Tuesday, August 4, 2015

1937-38 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)

1937-38 INDIANAPOLIS KAUTSKYS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Western Division
Finished: 4-9 .308, 4th place


Frank H. Kautsky (1888-1959) was a sports enthusiast and former semi-pro baseball player who owned a small family grocery store on Madison Avenue in Indianapolis. In 1930, a friend of Kautsky's named Pete Bailey, a former Indiana Central College basketball star, invited Kautsky to join him in watching a pick-up basketball game at a local elementary school. Impressed, Kautsky enlisted Bailey to help him put together an amateur team under his sponsorship. Bailey came through with former local collegiate players, and won various amateur tournaments in Indiana in 1931 and '32. He decided to make the team a professional one and joined the National Basketball League (same name but different than the 1937-38 incarnation. After that league folded, they joined the Midwest Basketball Conference and was then a charter member of the NBL in 1937-38. They finished fourth in the Western Division with a 4-9 record.



  • Head Coach: Frank Kautsky (October 22, 1888 - October 11, 1959)
PLAYERS: 
  • Frank Baird (April 10, 1912 - March 20, 2007)
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  • George Chestnut (September 27, 1911 - September 18, 1983)
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  • Leo Crowe (April 2, 1912 - April 24, 1966)
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  • Fred Fechtman (August 10, 1910 - July 11, 1991)
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  • Bob Kessler (November 25, 1914 - September 5, 2001)
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  • Searle Proffitt (October 26, 1911 - February 13, 1996)
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  • Bill Schrader (May 14, 1910 - October 1968)
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  • Everett Swank (February 17, 1913 - June 1, 2000)
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  • Harlan Wilson (February 3, 1914 - August 3, 1988)
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