Abe Saperstein and the American Basketball League, by Murry R. Nelson

By Murry R. Nelson

This booklet examines the yank 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 time table to house the outsize distance. Many avid gamers akin to Connie Hawkins and invoice Bridges and coaches akin to Jack McMahon and invoice Sharman later discovered their strategy to the NBA after the cave in of the league, however it took greater than 15 years for huge recognition of the 3-point shot. John McLendon and Ermer Robinson have been the 1st African American coaches in a huge specialist league as they either debuted within the ABL.

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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. Paul Cohen, the president of Technical Tape, would be a director of the team. The Rens chose a name to honor the great New York Renaissance teams of the 1920s–1940s and would be owned by Lenny Litman. The Pipers would be almost wholly formed from the Cleveland Pipers team of the NIBL and would be owned by George Steinbrenner and coached by John McClendon, longtime coach of Tennessee A&I and the first African American coach of a major professional, integrated basketball league.

Welch (traveling secretary). Ermer Robinson was the business manager of the Chicago Majors from 1961 to 1962 and the coach of the Oakland Oaks from 1962 to 1963 (author collection).

It didn’t matter if the Continental League teams were initially inferior to the American or National League teams. Parity would come, Rickey asserted, in a few years. Meanwhile his league would build with young players who would emerge as stars. This was the thinking adopted by the AFL. There would be a competitive league that was entertaining. This latter notion was largely brought about by an emphasis on and innovations in offense, a high level of scoring to excite the viewer. The plan worked to perfection for the AFL as the high-scoring offenses brought in viewers and allowed ABC to raise revenue rates for their ads.

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