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This publication examines the yankee Basketball League and its brief historical past, starting with its perception in 1959-60 and its seasons of play, 1961-1963. The league used to be the 1st to take advantage of a trapezoidal, wider lane and a 30-second shot clock, in addition to the 3-point shot. With a group in Hawaii, the league created an adjusted agenda to deal with the outsize distance. Many gamers resembling Connie Hawkins and invoice Bridges and coaches similar to Jack McMahon and invoice Sharman later chanced on their option to the NBA after the cave in of the league, however it took greater than 15 years for extensive recognition of the 3-point shot. John McLendon and Ermer Robinson have been the 1st African American coaches in an important specialist league as they either debuted within the ABL.

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On March 18, 1961, the league announced ownership and franchise locations. There would be eight teams in two four-team divisions. The East would be the Washington Tapers, the Pittsburgh Rens, the Cleveland Pipers and the Chicago Majors. The West would consist of the Kansas City Steers, the Los Angeles Jets, the San Francisco Saints and the Hawaii Chiefs. A. and Chicago, where the NBA had located its first expansion franchise since the formation of the league in 1949. , and would be a continuance, to a degree, of the Tuck Tapers of the NIBL, sponsored by the Technical Tape Corporation.

Rich Macales also helped me locate players and other personnel to interview. Rich’s encouragement in reading early drafts of chapters was greatly appreciated. Jose Padilla offered encouragement and suggestions. Matt Zeyzing, Bill Tosheff, Charlie Rosen, Seymour Smith and Neil Isaacs were also helpful in this endeavor. The alumni office at Tennessee State University also deserves to be recognized for their help in providing player information. Those interviewed were great helps, despite recalling events and people from 50 years before.

35 Saperstein immediately replied, thanking Siegel, but asserting that “over a period of many years ... 36 Siegel would not let it go and wrote back agreeing with Saperstein, but noting that the key to the success of pro basketball in any city was “management,” which he had, and that he’d like to discuss the issue further. Saperstein wrote back saying that the league owners (“the fellows”) “feel that they will go along with what they have gotten together at the moment.... ” It appeared that Kansas City would not be a part of the new league (despite the award of a franchise to Phil Fox), but ultimately Ken Krueger of St.

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