View Full Version : Unidentified Autos: 1926 Reds & 1952 Hockey

10-05-2017, 09:29 PM
Well, these are a few of the recent acquisitions that are driving me crazy...

Both of these are from an autograph book that included 1950 Senators autographs (baseball) and 1952 AHL hockey autographs. The first page looks like "Sid Dyer - 1926 Reds" but unless I'm just way too tired right now, I can't find this name and am not familiar with it. For the second item, there are two autographs that were right next to Bun Cook on the other side - the last names look similar but I can't find anyone on the hockey database that year (AHL or NHL that match.

Any help identifying these would be greatly appreciated!


Michael B
10-05-2017, 09:55 PM
The hockey players are George and Charles Homenuke. I could read most of the last name for Charlie so it was easier.

George Homenuke

Left Wing -- shoots L
Born May 26 1926 -- Sheho, SASK
[91 yrs. ago]
Height 5.08 -- Weight 170 [173 cm/77 kg]

1945-46 Omaha Knights USHL
1946-47 Omaha Knights USHL
1947-48 Dallas Texans USHL
1948-49 Omaha Knights USHL
1949-50 Minneapolis Millers
1949-50 San Francisco Shamrocks PCHL
1950-51 Portland Eagles PCHL
1951-52 Seattle Ironmen PCHL
1952-53 Seattle Bombers WHL
1953-54 New Westminster Royals WHL
1953-54 Vancouver Canucks WHL

Charles Homenuke


1948-49 San Francisco Shamrocks PCHL
1950-51 Omaha Knights USHL

Here is the death information on George:

Name: George Homenuke
State of Issue: Nebraska
Date of Birth: Wednesday May 26, 1926
Date of Death: Saturday April 15, 2006
Est. Age at Death: 79 years, 10 months, 20 days

10-05-2017, 10:02 PM
Thanks Michael!

I think the baseball one might be Sidney Dyer, listed on Baseball Reference for the same time period as a minor league player. However, it does not look like he ever played in the pros - interesting inscription.

Michael B
10-05-2017, 10:08 PM
The interesting thing about George Homenuke is that he has a death certificate in the U.S. Social Security Index though he died in Burnaby, British Columbia. His obituary was in the Vancouver Sun. He was of Ukranian descent. At one time he had the fastest shot in pro hockey at 92 mph. After working for Gulf Oil for 30 years he and his wife drove around the U.S. and Canada in their mobile home. His brother predeceased him.

10-05-2017, 10:32 PM
If he was receiving retirement benefits from the US, it would make sense that his death is on the master file. They likely received and annotated the proof to end benefits and then the public record became available.

Interesting story about him though, it is always neat to hear things about some of the more obscure athletes.