- For the New York politician, see Francis J. Mahoney.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was a 6'2" (1.88 m) and 205 lb (93 kg) forward and he attended Brown University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952, and later in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1956. He was selected in the sixth round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played the 1952–53 season with the Celtics, averaging 2.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game in 6 games. His final season in the league, in 1953–54, was spent with the Baltimore Bullets, playing only two games in 11 total minutes, grabbing 2 rebounds and dishing out one assist.
After his NBA career Mahoney played for the semi-professional Lenox Merchants, and served as a basketball coach at Berkshire Community College and the former Stockbridge School. In addition, he worked as an electrician for many years, and taught English at Berkshire Community College and Monument Mountain Regional High School. He also worked for General Motors in New York City. He and his wife were depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting, The Marriage License (1955). He was a member of the Irish American Club of Berkshire County and the NBA Players Association.
- Remembering...FRANCIS H. MAHONEY[dead link]
- Obituaries published May 8, The Saratogian[dead link]
- 1950 NBA Draft, basketballreference.com
- Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collection, nrm.org
- "Francis Mahoney" Historical player profile, at nba.com
- Francis Mahoney NBA stats, basketballreference.com
- Norman Rockwell - The Marriage License - Art Print, globalgallery.com