Gene Melchiorre

Eugene "Gene" "Squeaky" Melchiorre (born August 10, 1927) is a retired American basketball player. He was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets and was the first overall pick in the 1951 NBA Draft, although he never played a game due to his ban from professional basketball for point shaving. He was the fifth of six children born in Highland Park, Illinois, to a gardener who moved his family there from Joliet in 1936. Though short stature and having pigeon toes, Melchiorre excelled in nearly ever sport he tried. He was a starting wingback on the Highland Park football team, a basketball player, a baseball player, a tennis player and, in his later years, a golfer. After joining the Army, Melchiorre joined the basketball team at Fort Sheridan, known as the Ramblers, that won 58 out of 63 games during his two-year tour (1945–47). Melchiorre played guard for Bradley University in the 1947-48 to 1950-51 seasons. Standing only 5'8" and weighing 175 lbs, he was famous for his passing abilities and his ability to score. During his tenure, Bradley won 119 games while losing only 22. He participated in both the NIT and NCAA Tournament in 1950, in which Bradley lost to CCNY in both games.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 10th, 1927
United States of America
Places lived
Highland Park , Illinois
pop. 29,902 (2013)


1. Bradley University Colleges/University

Bradley University, founded in 1897, is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of approximately 6,100 undergraduate and postgraduate students and a full-time faculty of approximately 350.

Institution info

Type Mixed-sex education
2013. 272 mil. $
2010. 202 mil. $
Institution colors
1501 W Bradley Ave, 61625 - Peoria, Illinois
2012. 4,879
2010. 5,067
2009. 5,061
2012. 579
2010. 746
Acceptance rate
2013. 67.0 %
2012. 63.3 %
2010. 70.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 30.5 K $
2010. 25.2 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Bradley University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1928., Baseball Catcher
b. 1923., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1925., Judge
b. 1928., Politician
b. 1925., American Football Halfback
b. 1931., Basketball Coach
b. 1931., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1926., American Football Punter


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