Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lenny Weiner

Leonard Weiner


Born:
October 26, 1923
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
May 21, 1995
Santa Monica, CA


Career
1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1944-45 Honolulu Cutters (Military)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1948-49 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

Weiner served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lenny-weiner/


Ace Tramantan

Angelo J. "Ace" Tramontana (Tramantan)


Born:
February 15, 1913
Trenton, NJ

Died:
November 27, 2007
Trenton, NJ


Career
1931-32 Trenton High School - New Jersey (High School)
1932-33 Trenton High School - New Jersey (High School)
1933-34 Rider University (College)
1934-35 Rider University (College)
1934-35 Trenton Dragons (Independent)
1935-36 Rider University (College)
1937-38 Trenton (NL)
1938-39 Hazelton (TCL)
1939-40 Lancaster (TCL)
1940-41 Lancaster (TCL)
1941-42 Lancaster (TCL)
1943-44 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Elizabeth (Independent)

After playing basketball in the Tri-County League, Angelo played with the Trenton Tigers in the ABL. He served in the Army during World War 2, and after the war was a policeman in Trenton. He would go on to work for the Street Department of Trenton.


Source:
Obituary, Trentonian.com, November 29, 2007

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ace-tramantan/


Ray Studwell

Raymond William Studwell


Born:
June 5, 1915
New York, NY

Died:
December 10, 1989
Sandy Spring, MD


Career
1932-33 Bushwick High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1933-34 Bushwick High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1936-37 Long Island University (College)
1940-41 Seton Hall University (College)
1943-44 Rochester Pros (Independent)
1943-44 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Born to Raymond and Mabel Studwell, Ray grew up in Brooklyn, attending Bushwick HS.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ray-studwell/


Devon Smith

Devon Smith


Born:
July 7, 1914
Delphi, IN

Died:
February 3, 1979
San Diego, CA


Career
1935-36 Western Michigan University (College)
1936-37 Western Michigan University (College)
1937-38 Three Oaks High School - Michigan (High School) Head coach
1938-39 Bendix Brakes - Plymouth, Indiand (Independent)
1938-39 Dowagiac High School - Michigan (High School) Head coach
1939-40 Dowagiac High School - Michigan (High School) Head coach
1940-41 Dowagiac High School - Michigan (High School) Head coach
1941-42 Dowagiac High School - Michigan (High School) Head coach
1943-44 Fleetwing - Bristol, PA (Independent)
1943-44 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1944-45 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 Allentown Rockets (EBL)

Born to William and Fannie Smith, Devon grew up in Indiana before going to Western Michigan. He became a high school teacher and coach after graduating.

Smith left his teaching and coaching job at Dowagiac HS in Michigan to help with the war effort by working at Fleetwing Aircraft in Bristol, Pennsylvania. While working out east, he would play some basketball with  the Trenton Tigers and the Allentown Rockets.


Devon married Kathryn Scheel in 1937.

Source:
Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph, Mich), March 5, 1942

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/devon-smith/


Dan Silver

Daniel Silver


Born:



Died:




Career
1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

I can't find anything about this player.

Maybe Daniel Israel Silver (1916-1978) or Daniel Ellis Silver (1913-2000) or Daniel Silver (1923-1981)

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dan-silver/


Al Schneider

Alfred Schneider


Born:
April 12, 1918
Bronx, NY

Died:
April 20, 1978



Career
1939-40 Long Island University (College)
1940-41 Long Island University (College)
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1941-42 Saratoga (NYSL)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1944-45 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1944-45 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Pittsburgh Pirates (Independent)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)


Source:


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


Johnny Salata

John Stanley Salata


Born:
October 25, 1919
Wilmington, DE

Died:
April 20, 2001
Wilmington, DE


Career
1941-42 St. Hedwig's - Wilmington (Independent)
1942-43 St. Ann's - Wilmington (Independent)
1943-44 St. Ann's - Wilmington (Independent)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)

He and his wife Margaret (1912-1993) had one daughter.

Name is usually listed as being spelled "Salaty"

Source:


Stats:
Biography


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Irv Reichman

Irvin Reichman


Born:
January 27, 1922
Philadelphia, PA ??

Died:
January 20, 1961
Philadelphia, PA


Career
1939-40 Klotz All-Stars (Amateur)
1940-41 La Salle University (College) Freshmen
1941-42 La Salle University (College)
1942-43 La Salle University (College)
1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

Reichman played basketball at La Salle and would serve in World War 2. After the war, he became a dentist, graduating from Temple School of Dentistry in 1946. He died at his home in 1961 at the young age of 38.

Irv was married to Ruth and they had two sons and two daughters.

Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer, January 21, 1961

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/irv-reichman/


Sid Rabin

Sidney Rabin


Born:
July 22, 1916


Died:
June 23, 2007



Career
1935-36 Brooklyn Jewish Center (AAU)
1936-37 Brooklyn Jewish Center (AAU)
1937-38 Brooklyn Jewish Center (AAU)
1938-39 Brooklyn Jewish Center (AAU)
1941-42 Kingston (NYSL)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Honesdale (PSL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Rabin was from Brooklyn.

Source:


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


Sam Milanovich

Samuel Milanovich


Born:
September 21, 1918
Pennsylvania

Died:
March 24, 1999
Aliquippa, PA


Career
1938-39 University of Pittsburgh (College)
1939-40 University of Pittsburgh (College)
1940-41 University of Pittsburgh (College)
1941-42 Serb Federation - Pittsburgh (Independent)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1944-45 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1948-49 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1949-50 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1950-51 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach 
1951-52 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach 
1953-54 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach 
1955-56 Aliquippa High School - Pennsylvania (High School) Head coach

Milanovich starred in basketball at Pitt and served in the military during World War 2. After playing some pro basketball, he was hired to coach and teach at Aliquippa High School, and would eventually become principal and then superintendent of the district.


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/sam-milanovich/


Roger Michaels

Roger Michaels


Born:



Died:




Career
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/roger-michaels/


Bill McKeever

William Christopher McKeever


Born:
January 15, 1918
New York, NY

Died:
January 24, 2007



Career
1937-38 St. John's University (College)
1938-39 St. John's University (College)
1939-40 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1941-42 Yonkers Caseys (Independent)
1941-42 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1943-44 Kingston Colonials (Independent)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1945-46 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

McKeever played both football and basketball at St John's. He would serve his country during World War 2.

WW2

Source:


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


Si Lobello

Simon Lobello


Born:
December 16, 1919
Queens, NY

Died:
March 3, 1945
Belgium


Career
1941-42 Long Island Grumans (Independent)
1942-43 Long Island Grumans (Independent)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1944-45 Mitchell Field (Military)

Serving in the U.S. Army in the European Theater in World War 2, Lobello went missing during the Battle of the Bulge in March of 1945. He was later found to have been killed in action. LIU held a fundraiser for the family shortly after his death.

He was married to Dorothy.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/si-lobello/


Ed Kantor

Edward Kantor


Born:
c. 1921
South Carolina

Died:




Career
1936-37 Point Pleasant High School - New Jersey (High School)
1937-38 Point Pleasant High School - New Jersey (High School)
1938-39 Point Pleasant High School - New Jersey (High School)
1939-40 Point Pleasant Vans - New Jersey (Independent)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)

Born to Russian immigrant Max and Anna Kantor. Brother Bennie, Sister bella

Served in World War 2, enlisting in December of 1942.


Possibly Eddie Kantor (11/3/1920 - 10/23/2002), married to Sylvia Soloway with son, Mitchell


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ed-kantor/


Charley Harris

Charles Harris


Born:



Died:




Career
1939-40 Albany (NYSL)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)

The 6'7 player from Wilmington, Delaware, played two games for the Wilmington Bombers. Not much else is known.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/charley-harris/


Ed Hall

Ed Hall


Born:



Died:




Career
1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

From Camden NJ

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/ed-hall/


George Garber

George H. "Jug" Garber


Born:
February 26, 1919
New York, NY

Died:
July 13, 1984



Career
1937-38 George Washington University (College)
1938-39 George Washington University (College)
1939-40 George Washington University (College)
1940-41 New York Orbachs (AAU)
1941-42 New York Orbachs (AAU)
1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1945-46 Clinton (NEBL)


Born to Sam and Katie Garber, Garber played at GW and then played AAU basketball. He played briefly for the SPHAs in the ABL and served in the U.S. Army during World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/george-garber/


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

George Fasulas

George Joseph Fasulas


Born:
April 20, 1921
New Haven, CT

:




Career
1937-38 Hillhouse High School - New Haven, CT (High School)
1938-39 Hillhouse High School - New Haven, CT (High School)
1939-40 University of North Carolina (College) Freshmen
1940-41 Norwalk (CSL)
1941-42 West Haven (CSL)
1942-43 West Haven (CSL)
1943-44 West Haven Red Devils (Independent)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1946-47 West Haven (CSL)
1946-47 Albany Senators / Red Devils (NYSL)

After a year at UNC, Fasulas returned home and played some semi-pro basketball and would eventually play one game for the New York Americans. He entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and served during World War 2. He played a little more basketball after that.

Near as I can tell, he is still alive.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/george-fasulas/


Jimmy Dunleavy

James Vincent Dunleavy, Jr.


Born:
November 11, 1914
New York, NY

Died:
July 8, 1992
Cape Coral, FL


Career
1933-34 Brooklyn College (College)
1934-35 Brooklyn College (College)
1934-35 New York Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 New York Jewels (Independent)
1936-37 New York Stock Exchange (Independent)
1937-38 Brooklyn Presidents (NBL-2)
1938-39 Dunmore (NYPA)
1938-39 Morris Park Big-Five (Independent)
1939-40 Hamburg (TCL)
1940-42 New York Firemen (Independent)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)

Dunleavy, a 6-foot-5 center, served in the military during World War 2.

Source:


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


Bobby Dorn

Robert W. Dorn


Born:
June 21, 1920
NJ

Died:
December 27, 1979
Rochelle Park, NJ


Career
1937-38 West New York Memorial High School - New Jersey (High School)
1938-39 West New York Memorial High School - New Jersey (High School)
1940-41 Temple University (College)
1941-42 Temple University (College)
1943-44 District Coast Guard - Long Island (Military) 
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1944-45 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Dorn served in the military after leaving Temple.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/bobby-dorn/


Johnny Danyo

John Danyo Jr.


Born:
December 2, 1919
Plainfield, NJ

Died:
January 11, 1993
Dunellen, NJ


Career
1936-37 Plainfield High School (High School)
1937-38 Plainfield High School (High School)
1938-39 Plainfield High School (High School)
Seton Hall University (College)
1940-41 Pasko Association - New Jersey (Independent)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1946-47 Hazelton Mountaineers (EBL)

Danyo was a baseball and basketball player from Plainfield, New Jersey. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard just days before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Danyo escaped death while in the Coast Guard in 1942. He suffered from appendicitis while on a ship a ship and due to the choppy water and being out at see, it was three weeks before the water was calm enough to perform surgery. During this time, he suffered from jaundice, infections and frostbite. He survived and continued his service. He played baseball in the Florida State League before and after the war, as well as some pro basketball. He would eventually develop diabetes and in later life, lost a leg to the disease.


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

Source:
Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ), February 7, 1993

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/johnny-danyo/


Lee Craddock

Levi Cranford Craddock


Born:
December 22, 1917
Van Zandt County, TX

Died:
October 26, 1989
Baytown, TX


Career
1937-38 Rice University (College)
1938-39 Rice University (College)
1939-40 Rice University (College)
1943-44 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1943-44 Brooklyn Eagles (Independent)
1943-44 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1944-45 New York Westchesters (ABL)
1944-45 Hartford Pros (Independent)


Born to John and Lester Craddock. Levi was a star player at Rice before serving in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He would play some pro basketball out east before returning to Texas.

Craddock was married to Helen Eads (1923-1979)

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/lee-craddock/


Dan Christie

Daniel Joseph Christie


Born:
November 19, 1920
Boston, MA

Died:
June 15, 1989



Career
1937-38 Bishop Loughlin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1938-39 Bishop Loughlin High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1940-41 Manhattan College (College)
1941-42 Manhattan College (College)
1942-43 Manhattan College (College)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1943-44 Brooklyn Eagles (Independent)
1944-45 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1944-45 Washington Capitols / Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1945-46 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1945-46 Carbondale (PSL)
1945-46 Brooklyn Visitations (Independent)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1946-47 Long Island-Brooklyn (NYNJ)


Christie later worked for the railroad

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/dan-christie/


Brownie Carroll

John W. "Brownie" Carroll


Born:
January 27, 1919
Queens, NY ?

Died:
February 16, 2010
Palm Coast, FL


Career
1936-37 Newtown High School - New York (High School)
1937-38 Newtown High School - New York (High School)
1938-39 Fordham University (College) Freshmen
1939-40 Fordham University (College)
1940-41 Fordham University (College)
1941-42 Fordham University (College)
1942-43 Grumman Wildcats (Independent)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1944-45 Edo Aircraft (Military)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Long Island (NYNJ)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Carroll grew up in Queens.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/brownie-carroll/


Friday, March 23, 2018

1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)

1943-44 WILMINGTON BLUE BOMBERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
12-4 .750, 1st place
Second Half:
5-5 .500, 3rd place
ABL Championship: Defeated Philadelphia, 4-3


Head Coach: Barney Sedran (January 28, 1891 - January 14, 1969)

PLAYERS:
  • John Ahearn (January 6, 1918 - February 17, 1968)
Biography

  • Ben Auerbach (March 1, 1919 - June 18, 1993)
Biography 

  • Eddie Boyle (June 15, 1917 - March 16, 1999)
Biography

  • Paul Chadick (May 25, 1918 - December 28, 1999)
Biography 

  • Dan Christie (November 19, 1920 - June 15, 1989)
Biography

  • Bobby Dorn (June 21, 1920 - December 27, 1979)
Biography

  • Bob Fitzgerald (March 14, 1923 - July 23, 1983)
Biography

  • Moe Frankel (January 25, 1913 - March 9, 2008)
Biography 

  • Ben Goldfaden (September 6, 1913 - March 25, 2013)
Biography

  • Charley Harris 
Biography 

  • Charley Hoefer (September 16, 1921 - June 12, 1983)
Biography

  • Steve Juenger (February 10, 1915 - November 18, 2003)
Biography 

  • Ben Kramer (May 3, 1913 - February 3, 1999)
Biography

  • Bill McCahan (June 7, 1921 - July 3, 1986)
Biography

  • Roger Michaels   
Biography

  • Sam Milanovich (September 21, 1918 - March 24, 1999)
Biography 

  • Angelo Musi (July 25, 1918 - October 19, 2009)
Biography

  • Porky Rosenthal (October 22, 1917 - November 8, 2002)
Biography

  • Ed Sadowski (July 11, 1915 - September 18, 1990) - played part of season as Ed Smith
Biography

  • Johnny Salata (October 25, 1919 - April 20, 2001)
Biography 

  • Ben Scharnus (December 11, 1917 - March 19, 1982)
Biography

  • Al Schneider (April 12, 1918 - April 20, 1978)
Biography

1943-44 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

1943-44 TRENTON TIGERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
8-6 .571, 3rd place
Second Half:
7-5 .583, 2nd place

The Trenton started the season again with the tandem coaches of Kearns and Smith, but after two games, long-time player Dutch Dehnert was hired to coach, leading the team to a third-place finish in the first half. In the second half, team owner Girard Naples named himself head coach, leading his team into second place.

Head Coaches: 
  • Ted Kearns (January 1, 1900 - December 21, 1949) and Red Smith (September 21, 1895 - November 1970)1-1
  • Dutch Dehnert (April 5, 1898 - April 20, 1979) 7-5
  • Girard Naples (March 15, 1904 - July 21, 1967) 7-5

PLAYERS:
  • Ace (Abbott) Goldstein  (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960)
Biography

  • Ben Auerbach (March 1, 1919 - June 18, 1993)
Biography 

  • Mike Bloom (January 14, 1915 - June 5, 1993)
Biography

  • Lee Craddock (December 22, 1917 - October 26, 1989)
Biography 

  • Irv Davis (January 10, 1915 - October 30, 2010)
Biography 

  • Allie Esposito (March 23, 1914 - January 3, 2009)
Biography

  • Dick Fitzgerald (November 18, 1920 - April 13, 1968)
Biography

  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916  - September 24, 1997)
Biography

  • Matt Guokas (November 11, 1915 - December 9, 1993)
Biography

  • Tony Krygier (September 25, 1915 - November 5, 2010)
Biography

  • Red Paris (January 8, 1918 - December 8, 2009)
Biography 

  • Devon Smith (July 7, 1914 - February 3, 1979)
Biography

  • Ray Studwell (June 5, 1915 - December 10, 1989)
Biography 

  • Bob Tough (August 28, 1920 - April 7, 1999)
Biography

  • Ace Tramantan (February 15, 1913 - November 27, 2007)
Biography

1943-44 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

1943-44 PHILADELPHIA SPHA's
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
4-10 .286, 4th place
Second Half:
8-4 .667, 1st place


PLAYERS:
  • Moe Becker (February 24, 1917 - January 9, 1996)
Biography

  • Irv Davis (January 10, 1915 - October 30, 2010)
Biography

  • Jerry Fleishman (February 14, 1922 - June 20, 2007)
Biography

  • George Garber (February 26, 1919 - July 13, 1984)
Biography 

  • Dutch Garfinkel (June 13, 1918 - August 14, 2003)
Biography

  • Ed Hall  
Biography 

  • Art Hillhouse (June 12, 1916 - October 27, 1980)
Biography

  • Herm Knuppel (August 23, 1916 - August 16, 1997)
Biography 

  • Inky Lautman (May 22, 1914 - April 11. 1976)
Biography

  • Chink Morganstine (May 9, 1918 - October 19, 1976)
Biography

  • Paul Nowak (March 15, 1914 - January 10, 1983)
Biography

  • Irv Reichman (January 27, 1922 - January 20, 1961)
Biography 

  • Red Rosan (May 22, 1911 - September 3, 1976)
Biography

  • Petey Rosenberg (April 7, 1918 - June 29, 1997)
Biography

  • Ossie Schectman (March 30, 1919 - July 30, 2013)
Biography

  • Butch Schwartz (February 14, 1919 - May 22, 2008)
Biography 

  • Dan Silver  
Biography 

  • Irv Torgoff (March 6, 1917 - October 21, 1993)
Biography

  • Lenny Weiner (October 26, 1923 - May 21, 1995)
Biography 

  • Red Wolfe (July 18, 1905 - October 9, 1970)
Biography

1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)

1943-44 NEW YORK AMERICANS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
First Half:
10-6 .625, 2nd place
Second Half:
2-8 .200, 4th place

  • Head Coach: Eddie Wilde (June 14, 1895 - March 9, 1984)

PLAYERS: 
  • Hook Andersen (April 8, 1912 - September 23, 1975)
Biography 

  • Howie Bollerman (June 9, 1907 - August 15, 1966)
Biography

  • Johnny Danyo (December 2, 1919 - January 11, 1993)
Biography 

  • Bobby Dorn (June 21, 1920 - December 27, 1979)
Biography

  • George Fasulas (b. April 20, 1921)
Biography 

  • Bob Fitzgerald (March 14, 1923 - July 23, 1983)
Biography

  • Nat Frankel (November 3, 1913 - March 14, 2006)
Biography

  • Leo Gottlieb (November 28, 1920 - August 16, 1972)
Biography

  • Sonny Hertzberg (July 29, 1922 - July 25, 2005)
Biography

  • Bob Holm (January 22, 1919 - April 14, 2002)
Biography

  • Ed Kantor (born around 1921)
Biography 

  • Herm Knuppel (August 23, 1916 - August 16, 1997)
Biography 

  • Kelly Leibowitz (September 8, 1912 - August 25, 1995)
Biography

  • Fuzzy Levane (April 11, 1920 - April 30, 2012)
Biography

  • Si Lobello (December 16, 1919 - March 3, 1945)
Biography

  • Bill McKeever (January 15, 1918 - January 24, 2007)
Biography

  • Sid Rabin (July 22, 1916 - June 23, 2007)
Biography 

  • Lou Simon (February 13, 1916 - December 1973)
Biography

  • George Slott (June 9, 1912 - February 22, 1962)
Biography

  • Stan Stutz (Modzelewski ) (April 14, 1920 - October 28, 1975)
Biography

Boxscore from November 20 (vs Spha's) lists a player named "Steinman." I believe this is a mistaken transcription of Lou Simon.

Boxscore from December 10 (vs Spha's) lists a player named "Rosen." I believe this is a mistaken transcription of Sid Rabin.

1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)

1943-44 BROOKLYN INDIANS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
2-10 .167, 5th place

The team dropped from the league on January 4, 1944.

Head Coach: Honey Russell (May 31, 1902 - November 15, 1973) Also played. See below

PLAYERS:
  • Brownie Carroll (January 27, 1919 - February 16, 2010)
Biography 

  • Chuck Connors (April 10, 1921 - November 10, 1992)
Biography

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

  • Jimmy Dunleavy (November 11, 1914 - July 8, 1992)
Biography 

  • Gene Englund (October 21, 1917 - November 5, 1995)
Biography

  • Bob Fitzgerald (March 14, 1923 - July 23, 1983)
Biography

  • Bill Goebel (September 16, 1921 - December 25, 1998)
Biography

  • Steve Juenger (February 10, 1915 - November 18, 2003)
Biography

  • Mac Kinsbruner (March 21, 1909 - February 16, 1972)
Biography

  • Herm Knuppel (August 23, 1916 - August 16, 1997)
Biography

  • Tony Krygier (September 25, 1915 - November 5, 2010)
Biography

  • Si Lobello (December 16, 1919 - March 3, 1945)
Biography

  • Al Negratti (June 12, 1921 - February 19, 1998)
Biography

  • Phil Rabin (July 10, 1913 - October 28, 2010)
Biography 

  • Eddie Riska (October 4, 1919 - August 3, 1992)
Biography

  • Honey Russell (May 31, 1902 - November 15, 1973)
Biography

  • Ben Scharnus (December 11, 1917 - March 19, 1982)
Biography

  • Ossie Schectman (March 30, 1919 - July 30, 2013)
Biography

  • George Slott (June 9, 1912 - February 22, 1962)
Biography

  • Bob Synnott (September 27, 1912 - November 19, 1985)
Biography

  • Bob Tough (August 28, 1920 - April 7, 1999)
Biography

  • Rocky Valvano (May 29, 1914 - May 27, 1988)
Biography


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jack Flowers

Jack Flowers


Born:



Died:




Career
1943-44 Trenton Tigers (ABL)


On February 13, 1943, a man appears in the box score named "Jack Flowers" and playing center. Mike Bloom was noticeably absent for this game, and "Flowers" scored 12 points and then vanished. It appears that Flowers was a local Philly man who was pressed into duty with Trenton when Bloom was unable to play or didn't show.  There is a Jack Flowers who refereed a few collegiate games around Reading, Pennsylvania at that time, and another Jack Flowers who was in the U.S. Navy and may have been on leave at the time of the game. However, the referee Flowers was officating games as far back as 1926, so he would likely be too old to put up 12 points. It is also possible that Flowers IS Mike Bloom and this is either a mistake, assumed name or prank. (Bloom... flowers... get it?)


Source:


Stats:



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Irv Zeitlin

Irving Paul Zeitlin


Born:
May 5, 1915


Died:
July 24, 1984



Career
1939-40 Long Island University (College)
1940-41 Long Island University (College)
1941-42 Union Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1941-42 Troy (NYSL)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)



Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/irv-zeitlin/


Earl Yost

Earl William Yost


Born:
August 14, 1921
Manchester, CT

Died:
September 3, 2005
Manchester, CT


Career
1940-41 Willmantic (CSL)
1942-43 Camden Indians (ABL)

Born in Manchester, Connecticut, to Albert and Ida Yost. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War 2, and would become the most prominent sports figure in Manchester. Not only did he many sports, he would become a referee, umpire, official, sportswriter and fan. He helped many otehr columnists get their start, and was known by virtually the entire town.

He married Adella Wrubel in 1943 and they had two sons/

Source:
Obituary

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


Traupin

Traupin


Born:



Died:




Career
1942-43 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)

Played for Brooklyn in one game in Harrisburg, January 27, 1943. No clue who he is, or if his name is even spelled correctly.

Source:


Stats:



Charley Schmidli

Charles Louis Schmidli


Born:
August 20, 1920
West Hoboken, NJ

Died:
April 4, 1985
River Edge, NJ


Career
Memorial High School - Jersey City (High School)
1940-41 Georgetown University (College)
1941-42 Georgetown University (College)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1942-43 Original Celtics (Independent)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1951-52 Cendo College All Stars - West New York, NJ (Independent)

Schmidli starred at Georgetown before a quick season of pro basketball. He served in the military during World War 2 and returned to the ABL after the war.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/charley-schmidli/


Porky Rosenthal

Irving G. "Porky" Rosenthal (Rosen)


Born:
October 22, 1917
New York, NY

Died:
November 8, 2002
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Career
1938-39 New York Orbach’s (AAU)
1939-40 New York Orbach’s (AAU)
1940-41 Glens Falls (NYSL)
1941-42 Glens Falls (NYSL)
1942-43 Kingston Recreation (Independent)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1942-43 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1943-44 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1949-50 Bristol (ECL)


Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/porky-rosenthal/


Cy Rosenberg

Seymour T. "Cy" Rosenberg


Born:
July 24, 1917
Brooklyn, NY ?

Died:
August 27, 2010
Queens, NY


Career
1934-35 Boys High School - Brooklyn (High School)
Long Island University (College) Freshmen
1935-36 Eighth Ave. Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1936-37 Eighth Ave. Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1937-38 Eighth Ave. Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1938-39 Eighth Ave. Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1939-40 Eighth Ave. Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1940-41 Eighth Ave. Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1941-42 Eighth Ave. Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)
1944-45 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1944-45 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1944-45 Long Island Gruman Hellcats (Independent)

From Brooklyn, Rosenberg played basketball with 8th Avenue Temple and the New York Jewels before entering the military. After his time in the service, he played a little bit more of basketball.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/cy-rosenberg/


Roberts

Roberts


Born:



Died:




Career
1942-43 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)

Played one game for Brooklyn in Harrisburg, January 27, 1943

Source:


Stats:



Tom Matthews

Tom Matthews


Born:



Died:




Career
1935-36 Pottsville High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1942-43 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)

NOT the Thomas Matthews of Pottsville whose dad was Oscar Garfield Matthews (1879-1961) mother was Adda and older brother was Paul.

Possibly Thomas Irvin Matthews 1919-1997
Possibly Thomas Francis Matthews 1918-1965


Source:


Stats:



Swede Masin

Seymour "Swede" Masin


Born:
June 7, 1920
Newark, NJ

Died:
September 10, 2005
Edison, NJ


Career
1936-37 Weequahic High School - Newark (High School)
1937-38 Weequahic High School - Newark (High School)
1939-40 Panzer College (College)
1940-41 Panzer College (College)
1941-42 Panzer College (College)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)

Masin, a star athlete in Newark and a World War 2 veteran, was the inspiration for one of the primary characters in Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "American Pastoral." He later worked as a liquor salesman in New Jersey.

Source:
The Dispatch (Moline, IL), September 14, 2005

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/swede-masin/


Kelly Leibowitz

Samuel "Kelly" Leibowitz


Born:
September 8, 1912
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
August 25, 1995
Jackosnville, FL


Career
1933-34 University of Oregon (College)
1934-35 University of Oregon (College)
1935-36 University of Oregon (College)
1936-37 Brooklyn (AAU)
1937-38 Brooklyn (AAU)
1938-39 Brooklyn Flatbush BC (AAU)
1939-40 Brooklyn Holy Cross (AAU)
1941-42 Bay Ridge ICC (AAU)
1941-42 Brooklyn Flatbush BC (Independent)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)
1943-44 New York Americans (ABL)

Leibowitz quit playing basketball after serving in World War 2.

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/kelly-leibowitz/


Herbert

Herbert


Born:



Died:




Career
1942-43 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)

Herbert appeared in one game for Brooklyn on January 27, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Source:


Stats:



Barney Hassett

Bernard Foster "Barney" Hassett


Born:
August 30, 1919
New York, NY

Died:
August 31, 1995
Naples, FL


Career
1940-41 Manhattan Jaspers (College)
1941-42 Manhattan Jaspers (College)
1942-43 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

After playing basketball and baseball at Manhattan, Barney played a bit for the Trenton Tigers. Barney was the brother of fellow pro basketball players John "Buddy" Hassett and Billy Hassett. Buddy would also play first base for the New York Yankees.

Source:


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


Dick Gray

Richard L. Gray


Born:
May 26, 1921


Died:
December 28, 1973
Trenton, NY


Career
1940-41 Villanova University (College)
1941-42 Villanova University (College)
1942-43 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1945-46 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 Newark (NYNJ)
1946-47 Allentown Rockets (EBL)
1946-47 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)

Gray quit basketball to run for assemblyman in his hometown of Trenton in 1947.

Source:


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


Pat Goldstein

Paul "Pat" Goldstein


Born:
November 15, 1912
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
February 27, 2004
Pompano Beach, FL


Career
1930-31 St.John’s University (College) Freshmen
Brooklyn College (College)
1934-35 Brooklyn Union Temple (AAU)
1935-36 Brooklyn Union Temple (AAU)
1936-37 Eighth Ave. Temple (AAU)
1937-38 Eighth Ave. Temple (AAU)
1938-39 Eighth Ave. Temple (AAU)
1939-40 Eighth Ave. Temple (AAU)
1940-41 Eighth Ave. Temple (AAU)
1941-42 Eighth Ave. Temple (AAU)
1942-42 Eighth Ave. Temple (AAU)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)
1944-45 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Union Temple (AAU)



Source:




Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/pat-goldstein/


Bill Goebel

William Webster Goebel


Born:
September 16, 1921
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
December 25, 1998
Flushing, NY


Career
1938-39 Bushwick High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 Bushwick High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)
1942-43 Brooklyn Battalion (Military)
1943-44 Brooklyn Indians (ABL)
1943-44 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1943-44 Coast Guard District Office - New York (Military)
1944-45 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 New York Gothams (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1947-48 Long Island Bombers (Independent)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 New Britain (ECL)

Goebel served in the Coast Guard during World War 2.


Source:


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


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Al Coleman

Al Coleman


Born:



Died:




Career
1942-43 Trenton Tigers (ABL)



Source:


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


Al Caruso

Albert J. Caruso


Born:
1916 ??


Died:




Career
(High School)
1936-37 Manhattan College (College)
1938-39 Manhattan College (College)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)

Played football and basketball at Manhattan.

Source:


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


Jim Buckley

James Buckley


Born:



Died:




Career
Manhattan College (College)
1939-40 Danbury (CSL)
1939-40 Brooklyn (Independent)
1939-40 Transfigeration CC (Independent)
1940-41 Brooklyn (Independent)
1941-42 Kingston-Albany (NYSL)
1942-43 New York Jewels (ABL)
1942-43 New York Celtics (Independent)
1946-47 Long Island (NYNJ)

PBrooklyn

Possibly James B. Buckley, born in New Jersey

Not likely to be born in 1920 like PBE says. That makes him pretty young for college

Source:


Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jim-buckley/


Bill Bornheimer

William Richard Bornheimer


Born:
November 25, 1921
New Brunswick, NJ

Died:
July 2, 1989



Career
1937-38 St. Peter's High School - New Brunswick, NJ (High School)
1938-39 St. Peter's High School - New Brunswick, NJ (High School)
1939-40 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen
1940-41 Georgetown University (College)
1941-42 Georgetown University (College)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1942-43 Akron Goodyear (Independent)
1942-43 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1945-46 Boston/Clinton (NEBL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1946-47 Worcester Irish Americans (NEBL)
1947-48 Worcester Irish Americans (NEBL)

When the 6'5 Bornheimer entered Georgetown, he was, at the time, the tallest player the Hoyas ever had. He graduated early and because of his January 1943 graduation, he was ineligible to play his senior year. He went pro instead, playing for the Harrisburg Senators in the ABL as well as the Detroit Eagles and Akron Goodyear teams. At first, his height prevented him from military service, but eventually the restrictions were loosened and Bornheimer went to serve his country in World War 2. After the war, Bill returned to the basketball court, playing another three seasons in the American and New England leagues.

Bill is the older brother of NBA player Jake Bornheimer.

Source:
Hoya Basketball

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


Red Auerbach

Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach


Born:
September 20, 1917
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
October 28, 2006
Washington, DC


Career
1935-36 Eastern High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1937-38 George Washington University (College)
1938-39 George Washington University (College)
1939-40 George Washington University (College)
1942-43 Harrisburg Senators (ABL)
1946-47 Washington Capitols (BAA) Head coach
1947-48 Washington Capitols (BAA) Head coach
1948-49 Washington Capitols (BAA) Head coach
1949-50 Duke University (College) Assistant coach
1949-50 Tri-Cities Blackhawks (NBA) Head coach
1950-51 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1951-52 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1952-53 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1953-54 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1954-55 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1955-56 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1956-57 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1957-58 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1958-59 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1959-60 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1960-61 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1961-62 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1962-63 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1963-64 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1964-65 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach
1965-66 Boston Celtics (NBA) Head coach

NATIONAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME1969

One of biggest names in the history of the game of basketball, Red Auerbach was a very good player in high school and at George Washington University. He played one game professionally, playing a few minutes for the Harrisburg Senators in February of 1943 while also serving in the military. Due to World War 2, he did return to the pro game as a player. However, he would go on to become one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, helping to break the league's color barrier and winning nine titles with the Celtics over a ten-year span. He quit coaching after the 65-66 season, but moved into the Celtics' front office where he continued to help the Celtics to more glory. He remained on as general manager through 1984 when he became the team president and vice chairman. His health slowly declined in his 80's, and he died of a heart attack in 2006.

I could write all day about Auerbach, but I will leave that to more talented a biographer.

Source:


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


1942-43 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

1942-43 TRENTON TIGERS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
10-2 .833, 1st place


Head Coaches: 
  • Ted Kearns (January 1, 1900 - December 21, 1949)
  • Red Smith (September 21, 1895 - November 1970)

PLAYERS:
  • Mike Bloom (January 14, 1915 - June 5, 1993)
Biography

  • Al Coleman 
Biography 

  • Allie Esposito (March 23, 1914 - January 3, 2009)
Biography

  • Dick Fitzgerald (November 18, 1920 - April 13, 1968)
Biography

  • Jack Flowers  
Biography

  • Herbie Gershon (October 30, 1916  - September 24, 1997)
Biography


  • Ace (Abbott) Goldstein  (March 20, 1917 - October 8, 1960)
Biography

  • Dick Gray (May 26, 1921 - December 28, 1973)
Biography 

  • Matt Guokas (November 11, 1915 - December 9, 1993)
Biography

  • Barney Hassett (August 30, 1919 - August 31, 1995)
Biography

  • Bill Zubic   
Biography

1942-43 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

1942-43 PHILADELPHIA SPHA's
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
9-6 .600, 2nd place



PLAYERS:
  • Irv Davis (January 10, 1915 - October 30, 2010)
Biography 

  • Ben Goldfaden (September 6, 1913 - March 25, 2013)
Biography

  • Shikey Gotthoffer (January 1, 1911 - December 24, 1987)
Biography

  • Red Klotz (October 21, 1920 - July 12, 2014)
Biography

  • Inky Lautman (May 22, 1914 - April 11. 1976)
Biography

  • Chink Morganstine (May 9, 1918 - October 19, 1976)
Biography 

  • Dutch Newman (April 18, 1917 - July 1979)
Biography 

  • Red Rosan (May 22, 1911 - September 3, 1976)
Biography

  • Petey Rosenberg (April 7, 1918 - June 29, 1997)
Biography

  • Ossie Schectman (March 30, 1919 - July 30, 2013)
Biography

  • Butch Schwartz (February 14, 1919 - May 22, 2008)
Biography 

  • Irv Torgoff (March 6, 1917 - October 21, 1993)
Biography

  • Red Wolfe (July 18, 1905 - October 9, 1970)
Biography

Rosenberg appeared in various boxscores and newspaper article not only as Pete Rosenberg, but also as Pete Alexander and Alex Rosen.