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This article is about the original 1944–1954 Baltimore Bullets ABL/BAA/NBA team. For the 1963–1973 Baltimore Bullets NBA team, see Washington Wizards.

Baltimore Bullets
Defunct Baltimore Bullets logo
Founded 1944
Folded 1954
History Baltimore Bullets (ABL)
1944–1947
Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
1947–1949
Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1949–1954
Home court Baltimore Coliseum
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Colors Blue, red, white
NBA Championships 1 (1948)

The Baltimore Bullets were an American Basketball League (1944–47) team, and later, a Basketball Association of America (1947–49), and (beginning in 1949, following the BAA's merger with the National Basketball League) a National Basketball Association team based in Baltimore, Maryland.

The team folded November 27, 1954, with a 3–11 record, making the Bullets, as of 2018, the last NBA franchise to fold. Out of all defunct NBA teams, the Bullets were members of the association for the longest time and the only defunct team to win a championship. The Baltimore Bullets acquired their name in reference to the Phoenix Shot Tower.

Franchise History

  • Baltimore Bullets (BAA, 1948–1949) – 1 Championship and 2 Playoff Appearances
  • Baltimore Bullets (NBA, 1950–1954) – 1 Playoff Appearance

Season–by–season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses

Year Lg W–L Regular Season Playoffs
1944–45 ABL 14–16 4th Lost ABL Finals
1945–46 ABL 21–13 1st–T Won ABL Finals
1946–47 ABL 31–3, 1st, Southern Division Forfeited ABL finals
1947–48 BAA 28–20 2nd, Western Division Won BAA Finals
1948–49 BAA 29–31 3rd, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1949–50 NBA 25–43 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1950–51 NBA 24–42 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1951–52 NBA 20–46 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1952–53 NBA 16–54 4th, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1953–54 NBA 16–56 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1954–55 NBA 3–11 Eastern Division folded during season

List of notable players

  • John Abramovic
  • Don Barksdale
  • Walt Budko
  • Bill Calhoun
  • Ray Ellefson
  • Ray Felix
  • Paul Gordon
  • Paul Hoffman
  • Bob Houbregs
  • Buddy Jeannette
  • Herman Klotz
  • Jim Luisi
  • Ray Lumpp
  • John Mandic
  • Eddie Miller
  • Ken Murray
  • Don Rehfeldt
  • Chick Reiser
  • Red Rocha
  • Kenny Sailors
  • Fred Scolari
  • Paul Seymour
  • Dick Triptow
  • Mark Workman

Coaches

  • Ben Kramer
  • Red Rosan
  • Buddy Jeannette
  • Walt Budko
  • Fred Scolari
  • Chick Reiser
  • Clair Bee
  • Albert Barthelme

Basketball Hall of Famers

  • Buddy Jeannette (Player, 1947–50/Coach, 1947–51)
  • Clair Bee (coach, 1952–54)

References

Preceded by
Philadelphia Warriors
1947
BAA Champions
Baltimore Bullets

1948
Succeeded by
Minneapolis Lakers
1949 & 1950
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