AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (II)
Hoping to keep the ABL at 8 teams for the 1952-53 season, this Jersey City Titans were formed and to be coached by Pete Caruso. The team played some exhibition games prior to the start of the season, but the club had players on the roster who had been implicated in the collegiate basketball point-shaving scandal that was still affecting the game. ABL owners protested these players being in the league and threatened to refuse to play games against them. The Titans, as well as Elmira, who had one suspect player on their roster, withdrew from the league and the league thought it was best to cancel the season since only six teams remained. Elmira would submit to the other owners and release Bill Spivey, the player in question, and the ABL resumed its plans for a 1952-53 season. The Titans would not, and played a few more exhibition games before disbanding. Some of the players who were not involved in the game fixing went to other ABL clubs.
The roster here is for reference, only.
- Pete Caruso (1921 - June 13, 1965)
- Buddy Ackerman (September 4, 1930 - July 9, 2011)
- Ralph Beard (December 2, 1927 - November 29, 2007)
- Charlie Bollinger (July 28, 1928 - July 22, 2014)
- Charlie Burns
- Gerry Calabrese (February 4, 1925 - April 13, 2015)
- Alex Groza (October 7, 1926 - January 21, 1995)
- Dick Hammock (March 12, 1924 - February 1, 1965)
- Gene Melchiorrie (b. August 10, 1927)
- Tom Smith (July 5, 1927 - May 31, 1996)
- William J. Strella (b. around 1929)
- Sherman White (December 16, 1928 - August 4, 2011)