Rochester Royals HISTORY

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1951 NBA Championship
Season Records


Quick facts:

Founded:                        1923
Previously Named:               Rochester Seagrams 1923-42
                                Eber Seagrams      1942-43
                                Rochester Pros     1943-45
Moved:                          Cincinnati Royals  1957-72
Also Called:                    K.C.-Omaha Kings   1972-75
                                Kansas City Kings  1975-85
                                Sacramento Kings   1985-Now
Arena:                          Rochester's Edgerton Park Sports Arena
Capacity:                       5,000  
NBA Division Championships:     2
NBL Division Championships:     2
NBA Titles:                     1(1951)
NBL Titles:                     1(1946)
NBA Conf. Championships         1
NBL Conf. Championships         3
Playoffs:                       29

No Trophy:
Because of budget restraints of the NBL, when the Royals won their only NBL title they did not get a championship trophy from the league, instead several local business banded together to purchase one for the team.

1945-46 NBL Champion Rochester Royals

46-47 Royals

1951 Royals

1956-57 Royals

Dolly King was one of the first black players to play in a major league. He beat Jackie Robinson by years, but because the NBA does not consider the NBL history to be part of its own, he is not credited.
When the Royals joined the BAA, King and fellow teammate Pop Gates were not allowed to play so they left the team.

1946 Royals with King and Gates

1946 Royals

1950 Royals

1945-46 NBL Champion Royals

Bob Davies goes for a layup vs the Jeeps

NBA History

  • Les Harrison Obituary