Al Podwell played high school basketball in Beloit, Wisconsin and then entered the University of Wisconsin in the fall of  1933, Poswell played freshmen basketball at Wisconsin, but was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore.In 1936, Podwell joined the House of David touring basketball team. The House of David religious community was established in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1903 by Benjamin Purnell and his wife Mary for gathering the 12 lost tribes of Israel for an “in gathering” to await the Millennium. Purnell was a sports enthusiast, and the House of David started playing baseball around 1913 as a weekend activity. By the 1920’s, the team was barnstorming around the country, earning money for the colony and using the games as a way to introduce  people to their cause and recruit potential members. The basketball team was created in the mid-1920’s. By the 1930’s, the team was entirely stocked by paid professionals who were required to grow a beard just like House members.  Podwell spent five seasons with House of David playing up to 150 games per season.  By the time Podwell joined the team, the  squad had added  comedy routines to increase their gate appeal. The  House of David  team operated on a budget far below that of the more famous touring teams of the era, like the Celtics, Rens and Globetrotters. The players lacked the skills of the better known touring teams and House of David team usually visited  much smaller towns.


AL PODWELL Height: 6:02 Weight: 180 College: Wisconsin(Frosh)’34
Alvin Peter Podwell Born: Jan 16,1914 Died:  Dec, 1946 Hometown: Beloit, Wi.
1934-35 Wisconsin (Frosh) College
1934-35 Beloit Graduates Indep
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1940-41 Beloit Pros Indep
Year Team League     GA FGM FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1938-39 House of David WBT 1 2 1 3 .000 5 5.0
1939-40 House of David WBT 1 0 3 3 3.0
Major League Totals 2 0 0.0









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