Francis Mahoney

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For the New York politician, see Francis J. Mahoney.

Francis H. "Mo" Mahoney (November 20, 1927 – April 29, 2008) was an American professional basketball player. He had a brief stint in the National Basketball Association (NBA) during the 1950s.


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.[1][2] 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.[1][2] He was selected in the sixth round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.[3] 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.[1][2] In addition, he worked as an electrician for many years,[1] and taught English at Berkshire Community College and Monument Mountain Regional High School. He also worked for General Motors in New York City.[1] He and his wife were depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting, The Marriage License (1955).[4] He was a member of the Irish American Club of Berkshire County and the NBA Players Association.[1][2]

Mahoney died at Springside of Pittsfield in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, aged 80.[1][2] He was survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons, and eight grandchildren.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Remembering...FRANCIS H. MAHONEY[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e Obituaries published May 8, The Saratogian[dead link]
  3. ^ 1950 NBA Draft,
  4. ^ Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collection,

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