1948–49 Rochester Royals season

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1948–49 Rochester Royals season
Head coach Les Harrison
Arena Edgerton Park Arena
Results
Record 45–15 (.750)
Place Division: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish West Division Finals
(eliminated 0–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WHAM
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The 1948–49 BAA season was the Royals' first season in the BAA (later known as the NBA).[1]

Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 10 Bobby Wanzer G  United States Seton Hall
Alex Athas  United States Tulane
Bill Gabor G/F  United States Syracuse
Ed Keim  United States Niagara
Leo Kubiak G/F  United States Bowling Green
Johnny Macknowski F  United States Seton Hall
Lionel Melamed  United States CCNY
Hank O'Keefe  United States Canisius
Warren Stickel United States}} Syracuse
Paul Yesavi  United States Niagara

Roster[edit]

1948–49 Rochester Royals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 19 Calhoun, Bill 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1927-11-04 CCSF
G 15 Curran, Fran 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1925-09-19 Notre Dame
PG 11 Davies, Bob 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1920-01-15 Seton Hall
F/C 10 Duncan, Andy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1922-04-17 William & Mary
F/C 1012 Fitzgerald, Bob 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1923-03-14 Fordham
PG 16 Holzman, Red 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1920-08-10 CCNY
SF 17 Johnson, Arnie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 236 lb (107 kg) 1920-05-16 Bemidji State
G/F 13 Levane, Andrew 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1920-04-11 St. John's
G 12 Malamed, Lionel 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1924-11-15 CCNY
F/C 18 Novak, Mike 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1915-04-23 Loyola
C 14 Risen, Arnie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1924-10-09 Ohio State
G 09 Wanzer, Bobby 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1921-06-04 Seton Hall
Head coach

Les Harrison


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1948–49 BAA records
Team BAL BOS CHI FWP IND MIN NYK PHI PRO ROC STL WAS
Baltimore 4–2 1–4 4–1 5–0 1–4 2–4 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 3–3
Boston 2–4 0–5 4–1 3–2 2–3 3–3 3–3 3–3 1–4 3–2 1–5
Chicago 4–1 5–0 4–2 5–1 2–4 3–2 2–3 5–0 2–4 3–3 3–2
Fort Wayne 1–4 1–4 2–4 3–3 2–4 1–4 5–0 4–1 0–6 1–4 2–3
Indianapolis 0–5 2–3 1-5 3–3 0–6 1–4 1–4 4–1 1–5 3–3 2–3
Minneapolis 4–1 3–2 4–2 4–2 6–0 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–2 4–2 2–3
New York 4–2 3–3 2–3 4–1 4–1 1–4 2–4 5–1 1–4 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 3–2 0–5 4–1 1–4 4–2 6–0 0–5 3–2 2–4
Providence 4–2 3–3 0–5 1–4 1–4 0–5 1–5 0–6 2–3 0–5 0–6
Rochester 4–1 4–1 4–2 6–0 5–1 2–4 4–1 5–0 3–2 6–0 2–3
St. Louis 3–2 2–3 3–3 4–1 3–3 2–4 2–3 2–3 5–0 0–6 2–3
Washington 3–3 5–1 2–3 3–2 3–2 3–2 3–2 4–2 6–0 3–2 3–2

Game log[edit]

# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 November 6 Indianapolis 69–58 Arnie Johnson (11) 1–0
2 November 10 @ Washington 66–73 Arnie Risen (17) 1–1
3 November 11 @ Philadelphia 83–75 Arnie Risen (21) 2–1
4 November 13 Boston 95–63 Red Holzman (16) 3–1
5 November 14 Minneapolis 92–75 Arnie Risen (19) 4–1
6 November 16 New York 75–63 Arnie Risen (13) 5–1
7 November 18 @ Providence 103–74 Red Holzman (18) 6–1
8 November 21 Washington 77–80 Davies, Risen (17) 6–2
9 November 23 Baltimore 108–90 Red Holzman (24) 7–2
10 November 27 Chicago 105–103 (2OT) Arnie Risen (26) 8–2
11 December 1 @ New York 73–72 Arnie Risen (28) 9–2
12 December 4 Philadelphia 105–101 (OT) Arnie Risen (20) 10–2
13 December 6 @ Boston 87–79 Bob Davies (19) 11–2
14 December 7 Providence 89–90 Andy Duncan (20) 11–3
15 December 10 Minneapolis 75–96 Andy Duncan (15) 11–4
16 December 12 @ Minneapolis 58–67 Arnie Risen (12) 11–5
17 December 14 @ Chicago 85–78 Arnie Risen (26) 12–5
18 December 18 Fort Wayne 84–64 Bobby Wanzer (21) 13–5
19 December 19 @ Fort Wayne 83–78 (OT) Red Holzman (17) 14–5
20 December 21 @ Indianapolis 84–71 Arnie Risen (25) 15–5
21 December 25 St. Louis 90–82 Arnie Risen (19) 16–5
22 December 26 @ Minneapolis 90–99 Andy Duncan (22) 16–6
23 December 29 @ New York 74–77 Arnie Risen (16) 16–7
24 December 30 @ Baltimore 89–100 Bobby Wanzer (22) 16–8
25 January 1 St. Louis 106–83 Bobby Wanzer (18) 17–8
26 January 2 @ St. Louis 89–64 Novak, Risen (14) 18–8
27 January 6 @ Indianapolis 62–73 Arnie Risen (11) 18–9
28 January 8 Chicago 88–91 Arnie Risen (25) 18–10
29 January 9 @ Chicago 90–75 Bob Davies (26) 19–10
30 January 11 Philadelphia 83–71 Arnie Risen (21) 20–10
31 January 13 @ Baltimore 102–85 Bobby Wanzer (18) 21–10
32 January 15 Fort Wayne 73–62 Davies, Wanzer (14) 22–10
33 January 19 vs Indianapolis 70–66 Bob Davies (33) 23–10
34 January 20 @ St. Louis 84–74 Bob Davies (26) 24–10
35 January 22 New York 103–98 (2OT) Bob Davies (22) 25–10
36 January 23 @ Fort Wayne 81–80 (OT) Bob Davies (29) 26–10
37 January 29 Baltimore 90–86 Arnie Risen (22) 27–10
38 February 1 @ Boston 76–68 Bobby Wanzer (21) 28–10
39 February 3 @ Providence 80–88 Arnie Risen (26) 28–11
40 February 5 Fort Wayne 80–61 Red Holzman (15) 29–11
41 February 6 @ Minneapolis 85–74 Arnie Risen (22) 30–11
42 February 8 Providence 97–65 Arnie Risen (20) 31–11
43 February 9 @ Washington 94–99 (2OT) Bob Davies (29) 31–12
44 February 10 @ Baltimore 90–76 Arnie Risen (27) 32–12
45 February 12 Chicago 87–73 Davies, Risen (23) 33–12
46 February 15 Washington 91–79 Arnie Risen (17) 34–12
47 February 17 @ St. Louis 68–63 Bob Davies (19) 35–12
48 February 18 @ Indianapolis 65–53 Bob Davies (14) 36–12
49 February 19 Indianapolis 87–73 Arnie Risen (25) 37–12
50 February 22 Philadelphia 92–86 Arnie Risen (17) 38–12
51 February 26 Boston 64–59 Arnie Johnson (17) 39–12
52 March 1 Washington 67–64 Arnie Johnson (14) 40–12
53 March 5 Providence 81–64 Bobby Wanzer (14) 41–12
54 March 6 @ Fort Wayne 78–66 Arnie Risen (29) 42–12
55 March 10 @ Philadelphia 73–71 Bob Davies (25) 43–12
56 March 12 St. Louis 104–74 Arnie Risen (21) 44–12
57 March 15 @ Boston 83–86 Arnie Risen (28) 44–13
58 March 16 @ New York 94–89 Bob Davies (29) 45–13
59 March 19 Minneapolis 85–99 Red Holzman (15) 45–14
60 March 20 @ Chicago 61–98 Fran Curran (15) 45–15

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (4) St. Louis Bombers: Royals win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Rochester 93, St. Louis 64
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: Rochester 66, St. Louis 64

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Royals and Bombers.

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (2) Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Minneapolis 80, Rochester 79
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 67, Rochester 55

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Royals and Lakers.

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]