John F. Seagrist
around 1923 or 1924
In Kankakee in 1965, Knoxville,TN in 2018
1945-46 Auto-Lite - Woodstock, IL (Independent)
1947-48 Northern Illinois (College)
1947-48 Elburn - Illinois (Independent)
1948-49 Texas Wesleyan (College) soph
1949-50 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
1949-50 New Britain - Connecticut (EPBL)
From Woodstock, Illinois
Seagrist was a teammate with future major league pitcher Howie Judson on the Auto-Lite basketball team. He went to Northern Illinois where he was hampered by a shoulder injury for a good part of his freshman year. In February of 1948, it was discovered that Seagrist had been playing semi-pro basketball in a tournament in Aurora, Illinois, and was declared ineligible and booted from the Northern squad. He transferred to Texas Wesleyan next season, and after a decent sophomore season, the 6'8 center got the interest of the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Seagrist signed with the Celtics and was assigned to the Hartford Hurricanes for the start of the 1949-50 ABL season. He appeared in three games before being let go. He caught in the Eastern League of Connecticut with New Britain to finish the season.
At this point I kind of lose track of him, but it appears he married Barbara "Cookie" Kuhn, the daughter of Frances Kuhn, former mayor of Woodstock, Illinois, and they moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and Wexford, Pennsylvania.
Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, IL), February 13, 1948