Baltimore Bullets HISTORY

Player info
Team info
1948 Championship
Season records

Quick facts:

Founded:  1944
Folded:   1954
Arena:    Baltimore Coliseum
Built in: 1939
Capacity: 6,100
Colors:   Orange, Blue
Titles:   2 1944 ABL; 1948-BAA
Playoffs: 3

1944-46 ABL Baltimore Bullets 
1946-49 BAA Baltimore Bullets 
1949-54 NBA Baltimore Bullets 


Buddy Jeannette    1947-50 
Walt Budko         1949-50 
Fred Scolari       1950-51
Chuck Reiser       1951-52
Clai Bee           1952-53

Fun Facts:
  • The Bullets lost 32 consecutive road games from Jan. 2, 1953-March 14, 1954. Despite this amazing achievement they actually made the playoffs in 1952-53.
  • They were named after a Shoe. The Bata Bullet athletic shoe
  • They are the last NBA team to fold, and the only NBA champion to ever fold.
    Injury Bug?
    On February 10, 1952 the Bullets used only 5 players in a game against Fort Wayne. The Bullets had 8 players available but a lot of them where injured so head coach Chick Reiser stuck with his starting line up for all 48 minutes.

    This is just one of two incidents in NBA history were a team has played only 5 players. The other one occurred a year earlier when the Olympians used only 5 players in a game following their epic 6 overtime game vs Syracuse.

    In game 2 of the 1948 BAA finals the Bullets came back from 21 points down at half time. The comeback was the largest comeback in NBA playoffs history until the Cavs came back from 25 down in 2017.

    Don Barksdale

    Walt Budko

    Paul Hoffman

    Red Klotz

    Jim Slaughter

    Al Scolari

    Buddy Jeanette


    Connie Simmons

    Two game programs from games at Madison Square Garden.

    The Smallest City to ever Host an NBA Game

    The City of Negaunee, Michigan, is known as a mining town in the Upper Peninsula, that has turned into winter sports hub with one of the best luge tracks west of the Mississippi River. With a population of just 4,500 people, it seems to be an unlikely place to find an NBA game. But on January 16, 1952, that is exactly what happened. Negaunee, Michigan, became the smallest city to ever host a regular NBA season game.

    Of the four major North American professional sports leagues the NBA has always had a reputation for having some of the smallest markets. Seven NBA markets do not have a corresponding NFL, MLB or NHL team. The BAA's merger with the NBL also added several cities like Waterloo, Iowa; Anderson, Indiana; Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Moline, Illinois to the ranks of small towns home to an NBA team. But by 1952 the NBA had done away with much of the smaller markets in the league. In the 1951-52 season the NBA was struggling. The league had shrank for the 18 teams it had just 2 seasons prior to just 10 teams for that season. Several of the teams that entered the season were on shaky ground. The Western Division was rife with trouble, all 5 teams had serious financial issues and rumors were rampant about their possible relocation. This relocation talk is what spurred the NBA to look into new markets and other ways to attracted new fans.

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