Baltimore Bayrunners

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Baltimore Bayrunners
Baltimore Bayrunners logo
League IBL
Founded 1999
Folded 2000
Arena Baltimore Arena
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Team colors blue, navy, dark green, grey
Website (archived on March 11, 2000)

The Baltimore Bayrunners were a professional basketball team in the International Basketball League (IBL) from 1999 to 2000.[1] The Bayrunners were the first professional basketball team in Baltimore, Maryland since the Bullets re-located to Washington, D.C. in 1973. The Memphis franchise of the former American Basketball Association had intended to move to Baltimore for what turned out to be that league's final season, 1975–76, but then folded without playing a game in Baltimore. The Bayrunners were owned in-part by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken.[2]

The Bayrunners played in the 1st Mariner Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena). The Bayrunners were a charter member of the IBL but lasted only one of the league's two seasons and were not in existence when the surviving IBL teams merged with teams that had moved over to it from the defunct Continental Basketball Association to form a revitalized CBA.[3]


  1. ^ "BayRunners giving locals a shot". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sports Shorts". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. October 14, 1999. p. D2. 
  3. ^ "BayRunners benched for 2000-01 season". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 3 August 2014.