Professional Basketball League of America players

Posted May 3, 2011
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  1. George Mikan

    George Mikan


    George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). Invariably playing with thick, round spectacles, the 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 pounds (111 kg) Mikan is seen as one of the pioneers of professional basketball, redefining it as a game of so-called big men with his prolific rebounding, shot blocking and his talent to shoot over smaller defenders with his ambidextrous hook shot, result of his own Mikan Drill.

  2. Bruce Hale

    Bruce Hale


    Bruce Hale (August 30, 1918 – December 30, 1980) was an American basketball player and coach.

  3. Paul Seymour (basketball)

    Paul Seymour (basketball)


    Paul Norman Seymour (January 30, 1928 – May 5, 1998) was an American basketball player and coach. A 6'1" guard, he played collegiately at the University of Toledo, and had a 12-year career in the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America (BAA). He played his first season for the Baltimore Bullets of the BAA; the remainder of his career was with the Syracuse Nationals. He was a three-time All-Star. For a good part of his career, Seymour was a player-coach for the Nats.

  4. Bobby McDermott

    Bobby McDermott


    Robert "Bobby" McDermott (January 7, 1914 – October 3, 1963) was an American professional basketball player in the 1930s and 1940s. He was known as an outstanding shooter and has been called "the greatest long-distance shooter in the history of the game" by contemporaries. His grandson is businessman Bill McDermott.

  5. Grant Dunlap

    Grant Dunlap


    Grant Lester Dunlap (December 20, 1923 – September 10, 2014) was an American Major League Baseball player. Nicknamed "Snap", he played in 16 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953. Originally signed at the age of 17 by the Cincinnati Reds in 1941, it took Dunlap twelve years (during part of which he served in the Marine Corps during and after World War II) to reach the major leagues. He was born in Stockton, California.

  6. Frank Carswell

    Frank Carswell


    Frank Willis Carswell (November 6, 1919 – October 16, 1998) was an American third baseman, first baseman, outfielder, manager and scout in professional baseball. Although he played only 16 Major League Baseball games in his career, for the 1953 Detroit Tigers, Carswell was one of the top minor league hitters of the post-World War II era.

  7. Fritz Nagy

    Fritz Nagy


    Frederick Karl "Fritz" Nagy (January 3, 1924 – June 5, 1989) was an American former Basketball Association of America player. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Ironmen in the 1947 BAA Draft, Fritz played in just one BAA season (1948-49 with the Indianapolis Jets).

  8. Bill Closs

    Bill Closs


    William Thomas "Bill" Closs (January 8, 1922 – June 6, 2011) was an American basketball player. He played collegiately for Rice University. In his final year, he led the Southwest Conference in scoring and was All-American in 1943. In 1971 he was inducted into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2003 his basketball jersey was retired.

  9. Hal Brown

    Hal Brown


    Hector Harold Brown (December 11, 1924 – December 17, 2015), nicknamed "Skinny", was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1951 through 1964 for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Houston Colt .45s. He batted and threw right-handed; nicknamed by his parents because he was a chubby child, Brown weighed 180 pounds (82 kg) and stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall during his active career.

  10. Rex Barney

    Rex Barney


    Rex Edward Barney (December 19, 1924 – August 12, 1997) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943 and from 1946 through 1950.

  11. Dick Triptow

    Dick Triptow


    Richard F. "Dick" Triptow (November 3, 1922 – February 20, 2015) was an American basketball player. At 6'0" and 170 pounds, he played as a guard and a forward.

  12. Bob Calihan

    Bob Calihan


    Robert J. Calihan (August 2, 1918 – September 22, 1989) was an American basketball player and coach.

  13. Allie Paine

    Allie Paine


    Alva Leon "Allie" Paine (July 22, 1919 – March 21, 2008) was an American college basketball standout at the University of Oklahoma who was named a consensus First Team All-American in 1944. In high school, Paine earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball, and he earned a scholarship to play for the Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team. He played for four seasons: 1941, 1943, 1944 and 1947. He had spent two years in the United States Army before finishing his college career.

  14. Moe Becker

    Moe Becker


    Morris R. "Moe" Becker (February 24, 1917 – January 9, 1996) was an American basketball player.

  15. Bill Henry (basketball)

    Bill Henry (basketball)


    William Gambrell "Bill" Henry (December 27, 1924 – January 1, 1985) was an American professional basketball player. Henry played for one season with the Fort Wayne Pistons (1948–49) in the Basketball Association of America (BAA) before splitting the following season with the Pistons and Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He recorded career totals of 613 points and 103 assists. Although he played professionally, Henry is better known for his college basketball career at Rice University.

  16. George Ratkovicz

    George Ratkovicz


    George Ratkovicz (November 13, 1922 – November 10, 2007) was an American basketball player who played for five seasons in the National Basketball League and for six seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played center and forward during his career.

  17. Bill Roberts (basketball)

    Bill Roberts (basketball)


    William "Bill" Roberts (born March 3, 1925) is a retired American basketball player. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  18. Price Brookfield

    Price Brookfield


    Emery Price Brookfield (May 11, 1920 – April 17, 2006) was an American basketball player.

  19. Weldon Kern

    Weldon Kern


    Weldon Kern (April 30, 1923 – April 21, 2014) was an American basketball player. He won two national championships at Oklahoma A&M University and was later an early professional in the Professional Basketball League of America.

  20. Willie Wells

    Willie Wells


    Willie James Wells (August 10, 1906 - January 22, 1989), nicknamed "The Devil", was an American baseball player. He was a shortstop who played from 1924-48 for various teams in the Negro leagues and in Latin America. He is a member of the baseball halls of fame in the United States, Cuba and Mexico.

  21. Bob O'Brien (basketball)

    Bob O'Brien (basketball)


    Robert L. "Bob" O'Brien (January 26, 1927 – September 19, 2008) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the Basketball Association of America for the Philadelphia Warriors and St. Louis Bombers. O'Brien also played in the American Basketball League and Professional Basketball League of America.

  22. Dale Morey

    Dale Morey


    Dale E. Morey (December 1, 1918 – May 14, 2002) was an American amateur golfer and professional basketball player. In basketball, he played in the National Basketball League for the Anderson Duffey Packers during the 1946–47 season. In golf, he won 261 tournaments and made nine holes-in-one in his career.

  23. Jack Maddox

    Jack Maddox


    Jack C. Maddox (December 10, 1919 – July 9, 2006) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball League for the Hammond Calumet Buccaneers and Oshkosh All-Stars between 1946 and 1949, then for the Indianapolis Jets in the Basketball Association of America in 1948.

  24. Red Dehnert

    Red Dehnert


    Robert E. "Red" Dehnert (born 1924) is an American former professional basketball player. He played for the Providence Steamrollers for 10 games during the 1946–47 BAA season. He is the nephew of Hall of Fame player Dutch Dehnert.

  25. Mike McCarron

    Mike McCarron


    Michael "Mike" McCarron (March 2, 1922 – October 2, 1991) was an American professional basketball player. Among other leagues and franchises, McCarron played for the Toronto Huskies, Baltimore Bullets, and St. Louis Bombers in the BAA/NBA in the late 1940s.

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