Boston Whirlwinds

The Boston Whirlwinds were an American basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts that was a member of the American Basketball League.[1]

The team started its only season playing in the Boston Arena, then downgraded their venue first to Mechanics Hall and then to the Mount Benedict Knights of Columbus Hall in suburban Somerville. [2] The team, consisting of players who were younger and less experienced than most other ABL teams, did not do well, compiling a 6-10 record during their short run under player-coach James S. "Fiddle" Morley,[3] who had played for Boston College.[4] The general manager was Sam Snyder.[2]

The team, beset by money troubles,[2] did not complete its only season, folding[3] or being expelled[1] (or both)[2] after the first half, with the franchise being given to a team in Canton, Ohio.[2]

Year-by-yearEdit

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs
1925/26 ABL 6th (1st half) N/A

Later incarnationEdit

Another, non-league team called the Boston Whirlwinds was extant in the early 1950s.[5] These Whirlwinds, who featured Norm Baker, traveled with, and acted as a foil for, the Harlem Globetrotters.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Robert Bradley; John Hogrogian; John Grasso; Steve Brainerd. "AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE [1925-26 TO 1930-31, 1933-34 TO 1952-53]". Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved December 30, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e Foulds, Alan E. (2005). Boston's Ballparks and Arenas. Northeastern. p. 79. ISBN 978-1584654094. Retrieved December 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Marcus, Jeff (2003). A Biographical Directory of Professional Basketball Coaches. American Sports History Series. Scarcrow Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-0810840072. Retrieved December 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "BASKET-BALLERS DEFEAT SPRINGFIELD 34-33 IN WHIRLWIND GAME". The Heights. Boston College. January 20, 1921. Retrieved December 30, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Boston Whirlwinds to test 'Trotters". Lewiston Daily Sun. December 12, 1950. p. 10. Retrieved December 30, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Daly, Brian I. (2013). Canada's Other Game: Basketball from Naismith to Nash. Dundurn. pp. 42–43. ISBN 978-1459706330. Retrieved December 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)