St. Louis Bombers (NBA)

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St. Louis Bombers
St. Louis Bombers logo
Division Western Division
Founded 1946
History St. Louis Bombers
1946–1950
Arena St. Louis Arena
Location St. Louis, Missouri
Team colors Red and White
        
Division titles None or one double-dagger

The St. Louis Bombers were a National Basketball Association team based in St. Louis, Missouri, founded in 1946. The team ceased operations in 1950.

Franchise history[edit]

The St. Louis Bombers were originally part of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1946. The BAA merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949 to become the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 1950, the Bombers, along with five other teams, dropped out of the league altogether.

Players[edit]

Coaches and others[edit]

Season-by-season records[edit]

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards
1946–47 BAA Western 2nd 38 23 .623 1 Lost First Round (Warriors) 1–2
1947–48 BAA Western 1st double-dagger 29 19 .604 Lost BAA Semifinals (Warriors) 3–4
1948–49 BAA Western 4th double-dagger 29 31 .483 16 Lost Division Semifinals (Royals) 0–2
1949–50 NBA Western 5th 26 42 .382 25
Regular season record 122 115 .515 1946–1950
Playoff record 4 8 .333 Postseason Series Record: 0–3

double-dagger The 1948 BAA Playoffs did not establish Eastern and Western champions and generated one finalist from the East, one from the West, only by coincidence. Philadelphia and St. Louis won the Eastern and Western Divisions and met in a best-of-seven series to determine one league championship finalist. (St. Louis won led 3–2 after five games, but the defending champion Warriors won game six by 21 points at home and game seven by 39 points in St. Louis.) Meanwhile, four runners-up played best-of-three matches to determine the other finalist. Baltimore, tied for second in the West, one game behind St. Louis, won that runners-up bracket and defeated Philadelphia in a best-of-seven series to win the BAA championship. St. Louis had achieved the league's best record at 29–19.[1]

The 1949 BAA Playoffs matched Eastern teams exclusively, and Western teams exclusively, so that the league semifinals generated Eastern and Western champions as well as championship finalists (as do 21st-century NBA playoffs).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1947–48 BAA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-03-01.