September 5, 2013

The NBRPA extends condolences to the family of former NBA player Don “Monk” Meineke, who passed away on September 3 at the age of 82.

Meineke was the NBA’s first ever Rookie of the Year Award winner during the 1953 season while playing for the Fort Wayne Pistons.  Meineke played five seasons in the NBA for the Pistons, Rochester Royals and Cincinnati Royals.  Meineke registered 2,338 points and 1,692 rebounds during his tenure in the NBA.  During his rookie season, Meineke led the NBA in personal fouls and disqualifications.  His 26 disqualifications during his rookie season still is a NBA single-season record.

Meineke was born on October 30, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio.  He attended Wilbur Wright High School in Dayton, and then went on to play collegiately at the University of Dayton.  At Dayton, Meineke was a two-time All-American as well as the first player in school history to tally 1,000 points.  Currently, Meineke is sixth on Dayton’s all-time scoring list with 1,866 points.  In 1962, Meineke was inducted into the University of Dayton Hall of Fame.