BARNSTORMERS NBA ABL TEAM OWNERS SHARED THE HARDWOOD
- February 19, 1948 at Chicago Stadium: Globetrotters 61, Lakers 59
- February 28, 1949 at Chicago Stadium: Globetrotters 49, Lakers 45
- March 14, 1949 at Minneapolis Auditorium: Lakers 68, Globetrotters 53
- February 21, 1950 at Chicago Stadium: Lakers 76, Globetrotters 60
- March 20, 1950 at St. Paul Auditorium: Lakers 69, Globetrotters 54
- February 23, 1951 at Chicago Stadium: Lakers 72, Globetrotters 68
- January 2, 1952 at Chicago Stadium: Lakers 84, Globetrotters 60
- January 3, 1958 at Chicago Stadium: Lakers 111, Globetrotters 100
HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUECompiled by Robert Bradley, with special thanks to Steve Dimitry, Roger Meyer and Dick Pfander for their many contributions
The impetus for the American Basketball League occurred during the summer of 1960 when Bob Short moved his National Basketball Association franchise, the Minneapolis Lakers, to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season. Abe Saperstein, owner of the Harlem Globetrotters who 's team had frequently performed as the opening game for NBA teams to bolster attendance throughout the 1950's, felt that he had been promised the NBA franchise in Los Angeles, and in response, announced the formation of a rival league, the American Basketball League in March of 1961, with the league to begin play in October of 1961 with the season split into two halves.
The charter eight members of the league included Saperstein's own Chicago Majors, the Cleveland Pipers, a former Amateur Athletic Union industrial league club owned by a group of investors headed by a young George Steinbrenner, Art Kim's Hawaii Chiefs, Ken Krueger's Kansas City Steers, Len Corbosiero's Los Angeles Jets, Lenny Lipman's Pittsburgh Renaissance (known simply as the Pittsburgh Rens), George McKeon's San Francisco Saints and the Washington Tapers (another former industrial league team owned by the Technical Tape Corporation and Paul Cohen). Saperstein installed himself as the league's commissioner, setting up a conflict of interests which would the tarnish the league's leagues credibility, as would his involvement in the ownership structure of other ABL franchises.
During the season, Washington moved to New York, where they had been located as an AAU team, and Los Angeles folded during the first half of the season due to financial problems, with Sharman moving on to Cleveland as coach, filling the position which had been left vacant when McLendon resigned due to Steinbrenner's interference.
Aditional information by Erin Hovland-Moffitt
Art Kim had coached and owned the Honolulu Surfriders barnstorm team , Art also served as coach for the University of Hawaii. He renamed the Surfriders
The Hawaii 5oth Staters. Art, Abe and Dempsey Hovland
formed an alliance taking the country by storm the season before The Lakers relocated from Minneapolis to L.A. The Lakers had the narrowest court in NBA auditoriums while in
The 1958-1959 season combined the talent of
Dempsey's Texas CowGirls
( female team played men's rules
against men's teams),
Abe's Harlem Globetrotters
( African American all male team)
Art's Hawaii 5oth Staters
( Pacific Islander all men's team)
on the road together playing 170 games from coast to coast and Canada.
|WILT CHAMBERLAIN TOURED WITH THE TEXAS COWGIRLS 1958-1959 PLAYING FOR THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS .HE WAS PICKED UP BY THE WARRIORS THE FOLLOWING SEASON . NATE SWEETWATER CLIFTON WAS THE FIRST HARLEM GLOBETROTTER TO PLAY FOR THE NBA|
TEXAS COWGIRLS ON THE ROAD IN SAN FRANSICO WITH THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS AND HAWAII 50TH STATERS
|Joan Rupp and Al McGuire share basketball stories|
|THE TEXAS COWGIRL'S LIKE THE TROTTERS FILLED THE NBA STADIUMS TO CAPACITY PLAYING THE PRELIM GAMES. THE Lakers and Harlem Globetrotters would face off in a series of games.|
OTHER FEMALE TEAMS WOULD NOT SUCCEED DEMPSEY HOVLANDS BASKETBALL CHAMPS
THE WORLD FAMOUS TEXAS COWGIRLS