Throwback Thursday: Do You Remember the Providence Steamrollers?


Do you remember the Providence Steamrollers? No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The Providence Steamrollers were one of the first eleven Basketball teams in the US. The Steamrollers and their ten competitors were part of the Basketball Association of America, formed in 1946. The “Rollers” were only around from 1946-49, but this means that for their first three years the Celtics had a local competitor!

Their three years weren’t the most glamorous, and the team still holds the record for the least amount of games won in a season… six. Check out their standings from Wikipedia:

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1946–47 28 32 .467
1947–48 6 42 .125
1948–49 12 48 .200


Kenny Sailors, pictured above, was the teams highest scoring player in 1948 and 1949. Did you know he also brought the jump shot to the game? Sailors developed the shot as a kid, and took it with him to the pros where it eventually caught on.

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