Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Johnny Sebastian

John T. Sebastian, Jr.

November 20, 1921
Odin, IL

April 26, 2003
Champaign, IL

1936-37 Odin High School - Illinois (High School)
1937-38 Odin High School - Illinois (High School)
1938-39 Salem High School - Illinois (High School)
1941-42 Southern Illinois University (College)
1942-43 Southern Illinois University (College)
1946-47 Southern Illinois University (College)
1947-48 Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
1947-48 St. Paul Saints (PBLA)
1948-49 Detroit Vagabond Kings (NBL)
1948-49 Hammond Calumet Buccaneers (NBL)
House of David (Independent)
1949-50 Detroit Vagabond Kings (Independent)
1949-50 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1950-51 Detroit Vagabond Kings (Independent)
1950-51 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent)
1951-52 Boston Whirlwinds (Independent) 
1951-52 Chicago Majors (Independent) 
1952-53 Lakeview High School - Decatur, Illinois (High School) - Head coach

Born to John (1896-1948) and Anna (1898-1941) Sebastian. His collegiate career was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Navy. After, he played basketball professionally for many years, both in the NBL and with various touring and barnstorming teams. He quit playing to coach at Lakeview, and after a year there, he moved over Maine Township High School to teach (and maybe coach?).

At one time, he held a Guinness Record for hitting 63 consecutive free-throws while blindfolded.

He married Marie Petek.

Southern Illinoisian (Carbondale) July 3, 1952


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