Chicago Stags Information

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Chicago Stags
Chicago Stags logo
ConferenceWestern (1946–1949)
Central (1949–1950)
DivisionWestern Division
Founded1946
HistoryChicago Stags
1946–1950
Arena Chicago Stadium
Location Chicago, Illinois
Team colorsRed, blue, white
              
Head coach Harold Olsen (1946–1948)
Philip Brownstein (1948–1950)
Championships0
Conference titles1 (1947)
Uniforms

The Chicago Stags were an original National Basketball Association franchise based in Chicago, Illinois from 1946 to 1950.

History

The beginning of a new league

In the BAA's inaugural year, the Chicago Stags were placed in the Western Division, and after 60 games were tied with the St. Louis Bombers at 38–22 each. A tiebreaker game between the two teams on March 31, 1947, resulted in the Stags defeating the Bombers in overtime, 73–66, to clinch the division and a first round bye. Under the initial playoff format, the two division champions faced each other in the Semifinals. The Stags defeated the Washington Capitols, the only team to finish with a better record than the Stags, 4–2, and went on to lose to the Philadelphia Warriors in the BAA Finals, 4–1.

1947–48 season

The next season, the Stags finished second in their division with a 28–20 record, one game behind the St. Louis Bombers, and second overall in the league. In the playoffs, they won a tiebreaker game against the Washington Capitols, advancing to play the Boston Celtics in the First Round. The Stags won, moving into the Semifinals for the second consecutive year. However, they were defeated by the eventual champions, the Baltimore Bullets.

1948–49 season

The next year, the Stags finished third, 38–22, seven games behind division-winning Rochester Royals. The playoffs were expanded from six to eight teams, and the Stags played the Minneapolis Lakers in the Division Semifinals where they lost 2–0.

1949–50 season

In the their final season, the Stags finished tied for third with the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons with a 40–28 record, and again lost to the Lakers in the Division Semifinals. It marked the end of the NBA in Chicago until the Chicago Packers were joined in 1961.

On April 25, 1950, Bob Cousy was drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks but did not sign with the team. Cousy wanted $10,000 and Blackhawks owner Ben Kerner countered with $6,000 in negotiations. Cousy was then sold to the Stags in a trade. [1] When the Stags folded, a dispersal draft was held on October 5, 1950 to divide their players throughout the league. Cousy was drafted by the Boston Celtics. [2]

The Stags were one of seven teams that quickly left the NBA: the Anderson Packers, Sheboygan Red Skins and Waterloo Hawks jumped to the NPBL, while the Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets and St. Louis Bombers folded. The league went from 17 teams to 11 before the 1950–51 season started, and midway through the season, the Washington Capitols folded as well, bringing the number of teams in the league down to 10. [3]

Arena

The Stags played at Chicago Stadium, which was located at 1800 West Madison Street and was demolished in 1995 to make way for the United Center. [4]

Notable players

Season-by-season records

NBA champions Conference champions Division champions Playoff berth
Season League Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards
1946–47 BAA Western 1st 39 22 .639 Won BAA Semifinals ( Capitols) 4–2
Lost BAA Finals ( Warriors) 1–4
1947–48 BAA Western 2nd 28 20 .583 1 Won Division Tiebreaker ( Capitols)
Won First Round ( Boston) 2–1
Lost BAA Semifinals ( Bullets) 0–2
1948–49 BAA Western 3rd 38 22 .633 7 Lost Division Semifinals ( Lakers) 0–2
1949–50 NBA Central 3rd 40 28 .588 11 Lost Division Tiebreaker ( Pistons)
Lost Division Semifinals ( Lakers) 0–2
Regular season record 145 92 .612 1946–1950
Playoff record 8 14 .364 Postseason series record: 3–5

Aftermath

The Chicago Bulls wore replicas of the 1946 Stags uniforms during the 2005–06 NBA season as part of the NBA's "Hardwood Classics" program (they wore them on December 5, 2005, February 22, 2006 and April 16, 2006). [5] [6]

References

  1. ^ "Ben Kerner NBA & ABA Basketball Executive Record - Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "Bob Cousy Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "1949-50 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "History of the Chicago Stags". nbahoopsonline.com.
  5. ^ "Bulls Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Chicago Stags". Chicago Bulls. December 2, 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Ballantini, Brett (April 17, 2006). "STAG PARTY: BULLS PAY TRIBUTE TO THE CHICAGO STAGS". Chicago Bulls. Retrieved December 22, 2017.