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HISTORY OF THE EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE 1946-47 - 1947-48

Contributed by Al Kirk
1946-47 Eastern Basketball League (from 1935 through January 12 1947
known as the Connecticut State League, or the Connecticut Pro League)
EBL MEMBERSHIP CHRONOLOGY 1946-47 - 1947-48
1946-47
In-  Bridgeport Lenox           1946-47            [charter franchise]
     Bridgeport Springwoods     1946-47 - 1947-48  [charter franchise]
     Bristol Tramps             1946-47 - 1947-48  [charter franchise]
     Hartford Atlantics         1946-47            [charter franchise]
     Naugatuck Zephyrs          1946-47            [charter franchise]
     New Britain Pros           1946-47            [charter franchise]
     New Haven Hull Red Devils  1946-47 - 1947-48  [charter franchise]
     Stamford Pros              1946-47 - 1947-48  [charter franchise]
     Torrington Howards         1946-47            [charter franchise]
     Wallington Vets            1946-47 - 1947-48  [charter franchise]
Out- Hartford Atlantics                            [dropped out during season]

1947-48
In-  Danbury Fedoras            1947-48            [expansion franchise]
     Naugatuck Zephyr-Knights   1947-48            [formerly Naugatuck Zephyrs]
     Torrington                 1947-48            [formerly Torrington Howards?]
Out- Bridgeport Lenox                              [dropped out]
     Hartford Atlantics                            [dropped out]
     Naugatuck Zephyrs                             [to Naugatuck Zephyr-Knights]
     New Britain Pros                              [dropped out]
     Torrington Howards                            [to Torrington?]
EBL FRANCHISES BY SEASON 1946-47 - 1947-48
BPL - Bridgeport Lennox           1946-47
BPS - Bridgeport Springfields     1946-47 - 1947-48
BRS - Bristol Tramps              1946-47 - 1947-48
DAN - Danbury Fedoras             1947-48
HAR - Hartford Atlantics          1946-47
NAU - Naugatuck Zephyrs           1946-47
NZK - Naugatuck Zephyr-Knights    1947-48
NBP - New Britain Pros            1946-47
NHR - New Haven Hull Red Devils   1946-47 - 1947-48
STA - Stamford Pros               1946-47 - 1947-48
TOR - Torrington                  1947-48
TRH - Torrington Howards          1946-47
WAL - Wallington Vets             1946-47 - 1947-48
1946-47 - BPL* BPS  BRS  HAR* NAU  NBP*  NHR  STA  TRH  WAL
1947-48 - BPS  BRS  DAN  NZK  NHR  STA   TOR  WAL
Notes:
* - franchise disbanded or relocated after season
# - franchise disbanded during season
EBL YEARLY STANDINGS 1946-47 - 1947-48
1946-47 EBL

NORTH DIVISION               W   L  PCT.  GB
Bristol Tramps*             20   3  .870  ..
Bridgeport Lenox*           15   8  .652   5
New Britain Pros             7  10  .412  10
Hartford Atlantics**         6  12  .333  11.5
Torrington Howards*          6  13  .316  12
South Division               W   L  PCT.  GB
New Haven Hulls Red Devils  20   3  .870  ..
Bridgeport Springwoods*     13   9  .591   6.5
Stamford Pros*               8  13  .389  11
Wallingford Vets             7  15  .318  12.5
Naugatuck Zephyrs*           0  18  .000  17.5
*-These teams had one game remaining on a Sunday afternoon in
which results are not know as of yet.
**Hartford folded with two weeks remaining in the season.
(The Bristol Tramps beat the Hartford Pros, of the New England
League, 74-69,  in a benefit challenge. This game was set up by
local press to pit both league's leaders during the last week
of regular season play to see who was the best.)
EBL PRESIDENT CUP PLAYOFFS
Bristol Tramps were Champions
1947-48 EBL
Bridgeport Springwoods
Bristol Tramps
Danbury Fedoras
Naugatuck Zephyr-Knights
New Haven Hull Red Devils
Stamford Pros
Torrington
Wallingford Vets
EBL INCOMPLETE ROSTERS 1946-47
Bridgeport Lenox - George Barron, Cocco, Mansi, J. Nilan,
Sheehy, Len Salata, Sanipane, Santone, Wilson
Bridgeport Springwoods - Al Bike, Kurinsky
Coach - Al Bike
Bristol Tramps: John Dubrutsky, Freddie Ferrie, Don Galaway,
Jarwarsky, Walt Kresge, Joe Lynch, Miller,  Johnny Slab.
Coach - Jules Larese
Arena - State Armory, Bristol H.S.
Hartford Atlantics - Frank Bores, Bob Carter, Diskon,
H'lmlstein, Keating, Frankie Leonard, Red Meade, Seyetz,
Chick Sposito, Paul Worobel
Naugatuck Zephyrs - Edmonds, McDermott, Pastrelli, Reilly,
Ruzzio, Ryan, Swirsky, Yakowski
New Britain Pros - Bolczyk, Ed " Lindy" Dobek, Hayes, Pat
Mazzerella, Murray, Nueswanger, Olvarson (Olverson), Ruann,
Walsh
New Haven Hulls Red Devils - "Chubby" Malinconico, Johnny
McHugh, Joe St. John
Stamford Pros - Stan Borosky, Tom Callahan, Kane, Karp,
Kweski, Lamora, "Julie" Markiewicz, Minsk
Torrington Howards - Callahan, Galaise, Hoyradst,
Horwarth/Horvarth, Krulicki, Mele, Mooney, Ponzi, Zucco
Wallingford Vets - "Ace" Crisafi, Frank Cristalli, Harry
Junderford, Will Lacroix, Joe Kubeo, Pat Mazarella,
Riccitelli, Herkie Rubenstein, Al Semenko, Walt Yaskof,
Coach - Herkie Rubenstein