Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Puggy Bell

Clarence Randolph "Puggy" Bell

November 26, 1914
New York, NY

February 19, 1985
New York, NY

1938-39 New York Rens (Independent)
1939-40 New York Rens (Independent)
1940-41 New York Rens (Independent)
1941-42 New York Rens (Independent)
1942-43 New York Rens (Independent)
1942-43 Washington Bears (Independent)
1943-44 New York Rens (Independent)
1943-44 Washington Bears (Independent)
1944-45 New York Rens (Independent)
1944-45 Washington Bears (Independent)1945-46 New York Rens (Independent)
1945-46 Washington Bears (Independent)1945-46 Wilkes-Barre Barons (PSL)
1946-47 New York Rens (Independent)
1947-48 Saratoga Indians (NYSL)
1947-48 Bridgeport (ECBL)
1948-49 Troy Celtics (NYSL)
1948-49 Sarasota Indians (NYSL)
1948-49 Bristol (ECBL)
1949-50 Bristol (ECBL)
1950-51 Bristol (ECBL)
1950-51 Manchester (ECBL)
1950-51 Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL)
1951-52 Manchester British Americans (ABL)
1952-53 Manchester British Americans (ABL) Head coach / player

Bell was a long-time basketball star with independent clubs like the New York Rens and the Washington Bears. In 1939, the Rens won the World Basketball Championship and Bell became the first black player to be selected MVP. In the late 1940's, he played a few seasons in the Eastern League and the New York State League before joining the Harlem Yankees in 1950. Already 36, Bell played sparingly that first year but would spend three season in the ABL, with his last year seeing him coach the Manchester team as well as playing on it occasionally.



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