Eugene “Buzzy” Gillen

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Buzzy began making a name for himself in basketball as a Wilmington teen on the Jackson Street Boys Club Reapers, who won three junior and two senior state titles. He continued at Salesianum, as
captain his senior year. At age 14, he was national champion, making 21 baskets from the floor in one minute, in a 1932 Boys Club shootout. Buzzy played for undefeated Beacom College one year
(1936-37) and LaSalle College four years (1937-41) where he started every game for four years except the first two games his freshman year. At LaSalle he played the most minutes of any player;
captained the team his senior year & was in the top 20per cent of his class academically. After college he played with the San Diego Marine Corps team and played with the All-Star team in Hawaii.
Professionally, he played two years with the Wilmington Blue Bombers (1946-47 and 1947-48). In football Buzzy excelled two years at Salesianum & selected first team All-State (1935-36). He played
fast pitch softball making the All-Star team in 1936 against the World Champions, Fort Wayne, Indiana.



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