John Meehan

John Meehan

Basketball

Enshrined: 2001

Born: January 9, 1917

Died: April 9, 2004

A three-sport athlete at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, John "Chick" Meehan is among the pre-World War II athletes who have been inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Meehan competed in basketball, football and baseball at CBA. He received All-City honors in basketball and football. His basketball and baseball career continued after CBA as he played for various professional teams in Syracuse, Homer, Newark, Auburn and Rochester. In 1939-1940, Meehan played for the Syracuse Reds in the NYS Pro Basketball League.

In 1941, he received the Ohstrom Trophy as the top basketball player in Central New York. He joined the Syracuse Stars of the All-American Basketball League in 1945-1946. After his stint with the Stars, Meehan was an original member of the National Basketball League’s Syracuse Nationals. He joined the fledgling Syracuse franchise for the 1946-1947 and 1947-1948 seasons.

After his playing days, Meehan began a multi-sport coaching career at Rondout Valley Central School from 1952 to 1978. In honor of his accomplishments, the school named its football field after him.

Career highlights:

1941: Received the Ohstrom Trophy given to the top basketball player in Central New York

1946-1948: Played for the Syracuse Nats

 

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