Monday, January 23, 2017

Milestone #2

Milestone #2

I have now finished going through the BAA's three seasons and players. This was much easier since there were much fewer seasons than the NBL (which I have already gone through) and a lot of the players in the BAA were already profiled during my NBL work.

Of course, after the 1948-49 season, the BAA merged with the NBL and became the NBA, so this is hardly the end of my task. However, it is a milestone to finish. From here, I am not sure if I will continue on with the NBA, go back and look at another league (maybe the American Basketball League, or the short-lived Professional Basketball Association.)

Either way, here is the BAA by the numbers:

Number of BAA players:  295 (102 of which also played in the NBL)
Unidentified/unknown whereabouts: 1 (Gene Gillette - I have found so very little information about him, I question whether what other encyclopedias currently state is accurate)
Surviving BAA players: 9, not including Gillette. A few of them are not confirmed to still be with us.


Longevity:
Of the 295 players, 14.92% of the BAA players are known to have lived to see the age of 90. 2.37% died before the age of 50. 2 of the BAA's currently surviving players are in their 80's, the rest have passed 90.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for what's next.

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