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1920's

Notable Athletic Alumn ​1920’s

Max Aron graduated in 1928 and was the LA City Champion in Indian Clubs his senior year. In 1930 he finished second in the National AAU Indian Clubs.

 

Bob Angle graduated in 1924 and was the first Roosevelt grad to make a name in football. He lettered at UCLA from 1926 thru 1928. At the time, UCLA was known as Southern Branch of the University of California.

 

Sam Balter graduated in 1925 and was Captain of the basketball team that year. He played basketball at UCLA, where he also served as Captain in 1929. He played many years of AAU basketball with Universal Pictures. He was a member of the

first U.S. Olympic basketball team and won a Gold Medal. Balter is a member of the Helms Basketball Hall of Fame. Following his playing career, he became a noted sportswriter and sportscaster. He broadcast the first night baseball game.

 

Joe Berkpwitz graduated in 1926. He went into professional baseball and rose as high as the Pacific Coast League. He played for the Hollywood Stars and San Diego Padres from 1933 thru 1939.

 

Al Kahn graduated in 1925 and became a longtime sports correspondent for UPI.

 

Chick Karacki attended Roosevelt in the mid 20's and was a javelin thrower for UCLA in the late 20's.

 

Ben Keiden graduated in 1927. He attended UCLA and played on the tennis team.

 

Bill Knickerbocker graduated in 1929 and was All City in baseball in 1928 and 1929. He also was a fine football player. He went into professional baseball and played for five American League teams from 1933 thru 1942. A fine fielding

shortstop, he had his finest major league season with the Cleveland Indians in 1934, when he batted .317.

 

Jean LaRoque attended Roosevelt in the mid 20’s and was the Number 1 singles tennis player at Redlands University in the late 20’s.

 

Elbert Lewis graduated in 1927. He went on to UCLA, where he became Captain of the tennis team. In 1932 he was rated the Number 21 Singles player in the United States. Also in 1932, he and his partner won the Southern California Doubles

Championship.

 

Gordon Maxwell graduated in 1926 and was the LA City Minor League champion in the 440. He went on to USC, where he lettered in track in 1928 and 1929

 

Hymie Miller graduated in 1928 and was the National AAU 112 Pound Boxing Champion. He went on to the 1928 Olympics and lost in a very controversial decision.

 

Maurice Nathan graduated in 1926, then became the leading hitter and four year letterman in baseball, plus basketball at Occidental.

 

Ivan Norcross graduated in the late 20's and lettered in track at USC in, 1930 and 1931.

 

Fred Oster graduated in 1924 and later became an assistant football coach at UCLA.

 

Johnny Riley graduated in 1928. He was All LA City Minor League in football in 1927. He was the 1929 AAU Platform Diving champion. His real last name was Galitzen.

 

Mickey Riley graduated in the mid 20's. He is considered one of the great divers of all time. He was the National AAU springboard champ 1928 and 1929 and was the NCAA springboard champ in 1931 and 1932. competed in the 1928

and 1932 Olympics. He won silver medals in the springboard and platform in 1928 and a gold in springboard and silver in platform in 1932. He was elected to the Diving Hall of Fame in 1977. Like his brother, his real last name was Galitzen.

 

Dave Rudin graduated in 1927 and was the LA City Gymnastics rings champion that year. In 1928 he set a World Record in the Pullover and Press for the 126 pound division.

 

Jacob Siegel graduated in 1927 and was the LA City Gymnastics champion in the parallel bars and side horse that year. He finished sixth in the National AAU rope climb in 1930. He served as Student Body President in 1927.

 

Harry Silver graduated in 1929 and was one of the founding mem-bers of the noted Track Club, The Los Angeles Striders.

 

Bernard Waley graduated in 1925 and lettered in basketball at Cal Tech.