By Murry R. Nelson
This booklet examines the yankee Basketball League and its brief heritage, starting with its belief 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 agenda to house the outsize distance. Many avid gamers resembling Connie Hawkins and invoice Bridges and coaches equivalent to Jack McMahon and invoice Sharman later came upon their strategy to the NBA after the cave in of the league, however it took greater than 15 years for vast reputation of the 3-point shot. John McLendon and Ermer Robinson have been the 1st African American coaches in an immense specialist league as they either debuted within the ABL.
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Louis came forward and was accepted as owner for a Kansas City franchise. 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.
Two other teams were to be selected from among Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Portland and Honolulu. No mention was made of Glickman’s decision to not enter in 1960-1961. A. 34 Saperstein wanted to shore up the league members, but he was also a realist, even when there were what seemed to be earnest pursuits of a league franchise. Robert Siegel of Cincinnati wrote to Saperstein in April of 1960 seeking a franchise for Indianapolis. 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.
Rickey hoped to start a third major league, and he set about lining up wealthy backers interested in such an endeavor. 3 Rickey was maneuvering to make his Continental League a third major league, and the established major leagues did their best to forestall that while seeming to support his plan. Most of the intended owners wanted to be in the major leagues and would (and did) abandon the Continental League once major league baseball was forced to expand in order to prevent the formation of the new league.