Mel Riebe

Melvin Russell Riebe (July 12, 1916 – July 25, 1977) was an American professional basketball player.

Mel Riebe
Mel Riebe 1948.jpg
Riebe in 1948
Personal information
Born(1916-07-12)July 12, 1916
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedJuly 25, 1977(1977-07-25) (aged 61)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolEuclid (Cleveland, Ohio)
Playing career1943–1949
PositionGuard / Forward
Number3, 7, 9, 5
Career history
1943–1944Cleveland Chase Brassmen
1944–1945Cleveland Allmen Transfers
1946–1947Cleveland Rebels
19471949Boston Celtics
1949Providence Steamrollers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

A 5'11" guard-forward who also played minor league baseball in the Cleveland Indians' organization, Riebe played professionally in both the National Basketball League (1943–1945) and the Basketball Association of America (1946–1949), finishing his career with two seasons with the Boston Celtics. He led the NBL in scoring twice, averaging 17.9 points per game during the 1943–44 season and 20.2 points per game the following year as a member of the Cleveland Chase Brassmen and the Cleveland Allmen Transfers.

From 1950 to 1954 he attended the College of Wooster, where he was ineligible to play basketball or baseball due to his professional experience but played on the golf team. He spent the rest of his life as a football and basketball coach, athletic director, and physical education teacher at Waynedale High School in Apple Creek, Ohio.

Riebe's brother, Hank Riebe, was a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1942 to 1949.

BAA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 Cleveland 55 .307 .642 1.2 12.1
1947–48 Boston 48 .309 .620 .9 10.2
1948–49 Boston 33 .291 .603 2.9 11.0
1948–49 Providence 10 .295 .529 .9 6.1
Career 146 .304 .621 1.5 10.8

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1947 Cleveland 3 .243 .500 .7 7.0
1948 Boston 3 .326 .700 1.0 14.0
Career 6 .288 .654 .8 10.5

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