Leroy Edwards
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Leroy Edwards finishes off the Rens for the unofficial World Championship in 1937
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There were likely hundreds if not thousands of basketball games that Leroy Edwards played during his career. Most of these were not part of the official NBL schedule but included games against non-league teams, games against barnstorming teams, games held in tournaments etc.

"Lefty's" career was one that spanned basketball during the critical years between when professional basketball was dominated from roving bands of barnstormers who criss-crossed the country looking to stir up competition and a paycheck, through the beginning of organized tournaments and championships and on to the very beginning of the formation of today's NBA. Edwards played against many great teams of the time period. Besides teams in the NBL, this included games against New York's Original Celtics, the Philadelphia SPHAS, the New York (Harlem) Rens, the Harlem Globetrotters among many others.

Some of the stars Edwards played against or with included Johnny Wooden, John Isaacs, Jack Mann, Lou Boudreau, Frank Baird, Buddy Jeannette, Eddie Riska, Charley Shipp, George Chestnut, George Mikan, Robert McDermott, 'Tarzan' Cooper, 'Wee' Willie Smith, 'Cy' Kaselman, Jewell Young, Dave DeJernett, Chuck Hyatt, Agis Bray, 'Sonny' Boswell, 'Pop' Gates, Chuck Chuckovits, Zach Clayton, John Moir, Paul Nowak, Mel Riebe and Bill Haarlow to name a few.

The purpose of this website is not to record every game Edwards played in. However if information becomes available concerning particular games, I would be happy to include it. To accomodate what is potentially a large amount of scattered information, this page was developed to be a place that specific (and hopefully noteworthy) game information can be added in some semblance of order.

1935-36

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 15, 1935Indianapolis, INU.S. TireBuffalo
Bisons
U.S. Tire 33
Bisons 27
11

Game Summary: U.S. Tire Five beats Buffalo (Indianapolis Star, Monday December 16, 1935)

The U.S. Tire basketball team triumphed over the Buffalo Bisons, 33 to 27, in a Midwest Conference game at the Armory yesterday afternoon.

The Bisons staged a threatening second-half rally but baskets by Demmary, Edwards and Coffin extended the Tires' margin and put the contest out of reach of the visitors.

U.S. Tire (33)

NameFGFTPFPts
Hildebrand2024
Schaffer0000
Edwards51011
Demmry1022
Shipp1456
Gilmore1012
Coffin4008
Total1451033

Buffalo Bisons (27)

NameFGFTPFPts
Maury0010
Stankey2034
Williams0303
Cortelli51211
Maister1143
Seigel3056
Total1151527

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 29, 1935Indianapolis, INU.S. TireAkron
Goodyears
U.S. Tire 43
Bisons 22
17

Game Summary: U.S. Tires Defeat Akron Five, 43-33 (Indianapolis Star, Monday December 30, 1935)

The U.S. Tire basketball team triumphed over the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company five of Akron, O., at the Armory yesterday afternoon, 43 to 22.

The teams played on even terms in the first half, with the local squad gaining a 12-to-10 edge.

Leroy Edwards made all of his eight field goals in the second half to pace the locals as they piled up a big advantage....

U.S. Tires (43)

NameFGFTPFPts
Yohler61013
Edwards81317
Demmry1133
Coffin3016
Shipp2004
Gilmore0000
Schaffer0000
Total203743

Akron Goodyears (22)

NameFGFTPFPts
Porosky1002
Pontius1113
Cope2024
Popeko0131
Ochsenhirt51011
Preusse0101
Ginaven0000
Total94622

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 26, 1936Indianapolis, INIndianapolis
U.S. Tire
Chicago
Crusaders
Crusaders 27
U.S. Tire 24
9

Game Summary: Tires Lose; Local Quintet Next Foe (Indianapolis Star, Monday January 27, 1936)

The Chicago Crusaders triumphed over the U.S. Tire basketball team 27 to 24 at the Armory yesterday afternoon.

Led by Yohler, who made six points in the first half, the Tires got away to a fast start and were ahead at the intermission, 11 to 7. The Windy City Negro squad gained the upper hand in the second half, however, with Patterson, who made all of his seven tallies in this period, showing the way.

U.S. Tire (24)

NameFGFTPFPts
Edwards3329
Yohler3208
Demmary1002
Coffin1325
Gilmore0010
Shipp0020
Schaefer0010
Total88824

Chicago Crusaders (27)

NameFGFTPFPts
Young2014
Patterson3117
Mills0151
Mann4028
Matthews1002
Johnson2135
Total1231227

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 2, 1936Indianapolis, INIndianapolis
U.S. Tire
Indianapolis
Kautskys
Kautskys 36
U.S. Tire 32
9

George Chestnut
Game Summary: Kautskys Defeat U.S. Tires, 36 to 32 (Indianapolis Star, Monday February 3, 1936)

The Kautsky A.C. basketball team took first place in the mid-West Conference by defeating the U.S. Tires, 36 to 32, in a hard-fought game at the Armory yesterday afternoon. . . .

Kautskys A.C. (36)

NameFGFTPFPts
Baird4018
Perigo0010
Chestnut65317
J. Wooden3127
Shaver0141
Proffit1123
Total1481336

U.S. Tire (32)

NameFGFTPFPts
Edwards3238
Yohler2428
Demmary3238
Gilmore1113
Shipp2135
Total11101232

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 15, 1936Muncie, INRussel-Ball
All Stars
Chicago
Crusaders
Crusaders 33
All-Stars 29
5

Advertisement for game in Muncie Star Press on January 23, 1936. Game was later postponed to February 15.
Game Summary: Crusaders Win Overtime Tilt (Muncie (IN) Star Press, Sunday February 16, 1936)

The Chicago Crusaders, colored pro basketball team, skidded past the Muncie Russell-Ball All-Stars in an overtime duel last night at the fieldhouse, 33 to 29.

Jack Mann's team showed plenty of power, but was never able to muster up the type of offense showed here a few weeks ago by the New York Renaissance.

The Muncie team, managed by Tim Russell and Earl Ball, kept on even terms with the colored boys throughout the game, falling behind only when the Crusaders slipped in six quick points in the overtime period.

The colored team built up a 26-to-20 lead with four minutes left to play in the final quarter, but Mel Wilson and Leroy Edwards tallied to make the score 27 to 26. ...

..Mann was an outstanding performer for the colored boys, breaking up dozens of Muncie plays by snatching the ball in his long arms.

He was covered closely by George Chestnut, however, and tallied only one basket. The Crusaders succeeded in stopping big Leroy Edwards, Muncie forward, Mills holding him to one fielder and three fouls....

Russell-Ball All Stars (29)

NameFGFTPts
Yohler033
Wilson102
Edwards135
Chestnut306
Fulmer306
Shipp317
Total11729

Chicago Crusaders (33)

NameFGFTPts
Young204
Matthews215
Patterson3410
Mann102
Johnson204
Mills248
Total12933

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 24, 1936Indianapolis, INIndianapolis
Kautskys
New York
Renaissance
Kautskys 39
Renaissance 38
1

Game Summary: Kautsky Quintet Wins from Rens by Single Point (Indianapolis Star, Tuesday February 25, 1936)

A third-quarter scoring spree enabled the Kautsky A.C. quintet to gain a 39-to-38 decision over the New York Renaissance courtmen in a professional basketball game at the Butler University fieldhouse last night.

The Rens were in front at the intermission, 22 to 15, but Johnny Wooden and George Chestnut started a rally which placed the local quintet 31 to 27, at the start of the fourth quarter.

Indianapolis Kautskys A.C. (39)

NameFGFTPFPts
Edwards0111
Proffitt0121
Chestnut56216
Baird2145
J. Wooden44112
Shaver2004
Total13131039

New York Renaissance (38)

NameFGFTPFPts
Saitch2024
DeJernett1103
Cooper55415
Holt2418
Yancey3046
Bethards0010
Smith1032
Total14101538

New York Renaissance basketball team from the 1930's. Clarence 'Fats' Jenkins, Bill Yancey, John Holt, 'Pappy' Ricks, Eyre Saitch, Charles 'Tarzan' Cooper and 'Wee' Willie Smith. Founder and owner Robert Douglas is shown in the inset.
DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 21, 1936Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 45
Renaissance 30
5

Game Preview: All Stars, Rens Open the Series for World Title (Oshkosh Northwestern, Saturday March 21, 1936)

Five games, at the end of which is the world's professional basketball championship, will open tonight on the Recreational gymnasium court when the Oshkosh All Stars meet the New York Renaissance, present title holders, in the first battle of the series.

. . .

Among the notables expected to be present to witness the game will be "Doc" Meanwell of the University of Wisconsin; "Bud" Foster Wisconsin basketball coach; and Gillie McDonald, Oshkosh, who is freshman coach at the University of Wisconsin.

. . .

Leroy Edwards, All-American while with Kentucky, arrived in the city Friday and was said to be in good condition. He will not start the game, but is bound to see action and will be a valuable addition for the series.

Game Summary: All Stars, Rens Each Win Games in Opening Tilts (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 23, 1936)

...Edwards came into the game at this point, replacing Stege at center. it was the first chance for fans to see the All-American star in action and apparently they were well pleased.

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 25, 1936Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 54
Renaissance 45
8

Game Summary: All Stars End Season with Win Over the Rens - Pro Cage Quintet Defeats World's Champs, 54 to 45 (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday March 26, 1936)

In a blaze of glory the Oshkosh All Stars ended their 1935-36 season Wednesday evening at the Recreational gymnasium by defeating the New York Renaissance, world's colored professional cage champions, by a score of 54 to 45.

It was an empty victory in some respects, for the night before the Rens defeated the All Stars for the third consecutive time to retain the world title which the Oshkosh team tried to take from them. But it was a welcome victory, nevertheless, for a win from the Renaissance club is something about which to boast at any time.

Oshkosh All-Stars (54)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski3228
Thompson0000
Goff0010
Vander Meulen55015
Edwards3218
Mangan2024
Stege0101
Mullen1547
Hamann50310
Rubado0111
Total19161454

New York Rens (45)

NameFGFTPFPts
Bethards61413
Cooper3339
Smith2337
Saitch1345
Holt51411
Total17111845


1936-37

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 13, 1936Dayton, OHDayton
Bobbys
Indianapolis KautskysBobbys 40
Kautskys 36
10

Game Summary: Pros' Rally Sinks Foe (Dayton (OH) Herald, Monday, December 14, 1936)

Giant Leroy Edwards, late of the University of Kentucky, touched off the dynamite that spelled defeat for the visitors who having scored 31 counters in the opening two periods found themselves caught in the Bobby whirlwind which saw the local cagers run up 28 points and turn a lopsided Kautsky victory into a 4-point defeat.

Helping the lanky center, Norm Wagner unleashed a deadly scoring eye in the third period and his fine shooting narrowed the lengthy margin between the two teams as the fourth quarter opened. Edwards, then, for the first time this season, opened up with the widely-publicized basket-aim which had preceded his arrival here last year. Five times, he tossed the basketball from the pivot circle, and five times he hit. It was the last three counters which brought the scoring to one point behind one point ahead, then then three points ahead, before Mechling split the meshes for the 40th and clinching point with 20 seconds left to play.

Dayton Bobbys (40)

NameFGFTPts
Colburn204
Padlow000
Edwards5010
Talos011
Austing328
Wagner4311
Mechling306
Total17640

Indianapolis Kautskys (36)

NameFGFTPts
Kessler5313
Miklozek237
Chestnut226
Proffitt102
Baird328
Bottema000
Total131036

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 19, 1936Muncie, INMuncie
All-Stars
New York CelticsCeltics 45
All-Stars 40
14

Game Preview: Panthers Will Oppose Wabash (Elwood (IN) Call-Leader, Monday, December 14, 1936)

As a special attraction for coaches and players of Eastern Indiana, the Celtics will conduct an hour clinic of slow and fast motion plays, depicting the perfection of play that has enabled the Celtics to retain the world's title for eighteen years.

The clinic will be conducted by "Dutch" Dehnert, originator of the famous pivot play.

Included in the Muncie lineup will be Leroy Edwards, All-American of the University of Kent; Robert Kessler, All-American of Purdue University; Bob Montgomery, of Frankfort, All-State last season; Vic Dauer, Indiana University; George Chestnut, Indiana State Normal, and Buck Donovan, Purdue University.

Game Summary: Celtics Whip All-Star Five Score of 46-40 (Muncie (IN) Star Press, Sunday, December 20, 1936)

Banks, Hickey, Birch and Dehnert turned in a marvelous exhibition of passing, especially in the fourth period, when they tossed it around like a Christmas orange.

Leroy Edwards, the Muncie center, was credited with a brilliant performance at the foul line, scoring eight fouls without a miss. He scored three fielders to win high-scoring honors for the home boys.

New York Celtics (46)

NameFGFTPts
Hickey5010
Birch113
Herlihy113
Banks215
Dehnert000
McDermott11325
Total20646

Muncie All-Stars (40)

NameFGFTPts
Kessler6012
Montgomery113
Edwards3814
Mason000
Wilson033
Chestnut328
Total131440

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 30, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Philadelphia SPHASAll-Stars 39
SPHAS 35
6

Game Preview: All Stars Face Philadelphia SPHAS Saturday (Oshkosh Northwestern, Friday January 29, 1937)

With Leroy Edwards, all-American while at the University of Kentucky added to the lineup, the Oshkosh All Stars face the two-game series with the Philadelphia Hebrews that opens Saturday evening at 8:30 o'clock at the Recreational gymnasium with a determination to leap this difficult hurdle and proceed on to the world's championship among professional basketball teams.

No greater obstacle could be in the path than the Sphas of the eastern city, who are generally conceded among the country's strongest teams and who are said to be so strong that they must be taken into consideration whenever there is any talk of a championship.

All-American Edwards is no newcomer to followers of the Oshkosh All Stars, who saw him in action with the local team at the end of the season last year when the All Stars played the Celtics and the New York Renaissance, colored champions.

Game Summary: All Stars Defeat Philadelphia SPHAS Twice (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday February 1, 1937)

Praise for the All Stars came from the Philadelphians themselves who said the Oshkosh pros were the best in the country, a least the best they have played against, including the Rens. Green Bay fans also took kindly to the All Stars, just as the entire state of Wisconsin is adopting them for their own as they did the Packers in the football season.

. . .

The new Oshkosh men - All-American Leroy Edwards of the University of Kentucky and Jim Knoblauch, Carroll College ace showed to advantage. Edwards left both games on fouls, but was a factor in the wins with his pivot shot and control of the ball at center. He failed to score at Green Bay, being the only Oshkosh player not to enter the scoring column.

Oshkosh All-Stars (39)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen2004
Witasek0000
Edwards2256
Hamann34110
Mullen0111
Preboski42210
Knoblauch1002
Goff3016
Total1591039

Philadelphia SPHAS (35)

NameFGFTPFPts
Fitch0020
Wolfe2024
Goldman45313
Gotthofer2155
Lautman43011
Rosari0111
Kaselman0111
Total12111435

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 7, 1937Columbus, OHColumbusWhiting CiesarsWhiting Ciesars 52
Columbus 49
8

Game Summary: Whiting Ciesars Take 52-49 Struggle at Columbus (Munster (IN) Times, Monday February 8, 1937)

"Basketball fans were still agog after having watched the star-studded Whiting, Ind. Ciesars snatch a spectacular 52-48 game from the Columbus professionals here last night."

The game was close all the way with the Columbus aggregation which include Cowboy Edwards, former University of Kentucky All-American, Fred Fechtman, who played center for Indiana university until last week, towering Jack Mann, Negro star from Muncie Ind., and Jack MacDonald, erstwhile all-conference guard at Ohio State University.

Columbus was a prohibitive favorite before game time and the defeat was a stunning blow to local basketball experts."

Columbus Pros (49)

NameFGFTPFPts
Fechtman42210
Edwards3238
Mann51211
McDonald53213
Dye2327
Total19111149

Whiting Ciesars (52)

NameFGFTPFPts
Haarlow64216
Reiff3218
McGowan43311
Carp3016
Stack45413
Total20141154

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 27, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 43
Renaissance 33
21

Game Summary: New York Rens Keep World's Pro Cage Crown (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 1, 1937)

Any hopes for a national professional basketball championship for the Oshkosh All Stars were dashed on the rocks of despair Sunday afternoon when a superior New York Renaissance cage quintet took the fifth and deciding game of the world's series at the Columbus Community club at Green Bay by a lopsided 54 to 33 score.

The All Stars had come through brilliantly Saturday evening at the Recreational Gymnasium here to even the series at two games each with a 45 to 33 victory. In that contest the All Stars were clicking in the manner that had indicated they were of championship material and might accomplish what has heretofore, and still is impossible - win a series of games from the Rens, who are champions of the world in pro circles in the cage sport.

Led by Leroy Edwards, All-American while at the University of Kentucky, the All Stars were unbeatable Saturday. "Big Ed" tipped in rebounds and sank followup shots to the tune of eight field goals and five free throws for 21 points. He had only 13 shots during the game so that his record was better than 61 per cent.

But Edwards made only one basket Sunday and none of the other Oshkosh players were on and as a result the hopes of a championship and an invitation to New York City were given a severe jolt. Edward's play Saturday was the more remarkable because he was playing with a smashed finger and against doctor's order to play.

Oshkosh All-Stars (45)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski2438
Knoblauch0000
Goff0111
Vander Meulen2004
Edwards85421
Hamann1103
Witasek2044
Mullen2014
Total17111345

New York Rens (33)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper1113
Isaacs1042
Smith1153
Bethards2014
Mann4058
Holt52412
Saitch0121
Total1452233

New York (Harlem) Renaissance in 1937 Game Preview (February 19, Oshkosh Northwestern)
DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 13, 1937Sheboygan, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Sheboygan Art ImigsAll-Stars 26
Art Imigs 22
9

Jack Mann
Game Summary: All Stars Defeat Art Imigs for State Title (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 15, 1937)

The Oshkosh All Stars can now lay claim to the professional basketball title of Wisconsin, having disposed of the Art Imigs of Sheboygan by beating them on their home floor at the lake shore city Saturday evening by a 26 to 22 score. It was the third victory out of four games this season between the two teams. Last season the All Stars won from the Imigs in three straight contests.

. . .

Leroy Edwards had nine points before going out of the game on fouls. Big Jack Mann of the Imigs also went out on fouls.

The game ended at 22-all and in the overtime period baskets by Preboski and Witasek put the game on ice.

Oshkosh All-Stars (26)

NameFGFTPFPts
Wegner2024
Preboski42110
Edwards2559
Mangan0000
Witasek1042
Mullen0020
Hamann0121
Total981626

Sheboygan Art Imigs (22)

NameFGFTPFPts
J. Posewitz2145
Lonedon1022
Roth0000
Mann2256
S. Posewitz1123
Cinesh1002
Kuptic2024
Total941522

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 25, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh All-StarsNew York RenaissanceAll-Stars 41
Rens 27
10
March 27, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh All-StarsNew York RenaissanceAll-Stars 39
Rens 34
11
Game Summary: All Stars and Rens Even World Series, To Play Saturday (Oshkosh Northwestern, Friday March 26, 1937)

"Wee" Willie Smith
Squared up again with each having won three games and lost three as a result of a victory last night by the Oshkosh All Stars over the New York Renaissance by 41 to 27, the teams will go into a battle Saturday evening at the Recreational gymnasium with the unofficial world's professional cage championship at stake.

. . .

Of course there really isn't such a thing as an official world's championship in pro basketball, because the game is not organized and there is no one to award a championship unless it be fans and the newspapers. But these New York Rens are generally considered the class of the country and there are few who doubt their claim to the title after watching them play, and learning of their remarkable record over a period of years.

Therefore, if the Oshkosh All Stars can successfully face the Negro team in one more game and come through with a victory, the local cagers will lay claim to the world's pro cage title.

. . .

Preboski at the other forward post was high scorer with 11 points. Edwards played a good game at center and Mullen and Hamann were again the invincible guard combination.

Oshkosh All-Stars (41)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski43011
Vander Meulen50210
Edwards26310
Hamann2206
Mullen1022
Witasek1022
Wegner0000
Mangan0000
Total1511941

New York Rens (27)

NameFGFTPFPts
Isaacs1012
Cooper0303
Smith42410
Holt1416
Saitch2044
Bethards1002
Total991027

Game Summary: All Stars Win the Pro cage Championship - Beat the Rens in Final Game for the Title (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 29, 1937)

The series picture above of Leroy Edwards, All-American at the University of Kentucky, shows the lanky Oshkosh All-Stars center putting in the final basket in Saturday's title game against the New York Renaissance which the local pros won 39 to 34. Augie Vander Meulen had tapped the ball to Edwards, who was all alone under the basket when the shot was made.
"By defeating the Negro five, 39 to 34, Saturday evening, at the Recreational gymnasium, the Oshkosh quintet took the seventh and last game between the two teams this season to make the record four victories and three defeats for the All Stars. The local aggregation is the first team to take a series of games from the New Yorkers in several years and, in fact, one of the few to hold any wins over them.

. . .

The Rens fought desperately to gain possession and in a jump ball Augie Vander Meulen tapped the ball to Edwards who dribbled under the basket and leaped high into the air to drop in a field goal and put the game on ice and the championship "in the bag."

Edwards scored 43 points in the first five games and made a total of 21 in the sixth and seventh games, becoming high scorer with 64 points for the series."

Oshkosh All-Stars (39)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski1103
Vander Meulen34210
Edwards43211
Hamann3006
Mullen2024
Witasek2115
Mangan0000
Total159739

New York Rens (34)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper3228
Isaacs2024
Smith2216
Holt60412
Bethards2054
Jenkins0000
Total1541434


1937-38

Note: For additional game information from the 1938 season, including record-breaking scoring games and matchups with John Wooden, please see the following page.

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
November 27, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
House of David
All-Stars 47
House of David 25
16
November 28, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
House of David
All-Stars 56
House of David 20
20

Game Preview: All Stars Open Home Schedule with the Davids (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday November 22, 1937)

"Chop" Lyons
The bearded boys of the House of David team will be the first opponent of the Oshkosh All Stars on their home floor Saturday evening, the game being scheduled for 8:30 o'clock at the Recreational gymnasium.

. . .

While the House of David team will not have the 8 foot 1 inch center it boasted last year in "Tiny" Reichert, it will have a man at the pivot post more than a foot taller than the tallest of the All Stars, and that's going some.

He is Tiny Burnette, who towers up to the dizzy height of 7 feet 7 inches, just a half -foot short of Reichert's mark. And what's more, he is a basketball player, whereas Reichert was carried along with the team mostly as a drawing card, although he was able to drop the ball into the bucket when he could reach over the heads of his opponents.

Burnette was all-conference center while at Miami University at Oxford, O. He is also a star athlete in football and track. Although he weighs 300 pounds, he really can move across the floor and he is a "whiz" at basketball. This is the first year as a professional, having only finished college the past season.

Game Overview: All Stars Trim Davids; Play Cicero, Tuesday (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday November 29, 1937)

"Go home and shave, boys those whiskers don't frighten the Oshkosh All Stars."

That might be good advice to the House of David basketball team, which must still meet the local professionals, world's titleholders, in a game tonight at Ripon college gymnasium.

. . .

The new all Stars uniforms were worn for the first time Saturday, and gave the Oshkosh club the appearance of champions.

In both Saturday's and Sunday's game with the House of David team there was never any doubt about the outcome. Oshkosh took commanding leads early and held them throughout, the bearded boys never threatening. There were a few instances of comedy to hand spectators a laugh. This was more true at Waupaca than in Oshkosh. Hopelessly outclassed, the House of David team began to "cut up" at Waupaca, with Bill Steinecke trying a dropkick and a few other tricks being uncovered.

Not all of the humor was in the antics of the players. When an Oshkosh substitution was being made, the new player asked the man going out of the game which of the House of David players he was to guard and Ray Hamann pointed and said: "The man with the beard."

. . .

Leroy Edwards indicated how come he rated All-American while at the University of Kentucky. In the two games he scored 26 points, 16 here and 20 at Waupaca. His scoring was only nine buttons short of the total for the bearded boys for the two games.

Saturday, November 27 (at Oshkosh)

Oshkosh All-Stars (47)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen3117
Overman0040
Preboski0101
Brownell3127
Edwards72016
Witasek3036
Hamann50010
Mullen0000
Total2151047

House of David (25)

NameFGFTPFPts
Koche2105
Klunder1032
Burnett1335
Lyons0121
Steinecke0020
Kolar52012
Total971025

Sunday, November 28 (at Waupaca)

Oshkosh All-Stars (56)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen1103
Overman1012
Preboski3107
Edwards84120
Brownell2004
Witasek2024
Mullen3006
Hamann50010
Total256456

House of David (20)

NameFGFTPFPts
Koche0111
Klunder42110
Burnett0010
Lyons0020
Steinecke1022
Kolar3117
Total84820

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 4, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Harlem
Globetrotters
All-Stars 50
Globetrotters 35
13
December 5, 1937Waupaca, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Harlem
Globetrotters
All-Stars 24
Globetrotters 22
7

Game Summary: All Stars Down Harlem Globe Trotters Twice (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday December 6, 1937)

"Be Still My Heart" could be the theme song for any fans of the Oshkosh All Stars who saw the thrilling games over the weekend with the Harlem Globe Trotters, which tussles the local pro cagers won by a 50 to 35 score here Saturday evening, and by the narrow margin of two points, 24 to 22, Sunday afternoon at Waupaca.

. . .

Although Oshkosh won the game here Saturday evening by 15 points, the lead they held most of the time was not enough so that fans could sit back and say: "This is another victory," With diminutive Harry Rusan, an All-American colored forward at Paul quin college, Waco, Tex., a few years ago, dropping in some beautiful shots, the Trotters were always threatening.

Rusan was one of the best players to show against the All Stars this season. In fact the entire team was "tops" being the cleanest team seen in these parts in years. Only five fouls were called against the colored players while eight were chalked up against Oshkosh. There were 19 personals on the Trotters at Waupaca and 11 on the All Stars, but some of them were due to the slippery condition of the floor, which had been used for a dance the night before.

. . .

Only seven points were scored in that last period, four by the Harlem quint on buckets by Rusan and Clayton, and three by the All Stars on a field goal by Preboski and a free throw by Edwards. That final free throw allowed fans to catch their breath. Oshkosh was leading 23 to 22 with 15 seconds left. Had Rusan got his hands on the ball and let go, as he tried several times, he might have won the game for his team. But "Big Ed" made the gift shot and the best the Trotters could do then would be to tie the score and play an overtime. But those 15 seconds ticked off and Oshkosh had won its seventh victory.

Saturday, November 27 (at Oshkosh)

Oshkosh All-Stars (50)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen3006
Alford1002
Preboski3208
Edwards45213
Brownell0010
Svendsen0000
Hamann51011
Witasek2004
Mullen3006
Lester0000
Total218350

Harlem Globetrotters (35)

NameFGFTPFPts
Rusan51111
Clayton4028
Strong2115
Haynes1012
Jackson1002
Ford3107
Total163535

Sunday, December 5 (at Waupaca)

Oshkosh All-Stars (24)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen0414
Witasek0424
Preboski2115
Alford0000
Edwards1537
Mullen1042
Hamann1002
Total5141124

Harlem Globetrotters (22)

NameFGFTPFPts
Rusan50210
Clayton3046
Strong0252
Ford1113
Jackson0050
Haynes0121
Lillard0000
Total941922

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 7, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Shamrocks
All-Stars 36
Shamrocks 23
12

Game Overview: Wallop Shamrocks (Appleton Post-Crescent, Wednesday December 8, 1937)

"Big Chief" Rankin, giant full-blooded Sioux Indian, will be here with the New York Shamrocks, Tuesday evening, for their game with the undefeated Oshkosh All Stars. . . Rankin played college ball at Creighton, but gained fame while a member of the Rochester Centrals of the old American Basketball league. He is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. (From Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday Dec. 6.)
Oshkosh All Stars ran over the New York Shamrocks by a 36 to 23 score here last night at the Recreational gymnasium. The invaders played fair ball for the first quarter but then wilted under the speed flashed by the Stars and were no match. Oshkosh staged a spurt in the second quarter that brought a 19 to 2 lead at the half.

Edwards, with five baskets and two free throws, led the All Stars scorers with 10 (sic) points. Vander Meulen was next with three field goals for six points.

Oshkosh All-Stars (36)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen3026
Adams1113
Preboski0010
Alford0000
Edwards52112
Lester0010
Hamann1315
Witasek1537
Mullen1012
Svendsen0121
Total12121336

New York Shamrocks (23)

NameFGFTPFPts
Wade1244
Hraba2125
Campbell0232
Rankin3248
Fash1214
Total791423

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 12, 1937Madison, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 41
Renaissance 31
20

Game Overview: All Stars Take Two From the Rens, Head East (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday December 13, 1937)

Leroy Edwards, Kentucky All-American, led the scoring again with eight points Saturday and 20 on Sunday, in spite of the fact "Wee Willie" Smith, who is not so "Wee," was "riding" him most of the time. And when the Rens thought Smith was tired they put Cooper on Edwards, but "Lefty" came through just the same and with his teammates feeding him the ball under the basket he pivoted, faked out his opponents or otherwise managed to turn and drop in a bucket when it was needed. He accounted for nine field goals at Madison

Game Overview: Oshkosh All-Stars Beat 'Rens,' 41-31 in Charity Battle (The Wisconsin State Journal, Monday December 13, 1937)

New York Rens' Charles "Tarzan" Cooper
The mighty Oshkosh All-Stars professional basketball team scored an impressive 41-31 victory over the New York Renaissance "Big Five" Sunday afternoon at he university field house in a game that was played for the benefit of The State Journal's Empty Stocking fund, a crowd of close to 4,000 attended.

Oshkosh now has won 12 straight games and has annexed four straight from the famous "Rens", two last year and two this year. The All-Stars defeated the "Rens" 34-30, Saturday night at Oshkosh, and they won even more decisively here Sunday afternoon on the big fieldhouse floor.

. . .

Edwards, a long-geared center with hands like baskets and a sharpshooter eye, paced the Oshkosh scoring with 20 points, he dropped in nine field goals and added a brace of free throws. Adams played a hard-driving game at forward, and Mullen directed the play in masterful fashion from the backcourt. John (Casey) Holt had nine points to lead the "Rens."

. . .

Edwards scored seven of Oshkosh's nine points in the first-quarter six on field goals and one on a gift toss.

Edwards continued his fine shooting in the second quarter and added six more points on three baskets.

. . .

Edwards, who set an all-time scoring record for one game in collegiate ball with 34 points while at Kentucky, started the second half just like he finished the first. He added three more field goals in rapid order after the intermission to bring his total of field goals to nine. The Kentuckian then stopped shooting, using this threat to set up shots for his mates.

Oshkosh All-Stars (41)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams1143
Vander Meulen2004
Preboski2044
Edwards92320
Hamann0020
Witasek1426
Mullen1214
Total1691641

New York Rens (31)

NameFGFTPFPts
Isaacs3127
Johnson0020
Cooper1224
Smith2256
Saitch2115
Holt3339
Total1191531
Game Commentary: No Foolin' Now by Henry McCormick (Wisconsin State Journal, Monday December 13, 1937)

In Leroy Edwards, former All-American from Kentucky, Oshkosh has the greatest center in college or professional basketball. Weighing 210 pounds and standing 6 feet, 4 inches in height, Edwards is unbelievably clever for a big man, and he has a deceiving burst of speed.

Equipped with a pair of hands that resemble grappling hooks and blessed with the strength of a horse, Edwards can meet any team at its own game and do a great job. He rolled in 20 points against the "Rens" on nine field goals and two free throws Sunday afternoon with some brilliant work around the basket, and when the colored players started shoving him, Edwards caught the spirit of hurly-burly fun and outshoved and outmauled them.

. . .

Edwards played only one year in college but gained All-American rating that one season by running wild against the best collegiate talent available. He is only 23 years old now and right at the top of his game. He is a naive big boy. He was telling about Saturday night's game against the "Rens" at Oshkosh.

"That Smith sure was riding me," he observed. "Ah had to sort of halfback mah way into the basket."

Well, Edwards is big enough and tough enough to "halfback' his way in if occasion demands, but he also is nifty and clever enough to gain the same end by finesse if the opposition abides by the rules.

Another Game Preview with Caption (December 10, Oshkosh Northwestern)
DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 19, 1937New York, NYOshkosh
All-Stars
Philadelphia SPHASSPHAS 28
All-Stars 27
8

Game Overview: All Stars Lose Two to SPHAS, to Play Celtics (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday December 20, 1937)

New York City - the winning streak of the Oshkosh All Stars, professional basketball champions of te midwest, was stopped at 15 straight when the quintet lost two games over the weekend to the Philadelphia Hebrews, champions of the American Basketball league. The Sphas won Saturday night's game at Philadelphia, 48 to 35, before the biggest crowd of the season in that city, 2,000 people being turned away. Last night in the Hippodrome here, the Philadelphia team nosed out a 28 to 27 win over the midwestern "Giants."

With the score tied in the last minute of play in Sunday's game, Capt. Eddie Mullen of the All Stars complained of what he considered was a violation of the rules by the Sphas. A technical foul was called on Mullen by Referee Pat Kennedy, New York City, and a free throw was tossed in by a Hebrews player to give his team the victory.

More than 6,500 people saw the game at the Hipp, it being the largest crowd of the season for a professional basketball game. Philadelphia jumped to an early lead and at the half were out in front, 21 to 6.

Philadelphia SPHAS (28)

NameFGFTPFPts
Rosan2115
Gothoffer0111
Dubin0000
Goldman3228
Fitch3117
Kaselman0101
Lautman2226
Total108728

Oshkosh All-Stars (27)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen42110
Adams1052
Preboski1103
Edwards50310
Witasek0040
Hamann0000
Mullen1032
Total1231627

New York City's Hippodrome
DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 22, 1937Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Original Celtics
All-Stars 40
Celtics 36
4

Game Preview: All Stars Lose Two to SPHAS, to Play Celtics (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday December 20, 1937)

Celtic's Dave Banks
Two games will be played again this year, one here Wednesday evening and the second at Green Bay as a benefit for the high school sweater fund Thursday evening. A large group of Oshkosh fans is expected to accompany the local team to the Bay.

The Celtics will have a squad of seven capable players, head by Dave Banks, who is short of stature but long in basketball ability. Bob McDermott, who was added to the team last year because of his shooting ability, having made more than 20 buckets in one game, is still dropping the ball in from all angles. Other players are Nat Hickey, Paul birch, Pat Herlihy, giant center, and Rusty Saunders, an addition to the team this year. Coach of the aggregation is Dutch Dehnert.

Game Summary: All Stars Beat Celtics; Play at Bay Tonight (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday December 23, 1937)

Oshkosh All-Stars (40)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen0101
Adams2115
Preboski54114
Alfords1103
Edwards1244
Mullen0030
Witasek3208
Hamann2125
Total14121140

New York Celtics (36)

NameFGFTPFPts
Banks1214
Birch43211
Saunders3056
Herlihy1254
Hickey2125
McDermott3036
Total1481836

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 1, 1938Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Dayton
Metropolitans
All-Stars 44
Metropolitans 43
13

Game Summary: All Stars Defeat Dayton in Initial National Loop Tilt (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday January 3, 1938)

A game won after the final whistle had sounded. That is the highlight of the Oshkosh All-Stars debut in the National Basketball league, when they nosed out the Dayton, O. Metropolitans, 44 to 43 Saturday evening in a New Year's night attraction before a large crowd at the Recreational gymnasium.

. . .

It was knotted at 41-all when Augie tossed one in from the free throw line. Leroy Edwards dropped in a field goal for Oshkosh and with the seconds ticking away rapidly it looked good until Coburn tied it up against at 43-all with a bucket. Then with the clock running out and prospects of an overtime game in sight, Rutter committed his fifth personal foul with Edwards the victim. The horn blew on the play, ending the game, but "Big Ed" had a charity toss coming and All-American that he is he calmly stepped to the free throw line and proceeded to drop it in to give the All Stars their first National league victory by a 44 to 43 count.

Oshkosh All-Stars (44)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski1234
Vander Meulen2418
Adams2357
Edwards53113
Mullen1012
Svendson0000
Witasek3228
Hamann1002
Total15141344

Dayton Metropolitans (43)

NameFGFTPFPts
Stark2125
Colburn4129
Hosket3248
Moodler2256
Rudder47515
McMahon0020
Total15132043

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 5, 1938Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 49
Renaissance 40
8

"Tarzan" Cooper
Game Preview: Face Rens Tonight (Oshkosh Northwestern, Saturday March 5, 1938)

Forgetting their disappointment in losing the championship of the National Basketball league, the Oshkosh All Stars tonight will begin a six-game series with the New York Renaissance, world's colored basketball champions. ...

The fight for the championship in the National league meant a great deal to the All Stars and the series with the Rens is of almost as much importance.

There is little love lost between the two clubs and the six games are expected to be ding-dong battles throughout. There is nothing at stake except satisfaction of defeating a rival of long standing.

In the 16 games the teams have played during the last four seasons, each of the teams has taken eight victories. The All Stars have won the last four games played with the Rens, taking two at the end of the 1936-37 season and winning the two played earlier this year.

. . .

Some of the Renaissance players are short in stature, but they make up for this loss in speed. The tall players with the Rens are the match of any of the All Stars' "giants." "Wee Willie" Smith is 6 foot 5 inches tall and a great hulk of a man. Charles "Tarzan" Cooper is no midget as he measures 6 feet 4 inches in his stocking feet.

Game Overview: All Stars Take First Two in Series with Rens (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 7, 1938)

The mighty New York Renaissance, once the scourge of the Oshkosh All Stars, hold no more fear for the local professional basketball team. In games over the weekend, the All Stars won from the world's colored champions on the recreational gymnasium court Saturday evening, 49 to 40, and at the Milwaukee Auditorium, 49 to 38, Sunday afternoon.

It was the fourth win for the All Stars over the Rens in as many games between the two teams this season and the sixth in a row over the New Yorkers, counting two Oshkosh won at the end of the 1936-37 season to give Lon Darling's quintet a four out of seven margin last season.

The victories swung the balance in favor of the All Stars, as previous to the present series of six games each of the teams had won eight games in their 10 contests in the last four seasons.

Oshkosh All-Stars (49)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski100020
Adams1012
Svendsen0010
Vander Meulen1244
Edwards3238
Linskey1224
Mullen1123
Witasek3238
Total2091649

New York Rens (40)

NameFGFTPFPts
Johnson4149
Cooper2327
Smith2549
Isaacs63015
Saitch0050
Badger0000
Total14121540

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 6, 1938Milwaukee, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 49
Renaissance 38
19

Game Overview: All Stars Take First Two in Series with Rens (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 7, 1938)

"Lefty" Edwards opened up in the third period, but the Stars were unable to widen the gap and at the end of the third period they were still leading by three points, 30 to 27.

Oshkosh put on the pressure in the last quarter and put the game on ice with Edwards pacing the attack.

Oshkosh All-Stars (49)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski1517
Adams1042
Vander Meulen4119
Svendsen1012
Edwards75319
Mullen1052
Linskey0111
Witasek1133
Hamman2014
Total18132049

New York Rens (38)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper2529
Jenkins0101
Johnson4139
Badger0000
Smith1153
Saitch3147
Isaacs3319
Total13121538

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 9, 1938Menasha, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
Renaissance 40
All-Stars 39 (OT)
15

Game Overview: Renaissance Win From All Stars in Overtime Game (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday March 10, 1938)

The recent jinx the Oshkosh All Stars held over the New York Renaissance, world's colored basketball champions, was broken last evening at West Green Bay high school gymnasium when the Rens defeated the local professional cagers by a 40 to 39 score.

It took an overtime period, however, to decide the issue and a lot of basketball was displayed in that extra session with both teams fighting for an advantage. The regular playing time ended with the score knotted at 31-all and in the five minutes overtime, 17 pints were scored, the Rens managing to get one more than did the Stars.

That one point, enough to win the ball game, was scored on a free throw by "Bruiser" Saitch with about 25 seconds left to be played. He had been fouled deliberately in an attempt to get the ball, but with Oshkosh in possession after the free throw they were not able to break through for another bucket.

. . .

Tonight's game should be a battle royal as the Rens, having tasted victory over the All Stars after a long drought of seven reversals, the longest they have ever suffered at the hands of any team, find that victory is sweet.

. . .

In last night's game at the Bay, Leroy Edwards and "Tarzan" Cooper were high point men for the Stars and Rens respectively, each having 15 points on seven buckets and a free throw. Cooper left the game early on five personal fouls, Isaacs also was chased to the showers.

New York Rens (40)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper71515
Badger0000
Jenkins0000
Johnson3117
Smith1446
Saitch51211
Isaacs0151
Total1681740

Oshkosh All-Stars (39)

NameFGFTPFPts
Svendsen0010
Adams1113
Preboski2216
Linskey1224
Edwards71115
Hamann0212
Hesik0111
Witasek3228
Mullen0020
Total14111239

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 10, 1938Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 45
Renaissance 37
21

Game Overview: All Stars Defeat Famed New York Rens Again (Oshkosh Northwestern, Friday March 11, 1938)

The Rens' Al "Big Train" Johnson in an earlier photo when he was with the Chicago Crusaders
Avenging the defeat they suffered in an overtime game at Green Bay, Wednesday evening, the Oshkosh All Stars downed the New York Renaissance on the recreational gymn court here Thursday evening, by a 45 to 37 score. It was the fourth victory in five games of the "little world series" for the Oshkosh team and the sixth the local team has scored over the New Yorkers in seven contests played this season.

. . .

Leroy Edwards was again high scorer with 21 points on nine field goals and three free throws, although it was hardly apparent he was running up a high score as the buckets came easy and he rolled them in without much ado, being ready under the bucket whenever a teammate could feed him the ball.

Oshkosh All-Stars (49)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski4018
Adams0212
Svendsen0000
Linskey2105
Edwards93321
Hamann1234
Witasek1133
Mullen0232
Hesik0000
Total17111445

New York Rens (37)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper3147
Johnson42210
Smith43411
Isaacs3046
Saitch1133
Total1571737

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 12, 1938Fond du Lac, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
Renaissance 42
All-Stars 27
13

Game Overview: Rens Beat Stars in Final Contest of Series, 45-27 (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 14, 1938)

Before the largest crowd to turn out for a "little world series" game between the Oshkosh All Stars and the New York Renaissance, the All Stars just couldn't 'get going' Saturday evening and the Rens defeated them by the one-sided score of 45 to 27 at the Fond du Lac High school gymnasium. About 1,600 people were in attendance, the game being delayed to 9:30 o'clock so that Fond du Lac Merchants could be present.

It was the last of a series of six games with the world's colored champions, the All Stars having taken four of those six. One of the two games was lost by a one-point margin in an overtime game. Oshkosh's margin over the New Yorkers is six out of eight for the season as the all Stars won two other games earlier in the 1937-38 campaign. Last year Oshkosh wo four out of seven-game series. the all-time record shows Oshkosh with 12 victories to 10 for the Rens.

New York Rens (45)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper43111
Johnson43111
Smith3258
Isaacs3238
Saitch3137
Total17111345

Oshkosh All-Stars (27)

NameFGFTPFPts
Linskey0222
Adams0050
Svendsen0000
Preboski2014
Edwards37213
Hamann0121
Witasek1113
Hesik0000
Mullen2034
Total8111627

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 27, 1938Marshfield, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Wisconsin
Collegians
All-Stars 73
Collegians 48
39

'Lefty' Sets New Scoring Record Against Badgers (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 28, 1938)

Marshfield, Wis. - Leroy Edwards set a new record for himself here Sunday afternoon when he counted 39 points against the Badger Collegians as the Oshkosh All Stars won 73 to 48. The former University of Kentucky All-American had 16 field goals and seven free throws. His previous record had been 31 points in one game.

Oshkosh All-Stars (73)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen2004
Adams3036
Preboski1103
Linskey3006
Edwards167539
Hamann4028
Witasek0101
Mullen0030
Svendsen3016
Total3291473

Wisconsin Collegians (48)

NameFGFTPFPts
Powell60212
Rooney54014
Benz61313
Hesik0323
Frey0101
Mitchell2125
Total1910948

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 28, 1938Eau Claire, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Eau Claire
Oshkosh 45
Eau Claire 32
16

Edwards Exceeds Basketball Goal (Oshkosh Northwestern, Tuesday March 29, 1938)

Eau Claire, Wis. - Paced by Leroy Edwards, who exceeded the total of 1,000 points this season by accumulating 16 markers last evening, the Oshkosh All Stars won from an Eau Claire team by a 45 to 32 score.

. . .

Edwards, All-American while at the University of Kentucky, now has 1,006 points for the season. He played in 72 games this year, averaging practically 14 points a game.

In the last seven games he has averaged better than 26 points in a contest to achieve his total of 1,000 for the season. He scored 185 points during those seven games, including his one-game record of 39 in a contest scored Sunday at Marshfield.


1938-39 - (Note for information on the inaugural World Professional Championship played in February 1939 between Oshkosh and the Rens along with subsequent tournaments, please see this link.)

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
November 17, 1938Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Harlem
Globetrotters
All-Stars 44
Globetrotters 30
11
November 18, 1938Waupaca, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Harlem
Globetrotters
All-Stars 51
Globetrotters 46 (2 OT)
18

Game Preview: All Stars Face Globe Trotters in Game Tonight (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday November 17, 1938)

The mettle of the Oshkosh All Stars will be tested tonight in the first of some strong competition expected at the hands of the Harlem Globe Trotters, a colored basketball team that has been beating some of the best of the pro teams throughout the country for years.

. . .

Coach George Hotchkiss will start four of his last year's regulars tonight along with Armstrong at center, who replaces "Lefty" Edwards, out of strenuous competition because of an injured knee.

Game Summary: All Stars Beat Globe Trotters by 44-30 Score (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday November 18, 1938)

Two of the seven defeats the Globe Trotters suffered last year were at the hands of Oshkosh, one of them here and the other at Waupaca. Oshkosh stands a chance of duplicating that feat tonight when they meet the Globe Trotters again at Waupaca in the Armory there at 8:15 o'clock.

It really is a feat for a team to beat these Trotters two straight. The name signifies their extensive travels during the cage campaign, but it might refer to the fast pace at which they travel. They move about the floor with speed and handle the ball with dexterity. There were few times, however, when they got around or past the Oshkosh man guarding them.

. . .

"Lefty" Edwards took high scoring honors with four baskets and three free throws for 11 points.

Oshkosh All-Stars (44)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams0313
Birk0010
Preboski3117
Vander Meulen0242
Burton0000
Armstrong1325
Edwards43111
Hamann0121
Linskey2024
Mullen1032
Witasek3319
Total14161844

Harlem Globetrotters (30)

NameFGFTPFPts
Rusan42110
Watts0323
Jackson0141
Strong1517
Ford1254
Hood2115
Total8141430

Game Summary: Oshkosh Cagers Take a Thriller from Trotters (Oshkosh Northwestern, Saturday November 20, 1938)

Harlem Globetrotter's Ted Strong
Waupaca, Wis. - Cold words in black and white the morning after lack fire enough to describe the thrilling game played here Friday evening on the armory court between the Oshkosh All Stars and the Harlem Globe Trotters, which was won by the All Stars in two overtime periods by a score of 51 to 46.

Eleven times during that hectic battle the score was knotted up and 14 times the lead changed hands with first the colored team in front and then the Stars leading. At the end of te first quarter, Oshkosh had a six-point lead and just before the final basket in the second overtime period the Stars had a seven-point advantage, but at no other time was the margin over a point or two or three for either team.

. . .

The first five-minute overtime was productive of little good, Herman Witasek making a one-handed shot but Ted Strong tying it up with two charity tosses. In the second overtime, it was tied once at 44-all, but Preboski and Edwards, high scorers for the evening with 16 and 18 points respectively, took matter into their hands and put the game on ice.

Oshkosh All-Stars (51)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen1436
Preboski72416
Adams0020
Armstrong0323
Edwards66318
Mullen1133
Witasek1345
Linskey0030
Total16192451

Harlem Globetrotters (46)

NameFGFTPFPts
Rusan43311
Hood43411
Jackson0141
Strong48616
Ford2307
Total14181746

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
November 22, 1938De Pere, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Akron
Firestones
All-Stars 37
Firestones 19
16

Firestone Non-Skid's Paul Nowak
Game Overview: All Stars Trounce Akron Firestones, 37 to 19 (Oshkosh Northwestern, Wednesday November 23, 1938)

The Oshkosh All Stars snapped back with a vengeance last night in a game with the Akron O., Firestones in St. Norbert's college gymnasium at De Pere, and atoned somewhat for two previous defeats handed them by the Non-skids by trouncing the Ohio team, 37 to 19. Both the previous games had been close, Oshkosh losing at Menasha, Sunday, 41 to 40 and at Antigo, Monday 48 to 45.

. . .

But even Akron's first string, including Johnny Moir and Paul Nowak, last year's All-Americans at Notre Dame, were unable to cope with the determined All Stars five. There were two times early in the game that the Firestones led and twice they were tied and at the end of te first period they were behind by only 9 to 8, but otherwise they were hopelessly outclassed.

. . .

"Lefty" Edwards was his usual self last night from a scoring standpoint although he still favors an injured knee. He was high point man with 16 points on four field goals and eight free throws.

Oshkosh All-Stars (37)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski2408
Birk1022
Armstrong0020
Edwards48316
Burton0000
Adams0242
Hamann4038
Linskey0030
Witasek0131
Total11152037

Akron Firestone Non-Skids (19)

NameFGFTPFPts
Moir0101
Johnson0000
Bush1012
Terjesen0040
Nowak2256
Shoun0343
Ozburn0020
Tobin0010
Cable1022
Roberts2115
Total672019

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 17, 1938Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All-Stars 59
Renaissance 37
16
December 18, 1938New London, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
Renaissance 43
All-Stars 38
5

Game Overview: All Stars Split Two-Game Series with Rens (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday December 19, 1938)

The Oshkosh All Stars, on Saturday evening, looked like a team that could win the championship of the National Basketball league and defeat most any professional team in the country. They did defeat one of of the country's best traveling teams - the New York Renaissance - by a 59 to 37 score and in winning that game they did practically everything right, playing a brilliant brand of basketball.

But Sunday evening they were a little less brilliant and the Rens were a little more rugged and the All Stars dropped a decision to the New Yorkers by a 43 to 38 count.

Those who saw Saturday's game and the precision passes of the Stars and the accurate shooting and the fine floorwork wonder at Sunday's defeat. the Rens last night did play one of the best games they have ever shown against the Oshkosh cagers with Saitch, Isaacs, Cooper and Gates all dropping in some long ones. Gates, a newcomer to the colored five, was high point man for his team with 13 points on four buckets and five charity tosses.

. . .

William "Pop" Gates
In Saturday's game, "Lefty" Edwards and Armstrong were the big guns with the former making 16 points on five buckets and six free throws and the latter accounting for 15 points on seven field goals and one free throw. Preboski was not far behind with four buckets and a free throw. All of his field goals were made in the first quarter.

. . .

The Rens tried some of their antics such as rolling the ball to a teammate on the floor, but with quick-eyed Herm Witasek on the job such tactics were unavailable as the "Jackrabbit" sent the ball almost out of Cooper's hands out of bounds.

. . .

At the half the All-Stars led Saturday by 27 to 18 and they widened this margin to 40 to 28 going into the last stanza. In the final period they really poured it on, scoring 19 points to nine for the Rens. Edwards accounted for four baskets and two free throws in that period.

Oshkosh All-Stars (59)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski4109
Adams2155
Vander Meulen0010
Birk0141
Armstrong71215
Edwards56016
Mullen0030
Linskey1022
Witasek2115
Hamann3026
Total24112059

New York Renaissance (37)

NameFGFTPFPts
Bell0111
Gates0010
Cooper42410
Clayton0111
Smith2236
Saitch72316
Isaacs1123
Total1491537

Monday, December 18, 1938

New York Renaissance (43)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper34510
Bell0111
Gates45213
Smith1143
Saitch4028
Isaacs3218
Total15131543

Oshkosh All-Stars (38)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams1254
Edwards1305
Preboski80016
Armstrong4038
Witasek0333
Mullen0242
Linskey0010
Hamann0020
Total14101838

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 23, 1938Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Pittsburgh
Pirates
All-Stars 36, Pirates 2915

Billy Jesko
Walt Miller
Game Overview: All Stars Skyrocket Back into First Place
(Oshkosh Northwestern, Saturday December 24, 1938)

Back on top in the standings of the Western division of the National Basketball league as the result of the 36 to 29 victory Friday evening over the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Merrill Junior High school gymnasium, the Oshkosh All Stars are eagerly awaiting their next league game with the Indianapolis Kautskys to be played here Thursday evening.

. . .

"Lefty" Edwards was high scorer with 15 points, nine of which were made on free throws. He tossed in nine gift shots in 13 attempts. Pete Preboski was high scorer from the court, making four field goals, three of them in succession in the third period. Walt Miller paced the Pirates with three field goals and three charity throws for nine points.

Oshkosh All-Stars (36)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski4109
Adams0000
Armstrong1042
Edwards39215
Witasek2115
Linskey0111
Mullen2034
Hamann0010
Total12121236

Pittsburgh Pirates (29)

NameFGFTPFPts
Miller3329
Spotovich3228
Fortney2236
Moore0020
Bonn1032
Ginsberg0020
Malackney0020
Jesko2004
Total1171629

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 29, 1938Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Indianapolis
Kautskys
Kautskys 51
All Stars 46
12

Game Overview: All Stars Drop Game to Indianapolis Kautskys (Oshkosh Northwestern, Friday December 30, 1938)

Jewell Young
Led by peppery Jewell Young, who still holds the Big Ten all-time scoring record which he set at Purdue, the Kautskys have an aggregation that has size, speed, good shots and all the other things needed to make up a good ball club. Young was high scorer for the evening with 19 points on six field goals and seven free throws out of eight attempts.

Scott Armstrong and Lefty Edwards tied for scoring honors for Oshkosh with 12 points each.

. . .

A gift to which fans and players of the All Stars team had contributed was given to Augie Vander Meulen, who retired from the Oshkosh team lineup last night. Presentation was made by Coach George Hotchkiss.

Indianapolis Kautskys (51)

NameFGFTPFPts
Young67319
Sines3329
Schussler0141
Williams4018
Birr3026
Biard4038
Swank0010
Total20111651

Oshkosh All-Stars (46)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski3329
Armstrong44312
Adams1002
Edwards52312
Hamann1224
Witasek2125
Linskey1002
Mullen0020
Total17121446

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 2, 1939Fond du Lac, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Philadelphia
SPHAS
All-Stars 47, SPHAS 3622

Game Overview: Oshkosh Pro Team Defeats SPHAS in Fond du Lac Tilt (Oshkosh Northwestern, Tuesday January 3, 1939)

In the game at Fond du Lac last night, "Lefty" Edwards, Oshkosh center, played the best game of the season thus far. He got rebounds from the backboards, fought for loose balls and ran in midcourt like he has never run before. And like his former self and like, the star he has been proving himself in recent games, he was again high scorer with 22 points on nine field goals and four free throws. His nine buckets came on 24 attempts to give him an average of 37 1/2 percent, which is really good shooting, considering he is a marked man in every game in which he plays.

Oshkosh All-Stars (47)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams2155
Armstrong1052
Preboski42110
Edwards94122
Witasek2125
Mullen0000
Linskey1123
Hamann0000
Total1991647

Philadelphia SPHAS (36)

NameFGFTPFPts
Roson2529
Wolfe4139
Blum2044
Loutman2014
Gottofer26310
Rosenberg0000
Kuselman0000
Total12121336

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 4, 1939Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Philadelphia
SPHAS
All-Stars 36, SPHAS 319

Game Preview: All Stars Seek Third Win in Row from the SPHAS (Oshkosh Northwestern, Wednesday January 4, 1939)

No other team has ever beaten the Sphas, as the Philadelphia team is known, two games i a row and Oshkosh has accomplished it twice and hope to make the record even better by winning the third tilt tonight. The All Stas first accomplished the feat in the 1936-37 season when the Sphas came west and Oshkosh beat them in two games here and at Green Bay. Last season Oshkosh went east and dropped two to the Hebrews at Philadelphia and in the Hippodrome in New York City.

. . .

The Hebrews are a hustling team and play a slam-bang type of ball for 40 minutes of the game, so that win or lose they are in there fighting all the way. They are expected to put everything they have tonight to prevent the Stars from making it a clean seep and Oshkosh is expected to do the same to boast thee wins over the eastern stars.

Game Summary: Local Pros Make it a Clean Sweep in Hebrews Series (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday January 5, 1939)

The Oshkosh All Stars polished up for the all-important game next Monday evening with the Sheboygan Redskins at the Milwaukee auditorium by defeating the Philadelphia Hebrews for the third consecutive time, a feat no other team in the country has been able to accomplish.

. . .

"Lefty" Edwards was high scorer for Oshkosh with nine points on three buckets and three gift tosses, but was followed closely by Ray Adams with eight points and Pete Preboski with seven. If "Lefty" ever starts dropping in hook shots like he did last season, the All Stars should have an easier time of it. He had 21 shots last night, the majority of them refusing to go in.

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 9, 1939Milwaukee, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Sheboygan
Redskins
All-Stars 36
Redskins 33
8

Game Overview: Oshkosh Beats Sheboygan to Take Loop Lead (Sheboygan Press, Monday January 10, 1939)

The Oshkosh All-Stars, after trailing 17 to 14 at the half, put on a second half rally that defeated the Sheboygan Redskins 36 to 33 and boosted them into first place in the western division of the National Basketball league.

The game, played at the Milwaukee Auditorium last night as a benefit for the Wisconsin Elks Crippled Children's Fund, attracted nearly 2,500 fans, half o f them from Sheboygan and Oshkosh.

. . .

Sheboygan and Oshkosh, court rivals for years, but meeting for the first time as members of the National Basketball league, squared off at 8:15 o'clock last night and after 10 minutes of play it looked as though the Sheboygan squad was gong to make mincemeat out of the Oshkosh delegation as they ran up a score of 9 to 2 and then 13 to 4 before the All-Stars knew they were in the ball game.

. . .

Edwards and Preboski topped the Oshkosh scorers with eight points apiece.

Oshkosh All-Stars (36)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams1143
Preboski3208
Armstrong0434
Edwards4028
Witasek2014
Hamann2115
Linskey0111
Mullen1133
Total13101536

Sheboygan Redskins (33)

NameFGFTPFPts
Sokody3329
Lautenschlager51411
Crowley0000
Dancker1133
John Posewitz1133
Joe Posewitz0030
Kuplic0010
Kolar3117
Total1371733

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 14, 1939Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Akron
Firestones
Firestones 46
All-Stars 44
18

Game Overview: Stars Lose Thriller to Akron (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday January 16, 1939)

Three seconds is a short time. About as long as it would take you to read these first few lines. One couldn't do much in three seconds and when that much time remained in the National Basketball league game between the Oshkosh All Stars and the Akron O. Firestones at Merrill Junior High school gymnasium, Saturday evening, the Firestones were on top by a 46 to 44 score, put there by a miraculous shot from under the bucket by Howard "Soup" Cable, Firestones guard who broke a tie that seemed destined to send the game into an overtime contest.

. . .

Easily the largest crowd of the season in Oshkosh, it is believed the attendance was the largest ever to see a professional basketball game in the city. All seats were filled and many stood. The number of those standing was enlarged by practically the entire crowd in the fourth quarter when the All Stars came from behind to catch up with the Firestones for the first time since early in the game and to forge into the lead, only to lose it and the game at a time when the timer had the horn in his mouth ready to give the last shrill blast.

. . .

Howard "Soup" Cable
Oshkosh's All-Americans - Ed Mullen and "Lefty" Edwards - demonstrated that the new crop has nothing on that of a few years back. Edwards was high scorer for both teams with 18 points on eight field goals, including a few of his patented hook shots, and two free throws. He eclipsed "Soup" Cable's mark by two. Howard's 16 points coming on five buckets and six free throws. Mullen, who rarely is among the high scorers, made 11 points on five buckets and a gift toss and not one of Eddie's field goals was by his own overhead method.

Akron Firestones (46)

NameFGFTPFPts
Moir61213
Bush3117
Nowak0121
Cable56116
Terjesen2357
Bonniwell1002
Total17121146

Oshkosh All Stars (44)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams1032
Armstrong0121
Preboski3046
Edwards82018
Linskey0101
Hamann1012
Witasek1143
Mullen51011
Total1961444

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 15, 1939Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Hammond
Ciesars
All-Stars 64
Ciesars 40
10

Game Overview: Pros Regain Form; Lose to Oshkosh (Hammond Times, Monday January 16, 1939)

The Hammond Professionals regained their form yesterday in the Civic Center and looked on blithely and somewhat self-satisfied as the Oshkosh All Stars, again headed for the Western division title in the National league, burned the nets at both ends for a 64-40 triumph.

Yes, it was that bad, and even worse. Oshkosh looked the part of the greatest basketball team that ever flipped a ball while the Hammods, swinging back to the style that cost them 14 straight defeats earlier in the season, did everything wrong until the last period when they rolled in 22 points to make the score more respectable.

. . .

Some of the home boys didn't try very hard in the first half yesterday but began to drive furiously in the last quarter on learning that Owner Eddie Ciesar had misplaced his checkbook. This bit of information, coupled with the obvious inclination of Oshkosh to coast in allowed McGowan and Yost to fatten their scoring averages.

McGowan finished with nine points after spending most of the game shying away from Cowboy Edwards. Big Vince scares easily and Edwards knew it so well he no longer yell "boo" in McGowan's direction. Yost wound up with 19 points but 17 of them came in the last half.

Oshkosh All-Stars (36)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams51111
Armstrong50210
Preboski4008
Edwards50410
Witasek81117
Hamann1012
Linskey3016
Total3121064

Hammond Ciesars (29)

NameFGFTPFPts
Boudreau3016
Hashu1113
Sotak0101
Stack0020
Yost91019
McGowan4129
Campion1022
Total184840

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 18, 1939Sheboygan, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Sheboygan
Redskins
All-Stars 44
Redskins 40
8

Game Overview: Oshkosh Tips Redskins 44-40; Lead Division (Sheboygan Press, Thursday January 19, 1939)

The Oshkosh all-Stars took over the lead in the western division of the National Basketball league here last night when they defeated the Sheboygan Redskins in a nip and tuck game by a score of 44 to 40. the score was 40 to 42 in favor the All-Stars with but a minute to go but the Skins failed to click on several long shots and Oshkosh finally added another two points on free throws before the gun sounded ending the game.

. . .

Leroy Edwards, Oshkosh center, stood out as the finest offensive Oshkosh player on the floor last night. His six baskets and four free throws led the visitors in points scored, and he made his buckets when they were needed. At times it seemed as though two or three Sheboygan men could hang on to his neck and he could still shake himself free to pivot and toss the famed hook shot.

Oshkosh All-Stars (44)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams0242
Preboski2307
Edwards64416
Hamann2105
Mullen3137
Witasek2327
Armstrong0010
Total15141444

Sheboygan Redskins (40)

NameFGFTPFPts
Sokody42210
Lautenschlager52412
Dancker3228
S. Posewitz0030
O. Kolar1033
Zadei1204
Kuplic0000
J. Posewitz1123
Roth0000
Total1591640

Rube Lautenschlager, Sheboygan Redskin forward, has just taken the pot-shot at the hoop in last night's game between the Redskins and Oshkosh All-Stars, and it swished through the net without touching the hoop, making the score 7 to 5 in favor of the Skins. However the Stars went on to win the game 44 to 40 and take over first place in the western division of the National Basketball league. Sheboygan players, reading from left to right in the white suits are Paul Sakody 23, Rube Lautenschlager 29, Ed Dancker 31,. Oshkosh players, left to right are Hamann 22, Adams 15, Edwards 23, Mullen 24 and Preboski 16.

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 4, 1939Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Indianapolis
Kautskys
All-Stars 57
Kautskys 45
17

Game Overview: All Stars Back in First in Western Division; Defeat Kautskys by 57 to 45 Score in Furious Fight (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday February 6, 1939)

Bring on the Akron Firestones! Bring on any team in the National league! The Oshkosh All Stars have given noticed that they are a team of championship caliber and that they are headed for the title they dropped last year in the playoffs.

Notice of their championship intention was given in a convincing manner Saturday evening at the Merrill Junior High school gymnasium when the Oshkosh professional cage quintet won from the Indianapolis Kautskys by a score of 57 to 45 and thus climbed into a tie for the Western division race with the Indians.

. . .

Augie Vander Meulen, who came out of retirement, started the game and played the entire first quarter and part of the second and fourth quarter and proved popular with fans, being given a big hand. He failed to score a bucket but speeded the game up and guarded closely the man assigned to him.

Oshkosh All-Stars (57)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vander Meulen0141
Adams4038
Preboski2327
Armstrong0111
Edwards81217
Mullen1234
Linskey1103
Hamann50110
Witasek3036
Total2491957

Indianapolis Kautskys (45)

NameFGFTPFPts
Young3248
Williams1113
Sines52212
Birr2236
Schussler0003
Wooden2327
Baird3309
Total16131248

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 13, 1939Indianapolis, INOshkosh
All-Stars
Indianapolis
Kautskys
All-Stars 47
Kautskys 25
19

Game Overview: Kautsky All-Americans Fail in Bid for Western . . . (Indianapolis Star, Tuesday February 14, 1939)

The Oshkosh All-Stars, playing throughout without a change in the starting lineup, coasted to any easy victory against Kausky's Indianapolis All-Americans at the Butler Field House last night. The score was 47 to 25 and the victory enabled the visitors to retain the leadership of the Western division of the National Professional Basketball league.

Leroy Edwards, former local Technical High School and Kentucky University luminary, paced the visitors with 19 points to his credit, nine from the field and one from the charity line. He was closely pressed for scoring honors by another former Indianapolis player, Scott Armstrong, who attended Butler University. Armstrong tallied six two-pointers and two from the free mark.

Jewell Young, the ex-Purdue star and high scoring ace for the Indianapolis outfit, could not hit the backboard with a sling shot and failed to tally a single field goal. His three points were made on charity tosses. . . .

Oshkosh All-Stars (47)

NameFGFTPFPts
Preboski50010
Armstrong62114
Edwards91319
Mullen1032
Witasek1042
Total2231147

Indianapolis Kautskys (25)

NameFGFTPFPts
Young0313
Sines1123
Schussler2014
Downey1103
Birr4139
Baird1012
Williams0020
Swank0101
Total971025

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 19, 1939Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Akron
Firestones
All-Stars 49
Firestones 37
25
March 20, 1939Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Akron
Firestones
Firestones 37
All-Stars 30
9

Game Overview: Stars Even Playoff Series by 49-37 Win Over the Firestones (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 20, 1939)

The hopes and ambition of one man might be - can be - realized tonight! That man is Lonnie Darling, owner and manager of the Oshkosh All Stars, and his ambition - to bring the championship of the National Basketball league to Oshkosh - is in the realm of possibility.

Johnny Moir
The All Stars, playing alert basketball of a championship caliber Saturday evening at the Merrill Junior High school gymnasium, evened the playoff series with the Akron O. Firestones at 2-all when they defeated the Eastern division champions by a score of 49 to 37.

Tonight's game will determine which of the two contenders will rate as league champion, it bein a best three-out-of-five series for the title. During the last two years the pennant has been held at Akron, but by the Goodyears, who were defeated int he division race this year by their fellow townsmen.

. . .

And leading the parade was "Lefty" Edwards, Oshkosh center, who demonstrated how he won his National league individual scoring championship for two consecutive years. "Lil Abner" or "Cowboy" Edwards - call him what you will as long as you mention the fact he is one of basketball's greats - scored 25 points on nine field goals and seven free throws, not missing a single charity toss. Seventeen of his points came in the first half, in fact in 18 minutes of play, as he retired just before the intermission in favor of Augie Vander Meulen. Edwards went back into the game midway in the third quarter and finished out - without collecting the feared 5th foul that had caused his removal in the first half. There was a technical called on him, but that did not eject the big University of Kentucky All-American and he continued to roll in points.

Oshkosh All-Stars (49)

NameFGFTPFPts
Armstrong2054
Adams1224
Edwards97425
Linskey1032
Witasek3127
Preboski0202
Vander Meulen2135
Hamann0000
Mullen0000
Total18131949

Akron Firestones (37)

NameFGFTPFPts
Bonniwell0020
Bush1335
Moir4119
Cable0636
Ozburn4119
Terjesen3228
Tobin0010
Total12131337

Game Overview: Akron Firestones Win National League Crown (Oshkosh Northwestern, Tuesday March 21, 1939)

The Akron, O. Firestones are champions of the National Basketball league, having defeated the Oshkosh All Stars in the final game of the playoff series for the title Monday evening at the Merrill Junior High school gymnasium by a score of 37 to 30. The victory gave the Eastern division champions three out of the five games in the series, the score having stood at two-all up to last night.

A near-capacity crowd jammed into the Merrill school gym for the final game with fans paying for the privilege of standing to watch these teams in action. But with the outcome unsatisfactory to the highly partisan Oshkosh fans, many of them readily admitted that the better team won.

. . .

The almost complete bottling up of "Lefty" Edwards by Akron players last night in strategy devised by Coal Paul Sheeks of the Nonskids was a factor in the All Stars' loss. Whereas the big Kentucky All-American had scored 25 points for Oshkosh in Saturday's 49 to 37 victory, last night he was held to two field goals and he made five of 10 free throw attempts to score nine points.

The Firestones had one man constantly on Edwards, guarding him closer than his shadow and "Lefty" could not swing around to attempt his noted hook shot. He did get off 14 shots, but most them under difficulties.

Akron Firestones (37)

NameFGFTPFPts
Terjesen1022
Bonniwell1113
Moir2044
Bush2256
Ozburn34110
Tobin0111
Cable43311
Total13111737

Oshkosh All-Stars (30)

NameFGFTPFPts
Armstrong1113
Vander Meulen0020
Adams1042
Preboski0000
Edwards2559
Linskey2024
Mullen0131
Witasek43311
Hamann0000
Total10102030

Series Preview from Oshkosh Northwestern, Friday March 17, 1939.

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 26, 1939Chicago, ILOshkosh
All-Stars
Clarksburg (WV)
Oilers
All-Stars 40
Oilers 33
18

Game Overview: All Stars Play in Series Semifinals Tonight (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 27, 1939)

The Oshkosh All Stars, Western division champions of the National Basketball league, will appear in the semifinals of the professional basketball tournament at Chicago this evening by virtue of a 40 to 33 victory in the opening round game, Sunday evening, over the Clarksburg W. Va. Oilers.

. . .

The Oshkosh All Stars were inspired Sunday by four former members of the team who were on the bench rooting for them. They were Branch McCracken, now coach of the University of Indiana; "Bud" Foster, coach of the University of Wisconsin; "Feed" Murphy, and Bill Mangan. Coach Ruck (sic) of the University of Kentucky was also an interested spectator, especially in one fo his proteges, Leroy Edwards.

"Lefty" Edwards set the individual scoring record for the tournament when he hooked in eight field goals and two free throws for 18 points.

Oshkosh All-Stars (40)

NameFGFTPFPts
Adams2145
Preboski4008
Armstrong1022
Edwards82218
Witasek2125
Mullen0030
Linskey1012
Total1841440

Clarksburg (WV) Oilers (33)

NameFGFTPFPts
Schmarr3046
Watson2206
Stydahar1042
Lothes3208
Phares2206
Jameson1113
Barnum0232
Total1291233

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 28, 1939Chicago, ILOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
Renaissance 34
Oshkosh 25
12

New York Rens (34)

PlayerFGFTPts
Pop Gates4412
Tarzan Cooper135
Willie Smith226
Puggy Bell124
Bruiser Saitch102
Zack Clayton000
Johnny Isaacs215
Total111234

Oshkosh All-Stars (25)

PlayerFGFTPts
Ray Adams000
Pete Preboski113
Ed McGroaty000
Scotty Armstrong237
Al Cafone000
Leroy Edwards3612
Frank Linskey113
Herm Witasek000
Ed Muller000
Total71125

1939 New York Rens (l to r): - "Tarzan" Cooper, John Isaacs, Eyre Saitch, "Fats" Jenkins, Zack Clayton, "Puggy" Bell, "Pop" Gates, "Wee" Willie Smith

1939-40

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 13, 1939Rhinelander, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
Renaissance 34
All Stars 30
17
December 14, 1939Stevens Point, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All Stars 43
Renaissance 37
20

Eyre "Bruiser" Saitch is the New York Rens' "Clark Gable" - but he's not on the payroll because of his looks. He's one of the best floor men on the squad and the spark plug of the Rens attack. Saitch is a former national colored tennis champion. He'll probably start at one of the forwards when the Rens take the floor against the Oshkosh All Stars at the Memorial building tonight.
Game Overview: Rens Move Ahead of All Stars with a 34 to 30 Victory (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday December 14, 1939)

The New York Renaissance are again one up o the Oshkosh All Stars in a series of five games between the two teams, the latest victory for the easterners being Wednesday evening at Rhinelander by a score of 34 to 30.

. . .

"Lefty" Edwards was high scorer last night at Rhinelander with 17 points on four field goals and nine free throws. He was guarded closely by the Rens, resulting in a number of fouls being committed against him and giving him the opportunity to make gift tosses.

"Tarzan" Cooper led the Rens with 10-points on three field goals and four free throws. Edwards for the Stars and Gates for the Rens both left the game on the five-foul limit.

New York Renaissance (34)

NameFGFTPFPts
Gates3157
Bell2115
Cooper34310
Smith2337
Saitch0010
Isaacs2115
Total12101434

Oshkosh All-Stars (30)

NameFGFTPFPts
Barle1214
Berry1234
Batterman1012
Pederson0010
Edwards49517
Shipp1012
Mueler0101
Total8141230

Game Overview: Oshkosh Pro Cagers Beat New York in Exhibition Game Here, 43-37 (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday December 15, 1939)

A great fourth-quarter rally enabled the Oshkosh All-Stars to defeat the New York Rens 43-37, in an exhibition contest between the two nationally prominent basketball teams in the P.J. Jacobs High school gymnasium Thursday night.

The victory evened the count in the Wisconsin exhibition series between the two clubs, each having won two games.

Pacing the Stars was Leroy Edwards, big center, who poured in 20 points - six buckets and eight free throws. Gates, a clever forward, was high for the Rens, a negro team with 15 points the result of half a dozen field goals and three charity tosses.

Oshkosh All-Stars (43)

NameFGFTPFPts
Pederson2125
Batterman1103
Berry2115
Barle0111
Edwards68520
Mueller1012
Shipp1123
Witasek2024
Total15131443

New York Renaissance (37)

NameFGFTPFPts
Cooper2347
Gates63415
Smith2125
Isaacs1133
Clayton0323
Saitch1002
Bell1002
Total13111537

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 6, 1940Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Akron
Goodyears
All-Stars 44
Goodyears 39
20

Game Overview: All Stars Continue National Loop Win Streak (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday January 8, 1940)

The Oshkosh All Stars successfully passed the acid test Saturday evening at the Merrill Junior High school gymnasium when they defeated the Akron O. Goodyears by a score of 44 to 30 and proved that they definitely are contenders for the championship of the Western division of the National Basketball league which they have held for the past two seasons.

. . .

Leroy "Lefty" Edwards, Oshkosh All -American center, scored in his race with Ben Stephens, former University of Iowa captain, who is now the Goodyears' standout forward. The Oshkosh pivot made 20 points in Saturday's game to 10 for Stephens. "Lefty" collected his on six field goals and eight free throws. He missed six attempts from the charity stripe and made 15 attempts at field goals, his average in this department being 40 per cent, which is good shooting.

Oshkosh All-Stars (44)

NameFGFTPFPts
Barle2044
Berry0242
Edwards68020
Shipp2044
Witasek2054
Pederson3006
Batterman1204
Mueller0010
Mullen0040
Total16122244

Akron Goodyears (39)

NameFGFTPFPts
Morstadt0121
Stephens34510
Ebough1022
Vocke3329
Montgomery1234
Nagede1022
Lloyd2327
Hilt1002
Anderson1052
Frascella0000
Total13132339

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 25, 1940Beaver Dam, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Chicago
Crusaders
Crusaders 49,
All-Stars 41
14

Agis Bray
Game Preview: Stars Turn Back Kenosha Quintet by 41 to 37 Score (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday January 25, 1940)

Today the All Stars turned their attention to two games with the Chicago Crusaders who are to be met tonight at Beaver Dam and on Friday at Omro in the high school gym. . .

Clarence "Fats" Jenkins who formerly played with the New York Rens, world's champion colored quintet, is now piloting the Crusaders and others in the lineup for the Chicago team will be Al Johnson, Agis Bray, Jimmy Jernette, Byron Long and Brown.

Game Overview: All Stars Will Meet Hammond Here Saturday (Oshkosh Northwestern, Friday January 26, 1940)

In that final session, however, "Lefty" Edwards and "Scoop" Putnam hit with consistency and the Stars made 20 points in 10 minutes, only one less than they made for the other 30 minutes of the game. Edwards led Oshkosh in scoring with 14 points and Putnam made 13 to continue his fine average since joining the Stars a week ago. . . .The Crusaders were led by Agis Bray with 20 points on nine field goals and two charity tosses.

Chicago Crusaders (49)

NameFGFTPFPts
Brown53413
Bray92020
DeJernett0252
Hudson3228
Johnson3016
Darden0000
Total2091249

Oshkosh All-Stars (41)

NameFGFTPFPts
Barle1123
Berry4028
Edwards54114
Mueller0010
Putnam61213
Lillge1022
Batterman0121
Total1771241

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
January 26, 1940Omro, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Chicago
Crusaders
All-Stars 48,
Crusaders 45
24

Game Overview: Expect Ciesars Will Give Stars Battle Tonight (Oshkosh Northwestern, Saturday January 27, 1940)

"Lefty" Edwards was going great guns last night and dropped 10 buckets and four free throws for 24 points to lead both teams in scoring. His 10 field goals came on 25 shots for a shooting average of 40 per cent.

Oshkosh All-Stars (48)

NameFGFTPts
Batterman102
Pederson5010
Edwards10424
Mueller102
Putman022
Berry328
Barle000
Total20848

Chicago Crusaders (45)

NameFGFTPts
Bray9523
Darden000
Hudson408
DeJernett102
Brown237
Johnson215
Total18945

Chicago Crusaders
DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 17, 1940Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Sheboygan
Redskins
All-Stars 68,
Redskins 43
29

Game Overview: Stars Wallop Redskins, Now One Game Behind (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday February 19, 1940)

An All American while at Kentucky, and for the past two years an All American in the National Basketball league, Le Roy Edwards, famous Oshkosh All Star, is again being counted on by Oshkosh to lead them to their third straight western division title.
REVENGE, not only with a capital "R", but also with capital letters throughout, was gained by the Oshkosh All Stars for a defeat they suffered at the hands of the Sheboygan Redskins at the Chair City, Thursday evening, when the local professional basketball team "poured it on" in a National Basketball league game played at the Merrill Junior High school gymnasium Saturday evening.

. . .

A new individual one-game scoring record was set here Saturday evening when the largest crowd of the season - estimated at about 1,850 paid admissions - saw Leroy "Lefty" Edwards dump in nine field goals and 11 free throws for a total of 29 points. The former Kentucky All-American, individual scoring champion of the league for two seasons, and well on his way to his third straight title, was aided by his teammates in Saturday's game. When "Lefty's" total climbed near the mark of 25 set by Ernie Andres of the Indianapolis Kautskys in the same gymnasium on Dec. 30, fans began urging "give it to Lefty!" and his mates obliged and Edwards proceeded to score 13 points in the fourth quarter to set a new record for the season.

Edwards' contribution to the Oshkosh score in the first period was only two free throws, but he got going in that long-to-be-remembered second quarter in which the Stars made 24 points and he had 14 points by halftime. The third quarter saw him make only two points on a field goal, but in the fourth period he got up a full head of steam and was off to the record.

He might have set a record to stand for some time if he had been as accurate on free throws, as he was Thursday at Sheboygan when he made 11 of 12 tries. Saturday he made 11 and missed eight in the two games against Sheboygan last week he had an even 50 points, getting 21 points on Thursday. He has boosted his season's total for 24 games to 319 points, an average of better than 13 points a game.

Oshkosh All-Stars (68)

NameFGFTPFPts
Barle3248
Berry0111
Edwards911329
Shipp2236
Mueller2206
Pederson2044
Stankey1123
Putname0020
Batterman0020
Witasek35111
Total22242268

Sheboygan Redskins (43)

NameFGFTPFPts
Swanson2347
Suesens2034
Lautenschlager1012
Kolar0252
Quabius1214
Sokody2024
Dancker2448
Adams2145
Hesik1123
Colen2004
Kuplic0030
Total15132943

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 16, 1940Kent University (OH)Oshkosh
All-Stars
Akron
Firestones
Firestones 61
All-Stars 60
16

Game Overview: Firestones Repeat as National Cage Champions (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 18, 1940)

Their third attempt to wrest the championship fo the National Basketball league from an Akron O. quintet failed by the margin of two points, Saturday evening when the Oshkosh All Stars lost the fifth and deciding game of the "world's series" in the cage sport to the Akron Firestones, defending champions, by a score of 61 to 60.

Akron Firestones (61)

NameFGFTPFPts
Bush3056
Moir71115
Nowak2135
Ozburn0222
Cable29413
Wukovits4139
Terjesen0000
O'Brien51011
Total23151861

Oshkosh All-Stars (60)

NameFGFTPFPts
Barle52312
Berry70514
Edwards72116
Shipp0313
Witasek4139
Pederson2236
Stankey0000
Putnam0000
Total25101660

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 17, 1940ChicagoOshkosh
All-Stars
House of David
All Stars 42
House of David 23
17

Game Overview: Stars Win First Pro Tournament Tilt from Davids (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday March 18, 1940)

The Oshkosh All Stars came through with a victory in their first round of the $15,000 Chicago World's Professional Basketball Tournament Sunday evening, defeating the House of David team of Benton Harbor, Mich., 42 to 23 and tonight will meet the Chicago Bruins, a member of the Western division of the National Basketball league, which team finished close behind the Oshkosh and Sheboygan teams which tied for the Western title.

. . .

"Lefty" Edwards, the National league's leading scorer, demonstrated for Chicago fans his ability to make ponts when he counted 17 points for the Stars on seven baskets and three free throws.

Oshkosh All-Stars (42)

NameFGFTPFPts
Putnam3006
Barle2014
Pederson0020
Berry0101
Batterman2004
Edwards73117
Shipp2105
Mullen1012
Witasek1002
Armstrong0141
Total186942

House of David (23)

NameFGFTPFPts
Hallisey1022
Millheim1002
Swinehart3036
Currie2226
Wall0030
Livingston2004
Podwell0333
Total951323


1940-41

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
March 22, 1941Rochester, NYOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
New York Renaissance 45
Oshkosh All-Stars 36
8

Game Summary: Newark, Oshkosh Lose in Openers of Court Tourney (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Sunday March 23, 1941)

Nearly 4,500 thrilled fans crammed the Edgerton Park Sports Arena to see the Seagrams outscore the Newark Elks, 45-39, and then witness the Renaissance in a dazzling display of precision passing and play-making as they toppled the might Oshkosh All-Stars 47-36.

...The sharpshooting of one William (Pop) Gates, smallest member of the Renaissance team, was the spark which enabled the Rens to hold the edge all through the first half. Gates snapped the meshes five times on shots from way out or from the corner, and his shooting was deadly. He scored 11 points in the half, while only big Bob Carpenter and LeRoy (Cowboy) Edwards were able to dent the Rens defense to any degree in the first two quarters.

New York Renaissance (47)

NameFGFTPts
King4311
Gates7216
Smith113
Bell339
Clayton408
Total19947

Oshkosh All-Stars (36)

NameFGFTPts
Berry419
Barles010
Nisbet000
Carpenter237
Edwards328
Prasse215
Putnam033
Witasek113
Shipp000
Total121235

Game action between Oshkosh and the Rens. Leroy Edwards is shown number as #29 to the right


1941-42

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
November 30, 1941LaCross, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
New York
Renaissance
All Stars 52
Renaissance 42
12

Game Overview: Oshkosh All-Stars Defeat Rens, 52-42, Before 1,200 Fans (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Monday December 1, 1941)

A professional exhibition cage fracas, with all the qualities of a grand three-ring circus, provided 1,200 spectators with an evening of laughs, entertainment and at times exceedingly brilliant basketball, as played by the greatest stars in the nation, last night at the Lincoln field house.

The Oshkosh All-Stars, Pro league champions, "out free-throwed" the great Negro quint, the New York Renaissance traveling exhibitioners, 52 to 42, in a wild and wooly rough and tumble tilt.

It was the 33rd meeting of these six-year old exhibition cage rivals, and the 19th victory for the Lon Darling All-Stars from the Bygosh city.

Oshkosh All-Stars (52)

NameFGFTPFPts
Englund54514
Barle0141
Berry0111
Engdahl45313
Edwards44112
Komenich0212
Witasek2317
Shipp1032
Total16201952

New York Renaissance (42)

NameFGFTPFPts
Boswell68320
Woods0323
Bell2024
Smith0020
Cumberland1113
Brown2347
Clayton0131
Isles2044
Total13162142

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 12, 1942Memphis, TNOshkosh
All-Stars
Original
Celtics
All Stars 52
Celtics 45
15

Game Preview: Celtics and Oshkosh Tangle Tonight (Memphis Commerical Appeal, Thursday, February 12, 1942)

Highest-Rated Rivals

In the 13 years in which the Celts have been coming to Memphis 15 teams have had a shot at them, and Oshkosh's chances are rated the best of all - in advance. The Celtics have a habit of rising to meet emergencies very well, rising last year to choke the Firestones of Akron in one of three stands here.

. . .

The Celts themselves admit that Oshkosh is the toughest team they'll have to face in the South, and admit as well they prefer most to beat them. The All-Stars split a series with them three years ago. It's a team as rough and tough as the Celts and it must be good knock off 17 victories in the pro league this season.

The "man who" in the Oshkosh array so far as Memphians are concerned is Lefty Edwards, who was an ace with Kentucky several years back and has been even better as a professional. He will team with Eddie Riska, the former Notre Dame flash at forward, with Gene Englund of last year's great Wisconsin team at center and Connie Mack Berry, former North Carolina State star and Charley Shipp in the backcourt.

Game Overview: Oshkosh Hands Celtics First Defeat in Memphis (Memphis Commerical Appeal, Friday, February 13, 1942)

The inevitable happened to the New York Celtics last night.

Unbeaten in 15 Memphis games over a period of 13 years the Celts ran up against the toughest opposition they ever encountered in the South losing a terrific battle to the Oshkosh Wis. All-Stars 52 to 45, before 1500 at the Auditorium.

Winners Superior

So at least the kingpins of the traveling basketball domain came to the end of their Memphis rainbow. They simply bowed before a superior machine that clicked steadily, hit free throws with unerring eyes and generally were better basketeers.

. . .

Big Lefty Edwards, former University of Kentucky satellite, gleaned 15 points for Oshkosh although he had only three field goals. But the rangy center was fouled often and dropped nine through from the charity line. He shared top honors with Nat Hickey, Celtics' ace who had seven field goals and one free toss for 15.

Oshkosh All-Stars (52)

NameFGFTPts
Berry226
Barles022
Edwards3915
Shipp204
Witaseck259
Riska146
Nisbet044
Englund011
Komenich204
Engdahl011
Total122852

Original Celtics (45)

NameFGFTPts
Hickey7115
Poliskin102
Pelkington2913
Resnick226
Dubalier215
Banks124
Total151545

Action from the Game. Caption in the Memphis Commerical Appeal reads: "Furious action occurred all through Oshkosh's 52 to 45 victory over the Celtics last night and this is a choice bit of it. Lefty Edwards (No. 23) has his hands stretched nearest the ball and shortly afterward flipped it in for 'a goal' in the second quarter. At the left Moe Dubalier of the Celtics is coming up to join the fracas, while Connie Berry, just in front of Dubalier is trying to grab the leather. Between Berry and Edwards is John Pelkington of the Celts and Charley Shipp (No. 16) of Oshkosh is watching the play intently."


1942-43
DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
November 29, 1942Chicago, ILOshkosh
All-Stars
Chicago
Studebakers
All-Stars 41
Studebakers 40
16

Game Overview: Oshkosh Wins Over Chicago by One Point (Sheboygan Press, Monday, November 30, 1942)

Oshkosh's All Stars opened their National Basketball league championship defense successfully over the week-end, but it took a last-minute basket to do it. Chicago's Studebakers gave Oshkosh a real battle before finally losing, 41 to 40.

The team that Sheboygan had mauled, 53 to 45, put up a plucky fight against the champions, leading by 22 and 19 at halftime. However that old bugaboo, Leroy "Cowboy" Edwards, chukked in the game-winning field goal when the clock had passed the last minute mark, and Chicago didn't have time enough to retaliate. Edwards scored 16 points during the game, while the Chicago pair of Hudson and Boswell accounted for 14 and 12 together. . . .

Chicago Studebakers (40)

NameFGFTPFPts
Sokody0121
Evans0010
Hudson62214
Nowak2125
Price1022
Cumberland1153
Boswell52212
Peyton0040
Brown1153
Orr0000
Total1682540

Oshkosh All-Stars (41)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vaughn2226
Engdahl0131
Smith0101
Nimz2004
Englund1153
Edwards48316
Komenich0202
Krzoska0010
Shipp2448
Total11191841

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 14, 1943Sheboygan, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Sheboygan
Redskins
Redskins 48
All Stars 42
11

Ed Dancker
Game Overview: Redskins Cinch Second Place Post (Sheboygan Press, Monday, February 15, 1943)

An exhibition of the "the nation's best basketball" was put on here on Sunday afternoon as the Sheboygan Redskins handed the Oshkosh All-Stars another defeat, this time 48 to 42. This win combined with a victory by Fort Wayne over the All-Stars on Saturday firmly entrenched the Redskins in the second place position. . . . .

The torried scoring pace in the third period gave Eddie Dancker and "Jab" Jablonsky the starring roles for the Skins while Big Leroy Edwards took care of things for the All-Stars.....

Sheboygan Redskins (48)

NameFGFTPFPts
Sadowski2226
Lautenschlager2115
Buehler1022
Dancker76420
Jablonsky2115
Suesens42210
MacDonald0030
Regh0000
Total18121548

Oshkosh All-Stars (42)

NameFGFTPFPts
Vaughn3026
Nesbit0101
Young0010
Englund2458
Edwards51511
Shipp43211
Quabius0010
Alwin1123
Kramer1002
Total16101840

This Press photo catches Kenny Suesens just as he sent off one of his push-shots which gave him a total of 10 points for the day. Reading from left to right are: MacDonald, Leroy Edwards (in the background), Eddie Dancker, Ralph Vaughn and Capt. Kenny Suesens on the extreme right.


1943-44


1944-45

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
February 14, 1945Cleveland, OHOshkosh
All-Stars
Cleveland
Allmen Transfers
All-Stars 44
Allmen Transfers 43
20

Game Overview: Oshkosh Checks Cleveland Rally, Wins by One Point (Oshkosh Northwestern, Thursday, February 15, 1945)

Mel Riebe
Cleveland, O. - The Oshkosh All Stars came from behind in the second quarter and defeated the Cleveland Allmen Transfers on the home court here last night by the narrow margin of 44-43.

The Allmen desperately fought to cut down a fourth quarter lead of nine points which the Stars had accumulated but the visitors' grip on the margin of victory was so tight the home clube failed to generate enough power to break the hold.

The outstanding feature of the game was the Oshkosh stall which permitted the Stars to hold the lead and prevented the Allmen from gaining possession of the ball in the final three minutes. The game was over five minutes before the final whistle blew, as far as the score was concerned.

..

In the second period baskets by Endress, Wukovitts and Bytzura, plus two by Mel Riebe, in rapid succession, gave Cleveland a 20-10 lead. Homer Fuller then sank three goals, which added to one by Edwards and another by Terzynski, aided in closing the gap. Wager and Shanklin added their bit and Edwards put in the final second quarter basket, giving Oshkosh a 26-25 lead at halftime.

..

Left Edwards, repeating his success of the night before at Pittsburgh started the final quarter with a basket, giving the Stars their final 44 points while Cleveland then had 35. Thereafter the game was over as far as the Oshkosh scoring was concerned.

..

The All Stars played one of their best "board" games of the year, snatching rebounds like a hungry dog snapping for "scraps."

Oshkosh All-Stars (44)

NameFGFTPts
Fuller5010
Terzynski204
Shanklin204
Edwards8420
Sachte102
Wager204
Komenich000
Total20444

Cleveland Allmen Transfers (43)

NameFGFTPts
Wukovitts146
Bytzura408
W. Riebe000
Mills022
Mel Riebe6719
Endress328
Garcia000
Total141543


1945-46

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
April 8, 1946Chicago, ILOshkosh
All-Stars
Fort Wayne
Zollner Pistons
Zollner Pistons 73
All-Stars 57
24

Game Overview: McDermott Leads Zollners to Third Crown, 73 to 57 (Sheboygan Press, Tuesday, April 9, 1946)

Bobby McDermott
The ageless McDermott, who has been around longer than even he cares to remember - 14 years to exact - led the Zollners to their third straight world title last night defeating the Oshkosh Wis. All-Stars 73 to 57, in the final game of the best two-of-three championship series.

McDermott scored 20 points during the 34 minutes he played. But that is only half the story of the victory - and veteran Bob's part in it.

The former New York Celtic star, who has a 10 year contract to coach the Zollners, employed strategy that had Oshkosh so baffled the All-Stars hardly dared move one way or the other after the first period.

. . .

The Zollners held Bob Carpenter, National Basketball league scoring leader from Oshkosh, to three points, but at the same time Leroy (Cowboy) Edwards got 24 points to win scoring honors in the game.

Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons (73)

NameFGFTPFPts
Pelkington26510
Tough50110
Sadowski78322
Reiser3238
McDermott84420
Rush3026
Kinney1113
Shipp0030
Jeanette0323
Armstrong0020
Total29242682

Oshkosh All-Stars (57)

NameFGFTPFPts
Carpenter1113
Edwards96624
Wager3026
Prasser0121
Feerick52312
Englund1002
Riska0303
Engdahl0111
Rehm1335
Total20171857


1946-47

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
November 9, 1946Oshkosh, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Chicago
American Gears
All-Stars 66
Gears 61
14

Game Overview: Stars Overcome Gear Lead to Win Opening League Game (Oshkosh Northwestern, Monday, November 11, 1946)

First place in the western division of the National Basketball league is the status of the Oshkosh All Stars today as the result of their stirring 66 to 61 decision over the American Gears of Chicago Saturday night at South Park gym in the league opener for each club.

...

Mikan Outscored The encounter had been billed as a duel between three of the best known pivot men in the business with George "Golden Boy" Mikan of the Gears pitted against "Lefty" Edwards and Gene Englund of the Stars with the visitor, heralded far and wide as the all-time All-American center, taking a lesson in the handiwork of scoring from the two locals.

Playing in every quarter and a good share of the game, Mighty Mikan was able to rustle the twine with only a pair of field goals. He did corral 10 points for his evening's work, the rest of his total being racked up via the charity stripe where he tossed in a half-dozen tries in seven.

Playing the center slot agains the Great George, Edwards and Englund collaborated to pour in 33 counters, 19 of them by the latter. Both Oshkosh pivot men ably demonstrated to Mikan the fine art of banking shots off the backboard. Edwards took only eight shots and registered five baskets and Englund pegged eight tries out of 18. Several of Englund's shots were batted away by the 6-foot, 9-inch, Chicagoan and never reached the hoop.

Oshkosh All-Stars (66)

NameFGFTfTAPFPts
Carpenter12334
Sullivan14406
Riska01121
Maddox40008
Edwards546414
Englund834419
Wager04534
Vaughn344210
Total2222271866

Chicago America Gears (61)

NameFGFTFTAPFPts
Hale622314
Brookfield13355
Calihan423310
Mikan267410
Ratkovich00030
Szukala500310
Triptow00010
Patrick522412
Total2315172661

DateLocationTeamOpponentResultPoints
December 10, 1946Wisconsin Rapids, WIOshkosh
All-Stars
Toledo
Jeeps
All-Stars 71
Jeeps 48
18

Game Overview: Toledo Jeeps Blasted by All-Stars, 71-48 (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Wednesday December 11, 1946)

Exhibiting sensational shooting, the Oshkosh All-Stars blasted the Toledo Jeeps, 71-48, Tuesday night in the first National Professional Basketball league game ever played in Wisconsin Rapids. A crowd estimated at between 2,500 and 3,000 viewed the fray, played in Lincoln fieldhouse.

The deadly combination of uncanny hook shots by the veteran Leroy "Lefty" Edwards and the terrific rebound work of Clint Wager, a 6 foot 6 inch giant who has the spring of a kangaroo in his legs simply proved too much for Toledo. Edwards tallied 18 points although he played only 15 minutes while Wager monopolized the rebounds every time Toledo let fly at the bucket. In scoring 18 points, Edwards shot from the floor only nine times, connecting in six of those attempts with his remarkable hook shot.

Oshkosh All-Stars (71)

NameFGFTPFPts
Carpenter42110
Riska3026
Smith0212
Sullivan1103
Edwards66318
Englund2539
Excel1012
Reed1103
Wager1032
Maddox50010
Vaughn2206
Total26191471

Toledo Jeeps (48)

NameFGFTPFPts
Hamilton2014
Sobek74218
Gerber1012
Schick1042
Paianelli1143
Bianco1002
Rivlin3218
Tidrick2014
Seymour2125
Schall0010
Total2081748


1947-48

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