April 30, 2014
CINCINNATI - John Meyer, the University of Cincinnati baseball Most Valuable Player in 1967, passed away on April 22, 2014 in Dayton, Ohio. He was 69 years old.
A native of Xenia, Ohio, Meyer played at UC from 1964-67 before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians and spending a few years in the minor league system.
The catcher, who wore No. 5, was a member of the 1967 Missouri Valley Conference championship team that finished with a record of 18-9-1 under legendary head coach Glenn Sample. The team advanced to the NCAA championship where it beat Oklahoma State before falling in the double elimination tournament.
During his career at Cincinnati, Meyer finished with 55 runs, 105 hits and eight homeruns with a .326 batting average and a .520 slugging percentage in 94 games played. He finished the 1966 season with a .407 batting average, a mark that ties for fourth on the UC single season record book. In 1967 he led the team with 26 RBIs and four homeruns on his way to being named the team's MVP.
Meyer was drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft three times, going first in 1966 to the New York Mets in the 36th round. After opting for a final year at Cincinnati, he was picked in the seventh round of the 1967 January secondary draft by the Cleveland Indians before finally being taken by the Indians in the eighth round of the June secondary draft in 1967.
After spending several season in the Indians organization, Meyer began working in the UC student affairs office before taking similar jobs at Ohio University, Ohio State University and serving as the Dean of Students at the University of Tampa.
Meyer continued his playing days as a member of the Roy Hobbs Over 40 Baseball organization in Tampa where won a world series. In 1998 he was inducted into the Sycamore High School (Cincinnati) Hall of Fame and he was a lifetime baseball coach of all levels from t-ball to college.
Meyer leaves behind his wife Marilyn, whom he married in 1966 during his junior year at Cincinnati.
A service to celebrate his life will be held 2 PM Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Dayton Ave. Baptist Church, 1121 Dayton Ave., Xenia.