New York State Professional Basketball League

The New York State Professional Basketball League (NYSPL) was a professional basketball circuit based in New York. The league was founded in 1946 and dissolved after three seasons in 1949.

HistoryEdit

The league formed in 1946 as an eight-team circuit. The first game was on November 20, 1946 in Albany, New York at the Washington Avenue Armory between the Albany Senators and the Cohoes Mastodons.[1] Albany lost their first two games, which led them to replace their head coach George Duke for Barney Sedran.[2]

On December 28, 1947, league commissioner Frank Basloe announced an Oswego–Cohoes game was fortified by the latter team. Cohoes players were stranded in New York City during a snow storm and were unable to make the game on time.[3] The league wrapped its first half season on January 2, 1948.[3] The Mohawk Royals set a league-high for points scored during a game on January 8, 1948 with 112 in victory over the Oswego Pontiacs. On January 21, 1948 the league assembled a New York State Professional Basketball League All-Star team to play the Utica Olympics.[3] Jerry Rizzo joined the NYSPL Saratoga Indians following a suspension from the National Basketball League for a physical altercation with a referee.[4]

Before the 1948–49 season the Utica Olympics announced their local fire department would not permit the team to play at the Utica Armory. The fire department eventually accepted plans by the team to admit a limited number of spectators to the venue.[5] The 1949 championship series between the Mohawk Redskins and the Cohoes Mastodons was never completed. Players for both teams failed to report to the first championship game and several players for Mohawk and their coach Bernard Sarachek had signed with American Basketball League teams.[6] League officials vowed to return for the 1949–1950 season, but it eventually disbanded due to high operating costs. The 1948–49 championship was awarded to the Cohoes Mastadons, who had the best regular season record.[7]

List of teamsEdit

Season-by-season standingsEdit

1946–47Edit

Regular season
Team W L PCT GB
Eastern Division
Cohoes Mastodons 25 8 .758
Albany Senators/Red Devils 20 13 .606 5
Saratoga Indians 19 15 .558 6.5
Troy Whirlwinds § 2 32 .143
Western Division
Utica Olympics 25 9 .735
Mohawk Redskins 24 10 .706 1
Schenectady Comets 17 17 .500 8
Gloversville § 0 34 .000

§ Disbanded during the season

Championship

1947–48Edit

Team W L PCT GB
Eastern Division
Cohoes Mastodons 29 7 .805
Saratoga Indians 26 10 .722 3
Albany-Troy Celtics/Glen Falls Commodores 22 14 .611 7
Oswego Pontiacs 2 34 .055 27
Western Division
Utica Olympics 18 18 .500
Mohawk Redskins 17 19 .472 1
Schenectady Comets 12 24 .333 6
Championship
  • Mohawk defeated Utica—four games to none

1948–49Edit

Regular season
Team W L PCT GB
Cohoes Mastodons 20 9 .690
Mohawk Redskins 18 9 .667 0.5
Glens Falls Commodores 19 10 .655 1
Schenectady Packers 15 12 .556 3
Harlem Yankees 12 14 .462 6.5
Saratoga Indians 6 25 .194 15
Utica Olympics § 6 14 .300
Troy Celtics § 1 3 .250

§ Disbanded during the season

Championship
  • Cohoes and Mohawk are declared co-champions after splitting one game apiece during the championship series. Players started to sign with other professional teams and the championship was declared a draw.

ReferencesEdit

General reference
  • Kirk, Al. "NEW YORK STATE PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE 1946-47 - 1948-49". APBR.org. Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
In-line citations
  1. ^ "New York state loop opens season tonight". Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Plattsburgh, New York. November 20, 1946. p. 2. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "Albany Pros Play Under New Coach". Ogdensburg Journal. Ogdensburg, New York. November 25, 1946. p. 6. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Oswego wins forfeit in pro league basketball". Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Plattsburgh, New York. December 29, 1947. p. 2. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Suspended Rizzo Joins Spa Quint". Ogdensburg Journal. Ogdensburg, New York. Associated Press. January 3, 1949. p. 4. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Utica Court Team Plays First Game". Ogdensburg Journal. Ogdensburg, New York. November 29, 1948. p. 4. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Bar 6 State League Cagers". Endicott Daily Bulletin. Endicott, New York. Associated Press. March 26, 1949. p. 6. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "State Pro Court Loop To Operate Again Next". Ogdensburg Journal. Ogdensburg, New York. April 25, 1949. p. 4. Retrieved December 24, 2018.