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Mac Kinsbrunner

Mac Kinsbrunner (College and pro basketball.  Born, Vienna, Austria, Mar. 21, 1909; died, Kiamesha Lake, NY, Feb. 16. 1972.)  A 5’9½” guard with the St. John’s team known as the “Wonder Five,” Mac Kinsbrunner moved with his teammates into pro ball.  Along with Rip Gerson, Matt Begovich (q.v.), Allie Shuckman, and Max Posnak, Kinsbrunner helped […]

Walter T. McLaughlin

Walter T. McLaughlin (College athletics. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 21, 1906; died, Largo, FL, Nov. 28, 1989.) When Ray Lynch, the former football coach, left as athletic director at St. John’s in 1933, he was succeeded by Walter T. McLaughlin. Recognizing that the emphasis of the school’s athletics program was now on basketball, McLaughlin worked […]

Buck Freeman

Buck Freeman (College Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 16, 1902; died, Columbia, SC, Feb. 15, 1974.)  James Ambrose Freeman was a standout player at St. John’s in the 1920’s who became the coach of one of the most famous teams in school history, the “Wonder Five” that compiled a superb record in the 1930s […]

Matty Begovich

Matty Begovich (Basketball.  Born, Hoboken, NJ, Oct. 2, 1910; died, Miami Beach, FL, Nov. 20, 1966.)  One of the best-known referees of his era, Matthew Begovich was also a star player and coach in the 1930s.  Begovich refereed for over 20 years before retiring in 1959 and officiated five N.I.T. finals from 1946-51.  He worked […]

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