Friday, May 25, 2018

Ross Merrick

Dr. Roswell Davenport Merrick


Born:
July 20, 1922
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
January 24, 2004
Kilmarnock, VA


Career
1939-40 James Madison High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1940-41 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1942-43 Springfield College - Massachusetts (College)
1943-44 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1945-46 New Britain - Connecticut (Independent)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1946-47 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1947-48 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1948-49 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1949-50 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1950-51 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1951-52 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach
1952-53 New Britain Teachers College - Connecticut (College) Head coach 

Merrick played baskeball at Springfield College and then semi-pro before serving in the military during World War 2. After the war, Ross took the head coaching job at New Britain Teachers College (now Central Connecticut State University), a post he held for seven seasons. During this time, he continued his education at NYU and Boston College, eventually getting a doctorate. He left his coaching job to become the Dean for the  College of Education at Southern Illinois University. In 1958, he moved to DC to represent SIU at the American Alliance for Health. Taking to the Washington scene, he would become the Executive Director of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education until his retirement in 1990. He also established the U.S. Fitness and Sports Council and served as Executive Director.

Ross died in 2004.

Source:
Legacy.com

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Jack McCloskey

John William McCloskey


Born:
September 19, 1925
Mahanoy City, PA

Died:
June 1, 2017
Savannah, GA


Career
1943-44 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (ABL)
1947-48 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1947-48 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach
1948-49 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1950-51 Cheltenham Aces (Main Line League)
1950-51 Pottsville Packers (EBL)
1951-52 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1952-53 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1952-53 Collingswood High School - New Jersey (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Sunbury Mercuries (EBL)
1954-55 University of Pennsylvania (College) Freshmen - Head coach

A three-sport star in high school (football, baseball and basketball), McCloskey entered the Navy's V-12 program after high school and was sent to the University of Pennsylvania. He played basketball while there. and after the war would play basketball professionally through the mid 1950's. During this time, he would also coach basketball and played minor league baseball.McCloskey was named the MVP of the Eastern League in 1952-53 and 1953-54 before ending his days on the court. However, his involvement in the game itself remained. He continued to coach and would evenutally move into management. In late 1979, McCloskey was hired as the GM for the then-floundering Detroit Pistons. By the end of the 1980's, he had rebuilt the team into a powerhouse, with two NBA championships and multiple appearances in the Conference Finals. He would later leave the Pistons to work as GM for the Minnesota Timberwolves before retiring.

McCloskey died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease in 2017 at the age of 91.

He was married to Leslie.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mcclos012---

Source:
Standard Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), June 4, 1954
Obituary, NY Times

Stats:
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mccloja01.html

John Marty

John Marty


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Career
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)



There is a John A Marty from New Jersey (1919-1974) that this player could be.

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Harry Markellos

Harry Anthony Markellos


Born:
February 6, 1923
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
January 11, 2010



Career
1940-41 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 Northeastern High School - Philadelphia (High School)

Loyola University - Maryland (College) ??
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Link Belt - Philadelphia (Independent)

The 6', 160-pound athlete from Philly attended Northeastern HS and later served in Army during World War 2, He supposedly went to Loyola, but haven't confirmed it.

Markellos played pro basketball with the Wilmington Bombers in 1946-47. He also played minor league baseball and semi-pro football.


Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=markel002har

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Makin

Makin


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Career


1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

He is also referred to as Macklin and Mackin.

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Herb Maack

Herbert Henry Maack


Born:
April 16, 1917
Union City, NJ

Died:
May 5, 2007
Narragansett, RI


Career
Hun School of Princeton - New Jersey (Prep school)
1939-40 Columbia University (College)
1941-42 Columbia University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

After playing football and basketball at Columbia, Maack entered the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War 2. After the war, he played one season of pro football (with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the AAFC) and one season of pro basketball (with the Jersey City Atoms in the ABL). He went into coaching, starting as a line coach for the Columbia football team in 1946. He moved to Bucknell and then the University of Rhode Island before being named the head football coach at URI in 1956. He lead URI for five seasons. During his time at Bucknell, he also coached the wrestling team.

AAFC Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MaacHe20.htm

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Ed Lyons

Edmund H. Lyons


Born:
July 1, 1926
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
October 28, 2011
Livingston, NJ


Career
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1948-49 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1949-50 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1950-51 Allentown / Carbondale Aces (ABL)

After high school, where Lyons was a basketball star (he held the city scoring record until broken by Wilt Chamberlain) as well as a baseball star, Eddie enrolled at Temple but quickly went off to the U.S. Army to fight in World War 2. The war ended a couple months after Lyons enlisted, and he was discharged and signed to pitch in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. At this time, he also played pro basketball in the ABL to keep fit in the off-season. He was a fixture around New England on the ball diamond, playing for 18 years not just there but also in Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states, but he never made it to the major leagues. He would become a coach in the Cape Cod league and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2000 as the second-winningest manager in league history. He would also coach high school and college baseball, as was a mentor and a positive role model for scores of young athletes. He and his wife, Kay, had three daughters, but they always joked that they also had hundreds of sons.

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

Source:
https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/remembering-ed-lyons/n-4316583
http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2011/11/heralded_baseball_coach_eddie.html

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Artie Lockheed

Arthur Newman Lockheed


Born:
March 4, 1921
NY

Died:
November 22, 2014
Stockton, CA


Career
1939-40 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College) Freshmen
1940-41 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1941-42 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1942-43 St. Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)
1947-48 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

After starring on the basketball court for four season at St Frances where he mastered the one-handed shot, Lockheed joined the U.S. Army and served in the Air Corps during World War 2. After the war, he played two seasons with the Jersey City Atoms while teaching at St. Francis Prep and earning a Master's Degree in English Literature. In 1948, he moved out to Stockton, California, where he worked as a teacher until his retirement.

Source:
https://sfcathletics.com/hof.aspx?hof=11

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Bruce Lindsay

Bruce Carleton Lindsay


Born:
August 30, 1916
Columbia, PA

Died:
February 14, 1991
Wilmington, DE


Career
1934-35 Wilmington High School - Delaware (High School)
1937-38 University of Delaware (College)
1938-39 University of Delaware (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Lindsay was the captain of the basketball team at the University of Delaware, and after school he served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon. After the war, he went into teaching and coaching, but also played three scoreless games for the Wilmington Bombers in 1947. He would later become a high school athletic director as well as basketball official for many years before retiring in 1974.

Bruce and his wife, Dorothy, had a son and three daughters.

Source:
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), February 15, 1991

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Frank Licitra

George Francis "Frank" Licitra


Born:
May 7, 1920
NJ

Died:
May 29, 1986
Mount Laurel, NJ


Career
1938-39 Abraham Lincoln High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Haven't found a heck of a lot about Licitra.


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Bobby Lewis

Robert S. Lewis


Born:
April 28, 1918
New York, NY

Died:
Alive in 1986 according to interview with brother Harold



Career
1937-38 NYU (College)
1938-39 NYU (College)
1939-40 NYU (College)
1940-41 Phillips 66 Oilers (Independent)
1940-41 Ohrbach - Brooklyn (Independent)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Born to Lewis (c. 1887) and Fannie Lewis (c. 1893)
Brother Norman (born Dec 1915) was a champion collegiate fencer in the 1930's. Younger brother Harold (born Oct 1923) was a well-regarded Physics Professor.

An All-American at NYU, Lewis would go on to play some pro basketball before enlisting in the military in March of 1943. After the war, he would play with the Atoms in the ABL.He later became an accountant.

I cannot say for certain Lewis is still alive, but I have found nothing to indicate he has indeed passed. He would be 100 years old if he is still with us. In an interview with his brother Harold in 1986, he was asked about his family and seems to imply both of his brothers (Bobby and Norman) were both alive.

Source:
Jews In Sports

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Lenny Lesser

Leonard Lesser


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Career
1942-43 CCNY (College)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Haven't found him yet. Only thing I am sure of is that he is not Len Lesser who lived 1922-2011. That Len Lesser played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jim Hoerst

James Paul Hoerst


Born:
October 31, 1922
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
December 17, 1971
Philadelphia, PA ??


Career
1940-41 La Salle University (College) Freshmen
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Jim entered the army in the summer of 1943, serving his country in World War 2. The brother of Wilmington Bombers head coach Frank Hoerst, Jim joined the club in January of 1947 and averaged 4.6 points in 14 games.

Jim was married to married Madeline Dyal.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dave Laub

David Laub


Born:
July 7, 1921
New York, NY

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Career
1938-39 Eighth Avenue Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
1939-40 CCNY (College)
1941-42 CCNY (College)
1942-43 CCNY (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Laub played one year at CCNY but was declared ineligible after that season. The engineering student was able to get his eligibility restored and he rejoined the school team in 1941. After the 1942-43 season, Laub entered the U.S. Army and served during World War 2 as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. After his discharge in 1946, he played one year with the Troy Celtics in the ABL. He would go on to work in the construction field for many years before finally retiring in 2014 at the age of 93.

Source:
CCNY Athletics, August 17, 2015

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Bill Landis

Bill Charles "Tall Timber" Landis, Jr.


Born:
June 25, 1925
Fountain Hill, PA

Died:
September 26, 1997
Quakertown, PA


Career
1942-43 Quakertown High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1943-44 Albright College - Reading, PA (College)
1944-45 Albright College - Reading, PA (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

The 6'7, 190 pound Landis starred on the court at Quakertown HS, and by the time he finished at Albright college, had grown to 6'9 and 215 pounds.

Landis signed with the Philadelphia Warriors of the BAA in October of 1946 but was waived and wound up with the Bombers in the ABL. He played five games for the Bombers, putting up 26 points. He left basketball and worked for many years in the maintenance department of the Reading Railroad.

Source:
Morning Call (Allentown, PA) September 27, 1997

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Charlie Lacina

Charles Lacina


Born:
March 29, 1922
Mount Vernon, NY

Died:
June 21, 2007
The Bronx, NY


Career
1939-40 James Monroe High School - The Bronx, NY (High School)
1940-41 James Monroe High School - The Bronx, NY (High School)
1941-42 St. John's University (College) Freshmen
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Scranton Miners (PSL)

After being named all-City in basketball at Monroe HS, Lacina was offered many scholarships to college but chose to go to St John's. After one season on the freshmen squad, being their leading scorer, Lacina left school to join the army. He became an officer and would serve in the Pacific during World War 2 as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers and later a supply officer. It was while in the Pacific he met his future wife, an army nurse named Elizabeth ("Bette") Clavin, and they married in 1944. After the war, Lacina declined to return to St. John's and went on to play professional basketball. He joined the ABL's Troy Celtics in November of 1946, and appeared in 8 games and scoring 44 points before he was let go. He then signed with Scranton in the Penn State League and finished out the season. He quit the game to become a policeman for the city of New York, and within a few years became a detective. He was eventually promoted to Detective First Grade and was a part in many big investigation at the time, especially looking into organized crime in the area. He would retire from the NYPD and take a job with the U.S. Department of Defense, overseeing security at various governmental facilities.

An avid boater in retirement, Charlie died in 2007 at the age of 85. He and his wife and two sons.

Source:
Obituary, The City Island Current

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Freddy Kunz

Fred Kunz


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Career
1939-40 Good Counsel High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Is he Fred Kuntz (1921-2005)

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Harry Kovner

Harry Kovner


Born:
c. 1916


Died:




Career
New Utrecht High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1936-37 CCNY (College)
1939-40 Jewish Center - Brooklyn (Independent)
1942-43 Jewish Community House - Bensonhurst, NY (Indpendent)
1944-45 Boro Park YMHA - Brooklyn (Independent)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

WW2 veteran. Was also referred to as "Jake Kovner" in a news story (probably a mistake).

Two possibilities:
Harry Kovner Nov 29 1916 - June 4, 2002  Died in Brooklyn
Harry Kvoner October 24 1915 - November 11. 1996 Died in Queens

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Bill Kotsores

William James Kotsores


Born:
September 18, 1924
Astoria, NY

Died:
June 6, 1971
Queens, NY


Career
Andrew Jackson High School - Queens (High School)
1943-44 St. John's University (College)
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1948-49 Bridgeport Steelers (ABL)


He married Jacqueline Perkins (1925-2005) in 1944 and they had two daughters. Bill and Jackie divorced in 1965.

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Bill Kobler

William Kobler


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Career
1944-45 St. John's University (College)
1945-46 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Kobler signed with Troy in the ABL, but was released after playing in three games (despite putting up 14 point in the season opener.) He joined the SPHA's a few weeks later but was used sparingly in four games, scoring only two points. He bounced over to the Crescents in January for a brief stint before being let go again.

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Jim Kiernan

James Kiernan


Born:

New York, NY

Died:




Career
1936-37 St. Simon High School - New York City (High School)
1937-38 St. Simon High School - New York City (High School)
1938-39 St. Simon High School - New York City (High School)
1939-40 Georgetown University (College)
1940-41 Georgetown University (College)
1941-42 Washington Brewers (Independent)*
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Kiernan, from the Bronx, left Georgetown in 1941. He played pro basketball and also pitched some minor league baseball that year, first with Brattleboro and then in Bennington (both clubs are in Vermont.) He later pitched for Bridgeport (Connecticut) in 1947.

* The Brewers were a member of the ABL at this time, but it does not appear like Kiernan played in any league games; only in exhibition games.

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In Memoriam: Donnie Forman

Donnie Forman, member of the 1948-49 BAA champion Minneapolis Lakers, has died at the age of 92.

Biography

Obituary

Donald J. Forman, guard for the NYU Violets and the Minneapolis Lakers basketball teams, and later successful tax attorney, passed away peacefully on May 10th. He died at 92 of natural causes at his home in Naples, FL. He was a Third Team All-American guard for NYU and First Team All-City guard and All-City High Scorer for Boys High in Brooklyn, NY. In his one season playing for the Lakers, the team won the 1949 BAA (NBA) Championship. He contributed meaningfully to the 4-2 series' win over the Washington Capitals, with his defense against veteran play-maker Sonny Hertzberg. His basketball career ended immediately following the Championship win when he elected to participate actively in an eponymously named clothing retailer that had recently opened in Greenwich Village. His equally passionate and considerably longer career as a tax attorney spanned over 40 years, from the late 1950s until the early 2000s. After earning a JD from the University of Florida Law School ('51-'54) and an LLM in Tax from NYU ('56), he worked for the IRS in Chicago where he tried cases for six years. Following his work at the IRS, Forman went into private practice in Dallas, TX with Geary, Bryce, and Lewis; and later, as a partner at Ginsberg and Forman. He is survived by his wife of 19 years Paula Mannon Forman; three children, Emily Erna Jourdan, Adam Smith Forman, and Mark Andrew Forman; two grandsons, Asa Nance Forman and Asher Marks Forman; and two sisters, Francine Greenes and Phyllis Reisman. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 21 years, Nancy Smith Forman, who died in 1982 at 48. He is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame and was a generous donor to NYU.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Kane

Kane


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Career
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Played one game for Elizabeth, on January 11, 1947

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Ray Jackson

Ray Jackson


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Career
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Also referred to as Don Jackson. Mentioned as going to Temple, but does not appear on their Letterwinners list.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Kayo Iwanicki

Casimir "Kayo" Iwanicki


Born:
November 28, 1921
Wallington, NJ

Died:
August 28, 2007
Saddle Brook, NJ


Career
1938-39 Lodi High School - Lodi, NJ (High School)
1939-40 St. Benedict's Prep - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

His name is misspelled in many places as "Ivanicki."

A football, baseball and basketball player at Lodi HS, Kayo went to St. Benedict's Prep for a year. He was a member of the 1938 Lodi football team that went 8-0 without giving up a single point. He served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, and after the war played basketball for the Paterson Crescents during the 1946-47 season. He worked as a floor inspector at Curtiss Wright Corporation and was also a member of the Board of Education in Wallington, New Jersey. In 1955, Iwanicki, along with five other board members. was convicted of soliciting a bribe in regards to the selection of  a new high school principal in the district. He was fined $1000 and had his prison sentence suspended. He retired from Curtiss Wright in 1983.

He married Catherine Budz (1923-2011) and they had one daughter.

Source:
Courier-News (Bridgeport, NJ), July 20, 1955
http://www.bizub.com/obituary/Casimir-F.-Iwanicki/Saddle-Brook-NJ/453625

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Frank Hoerst

Frank Joseph "Lefty" Hoerst, Jr.


Born:
April 11, 1917
Philadelphia, PA

Died:
February 18, 2000
Maple Shade, NJ


Career
1933-34 Northeast Catholic High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1934-35 Northeast Catholic High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1935-36 LaSalle University (College) Freshmen
1936-37 LaSalle University (College)
1937-38 LaSalle University (College)
1938-39 LaSalle University (College)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL) Head coach

Born to Frank and Alice Hoerst in Philly, Hoerst played baseball, basketball and football at Northeast Catholic and would go on to play baseball and basketball at LaSalle. A hard-throwing pitcher and also a two-time captain of the basketball team, Hoerst would probably have pursued a basketball career professionally if a true organized and financially stable league existed at the time of his graduation. Instead, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies after graduating and spent the 1939 season their Class D affiliate in Mayodan, North Carolina. The southpaw pitched well enough to be invited to spring training in 1940 and made the major league club. He appeared in six games with the Phils before being sent down to Pensacola, where he finished the season with a 16-7 record. He returned to the Phillies in 1941 and stayed through 1942 until the U.S. Navy called. He served through World War 2 and returned to the Phillies after the war. He stayed with the Phillies through the end of 1947 when he was sold to Memphis. In winter of 1946, he signed on to coach  the Wilmington Bombers basketball team in the ABL. Frank's brother Jim played for Frank that year. Frank would coach the LaSalle freshmen team that season, too.

After a couple years in Memphis, Hoerst was done with the game, having compiled a 10-33 record in his time with the Phils. He would later coach LaSalle's baseball team and work as an NBA referee. He worked at Gretz Brewery and rose from sales manager to Vice President, and started his own company which specialized in the manufacturing of a light-weight building material called vermicutlite.

Source:
SABR Biography

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Bill Henry

William E. Henry


Born:
May 23, 1924


Died:
April 24, 1999



Career
1946-47 Newark Bobcats / Yonkers Chiefs (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Henry joined Troy after Yonkers dropped

Henry had never played basketball until he was in the U.S. Navy and stationed at Great Lakes. He played minor league baseball for a while, even winning the 1949 Interstate League (Class B) batting title. 

Not 100% positive on his ID, but the middle initial comes from Baseball-Reference, and this William E. served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=henry-004wil

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Marv Haspil

Marvin N. Haspil


Born:
February 11, 1924
Manhattan, NY

Died:
October 26, 2004
Miami, FL


Career
1941-42 Monroe High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 Union Temple - Brooklyn (Independent)
Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1946-47 New York Jewels (Independent)
1947-48 Gimbel - New York City (Independent)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1950-51 Philadelphia SPHA's (Independent)

Haspil served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. After the war, he played with the Trenton Tigers, New York Jewels, and the team sponsored by Gimbel's department store. In February of 1949, he signed with the Brooklyn Gothams and finished the 1948-49 season with them. He played with the Philadelphia SPHA's the year after they left the ABL and became an independent team.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Art Gurfein

Arthur Murray Gurfein


Born:
November 18, 1921
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
May 30, 2003
Manhasset, NY


Career
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1942-43 Long Island University (College)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)

Born to Harry and Cecila Gurfein in Brooklyn, Art served in USMC during World War 2. After returning back east after the war, he played pro basketball with the SPHA's in Philadelphia. He entered the clothing business and moved to Hawaii in the early 1950's.

He married Beverly Crawford in 1949

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 27, 1942
Honolulu Star Bulletin, March 20, 1952

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Herb Greenspan

Herb Greenspan


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Died:




Career
Overbrook or Southern High School - Philadelphia (High School)
1941-42 YMHA - Philadelphia (Independent)
1944-45 YMHA - Philadelphia (Independent)
1945-46 Ohev Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent)
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1946-47 Ohev Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent)
1947-48 Ohev Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent) 


NOT Dr. Herbert S. Greenspan (1915-2000)


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ed Golub

Ed Golub


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Career
1938-39 Boys High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 Boys High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1939-40 Brooklyn Central YMCA (Independent)
1940-41 St. John's University (College)
1941-42 St. John's University (College)
1942-43 St. John's University (College)
1942-43 Sampson Naval Station (Military)
1944-45 Norfolk Naval Training Station (Military)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1948-49 Mohawk Redskins (NYSL)

Born around 1921 to Alex and Sohpia, Golub, I think.

After his junior year, Golub went into the Navy.

6'3

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Barney Goldberg

Bernard F. "Barney" Goldberg, Sr.


Born:
October 14, 1921
Baltimore, MD

Died:
December 12, 2011
Ellicott City, MD ??


Career
1938-39 Calvert Hall - Baltimore (High School)
1939-40 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1940-41 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1941-42 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1942-43 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1945-46 Fourteen Holy Martyrs - Baltimore (Independent)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1948-49 St. Bernardine High School - Baltimore (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Calvert Hall - Baltimore (High School) Head coach

After making a name for himself at Loyola, Goldberg played and coached basketball for a while before becoming a lawyer, specializing in real estate as well as being a public defender. He wound up being found guilty of theft and misappropriation of funds in 1986 and was sentenced two two years in prison. His reputation severely tarnished (he even was the defendant in a civil case brought by his own son), he died in 2011 at 90 years of age.

Barney and his wife, Elaine, had ten children.

Source:
Baltimore Sun, March 9, 1986

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Don Gleasner

Donald George Gleasner


Born:
December 30, 1922
Wilmington, DE

Died:
May 3, 2011
East Hampton, NY


Career
1938-39 Wilmington High School (High School)
1939-40 Wilmington High School (High School)
1940-41 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College)
1941-42 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College)
1942-43 Morris Harvey College - West Virginia (College)
1943-44 University of Pennsylvania (College)
1945-46 University of Maryland (College)
1945-46 St. Helena - Wilmington (Independent)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Born to Leo and Eleanor Gleasner in Wilmington, Delaware, Don was a natural and well-known athlete in his hometown. Gleasner, at 6'2 and 193 pounds, played basketball, football and baseball in high school and in college. He went to Morris Harvey (now the University of Charleston in West Viriginia) before entering the U.S. Navy. He played baskeball at Penn while in the navy's V-12 program. and served as a naval pilot during World War 2. After the war, he went to the University of Maryland and the urging of the Naval Academy's coach. He played his three sports at Maryland, and not only was he drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 28th round, but signed with the ABL's Wilmington Bombers and with baseball's Boston Red Sox. 
Gleasner played with the Bombers in their final ABL season. He started playing with the Brattleboro (Vermont) club in the Red Sox farm system in 1946, and in 1947 moved over to their Class-B affiliate in the Piedmont League in Roanoke. He never progressed higher in the minor leagues than Roanoke, leaving the Red Sox system after the 1948 season. He went to Asia and created an import business and was among the first entrepreneurs to introduce pre-finished plywood to America.

He married Patti Siceloff in 1947 and they had two sons and a daughter.

Minor League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gleasn001don

Source:
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), December 3, 1941
News Journal (Wilmington, DE), July 25, 1946
Obituary, East Hampton Star, May 12, 2011

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Mel Ginzburg

Melvin "Hands" Ginzburg


Born:
November 30, 1920
Staten Island (West Brighton), NY

Died:
December 17, 2009
Staten Island, NY


Career
1937-38 Curtis High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1938-39 Curtis High School - Staten Island, NY (High School)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

His named was spelled "Ginsberg" in other sources. That was why he was so hard for me to find.

The 6'1 Staten Island native graduated from Curtis HS in 1939, and played a lot of basketball along with two brothers and a cousin in a unit known as "The Flying Ginzburgs." He went into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served during World War 2. After the war, he played five games for the Jersey Atoms and would afterwards become a postman. He retired from the USPS in 1975 and would continute to coach and umpire around Staten Island with the youth and Jewish community centers.

He married Marie Schofield and they had one son and one daughter.



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Obituary

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Buzzy Gillen

Eugene Edward "Buzzy" Gillen


Born:
August 13, 1918
Wilmington, DE

Died:
January 4, 2008
Wilmington, DE


Career
(High School)
1933-34 Salesianum High School - Wilmington, DE (High School)
1934-35 Salesianum High School - Wilmington, DE (High School)
1934-35 Jackson Street Reapers - Wilmington, DE (YMCA)
1935-36 Salesianum High School - Wilmington, DE (High School)
1935-36 Jackson Street Reapers - Wilmington, DE (YMCA)
1936-37 Jackson Street Reapers - Wilmington, DE (YMCA)
1936-37 Beacom College (College)
1937-38 LaSalle University - Philadelphia (College)
1938-39 LaSalle University - Philadelphia (College)
1939-40 LaSalle University - Philadelphia (College)
1940-41 LaSalle University - Philadelphia (College)
1943-44 Mirimar - San Diego (Military)
1944-45 Mirimar - San Diego (Military)
1945-46 St. Helena - Wilmington (Independent)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1947-48 St. Patrick - Wilmington (Independent)
1947-48 CC Legal  - Wilmington (Independent)

Born to Frank and Jeannette Gillen, Buzzy graduated from Salesianum HS in Wilmington and spent one year at Beacom College before being offered a scholarship at LaSalle. He made the varsity team as a freshman, and after missing the first three games, he would play in every game through his senior year when he was the team captain. He signed to play with the Wilmington Bombers in November of 1941, but did not appear in a game and was off the Marines shortly after the season began. He served during World War 2 in the Pacific, playing for a couple of the teams there while stationed in San Diego and Oahu. After the war, he played basketball with the St. Helena Parish team in the semi-pro Catholic circuit before signing on with the Wilmington Bombers yet again in the fall of 1946. He played in 31 of the 35 Bombers' games that year, which was the final season in existence for the ABL club. He quite basketball and became an accountant for Dupont, retiring in 1980. He was elected to the  Delaware's Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and died in 2008 at 89 years of age.

He married Pauline Ademski (d. 1986) in 1950. After her death, he would remarry to Dorothy Crowe Wilson and inherited four step-daughters.

Source:
Delaware Online / News Journal, January 7, 2008
Morning News (Wilmington, DE), November 24, 1941
Morning News (Wilmington, DE), May 13, 1999

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Bill Garry

William Garry


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Career
St. Benedict's Prep - Newark, NJ (High School)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1948-49 St. Mary's High School - South Amboy, NJ (High School) Head coach
1949-50 St. Mary's High School - South Amboy, NJ (High School) Head coach
1950-51 St. Mary's High School - South Amboy, NJ (High School) Head coach
1951-52 St. Mary's High School - South Amboy, NJ (High School) Head coach 

Played one game for Wilmington and did not score. He played soccer (and basketball??) at Seton Hall, and later returned there to coach soccer.

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Mort Freemark

Morton Freemark


Born:
July 10, 1926
Philadelphia, PA

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Career
1946-47 Philadelphia SPHA's (ABL)
1947-48 Ohev Shalom - Philadelphia (Independent)

Freemark became a real estate agent and mortgage broker.

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Pat Finnegan

Patrick Joseph Finnegan


Born:
September 18, 1921
Hoboken, NJ

Died:
March 23, 2001



Career
1940-41 Fordham University (College)
1941-42 Fordham University (College)
1942-43 Fordham University (College)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Played three games for Jersey City, scoring zero points.

I am 90% certain I have indentified the correct gentleman, but I would like some confirmation. The birthplace and military of Finnegan matches up with the gap in time between Fordham and Jersery City.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

George Eyrich

George Lincoln Eyrich


Born:
March 3, 1925
Reading, PA

Died:
June 25, 2006
Reading, PA


Career
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

Eyrich began a baseball career in 1943, signing with the Philles as an 18-year old pitcher and was immediately added to the war-depleted roster. He pitched in nine games that summer before being inducted into the U.S. Navy. Following the war, he returned to the mound, in the Phillies affiliate in Utica, New York. That off-season, who played basketball for the Wilmington Bombers. He continued to play baseball through 1954, but never returned to the Major Leagues.

Major League Baseball Stats
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=eyrich001geo

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Chili Edelstein

Monroe Arthur "Chili" Edelstein


Born:
March 16, 1923
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
March 19, 2003
New York, NY


Career
1939-40 Stuyvesant High School - New York (High School)
1941-42 Long Island University (College)
1942-43 Workmen's Circle (Independent)
1944-45 Third Fighter Command - Florida (Military)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1947-48 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1948-49 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1948-49 New Brittain Coppers (Independent)
1949-50 Scranton Miners (ABL)
1950-51 Yeshiva University (High School) Assistant coach
Seward Park High School (High School) Head coach



Source:
https://billiongraves.com/grave/Monroe-Chile-Edelstein/1084469#/

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Norm Drucker

Norman Drucker


Born:
July 4, 1920
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
February 6, 2015
Plymouth Meeting, PA


Career
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)
1947-48 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

Drucker played three seasons in the ABL, Drucker would go on to make his biggest impact as a referee in the ABA and NBA. He served as the supervisor of officials in both leagues, and as integral in helping the leagues merge not just teams and players, but officials also.

He married Shirley Elias and they had one son.

Source:
Obituary

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Hal Dorn

Harold G. Dorn


Born:
October 24, 1923


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Career
1939-40 Memorial High School - West New York, NJ (High School)
1940-41 Memorial High School - West New York, NJ (High School)
1941-42 Memorial High School - West New York, NJ (High School) 
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

Born to John and Amy Dorn and the younger brother of fellow hoopster Bobby Dorn, Hal graduated from Memorial HS n West New York and played pro basketball in the ABL.


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Ralph Dolgoff

Ralph Harold Dolgoff


Born:
October 24, 1917
New York, NY

Died:
April 20, 2009
Lake Worth, FL


Career
Tilden High School - Brooklyn (High School)
1936-37 St. John's University (College)
1937-38 St. John's University (College)
1938-39 St. John's University (College)
1943-44 Bendix - New York (Independent)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Dolgoff was a Brooklyn native who starred on the hardcourt at St John's in the late 1930's. After serving in the military during World War 2, he played basketball professionally for the Elizabeth Braves. Dolgoff would become an accountant, and as a CPA he developed the well-known (in accounting circles, at least) Dolgoff Plan in 1962. The plan was developed to help companies with deferring tax deductions and payments. The Plan still exists today in a corporation run by his son. When Dolgoff was brought on as the accountant for the American Basketball Association in the late 1960's, he used a similar plan to help the league compete financially with the established NBA. The ABA began signing players with a salary plus a lengthy annuity, hedging on the league's long-term viability. The gamble paid off as the ABA was able to lure away talent from the NBA, and therefore began to put better teams on the court and this would lead to an eventual merger.

Dolgoff died in 2009 at the age of 91.

Source:
Jews in Sports

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Joe Dinkwoods

Joseph John Dinkwoods (Dinkwood)
born Joseph John Dzienkiewicz


Born:
January 21, 1917
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
December 26, 1994
Elmira, NY


Career
1937-38 St Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1938-39 St Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1939-40 St Francis College - Brooklyn (College)
1946-47 Kingston Chiefs (Independent)
1946-47 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats / Yonkers Chiefs (ABL)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Dinkwoods started the 1946-47 season with the Kingston Chiefs and when the Newark Bobcats relocated to Kingston in December of that season, Dinkwoods was one of the players brought into the fold. He played with the club through the winter, even as the team moved again to Yonkers. When the club dissolved in February in 1947, he played a few games with the Troy Celtics. He also played semi-pro baseball around New York and was a skilled amateur golfer. He was later a superintendent at the A&P Plant in Brooklyn and later near Elmira, New York.

He sometimes appears in newspaper article as "Dinkwood" but his anglicized name was actually "Dinkwoods."

He and his wife, Sally, were together for a long time before marrying in 1972. 


Source:
Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY), December 28, 1994

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Ted Delson

Ted Delson
born Theodore Edelson


Born:
December 5, 1916
Manhattan, NY

Died:
September 15, 1995
Sharon, CT


Career
Mississippi State University (College) ??
1945-46 Cedars Country Club - Lakeville, Connecticut (Independent)
1946-47 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1947-48 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)
1948-49 Brooklyn Gothams (ABL)

This was another tough guy to find because he shortened his surname. He became an auctioneer and appraiser in Connecticut. He supposedly went to Mississippi State but does not appear on their all-time letterwinners list.

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

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Jackie Cusick

John Peter Cusick


Born:
June 12, 1928
Weehawken, NJ

Died:
November 17, 1989
Englewood, NJ


Career
1945-46 West New York High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 New Brittain (Independent)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)

Cusick signed to play baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school in 1946, and the shortstop would slowly rise through the minors over the next few seasons into the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and eventually the Boston Barves farm systems. Known as a all-field-no-hit player, he kept in shape in the off-season by working in a shipyard and playing basketball. He played with the Elizabeth Braves in the ABL in 1946-47.

Cusick reached the Major League with the Chicago Cubs in 1951, batting a paltry .177. He was traded to the Boston Braves after the season and only hit .167 with that club in 1952. He found himself out of baseball after the 1952 season, only 24 years old. He became a New Jersey State Trooper in 1953.

Major League Baseball Stats:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cusicja01.shtml

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Al Cito

Alfred Louis Cito, Sr.


Born:
July 12, 1920
Newark, NJ

Died:
February 7, 2010
Coarsegold, CA


Career
1938-39 St. Benedict's - Newark (High School)
1939-40 St. Benedict's - Newark (High School)
1940-41 Montclair State Teachers College (College) Freshmen
1941-42 Montclair State Teachers College (College)
1943-44 Fort Harrison (Military)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)

Cito went to Montclair TC before World War 2 intervened, He played baseball and basketball for Fort Harrison during the war, and after the war played basketball with the Bobcats in the ABL.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Johnny Cerrone

John J. Cerrone


Born:
November 18, 1918


Died:
December 14, 1973
Larchmont, NY ??


Career
1936-37 Dewitt Clinton High School - New York City (High School)
1938-39 Columbia University (College)
1939-40 Columbia University (College)
1940-41 Columbia University (College)
1945-46 Syracuse Stars (Independent)
1945-46 Cortland Moose (Independent)
1946-47 Newark Bobcats (ABL)
1946-47 Brooklyn Visitations (NYNJ)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Also appears in some newspaper stories as "Frank Cerrone."

Born to Rose and Anthony (1892-1964) Cerrone, the 5'11 Johnny was a basketball star at Dewitt Clinton, and would eventually become the basketball team captain in his senior year at Columbia (he did not play as a freshman). He also played shortstop on the Columbia baseball team.


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

Source:
Columbia Daily Spectator, March 14, 1940

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Al Cerni

Al Cerni


Born:



Died:




Career
1946-47 Trenton Tigers (ABL)

Not much found here. Other sites list him as "Al" and playing in five games for Trenton, but I have only found his surname in 3 boxscores. I found an article from the early 1940's that mentions a player on Columbia's basketball team named John Cerny. I think this is most likely the player.

I thought about the possibility of it being Al Cervi, but Cervi was already a star player in the NBL at this point, and double-dipping into the ABL is not likely (neither is a player of Cervi's skill scoring only 8 point in 4 games and not being touted highly)

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Johnny Byrnes

John Michael Byrnes


Born:
September 14, 1920
Edelman, PA

Died:
December 28, 1992
Allentown, PA


Career
1938-39 Nazareth High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1939-40 Nazareth High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1940-41 YMCA - Nazareth, Pennsylvania (Independent)
1941-42 YMCA - Nazareth, Pennsylvania (Independent)

1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

A pitcher and football player as well as a basketball player in high school, John lead his school to the 1940 state championship. In the 1938-39 season, his grades were not high enough to make him eligible to play on the school team, so he played in the local YMCA league with older players. Once his grades got back up, he returned to the school team but was declared ineligibile for the year due to his YMCA stint. He enter the USMC to serve his country in World War 2, seeing action in various battles in the South Pacific. After the war, he played semi-pro baseball

John's brother Henry also played with John in Nazareth.

Source:
Morning Call (Allentown), December 9, 1946
Morning Call (Allentown), December 30, 1992

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Bob Boylan

Robert Leo Boylan


Born:
April 11, 1920
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Died:
May 9, 2013
Cherry Hill, NJ


Career
1936-37 Coughlin High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School)
1940-41 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1941-42 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1942-43 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College)
1943-44 St. Anne's XIII Corps - Wilmington (Independent)
1943-44 Great Lakes (Military)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Lancaster Red Roses (EBL)
1946-47 St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia (College) Assistant coach

Boylan left school to serve in Navy during World War 2, and as a small boat captain took part in various invasions in the Philippines. The 6'2, 185-pound Boylan played basketball while in the military, and after his discharge in August of 1946, he played professionally with the Wilmington Bombers while taking an assistant coaching job at St. Joseph's. I am not sure how long he stayed coaching there. He would later become an FBI agent, working out of the field office in his hometown of Wilkes-Barre.

He married Claire Murphy in 1952 and they had three sons and one daughter.

Source:
legacy.com

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Slim Bornemann

Herbert "Slim" Bornemann


Born:
August 22, 1921
NJ

Died:
September 29, 1981
Trenton, NJ


Career
1935-36 Emerson High School - New Jersey (High School)
1936-37 Emerson High School - New Jersey (High School)
1937-38 Emerson High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Jersey City Atoms (ABL)

The 6'7 Bornemann was a high-scorer at Emerson High School in New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, and then played briefly with the Jersey City Atoms in the ABL.

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Vic Bock

Victor Joseph Bock, Jr.


Born:
August 31, 1920
Baltimore, MD

Died:
September 3, 1951
Baltimore, MD


Career
1937-38 Calvert Hall High School - Baltimore (High School)
1939-40 Loyola University - Martyland (College)
1940-41 Loyola University - Martyland (College)
1941-42 Loyola University - Martyland (College)
1942-43 Local 33 - Baltimore (Independent)
1945-46 Fourteen Holy Martyrs - Baltimore (Independent)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)

Born to Victor and Marie Bock, Vic grew up in Baltimore and played basketball at Calvert Hall HS. After graduating from Loyola Univesity, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country in combat in the Pacific, seeing action in places like Saippan. The 6'3 Bock played for the Baltimore Bullets alongside his brother Franny after the war. Franny and Vic had been teammates for virtually their entire basketball-playing careers. Vic took a job as a purchasing agent at Bartgis Brothers in Baltimore, leaving the sport behind.

On June 3, 1951, Bock suffered a heart attack but survived. He returned to work almost three months later, but suffered a second heart attack at home on September 3, 1951. This time, it was fatal. He was only 31 years old.

Bock had married Jean Rawlings and had one son, but the marriage ended in a divorce. He remarried to Rose Mary Zephir, just a week before his death.


Source:
Baltimore Sun, September 4, 1951

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Franny Bock

Francis Joseph Bock


Born:
September 29, 1921
Baltimore, MD

Died:
October 2, 2006
Baltimore, MD


Career
1937-38 Calvert Hall High School - Baltimore (High School)
1938-39 Calvert Hall High School - Baltimore (High School)
1940-41 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1941-42 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1942-43 Loyola University - Maryland (College)
1942-43 Local 33 - Baltimore (Independent)
1945-46 Fourteen Holy Martyrs - Baltimore (Independent)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)

Born to Victor and Marie Bock, Franny and played basketball at Calvert Hall HS. He was a long-time teammate of his brother, Vic. They were paired up not only in high school, but college, semi-pro and professionally. He later officiated basketball games around Baltimore, collegiate and prep. Like his brother, Bock had issues with his heart, but unlike his brother, he managed to live a long life despite his ailment, dying at 85 in 2006.

He married Evelyn Totolski and they had two sons and one daughter.

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Herb Bloom

Herb Bloom


Born:



Died:




Career
1941-42 Long Beach High School - Lido Beach, NY (High School)
Miami University (College) ???
1944-45 Coast Guard New York District 1 (Military)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)



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Marv Blumenthal

Marvin Blumenthal


Born:
May 30, 1924
Trenton, NJ

Died:
March 18, 1969
Houston, TX


Career
1941-42 Central High School - Trenton, NJ (High School)
1942-43 Temple University (College)
1943-44 Temple University (College)
1944-45 Temple University (College)
1945-46 Temple University (College)
1946-47 Troy Celtics (ABL)

Blumenthal was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, and played basketball at Temple. In February of 1943, he scored the winning in a game against LaSalle, and collapsed in the locker room. We was first thought to have contracted scarlet fever, but it turned out to be the German measles. He would play one game with the Troy Celtics in 1946, scoring zero point in the season opener. Marv later moved to Houston, and died there after suffering a heart attack while playing handball in 1969. He was 44 years old.

Source:
The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), February 24, 1943
Amarillo Globe-Times, March 19, 1969

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Larry Baxter

Lionel "Larry" Baxter


Born:
May 28, 1921
New York, NY

Died:
February 24, 2015
Boca Raton, FL


Career
1941-42 St. John's University (College)
1942-43 St. John's University (College)
1945-46 St. John's University (College)
1946-47 Elizabeth Braves (ABL)
1946-47 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Lionel Baxter, better known as "Larry," abruptly quit school to get married. He played pro basketball for a year, signing with the Elizabeth Braves but being sold to Paterson by the end of the season.

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Barrett

Barrett


Born:



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Career
1946-47 Yonkers Chiefs (ABL)



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Steve Bagarus

Stephen Michael Bagarus


Born:
September 19, 1919
South Bend, IN

Died:
October 17, 1981
Gaithersburg, MD


Career
Michael Washington High School - South Bend, IN (High School)
Notre Dame (College)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)

Bagaras played in the NFL for four seasons, and it was during his time with the Redskins that he joined up to play with the Bullets.

NFL Stats:
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BagaSt20.htm

Source:
Obituary, Washington Post, October 19, 1981

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