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Dick Peete

Basketball ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Dick Peete had a knack for playing on successful basketball teams. Many veteran fans and coaches in the community like Dom Casey think Dick was a key factor in the success on teams on which he starred. In fact, Casey described Pete as “one of the five best athletes to come out of Beaver Falls.” Born in Beaver Falls, Dick was the son of Mr and Mrs Herbert Peete. He graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1945 after earning two letters each in basketball and football. Dick played on the Beaver Falls High basketball teams that reached the WPIAL cage tournament championship game in both 1944 and 1945. After two years in the Army, he toured with the Harlem Aces basketball team for one season and later joined the famous Beaver Falls American Legion basketball team that won four state championships from 1948 to 1951. Dick was named to the All State Legion team three times. The Tommies won the American Legion title in 1948 and were runners up in 1951. Dick received the Sportsmanship Award in the 1948 national tournament and also received the same award three times in state tournaments. He was named MVP in the State Legion cage tourney in 1950. During his career with the Beaver Falls Legion cagers, Dick averaged 12 points per game on squads that were famous for their ball handling and defense. The Tommies won 88 Legion games in the four year stretch from 1948 to 1951. Dick died in 1960 at age 33.