lost to Minneapolis, 4-3


  • Head Coach: Joe Lapchick  (April 12, 1900 - August 10, 1970)

PLAYERS: 
  • Vince Boryla (March 11, 1927 - March 27, 2016)
Biography


  • Nat Clifton (October 13, 1922 - August 31, 1990)
Biography

  • Harry Gallatin (April 26, 1927 - October 7, 2015)
Biography

  • George Kaftan (born February 22, 1928)
Biography

  • Ray Lumpp (July 11, 1923 - January 16, 2015)
Biography

Alfred McGuire
  • Dick McGuire (January 25, 1926 - February 3, 2010)
Biography 

  • Herb Scherer (December 21, 1928 - June 28, 2012)
Biography

  • Connie Simmons (March 15, 1925 - April 15, 1989)
Biography

  • Ernie Vandeweghe (September 12, 1928 - November 8, 2014)
Biography

  • Max Zaslofsky (December 7, 1925 - October 15, 1985)
Biography

1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)

1951-52 MINNEAPOLIS LAKERS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Western Division
Finished: 40-26 .606, 2nd place

Division Semifinals - Defeated Indianapolis, 2-0
Division Finals - Defeated Rochester, 3-1
NBA Championship - Defeated New York, 4-3

  • Head Coach:  John Kundla (July 13, 1916 - July 23, 2017)
PLAYERS:
  • Bob Harrison (b. August 12, 1927)
Biography 

  • Lew Hitch (July 16, 1929 - February 8, 2012)
Biography

  • Joe Hutton (October 6, 1928 - October 20, 2009)
Biography

  • Slater Martin (October 22, 1925 - October 18, 2012)
Biography

  • George Mikan (June 18, 1924 - June 1, 2005)
Biography

  • Vern Mikkelsen (October 21, 1928 - November 21, 2013)
Biography 

  • John Pilch (August 11, 1925 - June 14, 1991)
Biography

  • Jim Pollard (July 9, 1922 - January 22, 1993)
Biography

  • Pep Saul (b. February 16, 1924)
Biography 

  • Howie Schultz (July 3, 1922 - October 30, 2009)
Biography


Whitey Skoog

1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

1951-52 MILWAUKEE HAWKS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Western Division
Finished: 17-49 .258, 5th place


  • Head Coach: Doxie Moore (February 13, 1911 - April 23, 1986)


PLAYERS:
  • Elmer Behnke (b. February 3, 1929)
Biography

  • Charlie Black (June 15, 1921 - December 22, 1992)
Biography

  • Don Boven (March 6, 1925 - March 10, 2011)
Biography

  • Art Burris (April 7, 1924 - September 19, 1993)
Biography

  • Cal Christensen (June 6, 1927 - August 31, 2011)
Biography

  • Dillard Crocker (January 19, 1925 - September 1, 2014)
Biography

  • Nate DeLong (January 5, 1926 - May 5, 2010)
Biography

  • Dwight "Dike" Eddleman (December 27, 1922 - August 1, 2001)
Biography

  • Jerry Fowler (June 20, 1927 - June 15, 2008) 
Biography

  • Mel Hutchins (b. November 22, 1928)
Biography

  • Walt Kirk (September 3, 1924 - December 12, 2012)
Biography

  • John McConathy (April 9, 1930 - April 19, 2016)
Biography

  • Dick Mehen (May 20, 1922 - December 14, 1986)
Biography

  • Kevin O'Shea (July 10, 1925 - February 21, 2003)
Biography

  • Don Otten (April 18, 1921 -September 18, 1985)
Biography

  • Red Owens (September 2, 1925 - October 11, 1988)
Biography

  • Don Rehfeldt (January 7, 1927 - October 17, 1980)
Biography


John Rennicke



  • Gene Vance (February 25, 1923 - February 16, 2012)
Biography

Bob Wilson

1951-52 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)

1951-52 INDIANAPOLIS OLYMPIANS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Western Division
Finished: 34-32 .515, 3rd place

Division Semifinals - Lost to Minneapolis, 2-0


PLAYERS: 
  • Cliff Barker (January 15, 1921 - March 17, 1998) 
Biography

  • Leo Barnhorst (May 11, 1924 - August 25, 2000)
Biography

  • Dillard Crocker (January 19, 1925 - September 1, 2014)
Biography

  • Joe Graboski (January 15, 1930 - July 2, 1998)
Biography

  • Joe Holland (September 26, 1925 - September 18, 2010)
Biography 

  • Wah Wah Jones (July 14, 1926 - July 27, 2014)
Biography 


  • Bob Lavoy (June 29, 1926 - December 18, 2010)
Biography

  • Don Lofgran (November 8, 1929 - June 17, 1976)
Biography

  • Buckshot O'Brien (b. April 28, 1928)
Biography

Bill Tosheff


  • Paul Walther (March 23, 1927 - December 21, 2014)
Biography

1951-52 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)

1951-52 FORT WAYNE PISTONS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Western Division
Finished: 29-37 .439, 4th place

Division Semi-finals - Lost to Rochester, 2-0

  • Head Coach: Paul Birch (January 4, 1910 - June 5, 1982) 

PLAYERS:
  • Frankie Brian (May 1, 1923 - May 14, 2017)
Biography

  • Art Burris (April 7, 1924 - September 19, 1993)
Biography

  • Bill Tom Closs (January 8, 1922 - June 6, 2011)
Biography

  • Dwight "Dike" Eddleman (December 27, 1922 - August 1, 2001)
Biography

  • Jake Fendley (June 12, 1929 - August 9, 2002)
Biography

  • Larry Foust (June 24, 1928 - October 27, 1984)
Biography

  • Boag Johnson (December 6, 1921 - July 13, 2005)
Biography

  • Jack Kerris (January 30, 1925 - December 4, 1983)
Biography

  • Jack Kiley (January 5, 1929 - February 16, 1982)

  • Don Otten (April 18, 1921 -September 18, 1985)
Biography

  • Fred Schaus (June 30, 1925 - February 10, 2010)
Biography

Chuck Share
Zeke Sinicola

1951-52 Boston Celtics (NBA)

1951-52 BOSTON CELTICS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Eastern Division
Finished: 39-27 .591, 2nd place

Division Semi-finals - Lost to New York, 2-1

  • Head Coach: Red Auerbach (September 20, 1917 - October 28, 2006)

PLAYERS: 


Bob Brannum


  • Chuck Cooper (September 29, 1926 - February 5, 1984)
Biography

  • Bob Cousy (b. August 9, 1928)
Biography

  • Dick Dickey (October 26, 1926 - July 3, 2006)
Biography

  • Bob Donham (October 11, 1926 - September 21, 1983)
Biography

  • Bob Harris (March 16, 1927 - April 10, 1977)
Biography

  • John Mahnken (June 16, 1922 - December 14, 2000)
Biography

  • Ed Macauley (March 22, 1928 - November 8, 2011)
Biography 

  • Bones McKinney (January 1, 1919 - May 16, 1997)
Biography

  • Bill Sharman (May 25, 1926 - October 25, 2013)
Biography


1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)

1951-52 BALTIMORE BULLETS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Eastern Division
Finished: 20-46 .303, 5th place


  • Head Coaches: 
Fred Scolari (March 1, 1922 - October 17, 2002)  12-27
Chick Reiser (December 17, 1914 - July 29, 1996) 8-19


PLAYERS:
  • Don Barksdale (March 31, 1923 - March 8, 1993)
Biography

  • Bill Calhoun (b. November 4, 1927)
Biography

  • Alex Hannum (July 19, 1923 - January 18, 2002)
Biography

  • Frank Kudelka (June 25, 1925 - May 4, 1993)
Biography

  • Joe McNamee (September 24, 1926 - July 16, 2011)
Biography

  • Stan Miasek (September 19, 1923 - October 18, 1989)
Biography


Dave Minor
  • Kevin O'Shea (July 10, 1925 - February 21, 2003)
Biography

  • Red Owens (September 2, 1925 - October 11, 1988)
Biography

  • Don Rehfeldt (January 7, 1927 - October 17, 1980)
Biography

  • Pep Saul (b. February 16, 1924)
Biography 

  • Fred Scolari (March 1, 1922 - October 17, 2002)
Biography

Jim Slaughter
  • Belus Smawley (March 20, 1918 - April 24, 2003)
Biography

  • Brady Walker (March 15, 1921 - November 30, 2007)
Biography

1951-52 NBA

The NBA was now functioning as a ten-team league, having lost the Washington Capitols in January of 1951 when the team folded. (A new team from Washington also named the Capitols would make one last go at it in the now-much-diluted American Basketball League, which was only a year away from dissolving for good.) The Tri-Cities Blackhawks, suffering from financial problems largely due to their market, moved to Milwaukee and became the Hawks.

The Minneapolis Lakers finished a game behind Rochester in the Western Division, but wound up winning the NBA Championship in seven games over the Knicks.


Eastern Division:
Baltimore Bullets
Boston Celtics
New York Knicks
Philadelphia Warriors
Syracuse Nationals



Western Division:
Fort Wayne Pistons
Indianapolis Olympians
Minneapolis Lakers
Rochester Royals
Tri-Cities Blackhawks

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bill Sharman

William Walton Sharman


Born:
May 25, 1926
Abilene, TX

Died:
October 25, 2013
Redondo Beach, CA


Career
1942-43 Central High School - Porterville, CA (High School)
1943-44 Central High School - Porterville, CA (High School)
1946-47 University of Southern California (College)
1947-48 University of Southern California (College)
1948-49 University of Southern California (College)
1949-50 University of Southern California (College)
1950-51 Washington Capitols (NBA)
1951-52 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1952-53 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1953-54 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1954-55 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1955-56 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1956-57 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1957-58 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1958-59 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1959-60 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1960-61 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1961-62 Los Angeles Jets (ABL) Head coach / player
1961-62 Cleveland Pipers (ABL) Head coach / player
1962-63 Los Angeles State (College) Head coach
1963-64 Los Angeles State (College) Head coach 
1966-67 San Francisco Warriors (NBA) Head coach
1967-68 San Francisco Warriors (NBA) Head coach
1968-69 Los Angeles Stars (ABA) Head coach
1969-70 Los Angeles Stars (ABA) Head coach
1970-71 Utah Stars (ABA) Head coach 
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (ABA) Head coach 
1972-73 Los Angeles Lakers (ABA) Head coach  
1973-74 Los Angeles Lakers (ABA) Head coach 
1974-75 Los Angeles Lakers (ABA) Head coach  
1975-76 Los Angeles Lakers (ABA) Head coach 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1976

Sharman entered the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school, serving during World War 2. He went to USC, playing both baseball and basketball there. After graduating, Sharman played through 1955 in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system. However, it was basketball where he made his biggest impact. After one season with the Washington Capitols, he played with the Celtics for 10 seasons and was one of the best shooters of all-time. He was a part of four NBA Championship teams and was an 8-time All-Star.

Sharman quit the Celtics in 1961 to become player and head coach for the Los Angeles Jets in the new ABL. However, the team folded in January of 1962, and Sharman moved to take over the Cleveland Pipers when their coach, John McLendon, abruptly quit (he had frequently argued with Pipers owner George Steinbrenner). Longing to return home to California, Sharman took the head coaching job at Los Angeles State, but resigned after a two years to broadcast for the St. Louis Hawks. This lasted until 1966, when he returned to the bench to lead the NBA's San Francisco Warriors. He moved to take over the Los Angeles Stars in the ABA in 1968, and after two years in LA and one year when the franchise moved to Utah (winning the ABA title), he returned one last time to Los Angeles and the NBA. He coached the Lakers for five seasons, leading the club to their first title in L.A. He stepped down from coaching in 1976 to become the Lakers' GM, and in 1983 was named the club's president, retiring in 1990.

Sharman was elected to the Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach.

He and his wife, Joyce, ha two sons and two daughters.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=sharma001wil

Source:

L.A. Times, October 22, 1961
Sandusky Register, January 31, 1962 
Obituary, N.Y. Times, October 25, 2013

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/sharmbi01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=sharmbi01

Dick Schnittker

Richard Dean Schnittker


Born:
May 27, 1928
Kelleys Island, OH

 :




Career
1944-45 Sandusky High School - Ohio (High School)
1945-46 Sandusky High School - Ohio (High School)
1946-47 Ohio State University (College)
1947-48 Ohio State University (College)
1948-49 Ohio State University (College)
1949-50 Ohio State University (College)
1950-51 Washington Capitols (NBA)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1955-56 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1956-57 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)

Schnittker grew up in Ohio, playing football, basketball and running track in high school. He could have gone to Ohio State for football, but chose to play basketball instead, although he was talked into playing football one year when injuries besieged the Buckeyes. Schnittker caught a toughdown pass in the 1950 Rose Bowl, but it was on the basketball court he made is real impact at OSU. He was drafted by the Washington Capitols, and followed the team when they moved to the ABL. However, after two seasons of pro basketball, Dick entered the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War. When he returned, the Capitols were no more and Schnittker joined the Lakers. He played for Minneapolis for five seasons. He eventually settled in Wisconsin and became quite a skilled amateur golfer.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/schnidi01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=schnidi01

Herb Scherer

Herbert Frederick Scherer


Born:
December 21, 1928
Maplewood, NJ

Died:
June 28, 2012
Roswell, GA


Career
Bloomfield Technical High School - Bloomfield, NJ (High School)
1948-49 Long Island University (College)
1949-50 Long Island University (College)
1950-51 Carbondale Aces (ABL)
1950-51 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBA)
1951-52 New York Knicks (NBA)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1951-52 Carbondale Aces (ABL)
1951-52 New York Knicks (NBA)
1951-52 Bridgeport Roesslers (ABL)
1952-53 Scranton Miners (ABL)


On June 21, 1950, Scherer signed with the New York Knicks, but didn't make the team and in November was sent to Paterson in the ABL. (Somehow wound in playing for Carbondale, so don't know if he ever played with Paterson or if that was an error in the newspaper article.) In February of 1951, he was sold by the Aces to the Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the NBA and finished the season with that club. He was let go by the Blackhawks after the season. In October of 1951, Scherer signed with the New York Knicks, but two months later he was sold to the Washington Capitols of the ABL. However, ABL commissioner John J. O'Brien ordered that Scherer be assigned to the Carbondale franchise. Not even a month later, on January 26, 1952, he was back with the Knicks, and played for them for about two weeks. He played one game at some point for Bridgeport. In 1952, he joined the Scranton Miners of the ABL. He left basketball in 1953 to go into the construction business with his brother, retiring after 45 years.

He married Mary Buist in 1951 and they had two sons and a daughter.

Source:
Obituary, Star Ledger, July 2, 2012

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/scherhe01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=scherhe01

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alan Sawyer

Alan Leigh Sawyer


Born:
January 1, 1928
Long Beach, CA

Died:
June 30, 2012
Sequim, WA


Career
1942-43 San Pedro High School - California (High School)
1943-44 San Pedro High School - California (High School)
1944-45 San Pedro High School - California (High School)
1945-46 UCLA (College)
1947-48 UCLA (College)
1948-49 UCLA (College)
1949-50 UCLA (College)
1950-51 Washington Capitols (NBA)
1951-52 UCLA (College) JV Head coach
1952-53 Whittier High School - California (High School) Head coach
1953-54 California High School - Whittier, CA (High School) Head coach
1954-55 California High School - Whittier, CA (High School) Head coach
1955-56 California High School - Whittier, CA (High School) Head coach
1956-57 California High School - Whittier, CA (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach
1958-59 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach
1959-60 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach
1960-61 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach
1961-62 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach 
1962-63 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach
1963-64 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach 
1964-65 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach 
1965-66 Orange Coast College - California (College) Head coach  

After graduating from San Pedro HS, Sawyer went to UCLA for a year, but then spent almost two years in the army, stationed in the Far East. After his duty, we returned to UCLA, and then played with the Washington Capitols in 1950-51. He went on to teach in Whittier, California, and later at Orange Coast College. He also taught and coached in Japan for a couple years. He retired in 1996 and moved to Sequim, Washington, where he died in 2012.

He and his wife, Diane, had a daughter.

Source:
Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College News, April 7, 2005
Obituary, Peninsula Daily News, July 13, 2012

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/sawyeal01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=sawyeal01

Jim Riffey

James R. Riffey


Born:
December 14, 1923
Washington, IN

 :




Career
1938-39 Washington High School - Indiana (High School) JV
1939-40 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1940-41 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1941-42 Washington High School - Indiana (High School)
1946-47 Tulane University (College)
1947-48 Tulane University (College)
1948-49 Tulane University (College)
1949-50 Tulane University (College)
1950-51 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1952-53 Manual High School - Louisville (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Manual High School - Louisville (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Manual High School - Louisville (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Manual High School - Louisville (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Manual High School - Louisville (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Manual High School - Louisville (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Central High School - Battle Creek, MI (High School) Head coach

Born to Samuel and Nannie Riffey in Indiana, Riffey went to Washington HS in Indiana before serving in the U.S. Army during World War 2. After the war, he went to Tulane University, playing all four seasons on the basketball team. He played one season with Fort Wayne but was waived after the season. He moved to Louisville to coach and teach at Manual High School, staying there six seasons before moving to Battle Creek to coach and teach at Central HS. After the 1966-67 season, he left coaching to become assistant principal there, and eventually became a principal at Kellogg Junior High in Battle Creek.


Jim married Esther Wildridge (1926-2011) in 1948 and they had a son and a daughter.

Source:
Battle Creek Enquirer, June 14, 1988
Battle Creek Enquirer, June 15, 1990
Esther's Obituary

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/riffeji01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=riffeji01

Don Rehfeldt

Donald W. Rehfeldt


Born:
January 7, 1927
Chicago, IL

Died:
October 17, 1980
Wisconsin Rapids, WI


Career
1943-44 Amundsen High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1944-45 Amundsen High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1946-47 University of Wisconsin (College)
1947-48 University of Wisconsin (College)
1948-49 University of Wisconsin (College)
1949-50 University of Wisconsin (College)
1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

After graduating from Amundsen HS in 1945, Rehfeldt joined the U.S. Army. However, World War 2 was coming to an end, and Rehfeldt was discharged a year later. He enrolled at Wisconsin and played four years there, becoming the first Badger to score 1000 points. He was drafted by the Bullets but was sold a month into his second season to he Hawks.

After playing two years in the NBA, he returned to Wisconsin, taking the job as a salesman for a trucking company.

In 1966, Rehfeldt was diagnosed with cancer, which he fought for many years until his death in 1980 at 53.



Source:
Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame
Obituary, Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids), October 17, 1980

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rehfedo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=rehfedo01

Kevin O'Shea


Kevin Christopher O'Shea


Born:
July 10, 1925
San Francisco, CA

Died:
February 21, 2003
San Francisco, CA


Career
1940-41 St. Ignatius High School - San Francisco, CA (High School)
1941-42 St. Ignatius High School - San Francisco, CA (High School)
1942-43 St. Ignatius High School - San Francisco, CA (High School)
1946-47 Notre Dame (College)
1947-48 Notre Dame (College)
1948-49 Notre Dame (College)
1949-50 Notre Dame (College)
1950-51 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1952-53 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1952-53 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL)

The son of Irish bicyclist Chris O'Shea, Kevin was born and raised in San Francisco where he starred on the courts of St. Ignatius HS. After high school, O'Shea surprised his hometown by shunning Bay Area colleges to travel to the midwest to visit Notre Dame. He was very impressed by the school, but the call to serve his country was stronger. After trying to get into the Naval V-7 program, he decided to join the U.S. Coast Guard. After his service in  World War 2, O'Shea finally pursued his education at Notre Dame. A four-year All-American in basketball, O'Shea scored over 1000 points before graduating and being drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers. In September of 1951, he was sold to the Milwaukee Hawks, and five months later was sold to the Bullets. After the 1952-53 season, O'Shea returned to San Francisco and started an insurance company, where he worked until his retirement in 1992. O'Shea, along with fellow player Bill Tosheff, fought for years to try and get NBA pensions for players who played in the early years of the NBA.

Kevin died of a heart attack in 2003.

He married Jeanne in 1948 and they had three sons and two daughters.

Source:
Obituary, Chicago Tribune, February 26, 2003
Notre Dame Athletics

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/osheake01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=osheake01

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tommy O'Keefe

Thomas Vincent O'Keefe


Born:
June 3, 1928
Jersey City, NJ

Died:
October 18, 2015
Alexandra, VA


Career
1943-44 St. Peters Prep - Jersey City, NJ (High School)
1944-45 St. Peters Prep - Jersey City, NJ (High School)
1945-46 Notre Dame (College)
1946-47 Georgetown University (College)
1947-48 Georgetown University (College)
1948-49 Georgetown University (College)
1949-50 Georgetown University (College)
1950-51 Washington Capitols (NBA)
1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1953-54 Washington Jets (Military)
1957-58 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen Head coach
1958-59 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen Head coach
1959-60 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen Head coach
1960-61 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1961-62 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Georgetown University (College) Head coach


After graduating from St Peter's, O'Keefe got a scholarship at Notre Dame, but only went there one year, playing in one game. When Notre Dame coach Elmer Ripley left in 1946 for Georgetown, O'Keefe and fellow teammate Ray Corley transferred schools to follow him. O'Keefe was able to regain that year of eligibility and played four at Georgetown, starting as a sophomore through his senior year. He joined the Washington Capitols and after a few games, joined the Baltimore Bullets. He was let go after a few game. In 1951, he joined the Washington Capitols in the ABL, but joined the army shortly thereafter. After serving in the Korean War, he worked for the FBI before coaching at Gonzaga High School. He returned to Georgetown in 1957 to lead the freshmen basketball team, and three years later, became the head coach of the varsity team. After six seasons, he resigned to go into business as a sales representative.

He married Faith in 1951 and they had two daughters and two sons.


Source:
Hoya Basketball
Obituary, Washington Post, October 22, 2015
Obituary, Fredericksburg

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/okeefto01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=okeefto01

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ken Murray

Kenneth Stanley Murray, Jr. 


Born:
April 20, 1928
West Orange, NJ

Died:
June 15, 2008
Montclair, NJ


Career
1947-48 St. Bonaventure (College)
1948-49 St. Bonaventure (College)
1949-50 St. Bonaventure (College)
1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1950-51 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1953-54 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)
1954-55 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1961-62 Mountain High School - West Orange, NJ (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Mountain High School - West Orange, NJ (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Mountain High School - West Orange, NJ (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Mountain High School - West Orange, NJ (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Mountain High School - West Orange, NJ (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Mountain High School - West Orange, NJ (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Mountain High School - West Orange, NJ (High School) Head coach

Coming out of  St. Bonaventure, Murray was drafted in 1950 by the Chicago Stags in the NBA, but when the Stags folded, Murray was taken by the Baltimore Bullets in a dispersal draft. He averaged 13.7 points in 52 games for Baltimore before being sold on February 15, 1951, to the Fort Wayne Pistons. He finished the year with the Pistons, and after the season entered the U.S. military to serve in the Korean War. He returned to the Pistons after the war, playing in 1953-54. Murray was traded back to Baltimore on the eve of the 1954 season for Jim Fritsche, but a month later and 14 games into the season, the Bullets folded and Murray was selected by the Warriors in a dispersal draft.

Source:


Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/murrake01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=murrake01