The Crispa Redmanizers were a multi-titled Filipino basketball team that played in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) from 1975 to 1984. It was one of the nine founding teams of the PBA, winning a total of thirteen PBA championships, including two grand slams. Founded in 1956 by businessman Valeriano "Danny" Floro, the team was owned by P. Floro and Sons, Inc. (defunct).

Crispa Redmanizers
Crispa Redmanizers logo
Founded1956
Dissolved1984
HistoryCrispa Redmanizers (1956-1977, 1979, 1980-1984)
Crispa Denims (1976)
Crispa 400 (1978)
Walk Tall Jeansmakers (1979-1980)
Team colorsForest Green, Gold, White
     
Head coachBaby Dalupan
Tommy Manotoc
Narciso Bernardo
OwnershipP. Floro and Sons, Inc.
ChampionshipsPhilippine Basketball Association (13):
* 1975 All-Philippine
* 1976 First Conference
* 1976 Second Conference
* 1976 All-Philippine
* 1977 All-Filipino
* 1977 Open
* 1979 All-Filipino
* 1980 All-Filipino
* 1981 Reinforced
* 1983 All-Filipino
* 1983 Reinforced Filipino
* 1983 Open
* 1984 First All-Filipino
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Team colours
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Profile and history

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Named after the retail store and textile manufacturing company owned by the Floro family, the Redmanizers were managed by sportsman Danny Floro and coached for many years by the legendary Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan.

The Redmanizer moniker was a reference to the Redmanization process used in Crispa's textile manufacturing to make the cloth dimensionally stable and more resilient to unwanted shrinking after washing.[1] Crispa's garment and textile products were marketed as "Redmanized", "shrunk-to-fit".[citation needed]

Crispa won 13 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) championships in a span of nine years. Even more amazing is that the Crispa's roster during the PBA inaugural in 1975 had five future Most Valuable Player awardees. In hindsight, this was not a mere championship team; it was an all-star team.

Crispa's beginnings were rooted in 1956 in the Businessman Athletic Association (BAA), a minor league. In 1958, it transferred to the now-defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA). In 1971, the team composed of Reynaldo Alcantara, Rudolph Kutch, Ernesto de Leon, Rodolfo Soriano, Danilo Florencio, Johnny Revilla, Adriano Papa, Jr., William "Bogs" Adornado, Virgilio Abarrientos, Danilo Pecache, Domingo Celis, Jr. and Rey Franco lost to the Meralco Reddy Kilowatts in the MICAA championships.

In 1973, authorities discovered that six of the team's players had conspired with gamblers to drop the 1972 MICAA All-Filipino championship series against underdog Mariwasa. These six players, including four of the five starters (only Adornado was found innocent among the starting five), were served lifetime suspensions. With its lineup depleted, manager Valeriano "Danny" Floro and coach Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan were forced to rebuild. They opted to go with younger players, bringing in Mapúa Institute of Technology hotshot Fortunato "Atoy" Co, Jr. and Colegio de San Jose Recoletos standout Abet Guidaben in 1973, and Jose Rizal College’s Philip Cezar and RP Youth Team players Bernie Fabiosa and Alfredo "Freddie" Hubalde in 1974.

In 1974, Crispa began a rivalry for basketball supremacy with Toyota – a team spearheaded by Robert Jaworski, Francis Arnaiz, and Ramon Fernandez, stars of the old Meralco franchise. Nothing came close to the Crispa-Toyota Rivalry. The two teams really hated each other and would rather lose to other teams than to each other. It was not uncommon to have games marred by bench clearing brawls. The two teams also had very different personalities with the fair haired and fair skinned Toyota players appealing more to the upper crust of Philippine society whereas the Redmanizers were perceived to be the team of the masses.

Toyota won the first two PBA conferences in 1975, beating Crispa both times. Crispa finally sneaked in and clinched the Third Conference in a battle so fierce it got marred by a free-for-all. Once the Redmanizers got a taste of the championship, however, they simply did not let go. They won all three conferences in 1976, being the first PBA team to win a "grand slam". They won another two championships in 1977, despite the loss of leading scorer and reigning MVP Adornado to a knee injury at the start of the year.

From 1978 to 1982, however, Crispa went into a title slump. They won no championships in 1978, only the All-Filipino championships in 1979 to 1981, and were blanked once again in 1982. Three conference championships in five years may be good enough for most teams, but not for the powerful Redmanizers.

The team rectified the situation by dissolving the Floro-Dalupan partnership and bringing in former U/Tex coach and president Ferdinand Marcos' son-in-law Tomas "Tommy" Manotoc to serve as coach. The team also got an infusion of young talent as amateur standouts Arturo "Bay" Cristobal, Elpidio "Yoyoy" Villamin, Padim Israel, and Mon Cruz became the newest Redmanizers. To top it all off, Crispa hired import Billy Ray Bates to augment an already awesome cast. The Redmanizers proceeded to dominate the competition, sweeping all three conference championships in 1983, another grand slam.

Crispa's 1983 grand slam campaign, however, could not prevent the inevitable break-up of the team. Arch-rival Toyota had already disbanded prior to the start of the 1984 season as the political and economic turmoil following the assassination of opposition stalwart Senator Ninoy Aquino made it increasingly difficult for companies to finance professional basketball teams. Crispa won the first conference All-Filipino title for a total of 13 franchise titles but played poorly in the remainder of 1984 campaign. On February 1, 1985, PBA Commissioner Mariano Yenko announced the sale of Crispa's PBA franchise to Pilipinas Shell. The sports pages of the day read out the sad and anticlimactic manner by which the legendary team was dismantled.

Season-by-season records

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Legend
  Champion
  Runner-up
  Third place
Season Conference Team name Overall record Finals
W L %
1975 First Conference Crispa Redmanizers 38 19 .667 Toyota 3, Crispa 1
Second Conference Toyota 2, Crispa 1
All-Philippine Crispa 3, Toyota 2
1976 First Conference 47 15 .758 Crispa 3, Toyota 1
Second Conference Crispa 3, Toyota 1
All-Philippine Crispa 3, Toyota 2
1977 All-Filipino Conference 49 15 .766 Crispa 3, Mariwasa 1
Open Conference Crispa 3, U/Tex 2
Invitational Conference
1978 All-Filipino Conference 35 19 .648
Open Conference U/Tex 3, Crispa 0
Invitational Conference
1979 All-Filipino Conference 42 20 .667 Crispa 3, Toyota 2
Open Conference Walk Tall Jeans
Invitational Conference Crispa Redmanziers Toyota 3, Crispa 1
1980 Open Conference 44 15 .746
Invitational Conference
All-Filipino Conference Crispa 3, Toyota 1
1981 Open Conference 28 24 .519 Toyota 3, Crispa 2
Reinforced Filipino Conference Crispa 3, U/Tex 1
1982 Reinforced Filipino Conference 28 26 .519
Invitational Conference San Miguel 2, Crispa 1
Open Conference
1983 All-Filipino Conference 46 16 .741 Crispa 3, Gilbey's 0
Reinforced Filipino Conference Crispa 3, Great Taste 2
Open Conference Crispa 3, Great Taste 0
1984 First All-Filipino Conference 38 23 .623 Crispa 4, Gilbey's 1
Second All-Filipino Conference
Invitational Conference Great Taste 3, Crispa 2
Overall record 395 192 .673 13 championships

Awards

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Individual awards

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PBA Most Valuable Player PBA Rookie of the Year Award PBA Mythical First Team
  • Willie Pearson - 1984
PBA Mythical Second Team PBA Best Import PBA Scoring Leader

Notable players

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In alphabetical order. Members of PBA Hall of Fame and PBA Greatest Players are in boldface.

Head coaches

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Team managers

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  • Valeriano "Danny" L. Floro
  • Ernesto "Ting" L. Floro (1983)

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Crispa Redmanizers t-shirts making comeback". BusinessMirror. December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
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PBA teams genealogies
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