PLAYER PROFILE

JOHN O’BRIEN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

John O’Brien  earned All-American honors for basketball in 1937 and 1938 at Columbia University. He played professionally for a dozen years including  several seasons  in the American Basketball League. His father, John O’Brien Sr. was founder and the long-time president of the league. In the late 1940’s, O’Brien became a player-coach for the Hartford Hurricanes in the New England Basketball League. After his retirement as a player, he was a basketball referee for 30 years, working games at every level from high school  to college to the NBA. He also officiated football games for 40 years and was honored in 1991 by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. In 1972, he was inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 athletes of the first half of the 20th Century.

 

JOHN O’BRIEN Height: 6:01 Weight: 180 College: Columbia’38
John Jeremiah O’Brien Jr. Born: Jul 25, 1916 Died:  Jun 18, 1994 Hometown: New York, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1938-39 Brooklyn ABL 27 41 48 130 4.8
1939-40 Baltimore ABL 27 35 16 86 3.2
1940-41 Baltimore ABL 2 2 1 5 2.5
1940-41 Troy NYSL 10 37 26 100 10.0
1941-42 Akron Goodyear NBL 7 5 7 17 2.4
1941-42 Pittsfield NYSL 6 8 10 26 4.3
1941-42 Schuykill Haven TCL 9 24 14 62 6.9
1941-42 Bridgeport Newfields CSL 2 7 3 17 8.5
1942-44  Military Service
1944-45 Washington/PatersonNew York ABL 15 39 18 96 6.4
1945-46 Dunmore-Scranton PSL 13 15 20 50 3.8 #
1945-46 Hartford NEBL 17 45 28 118 6.9
1946-47 Hartford NEBL 24 56 17 129 5.4
1947-48 Hartford NEBL 1 1 0 2 2.0
1947-48 Hartford ABL 10 5 3 6 .500 13 1.3
1947-48 Wallingford ECL
1948-49 Hartford ABL 10 6 7 10 .700 19 1.9
1949-50 Hartford ABL 1 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0.0
Major League Totals 78 122 90 334 4.3
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1939-40 Baltimore ABL 7 5 2 12 1.7
1940-41 Troy NYSL 2 3 3 9 4.5
1941-42 Akron Goodyear NBL 3 2 7 11 3.7
1942-43 Akron Collegians WBT 1 2 0 0 .000 4 4.0
1945-46 Scranton PSL 1 0 0 0 0.0
1946-47 Scranton PSL 3 4 3 11 3.7
Major League Totals 11 9 9 27 2.5
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