Monday, August 31, 2015

Don Meyer

Donald Eugene "Big Moose" Meyer

April 22, 1910 
Bonfield, IL

November 10, 2000
Kankakee, IL  

1937-38 Kankakee Gallagher Trojans (NBL)

Warren Times from January 14, 1938 mentions Big Moose was 6'7. His name is spelled Myer in the article.

Not 100% sure this is the right ID, but pretty certain.

Meyer was born in Bonfield, Illinois, and would play for the Kankakee Trojans in the NBL. He worked as a blacksmith and a contractor

He married Lyla Stehr in 1934.

(He is not related to teammate LaVerne Meyer. Don did have a brother named Laverne, but it is a different man. Yes. Two Laverne Meyers in the area. Odd. But true.) 



1 comment:

  1. An article from the February 10, 1938 edition of The Paxton (Illinois) Record, titled "National League Team at Piper Saturday Night" ( contained the following line:

    " "Big Moose" Meyer from Indiana is 6 ft. 7 in. and plays both the center and forward positions."

    I questioned whether it meant he was from Indiana the state, or he had played at Indiana University. I checked the IU Men's Basketball Media Guide and no Don Meyer is listed as a letterwinner, so I assume the article means he was living in Indiana at the time. I'm not sure if that helps with any further research.