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1956 BAA Off Season

 

A new league logo, two expansion teams and the first alternate uniform headlined this off season.

 

The brand-new BAA Logo:

 

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Minnesota Moose and New Orleans Crescents Unveiled

 

Minnesota Moose

 

The Moose are owned by Matt Dooley, a native Minnesotan who played basketball at the University of Minnesota.

 

They are named the Moose after the large amount of the species that live in Minnesota.

 

Minnesota will play at the 4th Street Forum in Downtown Minneapolis.

 

The Logo

A moose head with an M sitting behind it.

 

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The Uniforms

A very simple set utilizing the blue in the team's logo and a block letter font.

 

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New Orleans Crescents

 

New Orleans' Club is owned by investors from the City of New Orleans.

 

They are named after the city's nickname as the "Crescent City."

 

The Crescents will play at the Crescent City Convention Center just north of the banks of the Mississippi River.

 

The Logo

A New Orleans font with a crescent sitting to the left of it, and a fluer-de-lis in the O of Orleans.

 

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The Uniforms

The only uniform that places the word mark above and below the numbers on the front of the jersey. On the shorts, there is a number that has a crescent to the left of it just like in the logo.

 

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Updates

 

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The only change to an already existing identity this off season was when the Washington Senators became the first team to unveil a third jersey. It is navy and will be worn for divisional away games.

 

1955 BAA Draft

 

After a coin toss, the Minnesota Moose were awarded the first overall selection ahead of the New Orleans Crescents.

 

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1. Minnesota Moose - Jarvis Johnson (SG - Temple)

2. New Orleans Crescents - Josh Newmauer (PG - Ohio State)

3. Memphis Pharaohs - Brett Kinsley (SG - Marshall)

4. Boston Rebels - Mark Pryor (C - Minnesota)

5. Virginia Kings - Jose Martinez (SF - Oklahoma City)

6. Washington Senators - Harrison Stewart (PG - Iowa State)

7. Jacksonville Pumas - Oscar Thompson (SF - BYU)

8. Louisville Thoroughbreds - Tex Thomas (PF - Houston)

9. Georgia Yardbirds - Patrick Donahue (C - Illinois)

10. Chicago Stars - Nate Day (PG - Kansas State)

11. New York Tycoons - Luke DeGaurier (SG - Wake Forest)

12. Pittsburgh Danes - Sampson Cartwright (SF - Stanford)

13. Columbus Cardinals - Chris Davis (SG - Vanderbilt)

14. New York Tycoons (via PHI) - Alex Long (PG - SMU)

 

Spoiler

For each pick, I randomize what their prestige will be in the BAA. This ranges from 2 stars - 0 stars. As the player is drafted lower, their chance of being a 2 star and 1 star decreases, and their chance of being a 0 star increases.

 

2 stars make immediate large impacts on their teams. 1 stars make small impacts at first, but often become more important as they progress through their careers.

 

This all goes into how the standings are simmed for each season.

 

BAA News

 

- Minnesota will join the Central Division, and New Orleans will join the Southeast Division.

 

- When questions of future expansion and teams from smaller markets such as the Yardbirds and Kings arose, Commissioner Roger Dobrinski was surprisingly open about the BAA's future plans. When it came to expansion, he was adamant about expansion and his hope that the league will have reached the West Coast by 1960 and north of 20 teams by 1965. When it came to questions about the smaller markets, Dobrinski simply stated "We have no intent on moving any of the clubs, unless an owner decides to, or the profits begin a drastic decline. As of right now, I don't see the teams from Richmond or Savannah relocating within the next few years, barring a serious change."

 

- The first BAA All-Star Game will be held this season. Because there are currently 3 divisions, the players will be split up through a private draft between two coaches voted on by the players. Each player receives a vote but can not vote for their own coach.

 

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How much longer before the BAA reaches California?

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38 minutes ago, neo_prankster said:

How much longer before the BAA reaches California?

My guess? 1960 with San Francisco and LA

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Love the Moose, reminds me a lot of the Halifax Mooseheads logo which is always a good thing!

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On 3/18/2019 at 5:45 PM, neo_prankster said:

How much longer before the BAA reaches California?

 

On 3/18/2019 at 6:24 PM, TargetToad said:

My guess? 1960 with San Francisco and LA

 

1960 is a pretty good guess, I haven't decided which cities though. Can't imagine one of them not being LA.

 

On 3/18/2019 at 8:10 PM, Section30 said:

Love the Moose, reminds me a lot of the Halifax Mooseheads logo which is always a good thing!

 

12 hours ago, TheBW91 said:

now thats a sharp looking moose good job

 

Thanks guys

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1956-57 BAA Season

 

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Central

 

3 - Columbus Cardinals: 41-15

4 - Chicago Stars: 38-18

Memphis Pharaohs: 33-23

Minnesota Moose: 25-31

Louisville Thoroughbreds: 18-38

 

Northeast

 

2 - Pittsburgh Danes: 45-11

5 - New York Tycoons: 36-20

6 - Philadelphia Bells: 34-22

Boston Rebels: 15-41

 

Southeast

 

1 - Virginia Kings: 47-9

Georgia Yardbirds: 24-32

Jacksonville Pumas: 19-37

Washington Senators: 11-45

New Orleans Crescents: 6-50

 

League Headlines

 

- After missing the playoffs last season, Virginia finished first overall with a 47-9 record.

 

- The Northeast Division kept up their dominance, once again having 3 of their 6 teams make the playoffs.

 

- In their first year as a franchise, New Orleans recorded the worst season in BAA History.

 

- Before the season began, two big trades shocked BAA Fans. First, the Georgia Yardbirds sent Bobby Dickinson to the Boston Rebels in exchange for Patrick Montague and Boston's FRP in 1957. Then, just days later, the Louisville Thoroughbreds sent Alvin Newsome and Perry Scott to the Jacksonville Pumas in exchange for their FRP's in 1957 and 1958.

 

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All-Star Teams

 

The two teams are "Team Red" coached by Albert Strauss of the Virginia Kings, and "Team Blue" coached by Dante Anderson of the Columbus Cardinals. The uniforms are just versions of the teams' uniforms but in red or blue.

 

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Team Red Roster

 

Starters

G - Zane Douglas - Pittsburgh Danes - 1x

G - Van Collins - Chicago Stars - 1x

F - Oliver Perkins - Pittsburgh Danes - 1x

F - Alvin Newsome - Jacksonville Pumas - 1x

C - Kevin Day - Virginia Kings - 1x

 

Reserves

G - Hurley Steves - Philadelphia Bells - 1x

G - Kirk Koenig - Columbus Cardinals - 1x

F - Evan Washington - Georgia Yardbirds - 1x

F - Harry Armstrong - Georgia Yardbirds - 1x

C - Sam Orange - Washington Senators - 1x

 

 

Team Blue Roster

 

Starters

G - Brad Akers - Columbus Cardinals - 1x

G - Brady Jenkins - Philadelphia Bells - 1x

F - Ben Sanders - Boston Rebels - 1x

F - Alex Overton - Columbus Cardinals - 1x

C - Evan Ingol - New York Tycoons - 1x

 

Reserves

G - Bobby Dickinson - Boston Rebels - 1x

G - Roger Johnson - Virginia Kings - 1x

F - Xavier Bailes - Chicago Stars - 1x

F - Darrell Armstrong - New York Tycoons - 1x

C - James Coker - Philadelphia Bells - 1x

 

All-BAA Team

 

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G - Zane Douglas - Pittsburgh Danes - 1x

G - Van Collins - Chicago Stars - 1x

F - Oliver Perkins - Pittsburgh Danes - 2x

F - Alex Overton - Columbus Cardinals - 4x

C - Kevin Day - Virginia Kings - 2x

 

BAA MVP

 

Alex Overton

Columbus Cardinals

 

20.2 ppg

10.7 rpg

6.8 apg

3.7 spg

 

Big Games

 

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Boston Rebels at New Orleans Crescents

 

December 8, 1956 | Crescent City Convention Center | New Orleans, LA

 

BOS: 23 26 25 27 101

NOC: 24 27 28 25 104

 

After starting the year 0-14, the New Orleans Crescents finally got their first win after beating the Boston Rebels at home. Rookie Josh Newmauer, the young leader from Ohio State, was big for the Crescents. He scored 28 points to go along with 11 assists and 4 steals. The 1-2 punch of Ben Sanders and Bobby Dickinson from Boston wasn't enough. Sanders scored 24 points to go along with 9 rebounds, while Dickinson scored 22 and had 7 assists.

 

Washington Senators at Jacksonville Pumas

 

February 22, 1957 | Jacksonville Arena | Jacksonville, FL

 

WAS: 19 20 21 18 17 16 111

JAC: 20 18 17 23 17 17 112

 

With 9.8 seconds remaining in Double-OT, the Jacksonville Pumas inbounded from half-court, down 1, with a shot to win the game. The ball was thrown in to Alvin Newsome, the Pumas star player who had led them with 38 points and 10 assists. When the clock hit 5 seconds remaining, he hit his defender, Oscar Yates, with a quick crossover that freed up a lane for him. He then proceeded to take two dribbles down the right lane-line and put in the game-winning layup as the buzzer sounded, giving him the clean 40. Washington was led by Sammy James, who scored 34 points and had 13 assists.

 

The 1957 BAA playoff will be up tomorrow, thanks for reading.

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When the league goes California Here I Come, will the divisions be re-aligned?

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18 hours ago, RightGuard said:

When the league goes California Here I Come, will the divisions be re-aligned?

 

Most likely

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1957 BAA Playoffs

 

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Play-In Games

 

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Philadelphia Bells 98 - Columbus Cardinals 94

 

March 3, 1957 | Nationwide Arena | Columbus, OH

 

In a rematch of last year's Furlow Cup Finals, the Philadelphia Bells once again outlasted the Columbus Cardinals behind a big performance from James Coker. He finished with 33 points (13-18), 21 rebounds, and 7 blocks. Brady Jenkins added 24 points, and Hurley Steves added 18 points to go along with 13 assists. In the loss, Alex Overton scored 27 (14-23), Brad Akers 23 (7-17), and Kirk Koenig 18 (8-16).

 

New York Tycoons 93 - Chicago Stars 102

 

March 4, 1957 | Dobrinski Arena | Chicago, IL

 

In just their second year as a BAA franchise, the Chicago Stars won their first playoff game behind a record-setting performance by Van Collins. He scored 41 (16-34), rebounded 14, and assisted 12. It was the first 40-points triple-double in BAA Playoff History. Evan Ingol led the Tycoons, scoring 31 points to go along with 18 rebounds and 5 blocks.

 

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BAA Semifinals

 

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Game 1

 

Philadelphia Bells 93 - Virginia Kings 78

 

March 10, 1957 | Royal Arena | Richmond, VA

 

The Bells took a 1-0 series lead behind their 3-way attack of Jenkins, Coker, and Steves. Jenkins scored 29 points (12-25), Coker scored 26 points (8-11) and had 16 rebounds, and Steves scored 16 points (5-11) to go along with 11 assists and 5 steals. Kevin Day scored 29 points and had 10 rebounds for the Kings in the loss.

 

Game 2

 

Virginia Kings 100 - Philadelphia Bells 91

 

March 13, 1957 | The Palestra | Philadelphia, PA

 

Virginia tied the series at 1-1 behind MVP Kevin Day's huge 25-20 performance. He scored 27 points (10-22) and had 22 rebounds plus 6 blocks. Jenkins and Coker were off for the Bells, going a combined 16-57 (Jenkins 21, Coker 18). Hurley Steves played well, however, leading the Bells in scoring with 28 (11-16) with 13 assists.

 

Game 3

 

Philadelphia Bells 109 - Virginia Kings 94

 

March 16, 1957 | Royal Arena | Richmond, VA

 

The road team won for the third time this series as the Bells clinched a spot in their second straight Furlow Cup Finals. Brady Jenkins was spectacular, scoring 41 points (17-24). James Coker added 25 points (10-12) and 13 rebounds, and Hurley Steves finished with 20 points (6-13) and 15 assists.

 

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Game 1

 

Chicago Stars 85 Pittsburgh Danes 91

 

March 11, 1957 | Pitt Pavilion | Pittsburgh, PA

 

All-NBA performers Oliver Perkins and Zane Douglas led a late-4th quarter comeback in order to knock off the Chicago Stars and take a 1-0 series lead. Trailing 83-75 with 2:24 remaining, Perkins and Douglas went on a 16-2 run by themselves. Perkins scored 10 of his 34 during that run, and Douglas scored 6 of his 27. In the loss, Van Collins scored 25 for the Stars and had 9 assists.

 

Game 2

 

Pittsburgh Danes 103 - Chicago Stars 82

 

March 14, 1957 | Dobrinski Arena | Chicago, IL

 

The Danes clinched their spot in the Furlow Cup Finals for the first time since their championship win in 1951-52. Oliver Perkins scored 31 on 12-22 shooting, and Zane Douglas added 21 points (7-16) and 14 assists. Van Collins scored 24 points in the loss for the Stars.

 

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Furlow Cup Finals

 

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Game 1

 

Philadelphia Bells 89 - Pittsburgh Danes 75

 

March 24, 1957 | Pitt Pavilion | Pittsburgh, PA

 

The Bells took a 1-0 series lead in Pittsburgh behind a record setting performance from Hurley Steves. He ended the game with 27 points (12-20), 20 assists, and 11 rebounds, recording the first ever 20-20-10 game in BAA history. Brady Jenkins added another 27 points, and James Coker added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Oliver Perkins scored 22 points in the loss.

 

Game 2

 

Pittsburgh Danes 98 - Philadelphia Bells 93

 

March 27, 1957 | The Palestra | Philadelphia, PA

 

Pittsburgh tied the series at 1-1 before heading back to Pittsburgh with a chance to take the driver's seat with a 2-1 series lead. Zane Douglas led the Danes in scoring with 31 points (13-18) to go along with 13 assists. Oliver Perkins added 23. For the Bells, Brady Jenkins scored 28 in the loss.

 

Game 3

 

Philadelphia Bells 83 - Pittsburgh Danes 89

 

March 30, 1957 | Pitt Pavilion | Pittsburgh, PA

 

Zane Douglas had another great game and led the Pittsburgh Danes one game closer to their second BAA Championship, taking a 2-1 series lead. Douglas scored 23 points (8-14) to go along with 16 assists and 8 rebounds. Oliver Perkins was solid, scoring 19 points (7-17) and grabbing 12 rebounds. For the Bells, James Coker led them with 29 points and 14 boards.

 

Game 4

 

Pittsburgh Danes 98 - Philadelphia Bells 93

 

April 2, 1957 | The Palestra | Philadelphia, PA

 

The Danes outlasted the Bells in a tough OT game and captured their second BAA Championship (1st Furlow Cup). They became the first team to win two championships. Oliver Perkins scored 34 points (13-17) and had 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Zane Douglas added 19 points (6-16) and 11 assists. Brady Jenkins scored 28 points for the Bells.

 

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I realized that the Furlow Cup isn't really a "Cup" like the Stanley Cup in the real world. So I redesigned it into more of a cup shape.

 

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When did Washington's road uni change from blue to red?

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