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Tri-Cities Blackhawks Logo
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 ...
Fort Wayne Pistons Logo
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...
Minneapolis Lakers Logo
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...
Wilkes-Barre Barons Logo
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.
Bridgeport Steelers - Logo
1948-1948 1
Bridgeport Steelers played for only one season in 1948, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Anderson Chiefs Logo
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...
New York Rens Logo
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.
Indianapolis Kautskys Logo
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...
Syracuse Nationals Logo
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...
Hermiker Mohawks - Logo
1947-1947 1
Hermiker Mohawks played for only one season in 1947, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Portland Indians - Logo
1947-1947 1
A top regular season team in the late 1940s, but never established any substatial success in postseason play.
Baltimore Bullets Logo
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)
Sheboygan Red Skins Logo
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...
Oshkosh All Stars Logo
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...
Toledo White Huts Logo
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...
Midland Dow A.C.'s Logo
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....
Pittsburgh Corbetts Logo
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...
Dayton Dive Bombers - Logo
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....
Detroit Suffrins - Logo
a.k.a. Mansfields
1944-1946 3
Detroit Suffrins played for 3 seasons from 1944 to 1946, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Chicago Gears Logo
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 ...
Cleveland Chase Brass Logo
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 ...
Harlem Globetrotters Logo
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...
Long Island Grumman Flyers - Logo
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....
Newark C-O Twos - Logo
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....
Hartford Nutmegs - Logo
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 - Logo
Indianapolis Pure Oils played for 3 seasons from 1943 to 1945, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Rochester Seagrams Logo
a.k.a. Wings
1940-1944 5
The Rochester Centrals were an American basketball team based in Rochester, New York that was a member of the American Basketball League. They played at the Main Street Armory, when it was still in us...
Akron Collegians - Logo
1943-1944 2
Akron Collegians played for 2 seasons from 1943 to 1944, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Camp Cambell Tankmen - Logo
Camp Cambell Tankmen played for only one season in 1944, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Brooklyn Eagles Logo
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.
Washington Bears - Logo
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 - Logo
Minneapolis Sparklers played for only one season in 1943, finishing with a record of 1-1 in the WPBT before folding....
South Bend Studebaker - Logo
South Bend Studebaker played for only one season in 1943, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Chicago Harmons Logo
a.k.a. Bruins, Ramblers
1939-1943 5
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 ...
Detroit Eagles Logo
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...
Clarksburg Oilers - Logo
1939-1942 4
Clarksburg Oilers played for 4 seasons from 1939 to 1942, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Davenport Rockets - Logo
1941-1942 2
Davenport Rockets played for 2 seasons from 1941 to 1942, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Aberdeen Amry Ordnance - Logo
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...
Detroit AAA - Logo
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 - Logo
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 - Logo
Northern Indiana Steelers played for only one season in 1942, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Newark Elks - Logo
1941-1941 1
Merged with the New Britain Jackaways to become the New Britain Mules on January 18, 1935, folding thereafter.
Philadelpha Sphas Logo
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.
Bismark Phantoms - Logo
1941-1941 1
Bismark Phantoms played for only one season in 1941, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
Kenosha Royals - Logo
1940-1941 2
Kenosha Royals played for 2 seasons from 1940 to 1941, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Dayton Wonders Logo
1941-1941 1
Due to dismal performance, the Metropolitans disbanded at the end of the 1937-38 season.
Washington Brewers Logo
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.
Canton Bulldogs - Logo
1940-1940 1
Canton Orphans played for 11 seasons from 1930 to 1940, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Syracuse Reds - Logo
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 - Logo
Fort Wayne Harvesters played for 2 seasons from 1939 to 1940, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Benton Harbor House of David - Logo
Benton Harbor House of David played for 2 seasons from 1939 to 1940, several in the WPBT, before folding....
Waterloo Wonders - Logo
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...
Bronx Yankees - Logo
1939-1939 1
They dropped out of the league on January 11, 1938 near the halfway point of their first and only season.
Illinois Grads - Logo
1939-1939 1
Illinois Grads played for only one season in 1939, finishing with a record of 0-1 in the WPBT before folding....
New York Celtics Logo
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.

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