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BILL SPIVEY'S PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Contributed by Jack Black, J. Michael Kenyon, Bill Hoover and
Robert Bradley

1951 –    Seven-foot Bill Spivey refuses to cooperate with gambling
          scandal investigators. He is indicted for perjury and
          suspended, never again allowed to wear his No. 77 Kentucky
          jersey.  He refuses to implicate teammates accused of
          fixing games and, despite a hung jury at his trial, NBA
          Commissioner Maurice Podoloff bans him for life.
1952-53 – Spivey plays with a barnstorming team called the Detroit
          Vagabonds.
15Oct53 – Spivey signs to play with the Boston Whirlwinds of the
          Harlem Globetrotter organization (His player-coach is
          Bob Karstens).
1953-54 - Bill Spivey and Bobby Showboat Hall had a big fight in a
          game in Brisbane, Australia during the 1953-54 season.
          After the fight the game ended with Claude Overton hitting
          a shot at the buzzer giving the Boston Whirlwinds a victory
          over the Trotters.  The Trotters manager ran to the score
          table and "found an error."  The Trotters won in overtime,
          but Kline admits that Spivey was on the team which broke a
          regular season win streak of years and years.
          WESTERN TEAM - of Bobby Hall, Bobby Milton, Sammy Gee,
          Rookie Brown, Jumping Johnny Wilson, Lee Gardner, Frank
          Washington, Bobby Knight, and John Kline.
1954 –    When Bevo Francis, celebrated collegiate scoring star, is
          signed to play with the Whirlwinds, Spivey is switched over
          to the Trotters’ “House of David” team for a summer tour of
          U.S. ballparks.
29Jul54 – Francis scores 21 and Spivey 27 in the Whirlwinds’ 47-46
          preliminary game victory over the House of David. In the
          feature, before 13,444 at Fenway Park, the Trotters beat the
          U.S. Stars, 61-41, with Goose Tatum scoring 18.
21Oct54 – Bill Spivey scores 29 in an 86-62 House of David loss to the
          Harlem Globetrotters before 1,100 at Antioch High as the
          1954-55 Trotter season commences.
1954-55 – Spivey is “transferred” to the original Washington Generals.
          He scores 27 for them in a 64-58 loss to the Toledo Mercurys
          before 3,600 at the Portland (ME) Exposition Bldg on November
          17, 1954.
15Jan55 – Goose Tatum scores 21 as the Globetrotters defeat the
          Professional All-Stars (a consortium of General, Mercury and
          Philadelphia SPHA players, including Bill Spivey), 57-50,
          before 9,541 in the Cow Palace at San Francisco. Spivey is
          said by Trotter publicist Tom Walsh to be averaging 30 points
          a game.
1955 -    After the 1954-55 season, Spivey is said to have returned to
          the University of Kentucky campus to complete work toward his
          degree.
1955-56 – Spivey begins touring with Marques Haynes’ Harlem Magicians,
          who now also feature Goose Tatum. Dec. 14, 1955 – The
          Magicians, with Tatum pouring in 50, beat the New York
          Olympians, led by Bill Spivey’s 30 points, before 2,500 at
          the Portland (ME) Exposition Bldg.
          NEW YORK OLYMPIANS - Bill Spivey, Charlie Hadden, Bob Fowler,
          Bob Righetti, Tom Gatzek, Ted Lyons, and Byron Anderson.
          HARLEM MAGICIANS - Goose Tatum, Marques Haynes, Van Phillips,
          Boyd Buie, Bertrand, Kenneth McBride, Jerry Johnson, Fred
          Andrews, and Lester Burks.
5Mar56 –  Spivey’s New York Olympians lose, 97-91, to the Magicians
          before 4,000 at Rancho High in Las Vegas.  Tatum outscores
          Spivey, 57 to 51.
6Apr56 –  Spivey scores 50 and Tatum 46 as the Magicians beat the New
          York Olympians, 94-81, at the Tacoma (WA) Armory.
1956-57 – The name of the Magician opposition team is changed to the
          Kentucky Colonels, probably in Spivey's honor.  Tatum and
          Spivey continue to be the high-scoring magnets.
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
[as member of Elvira Colonels]
16Oct52  Wilkes-Barre 81, Elmira 70 (Attendance - 842)
         Spivey's first Colonels game, 21 points scored
23Oct52  Jersey City 95, Elmira 78  (Attendance - 1200)
         Spivey's second and final Colonels game, 32 points scored
'LOST' EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON RECORD
[as member of Wilkes-Barre Barons]
DATE     OPPONENT          SCORE      POINTS
15Feb58  @Williamsport    116-126 L     21
23Feb58  Hazleton         109-111 L     22
24Feb58  Reeding          Forfeit W
 2Mar58  @Hazleton        111-102 W     12
 8Mar58  Scranton         108-93  W     12
 9Mar58  Easton           123-113 W     36
14Mar58  @Sunbury         100-101 L     27
15Mar58  @Scranton        108-107 W     31
16Mar58  @Wilmington      128-117 W     27
'LOST' EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFF RECORD
DATE     OPPONENT          SCORE      POINTS  ATTENDANCE
23Mar58  Hazleton         109-97  W     11       3595
29Mar58  Sunbury          117-114 W-OT  31
 5Apr58  @Sunbury         115-114 W-OT  29       1115
12Apr58  Easton           119-107 W     48
19Apr58  @Easton          109-124 L     37
20Apr58  Easton @Scranton 143-124 W     62        746
EBL FACTS
DATE     GAME SCORE/FACT                                POINTS
15Feb58  Wilkes-Barre 116, Williamsport 126               21
         First Wilkes-Barre Barons game
23Feb58  Hazleton 111, Wilkes-Barre 109 (OT)              22
         First home game in Wilkes-Barre
23Mar58  Hazleton 97, Wilkes-Barre 109                    11
         First playoff game
20Apr58  Easton 124, Wilkes-Barre 143                     62
         12th EBL championship, playoff scoring record
24Mar59  Baltimore 91, Wilkes-Barre 117                   64
         First EBL player to score 1000 points in season
18Apr59  Scranton 106, Wilkes-Barre 113                   47
         13th EBL championship, final Barons game
12Nov59  Sunbury 86, Baltimore 92                         23
         First Baltimore Bullets game
 5Apr61  Allentown 124, Baltimore 107                     27
         Special playoff game to determine first place
15Apr61  Allentown 104, Baltimore 119                     28
         15th EBL championship
26Jan63  Allentown 131, Scranton 109                      19
         First Scranton Miners game
 3Feb63  Wilkes-Barre 108, Scranton 90                    13
         First home game in Scranton
 2Apr67  Wilmington 143, Scranton 110                     13
         Final EBL playoff game
 1Jan68  Wilmington 150, Scranton 130                      7
         Last Miners game
 6Jan68  Sunbury 124, Wilkes-Barre 125                     8
         Returns to Wilkes-Barre
 4Feb68  Scranton 125, Wilkes-Barre 118                    3
         Final Barons game
 
EBL PLAYOFF RECORD
DATE     OPPONENT                   SCORE     POINTS  ATTENDANCE
28Mar59  @Easton                   102-109 L    40
29Mar59  Easton                    119-109 W    44       1100
 4Apr59  Easton                     93-85  W    44
11Apr59  @Scranton                 112-104 W    45       1678
12Apr59  Scranton                   98-109 L    28       1200
18Apr59  Scranton                  112-106 W    47       1500
20Mar60  Allentown                 103-89  W    44
26Mar60  Easton @Phillipsburg, NJ  112-110 W    40
27Mar60  Easton                    120-131 L    41
 2Apr60  Easton @Allentown         107-114 L    37
 5Apr61  @Allentown                107-124 L    27
 9Apr61  Allentown                 132-107 W    48
15Apr61  @Allentown                119-104 W    28       3500
15Mar64  @Camden                   120-132 L    20       2876
20Mar64  Camden                    123-105 W    33       1642
25Mar64  Camden                    125-131 L    14       2000
20Mar65  @Sunbury                  123-124 L    42
21Mar65  Sunbury                   137-129 W    45       1863
27Mar65  Sunbury                   123-121 W    20
 4Apr65  Allentown                 128-126 W    49       2116
10Apr64  @Allentown                133-142 L    30       1680
24Apr65  Allentown                 111-131 L    31       1837
12Mar66  @Sunbury                  132-136 L    18
11Mar67  Wilkes-Barre              119-408 W    10       3107
12Mar67  @Wilkes-Barre             151-160 L    13       1600
15Mar67  Wilkes-Barre              141-130 W    24       3500
18Mar67  Allentown                 124-122 W    29       2017
19Mar67  @Allentown                139-132 W     4
26Mar67  @Wilmington               116-119 L    16       1217
27Mar67  Wilmington                149-142 W    35       2150
30Mar67  @Wilmington               103-121 L     8       1650
31Mar67  Wilmington                110-143 L    13       2100
ABL FACTS
DATE     GAME SCORE/FACT                            POINTS ATTENDANCE
27Oct61  Los Angeles 96, San Francisco 99             20      5137
         First ABL game, first Los Angeles Jets game
30Oct61  Chicago 116, Los Angeles 119                 17      8384
         First game in Los Angeles
 6Nov61  San Francisco 116, Los Angeles 113           19      1634
         First Jets game in Olympic Stadium
22Nov61  Chicago 118, Los Angeles 90                  11      2895
         Played in Milwaukee
 1Dec61  Cleveland 113, Los Angeles 92                12
         Played in Columbus
26Dec61  Los Angeles 110, San Francisco 114           34      3045
         Most points scored as a Jet
 5Jan62  Chicago 106, Los Angeles 103                 26      5000
         Played in Wichita
 9Jan62  Hawaii 103, Los Angeles 140                  22      2791
         Free admission
10Jan62  Los Angeles 123, Hawaii 122                  19      2684
         Played in San Francisco, final Jets game
23Jan62  Cleveland 100, Hawaii 106                    31      2819
         First Hawaii Chiefs game
 4Feb62  Kansas City 105, Hawaii 92                   30      7857
         Played in Los Angeles
 6Feb62  Kansas City 88, Hawaii 85                    24      4200
         Played in San Diego
14Feb62  Cleveland 115, Hawaii 103                    29      1240
         Played in New Castle, PA
15Feb62  Cleveland 112, Hawaii 108                    44
         Most points as Hawaii Chief
17Feb62  New York 103, Hawaii 85                      29      5600
         Played in Oklahoma City
18Feb62  Hawaii 105, New York 103                     19      5000
         Played in Tulsa
26Feb62  Chicago 97, Hawaii 77                        22      1553
         Played in Hilo, HI
 9Mar62  Chicago 104, Hawaii 92                       16      7322
         Played in Miami Beach
10Mar62  Hawaii 110, Chicago 103                      28      7656
         Played in Miami Beach
11Mar62  Chicago 111, Hawaii 95                       19      5500
         Played in Jacksonville
12Mar62  Chicago 113, Hawaii 93                       21      4800
         Played in Jacksonville
29Mar62  New York 125, Hawaii 116                     28      3453
         Played in Pittsburgh, first ABL playoff game
         Last Hawaii game
17Nov62  Kansas City 96, Long Beach 105               20      3453
         First Long Beach Chiefs game
28Nov62  Long Beach 96, Chicago 87                    27      6829
         Played in Toronto
29Nov62  Long Beach 107, Chicago 74                   21      5000
         Played in Rochester
29Dec62  Oakland 111, Long Beach 124                  38      2141
         Most points as Long Beach Chief
30Dec62  Oakland 100, Long Beach 104                  31      1003
         Final ABL game
BILL SPIVEY'S CAREER STATISTICS
Contributed by Robert Bradley
Center, 7'0", 200 lbs.
Hometown - Warner Robins, GA
Born - 19Mar29, Lakeland, FL
Died - 8May95
COLLEGE STATISTICS 1949-50 - 1950-51
SEASON   TEAM                      GP  PNTS   PPG
1949-50  University of Kentucky    30   578  19.3
1950-51  University of Kentucky    33   635  19.2
PROFESSIONAL STATISTICS 1957-58 - 1967-68
SEASON   TEAM               LEAGUE GP  PNTS   PPG
1957-58  Wilkes-Barre        EBL    8   188  23.5
1958-59  Wilkes-Barre        EBL   28  1004  35.9
1959-60  Baltimore           EBL   27   979  36.3
1960-61  Baltimore           EBL   28   793  28.3
1961-62  Los Angeles/Hawaii  ABL   78  1773  22.7
1962-63  Long Beach          ABL   29   849  29.2
1962-63  Scranton            EBL   13   323  24.8
1963-64  Scranton            EBL   28   457  16.3
1964-65  Scranton            EBL   28   756  27.0
1965-66  Scranton            EBL   26   362  13.9
1966-67  Scranton            EBL   28   425  15.2
1967-68  Wilkes-Barre        EBL   18   187  10.4