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Baltimore Bullets (1944–1954)

The Baltimore Bullets were an American Basketball League (1944–1947) team, and later, a Basketball Association of America (1947–1949), and (beginning in 1949, following the BAA's absorption of the National Basketball League) a National Basketball Association team based in Baltimore. The team folded November 27, 1954 with a 3–11 record,[1] making the Bullets the last NBA franchise to do so, as of 2018.[citation needed] Out of all defunct NBA teams, the Bullets were members of the association for the longest time and the only defunct team to win a championship.[citation needed] The Baltimore Bullets acquired their name in reference to the Phoenix Shot Tower.[2][3]

Baltimore Bullets
Baltimore Bullets logo
Founded1944
HistoryBaltimore Bullets (ABL)
1944–1947
Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
1947–1949
Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1949–1954
ArenaBaltimore Coliseum
LocationBaltimore, Maryland
Team colorsBlue, red, white
              
Championships1
(1948)

Franchise historyEdit

  • Baltimore Bullets (BAA, 1948–1949) – 1 Championship and 2 Playoff Appearances
  • Baltimore Bullets (NBA, 1950–1954) – 1 Playoff Appearance

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses

Year League W–L Regular season Playoffs
1944–45 ABL 14–16 4th Lost ABL Finals
1945–46 ABL 21–13 1st-T Won ABL Finals
1946–47 ABL 31–3 1st, Southern Division Forfeited ABL Finals
1947–48 BAA 28–20 2nd, Western Division Won BAA Finals
1948–49 BAA 29–31 3rd, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1949–50 NBA 25–43 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1950–51 NBA 24–42 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1951–52 NBA 20–46 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1952–53 NBA 16–54 4th, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1953–54 NBA 16–56 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1954–55 NBA 3–11 Eastern Division folded during season

List of notable personnelEdit

DraftEdit

Year Lg Player College
1954 NBA Frank Selvy Furman University
1954 NBA Slick Leonard Indiana University
1954 NBA Werner Killen Lawrence Technological University
1954 NBA Burt Spice University of Toledo
1954 NBA Lou Scott Indiana University
1954 NBA Bob Heim Xavier University
1954 NBA Joe Pehanick Seattle University
1954 NBA Harry Brooks Seton Hall University
1954 NBA Ron Goerrs Concord University
1954 NBA Gary Shivers University of Houston
1954 NBA Elliot Karver George Washington University
1953 NBA Ray Felix Long Island University
1953 NBA Jack Carby Kansas State University
1953 NBA Bob Emmercik Clarion University of Pennsylvania
1953 NBA Russ Johnson
1953 NBA Bob Kraback
1953 NBA Dennis Murphy Georgetown University
1953 NBA Paul Nolen Texas Tech University
1953 NBA Bob Peterson University of Oregon
1953 NBA Joe Piorkowski
1953 NBA Connie Rea Centenary College of Louisiana
1953 NBA Bill Schyman DePaul University
1953 NBA Herman Sledzik Pennsylvania State University
1953 NBA Bob Speight North Carolina State University
1953 NBA Don Stemmerich
1953 NBA Elmer Tolson Eastern Kentucky University
1953 NBA Edward Walsh
1952 NBA Jim Baechtold Eastern Kentucky University
1952 NBA Blaine Denning Lawrence Technological University
1952 NBA Chuck Grigsby University of Dayton
1952 NBA Frank Guisness University of Washington
1952 NBA Bill Lea Missouri State University
1952 NBA Mike Magula Youngstown State University
1952 NBA Bud Penwell Oklahoma City University
1952 NBA Bob Peterson University of Oregon
1952 NBA Art Press McDaniel College
1952 NBA Bob Priddy New Mexico State University
1952 NBA Benny Purcell Murray State University
1952 NBA Jim Walsh Stanford University
1951 NBA Gene Melchiorre Bradley University
1951 NBA Jack Stone Kansas State University
1951 NBA Bill Mann Bradley University
1951 NBA Bill Hagler University of California
1951 NBA Leroy Ishman American University
1951 NBA Glen Duggins University of Utah
1951 NBA Tom Riach University of Southern California
1951 NBA Bill Harper Oregon State University
1951 NBA Bob Crowe San Jose State University
1951 NBA Dan Torrey Oregon State University
1951 NBA Clem Pavilonis DePaul University
1951 NBA John Burke Springfield College
1950 NBA Don Rehfeldt University of Wisconsin
1950 NBA John Pilch University of Wyoming
1950 NBA Dick Dickey North Carolina State University
1950 NBA Jerry Reed University of Wyoming
1950 NBA Norm Mager City College of New York
1950 NBA Rick Harman Kansas State University
1950 NBA Frank Comerford La Salle University
1950 NBA George Bush University of Toledo
1950 NBA Jack Laub University of Cincinnati
1950 NBA Mike Zedalis Loyola College in Maryland
1949 BAA Ron Livingstone University of Wyoming
1949 BAA Paul Gordon University of Notre Dame
1949 BAA Bill Evans Drake University
1949 BAA Tom Gallagher St. Francis College
1949 BAA Jim McMullen Xavier University
1949 BAA Eppa Rixey Kenyon College
1949 BAA Roger Wiley University of Oregon
1949 BAA Bill Zipple Lafayette College
1948 BAA Walt Budko Columbia University
1948 BAA Jim Black Occidental College
1948 BAA Darrell Brown Humboldt State University
1948 BAA Robert Carroll West Virginia University
1948 BAA Jake Carter East Texas State University
1948 BAA Marvin English Newberry College
1948 BAA Gene Fellmoth Wittenberg University
1948 BAA J.W. Fullerton Arkansas State University
1948 BAA Marshall Gemberling Lebanon Valley College
1948 BAA Vince Hansen Washington State University
1948 BAA Joe Holland University of Kentucky
1948 BAA Wayne Jones American International College
1948 BAA Dan Kraus Georgetown University
1948 BAA Herb Krautblatt Rider University
1948 BAA Paul Marcincin Moravian College
1947 BAA Larry Killick University of Vermont
1947 BAA Robert Bolyard University of Toledo
1947 BAA Elmer Gainer DePaul University
1947 BAA Harry Gallatin Truman State University
1947 BAA Scotty Hamilton West Virginia University
1947 BAA Hugh Hampton High Point University
1947 BAA Bob Jake University of Vermont
1947 BAA Charles Raynor University of Houston
1947 BAA Chick Reiser New York University
1947 BAA John Rusinko Pennsylvania State University

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bullets Fold For Season". The Daily Chronicle. Centralia, Washington. November 27, 1954. p. 5. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Vecsey, George (12 November 1995). "Sports of The Times;Say Goodbye To 'Bullets' As Nickname". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ Lee, Michael (24 December 2011). "Former Wizards owner Irene Pollin wouldn't have a problem with name changing back to Bullets". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ "GEARS DEFEATED BY BALTIMORE IN EXHIBITION TEST". Chicago Tribune. 22 December 1946. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Howard Rosan, basketball pro". The Philadelphia Inquirer. September 5, 1976. p. 34. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Baltimore Bullets Draft Picks | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
Achievements
Preceded by
Philadelphia Warriors
1947
BAA Champions
Baltimore Bullets

1948
Succeeded by
Minneapolis Lakers
1949 and 1950