This was then: Tisbury High Basketball

Jed, Phinn, Chick, Frog, Bill, and Dolf

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Meet Jed, Phinn, Chick, Frog, Bill, and Dolf — the Tisbury High School basketball team of 1913–14.—Chris Baer

Jesse J. “Jed” Oliver (1897–1957) played forward guard. An Azorean native, Oliver later became a fisherman and ran a filling station in Vineyard Haven.

Theodore C. “Phinn” Howes (1896–1968) played forward and also served as manager of the team. The son of a Vineyard Haven clothing merchant, Ted Howes later became a bank clerk and insurance agent.

George Philip “Chicken” Baptiste (1895–1966) played center. He became an automobile mechanic at Dukes County Garage on Five Corners.

Donald S. “Frog” Swift (1898–1943) was a sub. The son of a Vineyard Haven grocer, Swift became a civil engineer and realtor.

William E. “Bill” Carroll (1898–1983) played guard. A chauffeur, truck driver, and steamship agent, he later founded the moving company today known as Carroll’s.

Bill’s older brother, Frank “Dolf” Carroll (1896–1923), played forward guard and also served as captain of the team. Frank died of a heart condition at the age of 27.

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.