Born August 18, 1918 John Barr played in the NBA mainly as a Forward during their playing career, season(s): 1947-1947. John E. Barr was an American professional basketball player. He played collegiately for Penn State University. He played for the St. Louis Bombers in the BAA for 58 games. He was player-coach for the Sunbury Mercuries of the Eastern Professional Basketball League during the 1948–49 season.