Jack Phelan (basketball, born 1925)

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Jack Phelan
Personal information
Born (1925-11-06) November 6, 1925 (age 89)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College DePaul (1945–1949)
Pro career 1949–1950
Position Forward
Number 9, 12
Career history
1949 Waterloo Hawks
1949–1950 Sheboygan Red Skins
Career statistics
Points 226
Assists 57

John Edward "Jack" Phelan (born November 6, 1925)[1] is a retired American forward in the National Basketball Association. He played with the Waterloo Hawks and Sheboygan Red Skins during the 1949-50 NBA season.

Jack played for the DePaul University Blue Demons from 1943-45, playing on the 1945 NIT Championship team before enlisting in the Navy. He returned to the team from 1947-49, playing forward and back-up Center to the man voted the best basketball player of 1900-1950, George Mikan. Mikan had a scar on his elbow made by teeth he knocked out of Jack's mouth in a practice the day they left for the NIT Tournament. Jack played part time from 1951-1955 as a fill-in player against the Harlem Globetrotters.

Jack went on to a successful career as a salesman and manager with the Nalco Chemical Company. He now resides in Bradenton, FL.


  1. ^ "Jack Phelan". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-06-02.