Anderson Packers

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.

Anderson Packers
Anderson Packers logo
LeaguesNBL: 1946–1949
NBA: 1949–1950
NPBL: 1950–1951
Founded1946
Folded1951
ArenaAnderson High School Wigwam (8,996)
LocationAnderson, Indiana
Team colorsIntense red, navy blue, white
     
Head coachMurray Mendenhall
Championships1 NBL championship

The team was founded and owned by brothers Ike W. and John B. Duffey, founders of meat packing company Duffey's Incorporated, which had purchased the Hughes-Curry Packing Co. of Anderson in 1946, at which time the brothers founded the Anderson Packers. John Duffey was president of the club, and its secretary-treasurer was Ike. The Duffeys profitably sold their Anderson packing plant three years later, although they retained ownership of the team until its demise.[1]

The Packers played in the National Basketball League from 1946 to 1949. The team moved into the National Basketball Association for the 1949–50 season. The franchise withdrew from the NBA on April 11, 1950, when the organization was absorbed by the league.[2]

After that season the team moved to the National Professional Basketball League, which folded entirely at the end of their only (1950–1951) season.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

NBL champions BAA/NBA champions Division champions Playoff berth
Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards
Anderson Duffey Packers
1946–47 NBL Western 5th 24 20 .545 4
1947–48 NBL Eastern 2nd 42 18 .700 2 Won Opening Round (Nationals) 3–0
Lost Division Semifinals (Royals) 1–2
Murray Mendenhall (COY)
1948–49 NBL Eastern 1st 49 15 .766 Won Division Semifinals (Nationals) 3–1
Won NBL Championship (All-Stars) 3–0
Anderson Packers
1949–50 NBA Western 2nd 37 27 .578 2 Won Division Semifinals (Blackhawks) 2–1
Won Division Finals (Olympians) 2–1
Lost NBA Semifinals (Minneapolis) 0–2
1950–51 NPBL Eastern 2nd 22 22 .500 6.5

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hill, Max A. (Spring 2013). "Running a Railroad for Fun". Classic Trains. 14 (1): 32–37.
  2. ^ "Anderson Leaves Pro Hoop Ranks". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 1950-04-11. Retrieved 2009-09-04.

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