Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1926-27 Brooklyn Arcadians / Brooklyn Celtics (ABL)

1926-27 BROOKLYN ARCADIANS / BROOKLYN CELTICS
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (I)
First Half:
13-8 .619, 4th place (Arcadians 0-5, Celtics 13-3)
Second Half:
19-2 .905, 1st place
Championship - Defeated Cleveland, 3-0

The Arcadians started the season by dropping their first five games. On December 3, 1926, the floundering Arcadians were kicked out of the league by League President Joe Carr. Carr has already arranged for the Original Celtics to leave their current New York league to take the Arcadian's place.  They went 13-3 to finish the first half in fourth place. In the second half they rolled to a 19-2 record and win the title by 4 games. The Celtics swept first place champions Cleveland in the ABL Championship.

Five of the seven Arcadian players went to other clubs in the league.

Worth noting is that the Original Celtics were supposed to join the ABL prior to the season, but decided to join the NBL instead. When the NBL began to fall apart not even a month into the season, luring them to replace the Arcadians was fairly simple.

  • Head Coaches: 
Garry Schmeelk (March 23, 1891 - October 17, 1941) 0-5 Also played. See Below
Johnny Whitty (February 2, 1896 - December 26, 1965)  32-5



PLAYERS: 

ARCADIANS:
  • Buddy Bushman (December 18, 1902 - August 9, 1961)
Biography 

  • Walter Jamieson (February 2, 1904 - March 23, 1993)
Biography

  • Willie "Squire" McDonald  
Biography

  • Willie McWalters (October 25, 1891 - August 9, 1948)
Biography

  • Gary Schmeelk (March 23, 1891 - October 17, 1941)
Biography 

  • Dick Smyth (March 18, 1894 - September 11, 1967)
Biography

  • Joe Wallace (May 15, 1901 - January 12, 1972)
Biography

CELTICS:
  • Davey Banks (c.1901 - August 24, 1952
Biography


  • Pete Barry (November 16, 1896 - August 29, 1968)
Biography

  • Johnny Beckman (October 26, 1892 - June 22, 1968)
Biography

  • Dutch Dehnert (April 5, 1898 - April 20, 1979)
Biography


  • Nat Holman (October 19, 1896 - February 12, 1995)
Biography


  • Joe Lapchick (April 12, 1900 - August 10, 1970)
Biography


  • Chris Leonard (February 10, 1890 - May 11, 1957)
Biography

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