Springfield Fame

The Springfield Fame were a men's spring-professional basketball team in the United States Basketball League from Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which gave the inspiration of the team name.[1]

Springfield Fame
LeagueUnited States Basketball League
Founded1985
Dissolved1986
ArenaSpringfield Civic Center
LocationSpringfield, Massachusetts
Championships1985 (no playoffs)

HistoryEdit

The Springfield Fame were founded in 1985. In their inaugural season, they finished with a record of 19-6 and were the first USBL Champions. The league did not add a playoff system until the 1987 season. In their second season, the Fame made national headlines by signing 27-year-old women's basketball legend Nancy Lieberman. Lieberman thus became the first female basketball player to play regular season minutes in a men's pro league. They would finish second with a 23-10 record and 0.5 game behind the Tampa Bay Flash. The Fame would fold following the 1986 season.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Year Wins Losses Win % GB Head coach
1985 19 6 .760 .. Gerald Oliver
1986 23 10 .697 0.5 Henry Bibby

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Team awardsEdit

USBL Player of the Year

USBL Coach of the Year

  • Gerald Oliver (1985)
  • Henry Bibby (1986)

All-USBL Teams

First Team

  • Tracy Jackson (1985)
  • Billy Goodwin (1986)

Second Team

USBL All-Rookie Team

USBL All-Defensive Team

  • Michael Adams (1985 and 1986)
  • Jerome Henderson (1986)

ReferencesEdit