|Full name||Donald E. Meineke|
|birthday||October 30, 1930|
|place of birth||Dayton , United States|
|date of death||3rd September 2013|
|NBA draft||1952 , 12th pick, Fort Wayne Pistons|
|Clubs as active|
|1952–1955 Fort Wayne Pistons 1955–1956 Rochester Royals 1957–1958 Cincinnati Royals
Meineke attended the University of Dayton and played there for three years from 1949 to 1952 for the basketball team, the Flyers . In these three years he reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament in his last under coach Tom Blackburn . He was the team's top scorer for all three years and was called up to an All-American team twice. In total, he scored 1866 points for the Dayton Flyers and was inducted into the All-Century Team and the Hall of Fame at his university.
In the 1952 NBA Draft, he was drafted 12th by the Pistons and became the first player in NBA history to receive the NBA Rookie of the Year Award . This season, however, he also led the league in disqualifications and set a record that is still valid today with 26 disqualifications in one season. Meineke played his last season with the Pistons from 1954 to 1955 and was able to reach the NBA Finals with them, but lost there against the Syracuse Nationals . He then played for the Rochester Royals , then suspended a season before he decided to play again for the Royals who had moved to Cincinnati. After this season he ended his career.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Meineke, Donald E. (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American basketball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 30, 1930|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dayton , Ohio, USA|
|DATE OF DEATH||3rd September 2013|