Tuesday, November 17, 2015

John Ahearn

John F. "Jake" "Jack" Ahearn, Jr.


Born:
January 6, 1918
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
February 17, 1968
Farmingdale, NY



Career
1939-40 St. John's University (College)
1940-41 Brooklyn Dodgers (Independent)
1940-41 Detroit Eagles (NBL)
1941-42 Saratoga (NYSL)
1941-42 Detroit Eagles (Independent)
1943-44 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1946-47 Baltimore Bullets (ABL)

His name is listed on other sites spelled "Ahern" but newspaper articles and St John's University spells it "Ahearn," which might be part of the initial research problems.

Born to John Ahearn (1894-1952). Ahearn is the cousin of fellow St. John's and NBL player Jerry Bush.

He went to St John's, but according to a Brooklyn Eagle article, it sounds like Ahearn only lasted one year there due to performance and attitude. This seems to be confirmed by St John's lettermen records. He joined the Detroit Eagles in 1940, and later played basketball for the Army during World War 2, stationed at Lincoln (Neb) airfield. He joined the Wilmington Blue Bombers for their ABL Championship series in March of 1944, and after the war played a couple seasons with the Baltimore Bullets.

Ahearn was working in the accounting department at Newsweek Magazine at the time of his death.

He was married to Mildred (1917-1997).



Source:
Brooklyn Eagle, February 9, 1940
Brooklyn Eagle, March 6, 1952
The Tennessean (Nashville), February 20, 1968
Grave

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/a/ahearjo01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=ahearja01
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/jake-ahearn/

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