|Arena||Louisville Gardens(1983-84) Broadbent Arena(1985)|
|Team colors||Orange, silver black, & white|
|Head coach||[Ron Ekker]|
The Catbirds played two seasons in 1983-85 in Kentucky before moving to La Crosse, Wisconsin, in which the team would reach the CBA finals three times, winning twice (1990 and 1992). Head coach Flip Saunders led to the defeating Eric Musselman's Rapid City Thrillers team both times. Andre Turner, Tony White, Dwayne McClain, Carlos Clark, and Bill Martin helped the Catbirds achieve their franchise's first title in 1990. Two years later, David Rivers, Mark Davis, Kenny Battle, Derrick Gervin, and Brian Rahilly took La Crosse to a second championship. The team defected following the 1993-94 season.
One of the notable Catbird players was Tom Payne, the first African-American basketball player at the University of Kentucky. A New York Times article told a story of this player: "Tom Payne, a 7-foot-1-inch former professional basketball player who spent 11 years in a Kentucky prison after a rape conviction, is scheduled to make his boxing debut at Los Angeles on June 14 in a four-round bout against Nick DeLong of Long Beach, Calif. After his parole late last year, he played with the Louisville Catbirds of the Continental Basketball Association."
- Wiley Brown biography at University of Louisville site
- Sports People: Comings and Goings, New York Times, November 1, 1983
- Thrillers too hot for Catbirds: It's 112-92, St. Petersburg Times, January 17, 1985
- "Louisville Catbirds". History of Continental Basketball Association.
- "Catbird's statistics". USBasket.com.
- "The Catbirds move to La Crosse".
|last1=in Authors list (help)
- New York Times (1984-08-06). "7-Foot-1-Inch Boxer". York Times New York Times. Web link. Retrieved 2006-07-31.
- "Team Schedule".
- "Notable players". The Official Site of USA Basketball.
- "Louisville Catbirds season's played". cbamuseum.com.
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