|Cleveland Rebels HISTORY|
Owner: Albert Sulphin
Arena: Cleveland Arena
Address: 3700 Euclid Avenue
Built in: 1937
Closed: April 1977
1946-47 BAA Cleveland Rebels
Dutch Dehnert 1946-47
Roy Clifford 1946-47
Season W L % Playoffs Results
1946-47 30 30 .500 Lost first round New York 2-1 Cleveland
The team made $64,638 in it's only NBA season, but the expenditures for that one season was S67,778, a net loss of $3,140.
The logo with the red Rebels over the name Cleveland is confirmed to be the true an authentic logo of the Cleveland Rebels franchise. As you can see below with the two warm up uniforms, that logo is clearly displayed. What cannot be confirmed is whether or not the cowboy logo is authentic or not.
Cleveland put in bids for both an ABL and ABA team named the Cleveland Rebels but neither team ever materialized. There is also indication of another minor league team in the 2010s having this name, but that team failed as well.
It is also likely that the cowboy logo is a 21st century mockup created to sell merchandise. The earliest this logo can be found online is 2014. That does not mean it did not exist before that date since a lot of these older basketball logos and pictures on found on newsprint. The coloring just seems to be too vibrant and sharp for a 75 year old logo.
Cleveland Arena from Euclid Ave.
Cleveland Rebels warm up jacket
Game Programs between the New York Knicks and Cleveland Rebels
Game advertisement from Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/19/1946, for a game vs the Philadelphia Warriors. The Warriors won the game 58-44.