Providence Steamrollers

The Providence Steamrollers were a Basketball Association of America team based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] As of 2022, the Steamrollers remain the last professional sports franchise from one of the Big Four leagues to be based in Rhode Island.

Providence Steamrollers
Providence Steamrollers logo
HistoryProvidence Steamrollers
ArenaRhode Island Auditorium
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island
Team colorsBurgundy, pink, black
OwnershipLouis Pieri

Franchise historyEdit

The Steamrollers were one of the original eleven NBA franchises (when the league was called the Basketball Association of America). The franchise posted an all-time record of 46–122 (.274) before folding after three seasons.

The Steamrollers still hold the dubious NBA record for the fewest games won in a season with six, in the 1947–48 season. However, the 2011–2012 Charlotte Bobcats hold the record for the lowest winning percentage in NBA history, with .106. During that 1947–48 season, the Steamrollers' coach Nat Hickey activated himself as a player for two games, the second of which was two days before his 46th birthday, setting a still-standing record as the oldest player in NBA history.

Players of noteEdit

Naismith Basketball Hall of FameEdit

Providence Steamrollers Hall of Famers
Name Position Tenure Inducted
Ken Loeffler Head Coach 1948–1949 1964


Player name College Year
Howie Shannon Kansas State University 1949
Ed Leede Dartmouth College 1949
Warren Perkins Tulane University 1949
Ray Corley Georgetown University 1949
Bob Royer Indiana State University 1949
Paul Courtey University of Oklahoma 1949
Carl Schaeffer University of Alabama 1949
Bill Tanzler University of Florida 1949
Jack Theolan DePaul University 1949
Andy Tonkovich Marshall University 1948
Al Bennett Oklahoma State University 1948
Jack Coleman University of Louisville 1948
Ed Faber Trinity University 1948
Verl Heap Arizona State University 1948
Otto Snellbacher University of Kansas 1948
Brady Walker Brigham Young University 1948
Walt Dropo University of Connecticut 1947
Joe Barry 1947
Dick Furey University of St. Thomas 1947
Bob Hubbard Springfield College 1947
Bob Joyce Bates College 1947
Roy Lipscomb St. Mary's College of Maryland 1947
John Mills Hofstra University 1947
Al Nicolas University of Rhode Island 1947


Coaches and othersEdit

Season-by-season recordsEdit

BAA champions Division champions Playoff berth
Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards
1946–47 BAA Eastern 4th 28 32 .467 21
1947–48 BAA Eastern 4th 6 42 .125 21
1948–49 BAA Eastern 6th 12 48 .200 26
Regular season record 46 122 .274 1946–1949
Playoff record 0 0  


  1. ^ Providence Steam Rollers Franchise Index
  2. ^ "Providence Steam Rollers Draft Picks |". Retrieved 2018-11-13.

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