John “Socko” Wiethe was a multi sport star at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati. Wiethe remained in Cincinnati to attend Xavier College, where he played football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year, he was captain and MVP of the basketball team. After graduation, Wiethe played professional basketball for parts of five seasons with independent teams. During the 1937-38 season , he was a starter for the Cincinnati team in the National Basketball League. From 1939 to 1942, Wiethe played for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. In 1946, Wiethe was named head basketball coach of the University of Cincinnati.  He coached the Bearcats to five conference titles in the first five seasons. Overall, Wiethe compiled a 106-47  record.


JOHN WIETHE Height: 6:00 Weight: 205 College: Xavier (Oh)’34
John Albert Wiethe Born: Oct 17, 1912 Died: May 3, 1989 Hometown: Cincinnati, Oh.
Socko Wiethe
Played Professional Football REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1930-31` Xavier (Oh) College
1931-32 Xavier (Oh) College
1932-33 Xavier (Oh) College
1933-34 Xavier (Oh) College
1934-35 Dayton York Supplies Indep
1935-36 Dayton Pros Indep
1936-37 Dayton MBC 1 4 1 9 9.0
1936-37 Cincinnati Blade Redlegs Indep
1937-38 Cincinnati NBL 6 10 12 32 5.3
1938-39 Detroit Hall’s Laundry Indep
Major League Totals 7 14 13 41 5.9
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1936-37 Dayton MBC 1 3 3 9 9.0
Major League Totals 1 3 3 9 9.0
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