New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

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Bobby Wanzer

Bobby Wanzer (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 4, 1921.)  A New York high school basketball star, Robert Francis Wanzer became a standout guard at Seton Hall and later with Rochester in the N.B.A.  Wanzer starred for Bill Spiegel at Benjamin Franklin on teams that were unbeaten P.S.A.L. champions.  A World War II hitch in […]

John Nucatola

John Nucatola (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 17, 1907; died, Scotch Plains, NJ, May 8, 2000.)  When seasons were shorter than they were to become, John Nucatola averaged over 100 games per season as a college (1934-59) and professional (1946-54) basketball referee.  For many years, Nucatola also worked high school games in the New […]

Pop Gates

Pop Gates (Pro basketball.  Born, Decatur, GA, Aug. 30, 1917; died, New York, NY, Dec. 1, 1999.)  A legendary name in the early days of emerging black players in basketball, William Gates moved to New York as a youngster and established his reputation on Ben Franklin H.S.’s integrated team.  After a P.S.A.L. championship in his […]

Bob Davies

Bob Davies (College basketball.  Born, Harrisburg, PA, Jan. 15, 1920; died, Hilton Head, SC, Apr. 22, 1990.)  Among the truly great basketball players of his era, Robert Edris Davies transferred from Franklin & Marshall to Seton Hall.  There, Davies starred for teams that won 54 of 59 games over three seasons (1939-42).  After World War […]

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