PLAYER PROFILE

STRETCH MEEHAN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Stretch Meehan was the first truly tall man to achieve fame as a professional basketball player. In an era when there was a jump ball after every basket, Meehan’s ability to consistently get the center tap made him very valuable. Meehan’s glacier-like speed limited him to a spectator’s role while his team was on offense, but he was a good rebounder and because of his size was fouled at lot. Despite seldom scoring from the field, Meehan was often among the top scorers because he was a fine free thrower. During his final collegiate season (1917-18) at Seton Hall University, Meehan was also playing professional basketball under the assumed name of Stretch Hurley in the Pennsylvania State and Connecticut State leagues. After graduating from Seton Hall,  Meehan immediately established himself as a force in the professional game. In his first three Eastern Basketball League seasons, with three different teams he played in the championship finals. The 1919-20 Scranton Miners lost the deciding game of playoffs by a single point. With the exception of the 6’7″ Meehan, none of the starting lineup was over 5′ 11”. Two players were 5′ 8″ and one was 5’7″. The next season (1920-21) his Germantown team won the Eastern  League title. In 1921-22 his Trenton club faced off against the legendary Mew York Celtics for the title. Meehan outplayed the Celtics’ veteran center Horse Haggerty by a wide margin, but Trenton lost the series. The following season, Trenton won the first-half of the EBL split-season and was undefeated in three second-half games when the league collapsed. At the time, Meehan was the league’s fourth best scorer. He remained a top-ten scorer during the next three years of play in the Metropolitan League. Meehan enjoyed his last productive season with the 1926-27 Philadelphia American Basketball League team. Age and nagging injuries eventually took their toll and Meehan shuttled between seven different teams in his final two pro seasons in the ABL. Meehan graduated from Fordham Law School in 1923 and practiced law in Newark, New Jersey until his death in 1968.

 

STRETCH MEEHAN Height: 6:07 Weight: 220 College: Seton Hall’18
Francis Patrick Meehan Born: Apr 17, 1897 Died: Feb 5, 1968 Hometown: Newark, NJ
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1916-17 DanburyHoboken IBL 2 0 4 4 2.0
1917-18 ProvidenceScranton PSL 24 20 59 99 4.1
1917-18 Norwalk CSL 3 1 3 5 1.7
1917-18 Jersey City Indep
1919-20 Scranton PSL 42 47 96 184 .522 12 190 4.5
1919-20 Germantown EBL 12 12 37 59 .627 10 61 5.1
1919-20 Paterson IBL 1 4 1 9 9.0
1919-20 Newark K0fC Picadill’s Indep
1919-20 Jersey City Greenvilles Indep
1919-20 Stamford Indep
1920-21 Germantown EBL 21 22 57 101 .564 23 101 4.8
1920-21 Scranton PSL 2 1 6 1 8 4.0
1920-21 Easthampton IL 5 11 11 33 6.6
1921-22 Trenton EBL 45 67 136 254 .535 31 270 6.0
1921-22 New York MacDowell MBL 17 19 66 104 6.1
1922-23 Trenton EBL 22 33 86 152 6.9
1922-23 New York MacDowell MBL 38 44 175 263 6.9
1922-23 Cohoes NYSL 1 1 4 6 6.0
1922-23 SPHAS PBL 1 1 7 9 9.0
1923-24 Trenton MBL 28 36 116 188 6.7
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblooms Indep
1924-25 TrentonPaterson MBL 34 28 164 220 6.5
1925-26 Paterson MBL 30 27 109 163 5.4
1925-26 Trenton EBL 12 18 121 157 13.1
1925-26 Philadelphia Sphas Indep
1926-27 Ridgewood*Orange NLN 7 7 15 29 4.1
1926-27 Philadelphia ABL 39 42 130 214 5.5
1927-28 Utica All-Utica Indep
1928-29 New YorkPatersonChicagoTrenton ABL 16 20 17 57 3.6
1929-30 New YorkSyracusePaterson ABL 18 16 20 52 2.9
Major League Totals 420 477 1440  2290 5.7
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1919-20 Scranton PSL 4 0 9 9 2.3
1920-21 Scranton PSL 2 3 10 16 8.0
1920-21 Germantown EBL 2 0 7 7 3.5
1920-21 Scranton WS 5 6 13 25 5.0
1921-22 Trenton EBL 3 2 16 20 6.7
Major League Totals 16 11 55 77 4.8

 

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