Tuesday, October 31, 2017

George Yerkes

George Lester "Gus" Yerkes


Born:
May 7, 1899
New York

Died:
October 2, 1976
Nassau, NY


Career
1921-22 New York Nationals (Independent)
1922-23 New York Nationals (Independent)
1923-24 New York Nationals (Independent)
1923-24 Brooklyn Triangles (Independent)
1924-25 New York Nationals (Independent)
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)
1926-27 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1927-28 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1928-29 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1932-33 New York Nationals (Independent) Head coach / player

Yerkes was a long-time player with the independent New York Nationals.

George was married to Florence (1901-1956).

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Gus-Yerkes/


Johnny Whitty

John Joseph Whitty


Born:
February 2, 1896
Manhattan, NY

Died:
December 26, 1965
Brooklyn, NY


Career
1914-15 Original Celtics (Independent)
1915-16 Original Celtics (Independent)
1916-17 Original Celtics (Independent)
1917-18 Original Celtics (Independent)
1918-19 Original Celtics (Independent)
1919-20 Original Celtics (Independent)
1920-21 Original Celtics (Independent)
1920-21 Pittsfield Hillies (NYSL)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL) Head coach / player
1921-22 Original Celtics (Independent)
1922-23 Atlantic City Sand Pipers (EBL)
1922-23 Original Celtics (Independent) Head coach / player
1923-24 Original Celtics (Independent)
1924-25 Original Celtics (Independent)
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 New York Celtics (NYNL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL) Head coach
1927-28 New York Celtics (ABL) Head coach / player

The long-time professional basketball player Johnny Whitty was one of the core members of the famous Original Celtics, one of the most successful barnstorming teams of the era. He later moved into coaching.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Johnny-Whitty/


Carl Wedell

Carl Frederick Wedell


Born:
February 17, 1901
Buffalo, NY

Died:
April 1, 1974
Naples, FL


Career
1918-19 Hutchinson High School - Buffalo (High School)
1919-20 Hutchinson High School - Buffalo (High School)
1921-22 Cornell University (College)
1922-23 Cornell University (College)
1923-24 Cornell University (College)
1925-26 Buffalo (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1925-26 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1926-27 Cornell University - Freshmen team (College) Head coach

Wedell played a little bit of pro basketball before becoming a professoer emeritus at SUNY - Farmingdale. A long-time resident of Long Island, he moved to Naples, Florida, in 1971, dying there in 1974 at 73 years of age.

Wedell had one daughter with his first wife, Evelyn. He remarried to Marguerite Pigott (1901-1995).

Source:
Fort Myers News - Press, April 3, 1974

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Carl-Wedell/

Laurie Walquist

Lawrence Wilfred "Laurie" Walquist


Born:
March 9, 1898
Rockford, IL

Died:
September 28, 1985
Deerfield Lake, IL


Career

1919-20 University of Illinois (College)
1920-21 University of Illinois (College)
1921-22 University of Illinois (College)
1921-22 Harvard Marvels (Independent)
1922-23 Rockford Thomas Cats (Independent)
1924-25 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach / player

The Rockford native was a football and basketball star at Illinois until January of 1922, when it was discovered he played a semi-pro football game and was declared ineligible for college athletics. He quickly joined the Harvard Marvels professional basketball team, and later played for the Chicago Bruins, serving double duty as player and coach for the team in 1925-26.

Walquist played nine seasons as a halfback in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. He would go on to become the backfield coach at the University of Oregon. 

Laurie was 87 when he died from complications of Alzheimer's disease in 1985.

Walquist was married to Margaret and they had two daughters and one son.

NFL Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/W/WalqLa20.htm

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Laurie-Walquist/

Joe Wallace

Clarence MacNair "Joe" Wallace


Born:
May 15, 1901
Middletown, PA

Died:
January 12, 1972
Hummelstown, PA


Career
1918-19 Middletown High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1919-20 Middletown High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1921-22 Dickinson College - Pennsylvania (College)
1922-23 Dickinson College - Pennsylvania (College)
1923-24 Dickinson College - Pennsylvania (College)
1924-25 Tremont (Independent)
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1928-29 Middleton Aviators - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1929-30 Kennett Square (EBL)
1929-30 Middleton Aviators - Pennsylvania (Independent)

Wallace was a baseball and basketball player in high school, and moved on to Dickinson College. He played basketball professionally before leaving in 1930 to study at Jefferson Medical School where he would study to become a doctor. He passed the boards in 1936 and practiced in Philadelphis before joining the Army in World War 2.

Source:
Evening News, February 4, 1936

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Joe-Wallace/

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tillie Voss

Walter Clarence "Tillie" Voss


Born:
March 28, 1897
Detroit, MI

Died:
December 14, 1975
Stuart, FL


Career
1917-18 University of Detroit (College)
1918-19 University of Detroit (College)
1919-20 University of Detroit (College)
1920-21 University of Detroit (College)
1921-22 Detroit Kelly Greens (Independent)
1922-23 Knights of Columbus - Fort Wayne (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit McCarthys (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL) Head coach / player
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1927-28 Detroit Cardinals (ABL)
1927-28 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL)

A football and basketball player at the University of Detroit, Voss left school in June of 1918 to serve in the Army during World War One. He would return to the school shortly later when the war ended. Throughout the 1920's, he played a lot of pro basketball all while playing 9 seasons in the NFL. As a playing coach with the Pulaski Post in 1925-26, he was released by the team in February. He caught on with Brooklyn and would go on to play for various teams over a five-season stay in the ABL.

Voss was married to Margaret Hyatt and they had one daughter.

NFL Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/V/VossTi20.htm

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Tillie-Voss/

Aus Unger

Austin Victor Unger, Jr.


Born:
April 6, 1899
Detroit, MI

Died:
May 18, 1967
Detroit, MI


Career
1921-22 Detroit Kelly-Greens (Independent)
1922-23 Detroit McCarthys (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit McCarthys (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)
1926-27 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)
1930-31 Detroit Tigers (Independent)

Under was a popular basketball and football player in Detroit in the 1920's.

Aus married Helen Arnell in 1922 and they had two daughters.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Aus-Unger/


Bill Uhlen

William Traugott Uhlen


Born:
December 25, 1902
Rochester, NY

Died:
May 18, 1985
Rochester, NY


Career
1919-20 East High School - Rochester, NY (High School)
1922-23 University of Rochester (College)
1923-24 University of Rochester (College)
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Oldsmobiles (Independent)
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1929-30 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1932-33 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1933-34 Rochester Centrals (Independent)

Born to Traugott and Marie Uhlen, Bill was a gifted football and basketball player at East HS in Rochester. Despite receiving an offer to play pro basketball with the Baltimore Orioles, his coach persuaded him to go to college. He was at the University of Rochester for one year, the left and started playing pro basketball with the Rochester Centrals. When Bill father died in 1928, Bill took over the family business, Uhlen Carriage, limiting his basketball. He still was able to play through the 1930's while running the company until 1978 when they closed their doors.

He and his wife, Frances, had one son.

Source:
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester), May 22, 1985

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Bill-Uhlen/


Trottley

Trottley


Born:



Died:




Career
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)

I can't even find anyone by the name in ancestry, let a lone the first name of this player who appeared in one game. Could last name be Trottier? Trotter?

Source:


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


Lefty Topel

Harry "Lefty" Topel
born Harry Isador Natapow


Born:
March 25, 1896
Russia

Died:
March 29, 1943
Rochester, NY


Career
1919-20 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1920-21 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1921-22 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1922-23 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1923-24 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1928-29 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 New York Hakoahs (ABL)
1928-29 Paterson Whirlwinds (ABL)
1929-30 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1929-30 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)

Born in Russia, Natapow (largely under the name "Topel") played with the Rochester Centrals through the 1920's and as the team joined the ABL. He bounced to a few other teams for a bit before returning to Rochester in 1929.

Despondent over the fatal illness of a close family member, Lefty committed suicide in 1943 by carbon monoxide poisoning.

He and his wife, Mollie, had one daughter.

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

Source:
Obituary, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 30, 1943

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Lefty-Topel/



Jack Tierney

John Joseph "Jack" Tierney


Born:
August 3, 1893
Chicago, IL

Died:
May 12, 1968
Bellwood, IL


Career
1913-14 Illinois A.C. (AAU)
1914-15 Illinois A.C. (AAU)
1922-23 Barry Council - Chicago (K of C)
1923-24 Barry Council - Chicago (K of C)
1924-25 Chicago Bruins (Independent)
1924-25 Clover AA - Chicago (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Nationals (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Majestics (Independent) Head coach / player
1934-35 St. George Prep - Evanston, IL (High School) Head coach
1935-36 St. George Prep - Evanston, IL (High School) Head coach
1936-37 St. George Prep - Evanston, IL (High School) Head coach
1937-38 St. George Prep - Evanston, IL (High School) Head coach
1938-39 St. George Prep - Evanston, IL (High School) Head coach
1939-40 St. George Prep - Evanston, IL (High School) Head coach
1940-41 St. George Prep - Evanston, IL (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach
1944-45 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach
1945-46 De La Salle High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach

(Some places say Tierney was born in 1900, but articles from when he signed with the Bruins state he is one of the oldest men in the ABL and has been playing basketball for 20 years, playing on two AAU champion teams in 1914 and 1915, so the 1900 birthdate is deemed to be incorrect. This started a new search, and the actual Tierney has been identified.)

He signed with the Bruins (an independent team at the time) in February of 1925. He was a decent baseball player, playing in the III League in 1925 with Bloomington (not found on baseball-reference.) He played semi-pro baseball around Chicago, with Black Sox third baseman Buck Weaver even being his teammate for a while.

After many years of playing, he moved into coaching, first at St George Prep before returning to he Bruins as their coach. He then returned to coaching high school, this time at De La Salle.

Jack married to Mary Ellen Fanning in 1918, and they had one son, John Jr (went by "Mickey").  "Mickey" played for Jack at St George in 1937 and 1938 before playing basketball at Purdue and later for the Chicago Studebakers. Mary Ellen's passing, Jack remarried to Elizabeth Telek.

Source:
Racine Times, December 20, 1926
The Times (Munster, IN) April 22, 1927
Obituary, Chicago Tribune, May 13, 1968

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Jack-Tierney/

Bill Theissen

William Archibald Theissen


Born:
February 28, 1903
Whiting, IN

Died:
September 20, 1999
Munster, IN


Career
1920-21 Hammond High School - Indiana (High School)
1922-23 Purdue University (College)
1923-24 Hammond Chevrolets (Independent)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Hammond Trust (Independent)
1927-28 Hammond Colonials (Independent)

After briefly playing pro basketball, Bill worked for many years for Amoco as a superintedent of the instrumentation department. When he died in 1999 at 98 years of age, he was the last survivng player from the inaugural season of the ABL.

He was married twice, Vinetta and Marjorie, and had one son.

Source:
The Times (Munster, IN), September 23, 1999

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Bill-Theissen/

Lou Sugarman

Louis L. "Doc" Sugarman


Born:
October 10, 1889
New York, NY

Died:
June 14, 1951
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1907-08 Syracuse University (College)
1908-09 Syracuse University (College)
1909-10 Hudson Mixers (HRL)
1910-11 Hudson Mixers (HRL)
1910-11 Uniontown U's (CBL)
1911-12 Kingston Colonials (HRL)
1911-12 Kingston Co. M (NYSL)
1912-13 Gloversville Co. G (NYSL)
1912-13 Cohoes (NYSL)
1913-14 Cohoes Co. B (EBL)
1914-15 Greystock Greys (EBL)
1915-16 Greystock Greys (EBL)
1915-16 Elizabeth Betsys (IBL)
1915-16 Danbury Wooster AC (Independent)
1916-17 Greystock Greys (EBL)
1916-17 New York All-Stars (IBL)
1917-18 Scranton Miners (PSL) Head coach / player
1917-18 Carbondale Pioneers (PSL)
1917-18 Greystock Greys (EBL)
1917-18 Reading Bears (EBL)
1917-18 Philadelphia Beth Israel (ALP)
1918-19 Philadelphia Midvale (ALP)
1919-20 Wilkes-Barre Barons (PSL)
1919-20 Reading Bears (EBL) Head coach / player
1919-20 North Philadelphia Americans (EBL)
1919-20 De Neri Daisies (EBL)
1919-20 Passiac A.A. (IBL)
1920-21 Philadelphia Phillies (EBL)
1920-21 Camden Skeeters (EBL)
1920-21 Plymouth Shawnees (PSL)
1920-21 Frank Bruggy All Stars (Independent)
1920-21 Princeton University (College) Head coach
1921-22 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EBL)
1921-22 Philadelphia Phillies (EBL) Head coach / player
1921-22 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1922-23 Coatesville Coats (EBL) Head coach / player
1922-23 Elizabeth (MBL)
1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1922-23 Philadelphia SPHAS (PBL)
1923-24 Trenton Royal Bengals (MBL)
1923-24 West Philadelphia Shanahan (PBL)
1924-25 Philadelphia Kayoula (PBL)
1924-25 Tri-Council (PBL)
1924-25 Pottsville Big-Five (AnBL)
1925-26 Washington Palace Five (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL) Head coach / player
1928-29 Trenton Royal Bengals (ABL) Head coach / player
1929-30 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL) Head coach

Lou Sugraman graduated from Syracuse and began a long career of professional basketball in the eastern United States. Playing largely around Philadelphia, he was 35 years of age when he was lured to coach the Washington Palace Five in the ABL in 1925. He also played, and would be a player/coach for Baltimore the next year, and for one season with Trenton in 1928-29. He quit playing but would coach one more season, with Fort Wayne.
Sugarman was also a dentist. He died in June of 1951 of a heart attack. When his body was found by friends, he had likely been dead for a few days.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Lou-Sugarman/


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Homer Stonebreaker

Homer S. Stonebraker


Born:
November 1, 1895
Wingate, IN

Died:
December 9, 1977
Indianapolis, IN


Career
1912-13 Wingate High School - Indiana (High School)
1913-14 Wingate High School - Indiana (High School)
1914-15 Wabash College - Indiana (College)
1915-16 Wabash College - Indiana (College)
1916-17 Wabash College - Indiana (College)
1917-18 Wabash College - Indiana (College)
1919-20 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1920-21 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1921-22 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1922-23 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1923-24 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit McCarthys (Independent)
1923-24 Logansport High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1924-25 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit McCarthys (Independent)
1924-25 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1924-25 Fort Wayne Hooisers (Independent)
1924-25 Logansport High School - Indiana (High School) Head coach
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1926-27 Beloit Faries (Independent)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Decatur Morans (Independent)
1927-28 Springfield Connors Empires (Independent)
1928-29 Springfield Connors Empires (Independent)

Stonebreaker lead Wingate HS, with an enrollment that had only 12 boys, to a state championship. After being a three-time All-America, Stonebreaker served in the U.S. Army during World War 1. Then we played basketball for many years, including 3 seasons in the ABL.
Stonebreaker went into law enforcement and was twice elected sheriff of Cass County in Indiana. He also ran unsuccessfully for Indiana state congress. In November of 1977, Stonebreaker underwent emergency heart surgery. After spending time in intensive care, Stonebreaker never really recovered and died of an aneurysm a month later.



Source:
Obituary, Indianapolis Star, December 10, 1977
Indianapolis Star, December 11, 1977

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Homer-Stonebraker/


Rosy Starn

George Donald "Rosy" Starn


Born:
August 17, 1902
Orrville, NY

Died:
August 18, 1977
Sun City, CA


Career
1923-24 College of Wooster - Ohio (College)
1924-25 College of Wooster - Ohio (College)
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1928-29 Ashland High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1929-30 Ashland High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1930-31 Ashland High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1931-32 Ashland High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1932-33 Ashland High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1933-34 Ashland High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1934-35 Ashland High School - Ohio (High School) Head coach
1935-36 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach
1936-37 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach
1937-38 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach
1938-39 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach
1939-40 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach
1940-41 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach
1941-42 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach
1942-43 Kent State University - Ohio (College) Head coach

After a collegiate career where Stern played football, baseball and basketball, he signed with the Chicago Bruins (only playing in one game). A pitcher, Stern played three seasons of minor league baseball (1927 through 1929). He started coaching at Ashland HS and would move on to coach at Kent State for 8 seasons, holding the record for wins by a coach for many years.

Rosy and his wife, Margaret, had a son and a daughter.

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

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Rosy-Starn/

Bruno Smokiewicz

Bruno Dominick Smokiewicz
also known as Bruno Smoke


Born:
September 4, 1900
Detroit, MI

Died:
November 4, 1997
Dearborn, MI


Career
1917-18 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School)
1918-19 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School)
1919-20 Northwestern High School - Detroit (High School)
1922-23 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)

After starring in basketball at Northwestern HS, Bruno played for five years with the Detroit Pulaski Post. He eventually shortened his name to "Smoke" and went into the floral business with his brothers.

Bruno and his wife, Else, had four sons.


Source:
Obituary, Detroit Free Press, November 9, 1997

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Bruno-Smokiewicz/


Frank Shimek

Francis Joseph Shimek


Born:
June 17, 1900
Iowa City, IA

Died:
May 10, 1991
Burlington, IA


Career
1917-18 Iowa City High School (High School)
1919-20 University of Iowa (College)
1920-21 University of Iowa (College)
1921-22 University of Iowa (College)
1922-23 Muscatine Muskies - Iowa (Independent)
1923-24 Muscatine Muskies - Iowa (Independent)
1924-25 Fort Wayne Caseys (Independent)
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1928-29 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1929-30 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1930-31 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1931-32 Toledo Red Men (Independent)
1932-33 Fort Wayne Chiefs (NPBL)
1933-34 Babe Didrikson All-Americans (Independent)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL)
1934-35 Kingston (NYSL)
1935-36 Kingston Colonials (ABL)

The son of Bohumil Shimek, who was a noted botanist at the University of Iowa, and Anna Shimek, Frank lettered in basketball and baseball at Iowa before a long professional basketball career, mainly with the Fort Wayne Caseys in the ABL. He worked at the Iowa Army Ammunation Plant through World War 2 and beyond, retiring in 1967.

Frank married Bernardine Bombei in 1947.

Source:
Iowa City Press-Citizen, June 7, 1991

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Frank-Shimek/


Len Shepherd

Leonard Frederick Shepherd


Born:
March 29, 1897
Northampton, MA

Died:
January 7, 1991
Tarpon Springs, FL


Career
1917-18 Easthampton (Independent)
1918-19 Easthampton (Independent)
1919-20 Easthampton Easters (IL)
1920-21 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1921-22 Westfield Whip City AC (IL)
1922-23 Turners Falls AC Athletics (IL)
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers(ABL)
1927-28 Beloit Fairies (Independent)
1928-29 Beloit Fairies (Independent)
1929-30 Toledo Red Men (NPBL)
1930-31 Toledo Red Men (ABL)
1930-31 Dayton Kellys (Independent)
1933-34 Toledo Crimson Coaches (Independent)
1947-48 Omaha Tomahawks (PBLA) Head coach

Born to Leonard and Bridgett Shepherd in Northampton, Massachusetts, he moved to Ohio in the 1920's to play basketball, and stayed Napoleon, Ohio, until moving to Florida in 1971. An owner of a tobacco manufacturing business, Shepherd died in 1991 at 93.

Shepherd served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Source:
Tampa Tribune, January 9, 1991

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Len-Shepherd/


Harry Schwab

Harry Ashley Schwab


Born:
June 13, 1901
Celina, OH

Died:
July 25, 1976
Dayton, OH


Career
1918-19 Stivers High School - Dayton, OH (High School)
1919-20 Stivers High School - Dayton, OH (High School)
1920-21 Stivers High School - Dayton, OH (High School)
1921-22 Marietta College - Ohio (College)1922-23 Canton Sinclair Oil (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit McCarthey’s (Independent)
1923-24 Duquesne AC (Independent)
1923-24 Canton Sinclair Oil (Independent)
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)
1925-26 Dayton-Troy (CCBL)
1925-26 Canton Pros (Independent)
1926-27 Canton Orhpans (CBL)
1926-27 Columbus Kinnears (Independent)
1927-28 Dayton (Independent)
1928-29 Dayton Kellys (Independent)
1929-30 Dayton Kellys (NPBL)

Schwab was a baseball and basketball player at Stivers HS, with the basketball team winning the state title in all his three years there. Most uniquely, the 1919 state title was won by Stivers despite playing the last eight minutes with only four players on the floor.
Schwab played basketball professionally, and also was a minor league baseball star who never made the major leagues but was invited to the Cincinnati Reds training camp in 1927. He later became a golf pro and instructor and won various senior tournaments.

Harry and his wife, Eunice, had three sons. 

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=schwab001har

Source:
Xenia Daily Gazette, July 26, 1976

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Harry-Schwab/


Dutch Schultheiss

Frederick "Dutch" Schultheiss


Born:
August 16, 1896
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
October 8, 1987
Oxford, NY


Career
1917-18 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (CSL)
1917-18 Norwalk 1st Home Guard (CSL)
1918-19 Norwalk (Independent)
1919-20 Utica Utes (NYSL)
1919-20 NY Jordan Big-Five (Independent)
1920-21 Holyoke (IL)
1921-22 Mohawk Indians (NYSL)
1921-22 New York Nationals (Independent)
1922-23 New York Nationals (Independent)
1923-24 New York Nationals (Independent)
1923-24 Brooklyn Trinagles (Independent)
1924-25 New York Nationals (Independent)
1925-26 New York Nationals (Independent)
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)
1926-27 Kingston Colonials (MBL)
1928-29 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)

After his basketball playing days, Dutch worked for Fairchild Camera Corporation in Syosset, New York. He was a longtime resident of Long Island until his death in 1987.

He was married to Justine (d. 1983) and they had one daughter.

Source:
Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY), Oct 9, 1987

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Dutch-Schultheiss/


Abe Schreiber

Abraham Aaron Schreiber


Born:
May 14, 1898
Chicago, IL

Died:
December 7, 1994
Rockville, MD


Career
1921-22 Ohio Northern College (College)
1922-23 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)

Born in Illinois to Leon and Mollie Schreiber, Schreiber went to Ohio Northern where he pursued a law degree. Abe played for four seasons with the Rosenblums while finishing school in 1923, and worked as a an assistant prosecutor for the City of Cleveland before entering private practice. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1936 to work in the oik industry, then joined the legal division of the Oklahoma Highway Department. After a long career there, retiring in 1970, he moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1985. Abe died of a stroke in 1994 at 96 years of age.

He was married to Martha Weiss (d. 1978) and they had two sons.

Source:
Obituary, newsok.com, December 11, 1994

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Abe-Schreiber/


Lou Schneiderman

Louis J. Schneiderman


Born:
January 10, 1899
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
December 18, 1972
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1915-16 Central High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1916-17 Central High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1917-18 Philadelphia YMHA (ALP)
1918-19 Philadelphia SPHA's (ALP)
1919-20 Philadelphia SPHA's (Independent)
1920-21 Philadelphia Hancock / SPHA's (ALP)
1921-22 Philadelphia SPHA's (Independent)
1922-23 Philadelphia SPHA's (PBL)
1922-23 St. Peters (PBL)
1923-24 St. Peters (PBL)
1923-24 Boyertown (Independent)
1923-24 South Arcadia AA (Independent)
1924-25 Philadelphia SPHA's (PBL)
1924-25 South Arcadia AA (Independent)
1925-26 Philadelphia SPHA's (EBL)
1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL)
1926-27 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1927-28 Washington Palace Five / Brooklyn Visitation (ABL)
1927-28 Philadelphia SPHA's (PBL)
1928-29 Kennett Square Philadelphia SPHA's (PBL)
1930-31 Germantown (PBL)

The 5-foot-8, 140 pound (according to his WW1 draft card) played basketball for many various teams in the Philadelphia area through the 1920's. He played three seasons in the ABL, hopping between Boston, Philly, Washington and Brooklyn.

Lou was married to Bernice Schneiman and they had one son and two daughters.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Lou-Schneiderman/

Theo Schneider

Theodore William "Schnitz" Schneider


Born:
October 26, 1902
La Porte, IN

Died:
March 9, 1993
Fort Wayne, IN


Career
1920-21 Concordia College - Fort Wayne, Indiana (College)
1921-22 Concordia College - Fort Wayne, Indiana (College)
1922-23 Concordia College - Fort Wayne, Indiana (College)
1923-24 Concordia College - Fort Wayne, Indiana (College)
1925-26 Fort Wayne Caseys (ABL)


This is a confusing man to figure out.

Here is what I knew going in:
Schnitz Schneider played for Concordia College in Fort Wayne, and therefore played with the Fort Wayne Caseys in the ABL a couple years later.

Pro Basketball Encyclopedia says he is Ernst J. Schneider (1901-1984), but a look at Ernst's obituary from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, states nothing about Concordia College or ever living in Indiana. Newspaper articles  about Ernst indicate he was a longtime baseball coach in Wisconsin, but attended Ripon College, not Concordia. Ernst IS buried at Concordia Cemetery in Wisconsin, but that has nothing to do with his education. The photo PBE uses is Theo Schneider, basketball and baseball star at Concordia, graduating in 1924. After looking through Concordia's yearbook from 1924, Theo is referred to as "Schnitz". No doubt Theo is the Fort Wayne Casey's player, not Ernst.

Born in LaPorte, Indiana, to Henry and Wilhelmina Schneider, Theo played basketball and baseball at Concordia, serving as the captain of the former's team.

He married Gertrude Trentman in 1926 and they had one son, William.


Source:
Concordia College Yearbook, 1924

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Schnitz-Schneider/




Allie Schmitt

Aloysius Joseph Schmitt


Born:
February 14, 1902


Died:
March 20, 1949
Buffalo, NY


Career
1919-20 Canisius High School - Buffalo (High School)
1921-22 Georgetown University (College)
1922-23 Canisius College (College)
1923-24 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1924-25 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1927-28 Corry Keystones (Independent)
1928-29 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1929-30 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1930-31 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)

Schmitt was a Buffalo-area basketball player but also a decent right-handed pitcher who threw for various semi-pro baseball teams in the area.

Married to Frances Ball (1903-1954), and they had two daughters and four sons.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Allie-Schmitt/


Gary Schmeelk

Garrett Eldert Schmeelk


Born:
March 23, 1891
Rockaway Beach, NY

Died:
October 17, 1941
Rockaway Beach, NY


Career
1911-12 St. John's University - New York (College)
1912-13 Utica Indians (NYSL)
1913-14 Paterson Crescents (NYSL)
1914-15 Paterson Crescents (NYSL)
1914-15 New York Nationals (Independent)
1915-16 Jasper Jewels (EBL)
1915-16 Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (IBL) Head coach / player
1915-16 Schenectady Doprians (NYSL)
1916-17 Pittston (PSL) Head coach / player
1916-17 Paterson (IBL)
1916-17 Schenectady Doprians (NYSL)
1917-18 Pittston (PSL) Head coach / player
1917-18 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (CSL)
1917-18 Ansonia Wrightlets (CSL)
1919-20 Pittston (PSL) Head coach / player
1919-20 Schenectady Doprians (NYSL)
1919-20 Ansonia Wrightlets (IBL)
1919-20 Brooklyn Dodgers (IBL) Head coach / player
1919-20 Germantown Geraniums (EBL)
1920-21 Pittston (PSL) Head coach / player
1920-21 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1921-22 Coatesville Coats (EBL) Head coach / player
1921-22 Scranton Miners (EBL)
1921-22 New York Celtics (EBL)
1921-22 New York MacDowell (MBL)
1921-22 Utica Utes (NYSL)
1921-22 Gloversville Gloves (EBL)
1921-22 Worcester (IL)
1922-23 Reading Pretzels (EBL)
1922-23 Elizabeth (MBL)
1923-24 Yonkers Leaguers (MBL)
1923-24 Glen Falls Garries (NYSL) Head coach / player
1924-25 Washington Palace Five (Independent)
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Brooklyn Celtics (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach / player

Served in the U.S. Navy during World War 1.

After his days involved with basketball were over, he was a partner in a laundry company in New York. He married Mary "Mae" Smythe (1890-1983) in 1918 and had two sons.

Schmeelk died following a short illness in 1941 at 50 years of age.

Source:
Long Island Press, October 18, 1941

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Garry-Schmeelk/

George Schell

George Schell


Born:
July 17, 1882
Buffalo, NY

Died:
May 1974
Elma, NY


Career
1905-06 Buffalo Germans (Independent)
1906-07 Buffalo Germans (Independent)
1907-08 Buffalo Germans (Independent)
1908-09 Buffalo Germans (Independent)
1909-10 Buffalo Ramblers (Independent)
1910-11 Buffalo Ramblers (Independent)
1911-12 Buffalo Ramblers (Independent)
1912-13 Buffalo Ramblers (Independent)
1913-14 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1914-15 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1915-16 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1916-17 Buffalo Germans (Independent)
1917-18 Buffalo Germans (Independent)
1919-20 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1920-21 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1921-22 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1922-23 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1923-24 Buffalo Edwards (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1944-45 Westfield High School - New York (High School) Head coach
1945-46 Westfield High School - New York (High School) Head coach

A professional and semi-professional basketball player around Buffalo in the 1900's and 1910's, Schell entered the U.S. Army to fight in World War 2, but his day of enlistment is the day the War ended (November 11, 1918). After serving in the post-war service, he returned to Buffalo where he played pro basketball through 1926. He worked as YMCA Secretary in Westfield, New York in the 1940's, with a short time spent coaching the local high school team. He died in 1974.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/George-Schell/

Lenny Sachs

Leonard David Sachs


Born:
August 7, 1897
Chicago, IL

Died:
October 27, 1942
Chicago, IL



Career
1911-12 Carl Schurz High School - Chicago (High School)
1912-13 Carl Schurz High School - Chicago (High School)
1913-14 Carl Schurz High School - Chicago (High School)
1919-20 Chicago's American College of Physical Education (College)
1919-20 Wendell Phillips High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1920-21 Chicago's American College of Physical Education (College)
1920-21 Wendell Phillips High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1921-22 Chicago's American College of Physical Education (College)
1921-22 Marshall High School - Chicago (High School) Head coach
1922-23 Chicago's American College of Physical Education (College)
1922-23 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1923-24 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1924-25 Waukegan (Independent)
1924-25 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1925-26 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1925-26 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1926-27 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1927-28 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1928-29 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1929-30 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach 
1930-31 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1931-32 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1932-33 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach 
1933-34 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach 
1934-35 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1935-36 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1936-37 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1937-38 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1938-39 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1939-40 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1940-41 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach
1941-42 Loyola University (Independent) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1961

Sachs, a football and basketball player in high school, entered the U.S. Navy after graduating, and when World War 1 finally dragged the U.S. in, Sachs served in the war as well. After the war, he attended Chicago's PE College. He would then go on to sign with the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL, playing for seven seasons. He could play one season of basketball with the Chicago Bruins in the ABL, but he was to remain focused on coaching. As head coach for the basketball team for Loyola University, Sachs was at the helm for some of the country's better basketball teams with Loyola. He would go 224-129 in his time at Loyola. He would also coach high school football during this stretch, including Wendell Phillips High School.
On October 25, 1942, Sachs was officiating a game when he felt a pain in his chest. He shrugged it off and returned to school on Monday to continue working with his basketball team. On the morning of the 27th, he complained again of chest pains, and the chairman of the Phys Ed department, Bernard Liby, insisted on taking him to the hospital. They would never make it. Sachs collapsed while they were leaving the school, and died with minutes. He was only 45.

Sachs was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961. He was an early proponent on allowing black athletes to compete in college athletics.

Lenny and his wife, Vera, had one daughter.

Source:
Chicago Tribune, October 28, 1942

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Lenny-Sachs/

Honey Russell

John David "Honey" Russell


Born:
May 31, 1902
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
November 15, 1973
Livingston, NJ


Career
1920-21 Plymouth Shawnees (PSL)
1920-21 Easthampton Hampers (IL)
1921-22 Brooklyn Pros (MBL)
1921-22 Mohawk Indians (NYSL)
1921-22 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1921-22 Easthampton Hampers (IL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Pros (MBL)
1922-23 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1922-23 Northampton Hampers (IL)
1923-24 Yonkers Leaguers (MBL)
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblooms (Independent)
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblooms (Independent)
1924-25 NY Original Celtics (Independent)
1925-26 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1925-26 Lou Gehrig All Stars (Independent)
1926-27 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1926-27 Chicago Bruins (ABL)
1927-28 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach / player
1928-29 Chicago Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach / player
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1929-30 Chicago Bruins (ABL) Head coach / player
1930-31 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1930-31 Bridgeton Moose (TSL)
1930-31 Carbondale (PSL)
1931-32 Bridgeton (EBL)
1931-32 Brooklyn Americans (Independent)
1932-33 Trenton Bengals (EBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Americans (MBL)
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels (MBL)
1932-33 Dunmore (PSL)
1933-34 Trenton Moose (ABL)
1933-34 Dunmore (PSL)
1934-35 Newark/New Britain Mules (ABL) Head coach / player
1934-35 Nanticoke (PSL)
1934-35 Freeland (PSL)
1934-35 Albany (NYSL) Head coach / player
1935-36 New York Jewels (ABL)
1935-36 Freeland (PSL)
1936-37 New York Jewels (ABL) Head coach / player
1936-37 Hazleton (PSL)
1936-37 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1937-38 New York Jewels (ABL)
1937-38 Allentown (TCL)
1937-38 Wilkes-Barre (NYPA)
1937-38 New York Hokoahs (Independent)
1937-38 New York Kate Smith Celtics (ABL) Head coach
1937-38 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1938-39 New York Jewels (ABL)
1938-39 Allentown-Hamburg (TCL)
1938-39 Tunkhannock (NYPA)
1938-39 New York Yankees (Independent)
1938-39 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1939-40 Wilkes-Barre Barons (ABL) Head coach / player
1939-40 Hamburg (TCL)
1939-40 New York Yankees (Independent)
1939-40 Washington Brewers (Indepedent)
1939-40 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1940-41 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1941-42 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1942-43 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1942-43 Wilmington Clippers (Indepedent)
1942-43 Camden / Brooklyn Indians (ABL) Head coach
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL) Head coach / player
1944-45 New York Westchesters (ABL) Head coach / player
1944-45 Jersey Reds (Independent)
1945-46 Trenton (ABL) Head coach
1946-47 Boston Celtics (BAA) Head coach
1947-48 Boston Celtics (BAA) Head coach
1948-49 Schenectady Packers (NYSL) Head coach
1949-50 Schenectady (NYSL) Head coach
1949-50 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1950-51 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1951-52 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1952-53 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1953-54 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1954-55 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1955-56 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1956-57 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1957-58 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1958-59 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach
1959-60 Seton Hall University (College) Head coach


NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME, 1964

Russell was a long time basketball player and then coach. Playing at some point in almost every league in the East, he found himself in the ABL with Cleveland in 1925, and in a couple years later after joining the Chicago Bruins, became the head coach as well as a player. Hopping to various outfits, he took the head coaching job at Seton Hall in 1936, and in the next few seasons would lead the school to prominence, including a record 41-game winning streak in 1941. The school disbanded its athletic program during World War 2, and Russell became the first coach of the Boston Celtics in the new BAA. He returned to Seton Hall when the school brought the program back, and he stayed there until 1960. He would work for many years as a baseball scout, finding players like Joe Torre.

Honey was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1964, and died following a short illness in 1973.

He and his wife, Charlotte, had two daughters and one son.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Honey-Russell/


Elmer Ripley

Elmer Horton Ripley


Born:
July 21, 1891
Staten Island, NY

Died:
April 29, 1982
Staten Island, NY


Career
Curtis High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1909-10 Brown University (College)
1913-14 Hoboken / Rosedale - New Jersey (Independent)
1914-15 Hoboken / Rosedale - New Jersey (Independent)
1914-15 New York Nationals (Independent)
1915-16 Hoboken / Rosedale - New Jersey (Independent)
1915-16 Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (IBL)
1915-16 Carbondale Pioneers (PSL)
1915-16 Utica Utes (NYSL)
1916-17 Carbondale Pioneers (PSL)
1916-17 Hoboken Hobs (IBL)
1917-18 Carbondale Pioneers (PSL)
1917-18 Wilkes-Barre Barons (PSL)
1918-19 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons (Independent)
1918-19 Staten Island Standard Shipyard (Inependent)
1919-20 Paterson Silk Sox (IBL)
1919-20 Scranton Miners (PSL)
1919-20 Trenton Royal Bengals (EBL)
1919-20 Newark National Turners (Independent)
1920-21 Scranton Miners (PSL)
1920-21 N .Y. Bruggy All-Stars (Independent)
1921-22 Scranton Miners (EBL)
1921-22 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1921-22 Brooklyn Dodgers (MBL)
1921-22 Easthampton Hampers (IL)
1921-22 Ware Wonders (IL)
1922-23 Coatesville Coats (EBL)
1922-23 Elizabeth (EBL)
1922-23 Cohoes Cohosiers (NYSL)
1922-23 Albany Senators (NYSL)
1922-23 Brooklyn Nonparelis (Independent)
1922-23 Wagner College (College) Head coach
1923-24 Paterson Legionaires (MBL)
1923-24 Cohoes Trojans (NYSL)
1923-24 West Philadelphia Shanahan (PBL) 
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblums (Independent)
1923-24 Knights of Columbus - Fort Wayne (Independent)
1923-24 Wagner College (College) Head coach
1924-25 Knights of Columbus - Fort Wayne (Independent)
1924-25 Canton Oscars (Independent)
1924-25 New York Celtics (Independent) 
1924-25 Wagner College (College) Head coach
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1926-27 Washington Palace Five (ABL)
1927-28 Brooklyn Visitations (ABL)
1927-28 Cleveland Rosenblums (ABL)
1927-28 Carbondale (PSL)
1927-28 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1928-29 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1928-29 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1929-30 Yale University (College) Head coach
1930-31 Yale University (College) Head coach
1931-32 Yale University (College) Head coach
1932-33 Yale University (College) Head coach
1933-34 Yale University (College) Head coach
1934-35 Yale University (College) Head coach
1938-39 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1939-40 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1940-41 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1941-42 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1942-43 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1943-44 Columbia University (College) Head coach
1944-45 Columbia University (College) Head coach
1945-46 Notre Dame University (College) Head coach
1946-47 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1947-48 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1948-49 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1949-50 John Carroll University (College) Head coach
1950-51 John Carroll University (College) Head coach 
1951-52 Army West Point (Military) Head coach
1952-53 Army West Point (Military) Head coach
1953-54 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent) Head coach
1954-55 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent) Head coach
1955-56 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent) Head coach 
1956 Israeli National Team (Olympics)
1960 Canadian National Team (Olympics)
1962-63 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1965-66 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1966-67 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1967-68 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1968-69 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1969-70 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1970-71 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1971-72 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1972-73 Englewood School for Boys - New Jersey (High School) Head coach 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1973


Ripley made his first mark on the game of basketball as a player, and later as a long-time coach. He played as a student at Brown, and in 1913 began a long career as a player, playing for various eastern teams per year through the 1910's and early 20's. He got his first coaching job in 1922 at Wagner College, and would coach college basketball for 28 years. After Wagner, he coached at Georgetown, Yale, Notre Dame, Columbia and John Carroll. He also coached the cadets at West Point, and even lead the Harlem Globetrotters for three seasons. In 1956, he was hired to coach the Israeli team in the Olympics, and four later the Canadian Olympians. After 11 seasons at Englwood School in New Jersey, Ripley finally retired.

Coach Ripley was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973.

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/1982/04/30/obituaries/elmer-ripley-retired-coach.html?mcubz=0

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Elmer-Ripley/

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Main Rich

Martin Joseph "Main" Rich, Jr. ??


Born:
1902?


Died:
Alive in May of 1967 in Atlantic City, NY



Career
Middlebury College - Connecticut (College)
1924-25 Oil City Merchants (WPL)
1925-26 Corry Keystones - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1925-26 Erie (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1926-27 Lorain Lions (CBL)
1927-28 Corry Keystones - Pennsylvania (Independent) 

Rich played basketball at Middlebury College before playing professionally a few years. In the early 1930's, he worked in Oil City, Pennsylvania, as a sports editor for the Oil City Derrick. He and his wife lived in Silver Creek, New York, in 1933. In 1934, Rich and his wife, Marjorie, were driving in a car when it was hit by a train. Main was critically injured, but Marjorie was killed.

He bounced around as a sports writer, working for 51 daily papers in 22 different states. He last worked at the Valley-Times News, (West Point, GA) from around 1960 to 1965. He retired from the newspaper business and was living in Atlantic City as of 1967. That's all I can find.

It is possible he could be named Joseph Martin Rich, Jr, and went by Martin to separate himself from his dad's name. There is a Joseph Rich (c. 1855) from Pennsylvania who had a son named Joseph also. Mother Mary (c. 1865), Brothers Alexander (c.1883), and Robert (c.1903) and 3 sisters, Edith (c. 1890), Marion (c.1893) and Mary (c.1895). Might be a lead, I don't know. Not really sure because they are from Doylestown, PA, which is on the other side of the state from Oil City and Erie.


Source:
Oil City Derrick (PA), May 27, 1967

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Main-Rich/

Tubby Raskin

Morris "Tubby" Raskin


Born:
January 8, 1902
Bronx, NY

Died:
September 9, 1981
Tucson, AZ


Career
1917-18 DeWitt Clinton High School - New York (High School)
1919-20 CCNY (College)
1920-21 CCNY (College)
1921-22 CCNY (College)
1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians (ABL)
1925-26 Lou Gehrig All-Stars (Independent)
1944-45 Brooklyn College (College) Head coach
1946-47 Cohoes Mastadons (NYSL) Head coach
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL) Head coach
1950-51 Brooklyn College (College) Head coach
1951-52 Brooklyn College (College) Head coach
1952 Israeli National Team (Olympics) Head coach
1952-53 Brooklyn College (College) Head coach
1960-61 Brooklyn College (College) Head coach
1961-62 Brooklyn College (College) Head coach

Raskin was the captain of both the baseball and basketball teams at CCNY, he briefly played professional basketball before coaching high school football at Stuyvesant High School in New York. He would serve in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 snd come back to coach basketball, most notably three different stints at Brooklyn College and as the coach of the Israeli Olympic Team in the 1952 Summer Olympics.

He was married to Florence.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Tubby-Raskin/

Lou Rabin

Louis "Saus" Rabin
born Louis Rabinowitz


Born:
December 30, 1904
Rochester, NY

Died:
January 7, 1984



Career
1923-24 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1929-30 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1931-32 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1931-32 Polish Filarets (Independent) Head coach
1932-33 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1933-34 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1934-35 Rochester Centrals (NYSL)
1934-35 Buffalo Bisons (NYSL)
1936-37 Buffalo Bisons (Independent)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Lou-Rabin/


Jiggs O'Dell

Roland Lamphier "Jiggs" O'Dell, Jr.


Born:
September 22, 1897
Eldred, PA

Died:
August 21, 1934
Elmira, NY


Career
Eldred High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1920-21 Coudersport Colts (Independent)
1921-22 St. Bonaventure's College - New York (College)
1922-23 Jamestown Legion - Olean, NY (Independent)
1922-23 Buffalo Black Rocks (Professional)
1923-24 Butler Athletics - Pennsyvlania (Independent)
1924-25 Pittsburgh Moorys (WPL)
1924-25 Oil City Merchants (Independent)
1925-26 Olean Metros (Independent)
1925-26 Butler - Pennsylvania (Independent)
1925-26 Coudersport Colts (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Jamestown Black Rocks (Independent)
1928-29 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1929-30 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1933-34 Elmira Fireballs (Independent) Head coach / player

O'Dell was a popular center who played with many teams in New York and Pennsylvania, he signed with the Buffalo Bisons of the ABL on January 27, 1926. He would finished the season with the club, and moved to Baltimore to play with the Orioles for the 1926-27 season.

O'Dell died from injuries suffered in an auto accident in August of 1934. He was only 36 years old. At the time, he had been employed at AT&T in Elmira, as well as being the local basketball team's coach.

He and his wife had two children.

Source:
Potter Enterprise (Coudsersport, PA), August 23, 1934
News-Herald (Franklin, PA), August 25, 1934

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Jiggs-ODell/

Nash

Nash


Born:



Died:




Career
1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL)

Played one game for Boston Whirlwinds.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/nash-2/

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Dip Murray

Dennis Edward "Dip" Murray


Born:
May 20, 1894


Died:
August 22, 1972
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Career
1916-17 Brockport Normal - New York (College)
1919-20 Brockport Normal - New York (College)
1920-21 Pittsford - New York (Independent)
1920-21 Baltimore Orioles (Independent)
1921-22 Baltimore Orioles (Independent)
1921-22 Rochester Perintons (Independent)
1922-23 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1922-23 Baltimore Orioles (Independent)
1923-24 Baltimore Orioles (Independent)
1924-25 Baltimore Orioles (Independent)
1925-26 Rochester Kodaks (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Lincolns (Independent)
1925-26 Buffalo Bisons (ABL)
1927-28 Madison Junior High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1928-29 Rochester Oldsmobile (Independent)
1928-29 Madison Junior High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1929-30 Rochester Oldsmobile (Independent)
1929-30 Rochester Turn Verein (Independent)
1929-30 Madison Junior High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach 
1930-31 Spencerport (Independent)
1934-35 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1935-36 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1936-37 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1937-38 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1938-39 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1939-40 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1940-41 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1942-43 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1943-44 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1944-45 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1945-46 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1946-47 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1947-48 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1948-49 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1955-56 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1956-57 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1957-58 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1958-59 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1959-60 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1960-61 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1961-62 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1962-63 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1963-64 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach
1964-65 Madison High School - Rochester (High School) Head coach 

Murray was a baseball player and basketball player at Brockport Normal (now the College at Brockport - SUNY) before World War One intervened. After serving, he returned to finish his education, and then played pro basketball for a number of years before transferring into coaching. After starting at Madison Junior High, he took over the Madison High School team and coached there for over 30 years before retiring in 1965, moving to Florida. He died there in 1972 at the age of 78.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Dip-Murray/

Johnny Murphy

John David Murphy


Born:
May 6, 1889
NY

Died:
March 5, 1976
Pinellas, FL


Career
1912-13 Oswego Indians (Independent)
1913-14 Oswego Indians (Independent)
1914-15 Oswego Indians (Independent)
1915-16 Baslow Globetrotters (Independent)
1916-17 Baslow Globetrotters (Independent)
1919-20 Mohawk Indians (NYSL)
1919-20 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1920-21 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1921-22 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1922-23 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1923-24 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1923-24 University of Rochester (College) Head coach
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1924-25 University of Rochester (College) Head coach
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL) Head coach / player
1925-26 University of Rochester (College) Head coach
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL) Head coach / player
1926-27 University of Rochester (College) Head coach
1927-28 Rochester Centrals (ABL) Head coach
1927-28 University of Rochester (College) Head coach
1928-29 Rochester Centrals (ABL) Head coach
1928-29 University of Rochester (College) Head coach
1929-30 University of Rochester (College) Head coach
1930-31 Rochester Centrals (ABL) Head coach

A well-known figure in basketball around Rochester, Murphy was a long time player for the Centrals when he took the coaching job at the University of Rochester. He would later become a playing head coach for the Centrals when they were in the ABL, handling both the pro and collegiate teams concurrently.

Source:



Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/John-Murphy/


Bill Murphy

William J. Murphy


Born:



Died:




Career
1919-20 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1920-21 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1021-22 Buffalo Orioles (Independent)
1922-23 Buffalo Hewitts (Independent)
1923-24 Buffalo Hewitts (Independent)
1924-25 Buffalo Hewitts (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Bill-Murphy/


Mike Mumby

Kenneth James "Mike" Mumby


Born:
July 25, 1900
Palmyra, NY

Died:
September 7, 1975
Alameda County, CA


Career
1915-16 Palmyra High School - New York (High School)
1916-17 Palmyra High School - New York (High School)
1917-18 Palmyra High School - New York (High School)
1920-21 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1921-22 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1922-23 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1923-24 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1924-25 Rochester Centrals (Independent)
1924-25 University of  Rochester- New York (College) Assistant coach
1925-26 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Rochester Centrals (ABL)
1926-27 Baltimore Orioles (ABL)
1927-28 Rochester Mt.Carmel (Independent)
1927-28 Clyde High School - New York (High School) Head coach
1928-29 Clyde High School - New York (High School) Head coach


After growing up and playing basketball around the Rochester, New York, area,  "Mike" moved to California in 1938 where he owned and operated Palomar Miniature Golf Course in San Diego until 1965.

Mike married Mary Swormstedt (1910-2005) and they had at least one daughter.

Source:
Mary's Obituary

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Mike-Mumby/


Fiddle Morley

James S. "Fiddle" Morley


Born:
June 5, 1901
Boston, MA

Died:
August 24, 1968
Jamaica Plain, MA


Career
1916-17 Boston College High School - Boston (High School)
1917-18 Boston College High School - Boston (High School)
1918-19 Georgetown University (College)
1919-20 Boston College (College)
1920-21 Boston College (College)
1921-22 St. Alphonsus A.A. - Boston (Independent)
1921-22 Adams (IBL)
1921-22 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1922-23 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1923-24 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1924-25 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1925-26 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL) Head coach / player
1927-28 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1927-28 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1928-29 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1929-30 Boston University - Freshmen (College) Head coach
1929-30 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1930-31 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1931-32 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1932-33 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1933-34 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1934-35 Boston Trojans (ABL) Head coach / player

After being captain of the high school team at BCHS, Morley went to Georgetown for one year where he played football and basketball. He then returned home to play for Boston College. He started a long professional career after that, joining independent Boston team St. Alphonsus and also played with Adams in the Interstate Basketball League. He became an intergral part of the Boston Whirlwinds for many years, including the first season of the ABL. The Whirlwinds returned to the ABL as the Boston Trojans in 1934. Morley died in 1968.

Source:
Warren Tribune, December 9, 1925

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