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Hammond Ciesar All-Americans/ Whiting Ciesar All-Americans
Location: Whiting, IN(36-38)
Arena: Hammond Civic Center
Built in: 1938
Season League W L % Finish Division Playoffs
1935-1936 IND Unknown
1936-1937 MWC 3 5 .375 3rd West Division DNQ
1937-1938 NBL 12 3 .800 2nd West Division Lost in Semifinals
1938-1939 NBL 4 24 .143 4th West Division DNQ
1939-1940 NBL 9 19 .321 4th West Division DNQ
1940-1941 NBL 6 18 .250 7th Only group DNQ
History of early professional basketball in Indiana |
Before the Indiana Pacers joined the ABA and eventually the NBA, the state of Indiana was the hot bed of professional basketball. From 1935 until 1953 the state hosted no less than 11 different teams in the major professional basketball leagues. Unfortunately, almost all of them would end and leave the state with no professional basketball teams for nearly two decades.
Indiana is synonymy with the game of basketball. The University of Indiana is one of the most storied programs in all of college basketball winning 5 NCAA titles, but it was Purdue who would bring the state its first NCAA basketball title in 1932.
Through out the early years of basketball a lot of fly by night leagues and teams called Indiana home, in fact Indiana even had its own semi-pro league of teams completely made up of teams in the Indianapolis region. It was not until 1935 when the Midwest Basketball Conference formed did the state of Indiana start seeing regular professional basketball at the highest levels and quality
During his senior season at the University of Illinois future AL MVP Lou Boudreau would play for the All-Americans. Boudreau would go on to play 14 seasons with the Indians and Redsox of the MLB.
Oskosh vs Hammond Ciesars Preview ft Leroy Edwards
Basketball legend John Wooden when he played for Hammond.
Chuckovits was a star in college who signed with the Ciesars for $50 a game, but quit after owner Eddie Ciesar began with holding money from him.
Promotional flyer of a triple header highlighted by Hammond vs New York Celtics.
John Wooden top 160 NBA players