Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mel Riebe

Melvin Russell Riebe

July 12, 1916
Cleveland, OH

July 25, 1977 
Youngstown, OH

1932-33 Euclid Shore High School - Ohio (High School)
1933-34 Euclid Shore High School - Ohio (High School)
1934-35 Euclid Shore High School - Ohio (High School)
1935-36 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1936-37 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1937-38 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1938-39 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1939-40 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1940-41 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1941-42 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1942-43 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (AAU)
1943-44 Cleveland Chase Brassmen (NBL)

1944-45 Cleveland Allmen Transfers (NBL)
1945-46 Cleveland Allmen Transfers (NBL)
1946-47 Cleveland Rebels (BAA)
1947-48 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1948-49 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1948-49 Providence Steamrollers (BAA)

One of the finest prep basketball players in the Cleveland area, Riebe was also a skilled baseball player and after high school he played minor league baseball in Class D Owensboro in 1937 and 1938.
Riebe was a talented scorer who was among the early stars of the NBL. He did a short stint in the U.S. Navy at Great Lakes before returning to Cleveland.
Riebe died in 1977 of a heart attack.

Riebe's brother Hank played major league baseball in the 1940's, and another brother, Bill, also played basketball in the NBL.

Minor League Baseball stats:

Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame


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