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Richmond King Clothiers
Location: Richmond, IN
1937 Richmond King Clothiers Standings|
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Only played 3 games in Richmond, Indiana before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio and becoming the Comellos on 1/16/38. The team was owned by Bob McConas while in Richmond but they became too expensive for him and he sold them to Gus Comello, who moved them to Cincinnati.
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
Richmond player, possibly Lefty Evans.