Baltimore Bullets (1944–54)

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Baltimore Bullets
Baltimore Bullets logo
HistoryBaltimore Bullets (ABL)
Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
ArenaBaltimore Coliseum
LocationBaltimore, Maryland
Team colorsBlue, red, white

The Baltimore Bullets were an American Basketball League (1944–47) team, and later, a Basketball Association of America (1947–49), and (beginning in 1949, following the BAA's absorption of the National Basketball League) a National Basketball Association team based in Baltimore. The team folded November 27, 1954 with a 3–11 record,[1] making the Bullets the last NBA franchise to do so, as of 2018.[citation needed] Out of all defunct NBA teams, the Bullets were members of the association for the longest time and the only defunct team to win a championship.[citation needed] The Baltimore Bullets acquired their name in reference to the Phoenix Shot Tower.[2][3]

Franchise History[edit]

  • Baltimore Bullets (BAA, 1948–1949) – 1 Championship and 2 Playoff Appearances
  • Baltimore Bullets (NBA, 1950–1954) – 1 Playoff Appearance

Season-by-season records[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses

Year Lg W-L Regular Season Playoffs
1944–45 ABL 14–16 4th, Lost ABL Finals
1945–46 ABL 21–13 1st-T, Won ABL Finals
1946–47 ABL 31–3 1st, Southern Division Forfeited ABL Finals
1947–48 BAA 28–20 2nd, Western Division Won BAA Finals
1948–49 BAA 29–31 3rd, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1949–50 NBA 25–43 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1950–51 NBA 24–42 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1951–52 NBA 20–46 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1952–53 NBA 16–54 4th, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1953–54 NBA 16–56 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1954–55 NBA 3–11 Eastern Division folded during season

List of notable personnel[edit]



Basketball Hall of Famers[edit]


  1. ^ "Bullets Fold For Season". The Daily Chronicle. Centralia, Washington. November 27, 1954. p. 5. Retrieved May 27, 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ Vecsey, George (12 November 1995). "Sports of The Times;Say Goodbye To 'Bullets' As Nickname". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ Lee, Michael (24 December 2011). "Former Wizards owner Irene Pollin wouldn't have a problem with name changing back to Bullets". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ "GEARS DEFEATED BY BALTIMORE IN EXHIBITION TEST". Chicago Tribune. 22 December 1946. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Howard Rosan, basketball pro". The Philadelphia Inquirer. September 5, 1976. p. 34. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
Preceded by
Philadelphia Warriors
BAA Champions
Baltimore Bullets

Succeeded by
Minneapolis Lakers
1949 and 1950