Ed Milkovich
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Ed Milkovich
Ed Melvin
Personal information
Born(1916-02-13)February 13, 1916
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 30, 2004(2004-07-30) (aged 88)
Toledo, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouth (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
CollegeDuquesne (1938-1941)
Playing career1946-1947
PositionGuard
Career history
As player:
1941Saratoga Indians
1941-1942New York Celtics
1946-1947Pittsburgh Ironmen
As coach:
1947-1953St. Bonaventure
1954-1965Toledo
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

  • WNYLTC championships (1950-1952)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Edward H. "Bebbers" Melvin (February 13, 1916 - July 30, 2004), born Edward H. Milkovich,[1] was an American professional basketball player of Serbian origin.[2][3] He played in the Basketball Association of America for the Pittsburgh Ironmen during the 1946-47 season.[1]

After his playing career, Melvin coached the St. Bonavanture Bonnies and Toledo Rockets men's basketball teams between 1947 and 1965.[4] In his 17 years as a NCAA Division I head coach, Melvin compiled an overall record of 222-179, including three consecutive conference regular season championships from 1950 to 1952.[4]

He was a southpaw;[5] Eddie Beachler of The Pittsburgh Press described his left-handed dribble and push-shot as "deceptive",[6] while Dan McGibbeny of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette several years after Bebbers' retirement from playing recounted how he was "a sprightly lad with a rare ability to dribble left-handed for a full game."[7]

He legally changed his last name from Milkovich to Melvin in late 1951.[8]

BAA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946-47 Pittsburgh 57 .263 .654 .6 4.9
Career 57 .263 .654 .6 4.9

References

  1. ^ a b "Ed Melvin NBA stats". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Pitt and Dukes Battle Again". The Pittsburgh Post. January 17, 1939. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Stephans Retains Lead In Muny Scoring". The Pittsburgh Post. January 11, 1942. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ed Melvin coaching records". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Bluffites Forced Into Overtime To Subdue Buffaloes". The Pittsburgh Post. January 3, 1940. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Iron Dukes Make Last Home Showing Against Glenville". The Pittsburgh Post. February 26, 1941. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "St. Bonaventure Coach a Champion Whether He's Milkovich or Melvin". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 29, 1952. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Sports". Democrat and Chronicle. December 5, 1951. p. 26. Retrieved 2016.



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