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Basketball Stars of the 1940s
NBA All Star Selections

Basketball Historian

 

Following is the only official published All NBA teams. They

have been chosen by the media continuously since the

1946-1947 season.

 

1946-1947 First Team All NBA

 

Joe Fulks, Philadelphia… Bob Feerick, Washington… Stan

Miasek, Detroit… Bones McKinney, Washington… Max

Zaslofsky, Chicago

 

1946-1947 Second Team

 

Ernie Calverley, Prodivence… Frank Baumholtz, Cleveland…

John Logan, St Louis… Chuck Halbert, Chicago… Fred

Scolari, Washington

 

1947-1948 First Team All NBA

 

Joe Fulks, Philadelphia… Maz Zaslofsky, Chicago… Ed

Sadowski, Boston… Howie Dallmar, Philadelphia… Bob

Feerick, Washington

 

1947-1948 Second Team

 

John Logan, St Louis… Carl Braun, New York… Stan

Miasek, Chicago… Fred Scolari, Washington… Buddy

Jeannette, Baltimore

 

Leading Players selected by manager at basketballhistorian.com

 

Our choices of leading players are not necessarily the best players

but are team players highly rated by their peers. A few are

selected from old books, newspaper articles but most are

chosen from opinions of former NBA players of this era.

 

Jim Pollard, Minneapolis Lakers 1947-1955

 

Bobby McDermott, Fort Wayne Pistons player-coach 1941-46,

NBL teams 1941-1949

 

Bob Davies, Rochester Royals 1945-1955 Hall of Fame

 

Billy Gabor or Bullet Bill Gabor, Syracuse Nationals 1948-1954

 

Bob Wanzer, Rochester Royals 1947-1957, Hall of Fame Guard 

 

Mike Todorovich, Sheboygan 1947-49, St L 1949-50, Tri Cities

1949-1951 Started in 1947 All Star Game.

 

Red Holtzman, Rochester Royals 1945-1954 Hall of Fame Guard

 

Al Cervi, Rochester Royals 1945-48, Syracuse Nationals

1949-53 Hall of Fame Guard

 

George Glamack, Wingfoots of NBL1941-42, Rochester, Indianapolis

and Hammond of NBL 1945-46, US Military 1942-44

 

Professional Basketball Historian   


Cas Ostrowski
High Scoring Pro Basketball Player 1940s-1950s

Playing in the era of low scoring basketball games, Casmir

Ostrowski, Wilkes-Barre led the American Basketball League

in scoring in 1948 with a resounding 18.1 points per game

average.

 

In 1948 his 561 points in 31 in during regular season set a new

ABL record as did his 18.1 ppg average. The old scoring mark

of  16.1 ppg was set by Ash Resnich of the Troy Celtics the

previous year.

 

For two straight seasons, 1947-48 and 1948-49, Cas Ostrowski

was the leading scorer of the ABL Champions – the Wilkes

Barre Barons. In 1949 he finished second in the league with a

18.3 ppg in 41 games. And in 1950 his 15.7 points per game in

38 games was 5th best in the ABL.

 

In the 1950-1951 season the accurate shooting Casmir

Ostrowski signed with the Carbondale Aces of PA after the

Wilkes-Barre Barons dropped out of the ABL in February

after failing to put up a $1,500 bond.  Joining the Carbondale

Aces in mid-season Cas Ostrowski averaged 15.2 ppg in 15

games.

 

Basketball Historian


Tom King
One of the pioneers of basketball history, Tom King was a Michigan business' legend

An astute businessman Tom King played just one season in the NBA with the Detroit Falcons in 1946-47 and later became a wealthy businessman. After starring in college for the University of Michigan he signed for a bonus of $500 in addition to a then huge salary of $8,000. In the regular season he compiled a 5.2 points per game average in 58 games for a Detroit team that finished in 4th place in the 5 team Western Division with a 20-40 record. Note: this was the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of American, the BAA, which merged with the National Basketball League in 1949 to formed the NBA.

 

In his autobiography Tom King said, ‘When I reported to the Falcons training camp, it was obvious to me they had a coach, a gym and that the uniforms were ordered. What they didn’t have was a publicity director or business manager. I had a B.S. from Michigan University in business administration. I knew how to write and type. In high school I’d been a stringer for the Lansing, Michigan State Journal Newspaper – and I knew how to keep books. So I asked for the jobs of publicity director and business manager of the Falcons and was hired by Arthur Wirtz and James Norris, who owned not only the Falcons Olympic Stadium but also the Chicago Stadium and St. Louis Area , home of the Chicago Stags and St Louis Bombers (two other BAA teams).'

 

'They’d paid me an $8,000 salary as a player and a $500 bonus to sign. I said I could do this other, additional work for $8,000 more. And, they agreed. My total salary was way more than any player made.’

 

Tom King earned $16,500, a huge sum in this era when the average worker made around $1.00 per hour.

 

Later Tom King worked his way up and became president of the Merchandise Mart and Appeal Center in Chicago, the largest building - square footage-wise - in the country. The Mart was owned by John Kennedy, the father of President John F. Kennedy. basketballhistorian.com



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