1948–49 St. Louis Bombers (NBA) season

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1948–49 St. Louis Bombers (NBA) season
Head coach Grady Lewis
Arena St. Louis Arena
Results
Record 29–31 (.483)
Place Division: 4th (Western)
Playoff finish West Division Semifinals
(eliminated 0-2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1948–49 BAA season was the Bombers' 3rd season in the NBA/BAA.[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 7 Robert Gale  United States Cornell
Jack Burmaster G  United States Illinois
Easy Parham G/F  United States Texas Wesleyan
D. C. Wilcutt G  United States Saint Louis

Roster[edit]

1948–49 St. Louis Bombers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 5 Eggleston, Lonnie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1918-06-08 Oklahoma State
F 12 Gunther, Coulby 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1923-02-05 Boston
F/C 13 Lewis, Grady 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1917-03-25 Oklahoma
G 7 Logan, Johnny 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1921-01-01 Indiana
F/C 14 Martin, Don 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1920-02-07 Central Missouri State
F 11 Maughan, Ariel 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1923-04-26 Utah State
F 13 Miller, Bill 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1924-11-24 North Carolina
F 3 O'Brien, Bob 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1927-01-26 Pepperdine
G 9 O'Grady, Buddy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1920-01-19 Georgetown
G/F 6 Parham, Easy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1921-12-27 Texas Wesleyan
G 8 Putman, Don 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1922-11-13 Denver
C 3 Roberts, Bill 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1926-03-29 Wyoming
C 4 Rocha, Red 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1923-09-18 Oregon State
F/C 12 Roux, Giff 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1923-06-28 Kansas
G/F 9 Schnellbacher, Otto 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1923-04-15 Kansas
SG 10 Smawley, Belus 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1918-03-20 Appalachian State
G 3 Wilcutt, D. C. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1928-01-30 Saint Louis
Head coach

Grady Lewis


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

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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 1 @ Indianapolis 80–84 Logan, Parham (18) 0–1
2 November 6 Fort Wayne 65–55 Easy Parham (15) 1–1
3 November 9 New York 60–56 Ariel Maughan (13) 2–1
4 November 13 Philadelphia 76–75 Red Rocha (18) 3–1
5 November 16 Boston 79–74 (OT) Maughan, Rocha (15) 4–1
6 November 19 vs Baltimore 82–72 Ariel Maughan (18) 5–1
7 November 20 Baltimore 64–85 Red Rocha (14) 5–2
8 November 25 Providence 84–82 Red Rocha (22) 6–2
9 November 27 Minneapolis 71–87 Belus Smawley (20) 6–3
10 December 1 Chicago 72–61 Belus Smawley (17) 7–3
11 December 4 Fort Wayne 76–62 Johnny Logan (21) 8–3
12 December 5 @ Minneapolis 68–78 Buddy O'Grady (18) 8–4
13 December 8 @ Fort Wayne 60–70 Johnny Logan (16) 8–5
14 December 10 vs Washington 88–83 (OT) Belus Smawley (24) 9–5
15 December 11 @ Washington 63–87 Johnny Logan (15) 9–6
16 December 13 @ Boston 79–83 (OT) Belus Smawley (22) 9–7
17 December 14 @ Philadelphia 61–74 Ariel Maughan (15) 9–8
18 December 16 @ Baltimore 85–82 (OT) Johnny Logan (28) 10–8
19 December 18 @ New York 79–88 Logan, Maughan (18) 10–9
20 December 23 @ Providence 109–99 Belus Smawley (30) 11–9
21 December 25 @ Rochester 82–90 Johnny Logan (16) 11–10
22 December 26 Indianapolis 75–65 Belus Smawley (28) 12–10
23 December 30 Washington 68–81 Johnny Logan (17) 12–11
24 January 1 @ Rochester 83–106 Maughan, Smawley (17) 12–12
25 January 2 Rochester 64–89 Belus Smawley (15) 12–13
26 January 5 @ Minneapolis 76–101 Ariel Maughan (18) 12–14
27 January 8 Minneapolis 64–59 Maughan, Rocha (17) 13–14
28 January 9 @ Minneapolis 58–74 Belus Smawley (16) 13–15
29 January 12 Chicago 66–75 Ariel Maughan (16) 13–16
30 January 15 Providence 79–76 Ariel Maughan (22) 14–16
31 January 17 @ New York 79–71 Belus Smawley (26) 15–16
32 January 18 @ Boston 89–83 Belus Smawley (25) 16–16
33 January 20 Rochester 74–84 Red Rocha (16) 16–17
34 January 23 Indianapolis 73–91 Belus Smawley (19) 16–18
35 January 25 @ Indianapolis 53–65 Easy Parham (13) 16–19
36 January 28 @ Chicago 65–83 Johnny Logan (17) 16–20
37 January 29 Fort Wayne 86–73 Ariel Maughan (21) 17–20
38 February 3 Washington 65–74 Ariel Maughan (16) 17–21
39 February 6 Philadelphia 74–77 (OT) Belus Smawley (28) 17–22
40 February 8 @ Chicago 75–73 Belus Smawley (22) 18–22
41 February 9 New York 83–95 Belus Smawley (18) 18–23
42 February 12 Baltimore 74–73 Belus Smawley (19) 19–23
43 February 15 vs New York 75–79 (OT) Red Rocha (20) 19–24
44 February 17 Rochester 63–68 Belus Smawley (21) 19–25
45 February 19 Chicago 63–59 Belus Smawley (18) 20–25
46 February 20 @ Fort Wayne 70–64 Red Rocha (20) 21–25
47 February 23 Boston 77–83 Johnny Logan (19) 21–26
48 February 25 @ Boston 83–102 Belus Smawley (27) 21–27
49 February 26 @ Providence 93–90 Ariel Maughan (19) 22–27
50 March 1 @ Philadelphia 83–89 Logan, Smawley (18) 22–28
51 March 2 @ Washington 82–75 Rocha, Smawley (18) 23–28
52 March 3 @ Baltimore 66–94 Belus Smawley (22) 23–29
53 March 9 @ Indianapolis 81–80 Belus Smawley (21) 24–29
54 March 10 Minneapolis 88–71 Belus Smawley (25) 25–29
55 March 12 @ Rochester 74–104 Johnny Logan (15) 25–30
56 March 13 Indianapolis 87–86 Belus Smawley (23) 26–30
57 March 16 Providence 81–59 Belus Smawley (18) 27–30
58 March 17 @ Chicago 79–85 Johnny Logan (18) 27–31
59 March 19 Philadelphia 109–100 Bill Roberts (30) 28–31
60 March 20 @ Fort Wayne 87–82 Bill Roberts (22) 29–31

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.

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]