Pro Hoops History HOF: Kenny Sailors

The pro career of Kenny Sailors was never as grand as it should have been. Institutions are always slow to accept change. And basketball, as an institution, was slow to adopt the pet move – seen above – that Sailors helped popularize. The following exchange, noted in The Origins of the Jump Shot, during Sailors’ rookie…

Boston Celtics Franchise History: 1946-47 through 1955-56

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 0 Regular Season Record: 330-328 Regular Season Win Percentage: 50.2% Playoff Appearances: 7 Playoff Series Wins: 2 Playoff Record: 9-16 Later synonymous with championship success, the early years of the Boston Celtics were abysmal. During their first four seasons (3 in the BAA, 1 in the NBA) the…

The Lost MVPs: The 1948-49 BAA Season

The BAA was the subject of a huge shakeup this season. The players so far chronicled as MVP candidates were indeed top flight , but in general the BAA was working with lesser talent than its competitor the NBL. Well, that problem is largely solved for this season since several powerhouse NBL teams (Minneapolis Lakers,…

The Lost MVPs: the 1947-48 BAA Season

Welcome to the 2nd part of my attempt to fill in the MVP gaps from the early era of the BAA and NBA. The 1946-47 BAA season saw a tie for the MVP honors between Bob Feerick of the Washington Capitols and Joe Fulks of the Philadelphia Warriors. That postseason witnessed Fulks’s Warriors capture the…

Pro Hoops History HOF: Ed Sadowski

“A scowling brute of a man with close-cropped hair and a game face as belligerent as a clenched fist, Big Ed tallied most of his points with a sweeping right-handed hook shot that was virtually unstoppable. For sure he was virtually immobile and could shoot only with his right hand; the word was that if…