By Murry R. Nelson
This e-book examines the yankee Basketball League and its brief historical past, starting with its notion in 1959-60 and its seasons of play, 1961-1963. The league used to be the 1st to exploit a trapezoidal, wider lane and a 30-second shot clock, in addition to the 3-point shot. With a workforce in Hawaii, the league created an adjusted time table to deal with the outsize distance. Many gamers equivalent to Connie Hawkins and invoice Bridges and coaches corresponding to Jack McMahon and invoice Sharman later chanced on their approach to the NBA after the cave in of the league, however it took greater than 15 years for extensive popularity of the 3-point shot. John McLendon and Ermer Robinson have been the 1st African American coaches in a tremendous specialist league as they either debuted within the ABL.
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Those interviewed were great helps, despite recalling events and people from 50 years before. I thank John Barnhill, Bill Sharman, Monte Moore, Roger Kaiser, Kenny Sears, Hal Lear, Sylvester Blye and Rossie Johnson, all of whom provided insights and anecdotes from the ABL. The Interlibrary Loan staff at Pattee Library at Penn State University was helpful in obtaining newspapers as well as identifying papers that had been digitized and were available in that manner. Jennifer Glasgow in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State’s College of Education was a great help in her copying of materials, re-formatting of data and overall clerical assistance.
In April of 1960, a potential offer came from New York City, which would have had media cachet. 38 Saperstein was not very sanguine regarding Stern’s pursuit, reiterating a key point that he had, apparently, made by phone, regarding the lack of a good venue other than Madison Square Garden. He felt that a Brooklyn project might have a chance, but he called it at best a long chance. He did go on to suggest that if the syndicate had the money and the desire, they might be interested in pursuing a franchise for some other part of the country.
Siegel describes an interesting history of pursuing professional basketball, beginning in 1956 when he managed to get the NBA to play a game in Cincinnati between the Rochester Royals and the Fort Wayne Pistons. The Royals, owned by Les Harrison and his brother, were on the block, as Rochester was no longer providing a sufﬁcient revenue stream for the Harrisons, who had no other income source. After the successful game in Cincinnati, the Harrisons removed the team from the market and moved to Cincinnati in 1957.
Abe Saperstein and the American Basketball League, 1960-1963. The Upstarts Who Shot for Three and Lost to the NBA by Murry R. Nelson