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Warren Penns, Cleveland Whitehorses

Founded:   1926
Folded:    1941
Relocated: 1939 to Detroit
Location:  Warren, Pennsylvania
           Cleveland, Ohio
Arena:     Beaty JR High Gym, Warren PA
           Cleveland Arena
Built in:  
Capacity:   900 Warren
           6,00 Cleveland
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Gerry Archibald was the owner/general manager/coach/player of his own team originating in Warren, Pennsylvania. He started the team a number of years before the NBL came into being. In 1936 he entered the team in the Midwest Basketball Conference with sponsorship from Hyvis Oil and became a charter member of the NBL in 37-38. In the middle of the 38-39 season, he secured the sponsorship of White Horse Motors and moved the team to Cleveland on February 10, 1939. The team also competed in the NY-Penn League under the name of Elmira Colonels winning that league's title in 1939.

The next year Gerry moved the team again, this time to Detroit and they became the Eagles. Archibald partnered with Jake Mazer as co-owner and co-coach. The following season in 1941 Archibald sold his shares in the Eagles.

Archibald's dad, Lyman Archibald was a member of Naismith's original basketball team.

1937-38 Warren Pens
POS Name Birth Year
G Frank Maury 1910
F/C Walt Stanky 1911
F Johnny Pawk 1910
C Jack Stirling 1917
G Red Malackany 1913
F/C Steve Pawk 1914
F Emmett Morrison 1915
C Bill Holland 1914
C stub Jacobson  
G Gerry Archibald 1907
F Bob Lytle 1916

Season League W L % Position Division Play-offs
Warren Buckeyes
1926-1927 CBL 16 9 .640 1st Only 1 division Lost Championship 0-2
Warren Crescents
1927-1928 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
Corry Keystones
1927-1928 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
Warren Merchants
1928-1929 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
1929-1930 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
1930-1931 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
Warren Transits
1931-1932 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
1932-1933 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
Warren Hyvis Oilers
1933-1934 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
1934-1935 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
1935-1936 Indep ? ? ? ? Unknown Unknown
1936-1937 MBC 8 6 .571 3rd Eastern Division DNQ
Warren Penns / Cleveland White Horses
1937-1938 NBL 3 9 .250 5th Eastern Division DNQ
1938-1939 NBL 14 14 .500 3rd Eastern Division DNQ
Detroit Eagles
1939-1940 NBL 17 10 .630 2nd Eastern Division Lost Semifinals
1940-1941 NBL 12 12 .500 3rd Only group Lost Semifinals


Frank Maury circa 1937


Gerry Archibald