Thursday, February 21, 2019

1948-49 Montgomery Rebels (SPBL)

1948-49 MONTGOMERY REBELS
SOUTHERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
26-13 .667, 1st place


The defending champion Rebels. who had blistered all opponents the year before, running away with the SPBL title, were poised to repeat under head coach Lenny Rader. A lot of the personnel changed between seasons, and the Rebs saw a challenge to their supremacy from Birmingham. Eventually, Montgomery would hang on to win the regular season, and upon the cancellation of the playoffs, be crowned the SPBL champions again. The Rebels won the SPBL title in the league's only two seasons of existence.



Head Coach: Lenny Rader (March 29, 1921 - December 29, 1996) Also played. See below


PLAYERS: 

  • Darrell Brown (March 14, 1923 - October 7, 1990)
Biography

  • Bob Engle (December 22, 1921 - November 18, 1977)
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  • Shorty Erwin (November 11, 1921 - June 20, 2005)
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  • Art Grove (March 17, 1923 - May 25, 1984)
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  • John Hitson (July 7, 1927 - January 10, 1999)
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  • Hal Kottman (August 22, 1922 - November 30, 2004)
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  • Jerry Lewis 
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  • Bobby Lowther (December 14, 1923 - March 23, 2015)
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  • Howie Rader (March 29, 1921 - February 2, 1991)
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  • Lenny Rader (March 29, 1921 - December 29, 1996)
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  • Pat Rooney
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  • Julie Silverman (October 20, 1926 - February 27, 2019)
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  • Ken Spiker (October 27, 1925 - June 1, 2016)
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  • Jack Watkins (October 27, 1923 - May 22, 1998)
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