Saturday, March 5, 2016

1946-47 Chicago American Gears (NBL)

1946-47 CHICAGO AMERICAN GEARS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Western Division
Finished: 26-18 .591, 3rd place

First Round of the playoffs - Defeated Indianapolis, 3-2
Western Division Champions - Defeated Oshkosh, 2-0 
NBL CHAMPIONS - Defeated Rochester, 3-1



  • Head Coaches:  
Davey "Pretzel" Banks  (c. 1901-August 24, 1952 )          
Harry Foote (with Bruce Hale
Bobby McDermott (January 7, 1914 - October 14, 1963) 

Hale and McDermott also played (see below)

A coaching carousel for the eventual champions. Former New York Celtic player Davey Banks was hired November 20. The team was already one game in, and according to most records, Harry Foote coached the first game. Banks was fired (or fired himself, as stated in news reports) after George Mikan left the team because of a contract dispute. Harry Foote, the Gears' general manager, offically took over as head coach on December 13, but Bruce Hale and assistant coach Swede Roos did most of the actually coaching. Eventually the Gears signed Bobby McDermott on January 3, 1947, who had been released from Fort Wayne, and gave him the reigns.

PLAYERS:
  • Price Brookfield (May 11, 1920 - April 17, 2006)
Biography

  • Bob Calihan (August 2, 1918 - September 22, 1989)
Biography

  • Weyman Cotton (December 29, 1920 - March 10, 1999)
Biography

  • Bruce Hale (August 30, 1918 - December 31, 1980)
Biography

  • Bobby McDermott (January 7, 1914 - October 14, 1963)
Biography

  • Bill McDonald  (November 5, 1916 - February 7, 1994)
Biography

  • George Mikan (June 18, 1924 - June 1, 2005)
Biography

  • Max Morris (March 14, 1925 - January 8, 1998)
Biography

  • Irv Noren (b. November 29, 1924)
Biography

  • Stan Patrick (May 5, 1922 - January 1, 2000)
Biography

  • George Ratkovicz (November 13, 1922 - November 10, 2007)
Biography

  • Les Rothman (b. August 12, 1926)
Biography

  • Art Stoefen (August 29, 1914 - January 7, 1995)
Biography

  • Bob Synnott (September 27, 1912 - November 19, 1985)
Biography

  • Stan Szukala (June 12, 1918 - August 30, 2003)
Biography

  • Dick Triptow (November 3, 1922 - February 20, 2015)
Biography

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