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1947-1948 2
The team's origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL) owned by Ben Kerner and Leo Ferris. After 38 ...
1941-1948 8 3
The team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL), where it won two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945. The Pisto...
1948-1948 1 1
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling themselves the M...
1948-1948 1
The Barons played in several major and minor leagues over the decades. The team achieved tremendous success after 1946 as a minor league team, winning 11 titles during its time.
1948-1948 1
Bridgeport Steelers played for only one season in 1948, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
a.k.a. Duffey Packers
1946-1948 3
The Anderson Packers, also known as the Anderson Duffey Packers and the Chief Anderson Meat Packers, were a professional basketball team based in Anderson, Indiana, in the 1940s and 1950s. The team w...
1939-1948 10 1
Formerly the New York Renaissance, or Rens, moved to Dayton, Ohio in the middle of the NBL season to replace the Detroit Vagabond Kings, who went out of existence on December 17, 1948.
1941-1948 8 1
In 1931 Frank Kautsky, an Indianapolis grocer, formed a professional basketball team and named it the Indianapolis Kautskys. After playing in the Midwest Basketball Conference (1932–33) and the Nation...
1947-1947 1
Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and one of only eight (out of 23) to survive the league's first decade. The 76ers have...
1947-1947 1
Hermiker Mohawks played for only one season in 1947, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
1947-1947 1
A top regular season team in the late 1940s, but never established any substatial success in postseason play.
1946-1947 2
Competed in the American Basketball League (1944–1947), the Basketball Association of America (1947–1949), and the National Basketball Association (1949–1954)
1939-1947 9
The Redskins played in three professional leagues and as an independent team. The leagues were, in order, the National Basketball League (NBL); the National Basketball Association (charter member), an...
1939-1947 9 1
The Oshkosh All-Stars were a professional basketball team based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Founded in 1929 by Lonnie Darling, the team was a member of the National Basketball League, a forerunner to the N...
a.k.a. Jeeps, Whites
1941-1947 7
The Toledo Jeeps were a professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League from 1946 to 1948. As with many other NBL teams, they owed their name to an industry of their hometow...
1945-1947 3
The Flint Dow A.C.'s, an American professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League during the 1947–48 season....
a.k.a. Pirates, Raiders
1944-1947 4
The Pittsburgh Pirates were an American professional basketball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team was one of the thirteen founding members of the National Basketball League (NBL), which...
a.k.a. Acme Aviators, Mickeys
1943-1946 4
Dayton Dive Bombers played for 4 seasons from 1943 to 1946, several in the WPBT, before folding....
a.k.a. Mansfields
1944-1946 3
Detroit Suffrins played for 3 seasons from 1944 to 1946, several in the WPBT, before folding....
1945-1946 2
The Gears are notable in professional basketball history for two things. First, they were the rookie year pro team of basketball legend George Mikan. Mikan had starred at local DePaul University as a ...
a.k.a. Allmen
1944-1946 3
The Cleveland Chase Brassmen were an American professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League during the 1943–44 season but was known as the Cleveland Allmen Transfers from ...
1939-1945 7 1
The Globetrotters originated on the South Side of Chicago in 1926, where all the original players were raised. The Globetrotters began as the Savoy Big Five, one of the premier attractions of the Savo...
a.k.a. Hellcats
1942-1945 4
Long Island Grumman Flyers played for 4 seasons from 1942 to 1945, several in the WPBT, before folding....
1945-1945 1
Newark C-O Twos played for only one season in 1945, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
1945-1945 1
Hartford Nutmegs played for only one season in 1945, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Indianapolis Pure Oils played for 3 seasons from 1943 to 1945, several in the WPBT, before folding....
a.k.a. Wings
1940-1944 5
The franchise began with the Rochester Seagrams (a semi-professional team) from Rochester, New York, that formed in 1923 and hosted a number of teams there over the next 20 years. They joined the Nati...
1943-1944 2
Akron Collegians played for 2 seasons from 1943 to 1944, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Camp Cambell Tankmen played for only one season in 1944, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
1944-1944 1
Moved to Brooklyn during on January 18, 1943 and dropped out of league during the 1st half of the 1943/44 season.
1943-1943 1 1
The Washington Bears, an all-black professional basketball team, were organized in 1941 by sports business entrepreneur Harold “Hal” Jackson, a Washington, D.C. native. Jackson, a sports broadcasting ...
Minneapolis Sparklers played for only one season in 1943, finishing with a record of 1-1 in the WPBT before folding....
South Bend Studebaker played for only one season in 1943, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
1943-1943 1
The Chicago Studebaker Flyers (also known as the Chicago Studebakers) were a National Basketball League team from 1942 to 1943. They were funded by the United Auto Workers and replaced George Halas's ...
1941-1943 3 1
The Detroit Eagles were a professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. Managed by Dutch Dehnert, they played in the National Basketball League from 1939 to 1941, then became a barnstorming...
a.k.a. Bruins
1939-1942 4
The Chicago Bruins were an American basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. Owned by Chicago Bears football team owner George Halas, the Bruins were a member of the American Basketball League, a l...
1939-1942 4
Clarksburg Oilers played for 4 seasons from 1939 to 1942, several in the WPBT, before folding....
1941-1942 2
Davenport Rockets played for 2 seasons from 1941 to 1942, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Established in 1919 and officially opened to the public in 1924, to exhibit captured enemy equipment and materiel, the Museum was located in Building 314 of the Aberdeen Proving Ground and operated by...
1942-1942 1
The Detroit Athletic Club (often referred to as the DAC) is a private social club and athletic club located in the heart of Detroit's theater, sports, and entertainment district. It is located across ...
Columbus Bobb Chevrolets played for only one season in 1942, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Northern Indiana Steelers played for only one season in 1942, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
1941-1941 1
Merged with the New Britain Jackaways to become the New Britain Mules on January 18, 1935, folding thereafter.
1941-1941 1
The team's name is an acronym, derived from South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, and the team's players, at least in its earlier years, were primarily Jewish.
1941-1941 1
Bismark Phantoms played for only one season in 1941, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
1940-1941 2
Kenosha Royals played for 2 seasons from 1940 to 1941, several in the WPBT, before folding....
1941-1941 1
Due to dismal performance, the Metropolitans disbanded at the end of the 1937-38 season.
1940-1940 1
For the 1939-40 season, the team was known as the Washington Heurich Brewers and before the 1940-41 season the team became simply the Washington Brewers.
1940-1940 1
Canton Orphans played for 11 seasons from 1930 to 1940, several in the WPBT, before folding....
1940-1940 1
Syracuse Reds played for only one season in 1940, finishing with a record of 1-2 in the WPBT before folding....
Fort Wayne Harvesters played for 2 seasons from 1939 to 1940, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Benton Harbor House of David played for 2 seasons from 1939 to 1940, several in the WPBT, before folding....
1940-1940 1
Waterloo was home to the legendary Waterloo Wonders. Coach Magellan Hariston and his Wonder Five captured consecutive Ohio state high school Class B basketball championships in 1934 & 1935, winning 94...
1939-1939 1
They dropped out of the league on January 11, 1938 near the halfway point of their first and only season.
1939-1939 1
Illinois Grads played for only one season in 1939, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
1939-1939 1
After changing locations the first few seasons, in 1940 they became known as the Troy Celtics. The team is not connected to New York's "Original" Celtics.