|Denver Nuggets HISTORY|
Arena: Auditorium Arena
Built in: 1908
AAU Titles: 3 (1937, 1939, 1942)
1935-36 MO Valley Denver Safeway-Piggly Wigglys
1936-38 MO Valley Denver Safeway Persianas
1939-40 MO Valley Denver Nuggets
1941-44 MO Valley Denver American Legion
1945-46 MO Valley Denver Ambrose Jellymakers
1947-48 MO Valley Denver Nuggets
1948-49 NBL Denver Nuggets
1949-50 NBA Denver Nuggets
1950-51 NPBL Denver Frontier Refiners
1950-51 NPBL Evansville Agogans
MO Valley = Missouri Valley, an AAU conference.
Year Name League W L % Playoffs
1949-50 Nuggets NBA 11 51 .177 none
1950-51 Refiners NPBL 18 16 .528 none
1950-51 Agogans NPBL 0 6 .000 none
The Denver Nuggets were the first NBA team west of the Mississippi River until 1960 when the Lakers moved to Los Angeles.
Milt Schoon scored a than pro basketball record 64 points while playing for the Denver Refiners in 1951 in a game against Kansas City Hi-Sports
Morris Udall who played for the Nuggets during their last year in the NBL would go on to be a successful politician. He would win a seat in Congress in 1961 and serve there until 1991. He also attempted an unsuccessful run for the White House challenging Jimmy Carter in the 1976 Democratic primaries.
Denver Nuggets @ Waterloo Hawks photo from 1950
Denvers Udall drives vs the Duffy Packers
Programs from AAU games before the Nuggets joined the NBL.
Duel program guide from game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ralph Beard in 1937-38 for the Safeway Persianas.
Leonard "Chink" Alterman