Early Basketball Leagues

On December 21, 1891, James Naismith of the YMCA, published rules for a new game, asking his class to play a match in the Armory Street court: 9 versus 9, using a soccer ball and two peach baskets. The peach baskets were closed, and balls had to be retrieved manually, until a small hole was put in the ... read more

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ABL3: 1962-1963 (2 seasons)

The American Basketball League (III) played one full season, 1961–1962, and part of 1962–1963. ...

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NPBL: 1950-1951 (2 seasons)

National Professional Basketball League was a professional basketball league in 1950–51. Led by commissioner Doxie...

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BAA: 1947-1949 (3 seasons)

The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball...

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NBL: 1935-1949 (15 seasons)

Founded in 1935, and originally called the Midwest Basketball Conference (MBC), it was renamed the...

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ABL2: 1934-1953 (20 seasons)

During the summer of 1933, Metropolitan Basketball League president John O’Brien recruited the Eastern Basketball...

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NPBL1: 1933-1933 (1 season)

As professional basketball prepared to begin the 1931-32 season, it seemed as if the preceding...

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EBL2: 1932-1933 (2 seasons)

As professional basketball prepared to begin the 1931-32 season, it seemed as if the preceding...

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MBL2: 1932-1933 (2 seasons)

As professional basketball prepared to begin the 1931-32 season, it seemed as if the preceding...

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ABL1: 1926-1931 (6 seasons)

Twenty-seven years after the first league was organized in Philadelphia, a professional basketball league of...

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PBL2: 1923-1925 (3 seasons)

The second Philiadelpha Basketball League was formed quickly after the fall of the EBL and...

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MBL: 1922-1928 (7 seasons)

In January of 1922, the Metropolitan Basketball League was formed in New York City. Composed...

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IBL: 1916-1923 (8 seasons)

The New York State Basketball League ran aground in early January of 1915 due to...

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PSL: 1915-1921 (7 seasons)

The New York State Basketball League ran aground in early January of 1915 due to...

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NYSL: 1912-1924 (13 seasons)

The New York Basketball State League was formed when the two-year-old Hudson River League was...

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EBL: 1910-1923 (14 seasons)

Two new major league circuits began play in the 1909-10 season, in direct competition with...

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HRBL: 1910-1912 (3 seasons)

Two new major league circuits began play in the 1909-10 season, in direct competition with...

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CBL: 1907-1912 (6 seasons)

In the fall of 1906, Charles Powers, the sports editor of the Pittsburgh Dispatch, spearheaded...

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PBL: 1904-1909 (6 seasons)

With the demise of the National League in ths summer of 1904, the minor league...

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NEL: 1902-1905 (4 seasons)

During the summer of 1901, two Lowell-based teams broke away from the three-year old Massachusetts...

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MCBL: 1899-1904 (6 seasons)

On December 20, 1898 at the Sherwood House in Worcester, the Massachusetts Basketball League was...

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NBL1: 1899-1904 (6 seasons)

In early August of 1898, in the office Horace Fogel, the sports editor of the...