PLAYER PROFILE

MEL RIEBE

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Mel Reibe, at age 27, had been a fixture on the Cleveland basketball scene for a decade. His name and face were familiar to sports fans as a high school and later an amateur star. Reibe was barely 5′ 11″ with a soft, paunchy build. He was slow a foot and was a liability on defense, but Riebe could score baskets with a dazzling array of shots. He played with his back to the basket, from where he launched deadly hook shots from either side of the basket. Reibe also possessed a remarkable collection of fakes and dexterous moves under the basket. He was able to deliver shots with either hand that he spun and banked off the backboard, out of the reach of defenders who were often six to eight inches taller than him. By the fall of 1943, with World War II fully underway, the National Basketball League was desperate for teams and players. The NBL recruited Riebe’s amateur team, the Cleveland Chase Brass, to join the league. The team was in way over its head in the NBL and finished dead last,  but Reibe blossomed as a pro, scored 19.9 points a game and was named an all-league performer. Reibe completed his very successful entry into the pro game when was named to the all-star team at the 1944 Chicago world tournament. His second NBL season was even better with 20.2 points per game and again he was named all-league. In 1945-46, while in the Navy, he played on the powerful Great Lakes NTC team and led team in scoring with 18.8 points per game.  In 1946-47, Reibe led Cleveland’s entry in the new Basketball Association of America in scoring. When Cleveland dropped out after the first BAA season, Riebe signed with the Boston Celtics were he played for a season and half before he finished up his pro career in Providence.

 

MEL RIEBE Height: 5:11 Weight: 180 College: None
Melvin Russell Riebe Born: Jul 12. 1916 Died: Jul 25, 1977 Hometown: Euclid, Oh.
Brother of William Riebe REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1935-36 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1936-37 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1937-38 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1938-39 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1939-40 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1940-41 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
2E+05 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1941-42 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1942-43 Cleveland Chase Brass AAU
1943-44 Cleveland NBL 18 113 97 323 17.9
1944-45 Cleveland NBL 30 223 161 607 20.2
1945-46 Cleveland NBL 5 23 26 72 14.4
1946-47 Cleveland BAA 55 276 111  173  .642   67 663 12.1
1947-48 Boston BAA 48 202 85  137  .620   41 489 10.2
1948-49 BostonProvidence BAA 43 172 79  133  .593 104 423 9.8
Major League Totals 199 1009 559 2577 12.9
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1943-44 Cleveland NBL 2 8 9 25 12.5
1943-44 Cleveland WBT 2 22 6 15 .400 50 25.0
1944-45 Cleveland NBL 2 15 11 41 20.5
1944-45 Cleveland WBT 1 9 6 12 .500 24 24.0
1945-46 Cleveland WBT 1 4 3    8  .375 11 11.0
1946-47 Cleveland BAA 3 9 3 8 .375 21 7.0
1947-48 Boston BAA 3 14 14 42 14.0
Major League Totals 14 81 52 214 15.3
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