Maine Lumberjacks were an American minor league basketball team formed as an expansion team in 1978. The franchise played 17 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), calling six different cities home. The team was originally based in Bangor, Maine.
|History||Maine Lumberjacks (1978–83)|
Bay State Bombardiers (1983–86)
Pensacola Tornados (1986–91)
Birmingham Bandits (1991–92)
|Team colors||green, black|
Bay State Bombardiers (1983-86)Edit
After five seasons in Bangor the team was relocated to Brockton, Massachusetts and were renamed the Bay State Bombardiers. After one season in Brockton, the Bombardiers moved their home games to Worcester, Mass., and the Worcester Auditorium. The 1985-86 season was the most successful in franchise history, going 30-18 (third-best in the CBA) during the regular season. The Bombardiers eliminated the Baltimore Lightning in the first round of the playoffs but fell to eventual champion Tampa Bay Thrillers in the Eastern Division Finals.
Pensacola Tornados (1986-91)Edit
Birmingham Bandits (1991-92)Edit
Another relocation and name change came before the 1991-92 season, this time to Birmingham, Alabama. The team was known as the Birmingham Bandits for just one season before team owner Bob McMillan moved the team again.
Rochester Renegade (1992-94)Edit
Rochester, Minnesota was the next home of the franchise, now renamed the Rochester Renegade. The first year was the worst in franchise and CBA history, winning just six games. The off-season saw the hiring of Bill Musselman as head coach, leading the Renegades to a 31-25 record. Ronnie Granderson was named league MVP.
Harrisburg Hammerheads (1994-95)Edit
After two seasons in southeast Minnesota the team was sold and relocated for the fifth and final time. The Harrisburg Hammerheads played 33 of 56 regular season games during the 1994-95 season before the CBA terminated the franchise for failure to keep financial commitments.
|Season||W-L||Regular Season||CBA Playoffs|
|1978-79||17-30||4th - Northern Division||DNQ|
|1979-80||21-23||3rd - Northern Division||Defeated Leigh Valley Jets 2-0
Lost to Rochester Zeniths 2-0
|1980-81||16-24||5th - Northern Division||DNQ|
|1981-82||18-28||3rd - Northern Division||DNQ|
|1982-83||22-22||3rd - Northern Division||DNQ|
|1983-84||22-22||3rd - Eastern Division||Lost to Albany Patroons 3-2|
|1984-85||28-20||6th - Eastern Division||DNQ|
|1985-86||30-18||2nd - Eastern Division||Defeated Baltimore Lightning 4-2
Lost to Tampa Bay Thrillers 4-1
|1986-87||20-28||3rd - Eastern Division||Lost to Rapid City Thrillers 4-1|
|1987-88||28-26||2nd - Eastern Division||Defeated Mississippi Jets 4-1
Lost to Albany Patroons 4-0
|1988-89||30-24||3rd - Eastern Division||Lost to Tulsa Fast Breakers 4-1|
|1989-90||32-24||2nd - Eastern Division||Defeated Grand Rapids Hoops 2-1
Lost to Albany Patroons 3-2
|1990-91||27-29||3rd - Eastern Division||DNQ|
|1991-92||25-31||2nd - Eastern Division||Defeated Albany Patroons 131-122
Lost to Quad City Thunder 3-1
|1992-93||6-50||4th - Mideast Division||DNQ|
|1993-94||31-25||4th - Mideast Division||DNQ|
|1994-95||15-18||3rd - Eastern Division||Did not finish regular season|
- Joe Dawson (born 1960), American-Israeli basketball player, 1992 Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP
- Mike Largey (born 1960), basketball player in the Israeli Basketball Premier League
- Randy Owens (1959-2015), American basketball player
- James Terry (born 1960), American-Israeli basketball player
- Jerry Sichting (born 1956), 10-year NBA veteran; long-time NBA coach
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- "Rochester's revolving turnstile". Rochester Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "1994-95 Harrisburg Hammerheads". Fun While It Lasted. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "History of the Continental Basketball Association". APBR.org. Retrieved 3 December 2014.