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Hammond Calumet Buccaneers

Founded:  1948
Folded:   1949
Location: Hammond, IN
Arena:    Hammond Civic Center
Built in: 1938
Capacity: 6,000
Cost:     $600,000
Titles:   0



when the NBL and BAA agreed to merge, two NBL franchises disappeared - Oshkosh and Hammond. Hammond tried unsuccessfully to raise the financial backing to join the NBA. The Oshkosh franchise was awarded to Milwaukee, but the team only lasted a month before being revoked by the league.

Hammond folded after the 1948-49 NBL season and had their players assigned to the Waterloo franchise as part of the NBL/BAA merger on 3Aug49 To Waterloo - Ted Bean (HCB), Don Boven (HCB), Joe Camic (HCB), Jack Carter (HCB), George Glamack (HCB), Dick Hammock (HCB), Bobby McDermott (HCB), Al Miksis (HCB), Stan Patrick (HCB), Jack Phelan (HCB), Ollie Schoaff (HCB), Sterling Scott (HCB), John Sebastian (HCB), Wayne See (HCB), George Sobek (HCB), Clint Wagner (HCB)

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

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Clint Wager of the Bucs.


News article about a game between Sheboygan and Hammond