The folks over at The Classical always seem to come with these types of stories. This time, Matt Kallman writes various tales of his grandfather's playing career during the early days of professional basketball. "Benny Bones" Schadler was a three-sport letterman at Northwestern University and had a wicked jumpshot (Matt compares him to Nick Van Exel). The six-foot guard was drafted in 1947 by the Chicago Stags and went on to play with the Detroit Vagabond Kings, Waterloo Hawks, and Sheboygan Red Skins. He was also drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1945, a fact that he learned while reading the paper.
Kallman goes on about his grandfather's stories of him playing against Red Holzman, not being paid on time and having to play in high school gyms instead of arenas if the circus was in town.
Check out this great read.
[via The Classical]