Joe
Hyde


JOSEPH F. HYDE JR. was an all around athlete, was well known in Camden as a a professional basketball player and also played minor league ball. He also worked as a bartender in his father's saloon, and ran the place himself in his later years. Hyde's Saloon at 1600 South 6th Street was a open for business as early as 1906, and was still trading under that name as late as 1947. 

The Hyde family had been in the bar business in Camden's 8th Ward for many years. Grandfather Richard Hyde (1840-1865) and father Joseph F. Hyde Sr. (1857-3/9/1927) were both well known in the tavern trade in the city.  

Joseph Hyde Sr. appears in the Camden NJ City Directories as early as 1887. He lived at 904 Walnut Street in the late 1880s and early 1890s. This is where he lived with wife Eliza when Joe Jr. was born, on October 12, 1889. Another son, John Francis, came about five years later. By 1910 the family had moved to 1600 Fillmore Street, around the corner from the saloon Joe Sr. owned at 1600 South 6th street. By 1910 Joe Jr. was working there as a bartender. He was still following that trade in 1915, when the New Jersey State Census was enumerated. 

By 1920 World War I had ended and Prohibition was the law of the land. The Hyde family moved to 1600 South 6th Street, over the family bar. Joseph Hyde Jr. worked as a plumber. When the census was taken in January of 1920, younger brother John Francis was studying to be a dentist. Joe Hyde continued to follow the plumbers trade through the 1920s and 1930s. He was partners in a plumbers business in April of 1930, when the census was again taken. Married by this time, he owned a home at 1131 Whitman Avenue with his wife Tillie M. Hyde.

By 1942 he had returned to South 6th Street. Mr. and Mrs. Hyde ran the bar and made their home at that address. Joseph Hyde had passed away during the 1950s.

Joe Hyde played professional and semi-pro baseball in the 1910s and throughout the 1920s. A catcher, He played with Jersey City of the International League in 1919 and again in 1920. He left the team after getting into a dispute with manager "Wild Bill" Donovan. Suspended from organized baseball, Joe Hyde played with the Lebanon Steel team of the Bethlehem Steel League, where he was the teammate of former major leaguers Eggie Lennox, Norman Plitt, and Earl Potteiger, who would go on to coach the New York Giants of the National Football league in the 1920s.

Joe Hyde played for a series of semi-pro teams until 1928, when he was reinstated into the pro game at the behest of George Stallings, who also had managed at the major league level, taking the 1914 Boston Braves to the World Series, and sweeping Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in four games. Joe Hyde caught for Montreal of the International League that summer. 

Joe Hyde made his professional basketball debut during the 1919-1920 season, with the Camden Crusaders of the Eastern Basketball League. The Crusaders were owned by Camden veterinarian Dr. Charles B. Helm and former Camden Counnty Sheriff W. Penn Corson. Other team members included brother Neil Deighan, Eddie Ferat, Sam Lennox, Jimmy "Soup" Campbell, Roy Steele, and another rookie, Rich Deighan. The Crusaders were the 1919-1920 Eastern Basketball League champions. He stayed in the game, although not at that level, then the pinnacle of pro hoops. 

Joe Hyde returned to the pro ranks with the Camden franchise of the 1928-29 Eastern Basketball league. The EBL was then a shadow of its former self, and must be considered a semi-pro league at best. The Camden roster as known included Joe Hyde, Rich Deighan, Sam Lennox, and two other players named Leach and Mulligan. The team lost all ten of the games it played before folding.

Joe Hydes's Eastern Basketball League Career Record

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1919-1920 Camden Crusaders

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12

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1928-1929 Camden

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Eastern League Career Record

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12

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Camden Crusaders
1919-1920 Eastern Basketball League Champs

Front row, left to right:  Jimmy “Soup” Campbell and Joe Hyde.
Second row, left to right:
Dr. Charles B. Helm, Neil Deighan, Roy Steele,
Eddie Dolin, Dave Kerr and Sheriff W. Penn Corson.
Back row, left to right: Bill Mitchell, trainer;
Sam Lennox,
Manager Bill Kennedy,
Richie Deighan and Timekeeper Jim Kane.

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Camden
Courier-Post

January 26, 1928

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Camden Courier-Post * June 11, 1932

BLACK YANKS HERE IN DOUBLE-HEADER
Camden Club to Entertain Colorful Stars at Fairview Ball Park

Probably the greatest collection of colored talent in the country will perform before local fans tomorrow afternoon at the Fairview Athletic Field when the New York Black Yankees and Lou Schaub's Camden Club engage in a double-header. The opening game is slated to start promptly at 2 o'clock.

This will be' the first appearance of the New Yorkers here this season.

Schaub had originally scheduled them for the opening game of the season, but rain forced the cancellation of, the game 

Due to the fact that the Yankees, happened to have an open date for this Sunday,Schaub immediately grabbed the chance of bringing this fast-moving outfit here. The players comprising the New York ensemble are of the best in the country and is the finest collection of stars gathered in one team. 

They have a pitching staff that ranks with the best, namely, ”Reds" Ryan, Phil Rolland, Luther Farrell and Gandy. A number of other out-standing players who will be in the lineup are Yancey, Riggins, Smith, Rector, "Fat" Jenkins and George Scales, who also manages the club.

The Yanks have taken on all kinds of opposition since the season started and have made the best bite the dirt. The most recent visit of the New Yorkers in the section was last Tuesday when they defeated the Mayfair Club of Philadelphia, a team which also bowed to the Schaubmen. 

Schaub announced that the pitching assignments will be turned over to the veteran Johnny "Rube" Chambers and Jack Kimble, Wildwood High athletic director, who has been twirling splendid ball for Camden this season.

Tommy Naughton and Joe Hyde will take care of the receiving, with the former probably donning the mask and windpad in the opener.

The local infield will be taken care of by Bill O'Donnell on first with Bill "Jigger" Black at second, and Joe Snyder at shortstop, while either Ernie Padgett or Fritz Schadel will hold down third base. In the outfield will be Dick Spalding, George Gilham and Bill Graupner, the latter having recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he captained the nine.


Camden Courier-Post * June 18, 1932

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Lou Schaub - Bill Graupner - Bill O'Donnell - Dick Spalding - George Gilham
Johnny "Rube" Chambers - Bill Black - Jack Kimble - Tommy Naughton
Joe Hyde - Eddie Gerner - Ernie Padgett - Joe Snyder

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