Warren Whitlinger was a  baseball and basketball star at Ohio State. In his senior year of basketball, Whitlinger led the Big Ten in scoring and earned All-Conference honors. Whitlinger’s had limited  success in the pro game. He was a starter  for the 1937-38 Akron Firestones who posted a 14-4 record, the best in the National Basketball League, but Whitlinger was not offered a contract for the following season.  In 1939, he was hired by Kimberly Clark Corporation in Neenah, Wisconsin,  where worked for for the next 35 years. He retired in 1975 as Director of Quality Assurance. Later in life he found success in another sport, tennis, not a player, but as a widely renowned coach. His son, John won 109 consecutive matches en route to singles state championships in each of his four years in high school. A two-time All-American at Stanford, John led his team to NCAA team championships in 1973 and 1974. Also in 1974, he captured both the NCAA singles and doubles titles himself, then played professionally for six years. before returning to Stanford as the men’s tennis coach. Warren’s  grandaughter, Teri, helped Stanford win four straight NCAA team championships.  Whitlinger remained active coaching tennis until just before his death in 2012, at the age of 98.


WARREN WHITLINGER Height: 5:06 Weight: 155 College: Ohio State’36
Warren Wayne Whitlinger Born:  Apr 4, 1914 Died:  Apr 30, 2012 Hometown: Zanesville, Oh.
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1932-33 Ohio State (Frosh) College
1933-34 Ohio State College
1034-35 Ohio State College
1935-36 Ohio State College
1936-37 Columbus MBC 1 9 2 20 20.0
1936-37 Zanesville Greys Indep
1937-38 Akron Firestone NBL 13 17 25 59 4.5
1938-39 Columbus Bobb Chevrolet Indep
1938-39 Columbus Hilltop Merchants Indep
1940-41 Neenah  Kimbertly- Clark Ramblers Indep
1939-40 Neenah  Kimbertly- Clark Ramblers Indep
Major League Totals 14 26 27 79 5.6
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1937-38 Akron Firestone NBL 2 2 0 4 2.0
Major League Totals 2 2 0 4 2.0


This entry was posted in . Bookmark the permalink.