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The National Basketball League was a major professional men's basketball league in the United States of America and Canada. The league was founded as the Midwest Basketball Conference in 1935-36 with nine teams and was renamed the National Basketball League in 1937-38. The league, then with 10 teams, merged with the Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association in 1949-50, bringing eight of its teams into the new league while the other two folded. One of the league's former teams, the Oshkosh All-Stars, folded before playing a game in the new league after a move to Milwaukee.

Map

KEY: BLUE = End of Final Season or 1949-50 Expansion Franchise. RED = Franchise Prior to End of Final Season. GRAY = No Games. National Basketball League (1937-1949).png

Franchise Histories

Seasons

Season Championship
Midwest Basketball Conference
1935-36 Chicago Duffy Florals 39 - 35 Indianapolis Kautsky A.C. (single-elimination)
1936-37 Akron Goodyear Regulars 2 - 0 Fort Wayne General Electrics (best-of-three)
National Basketball League
1937-38 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots 2 - 1 Oshkosh All-Stars (best-of-three)
1938-39 Akron Firestone Nonskids 3 - 2 Oshkosh All-Stars (best-of-five)
1939-40 Akron Firestone Nonskids 3 - 2 Oshkosh All-Stars (best-of-five)
1940-41 Oshkosh All-Stars 3 - 0 Sheboygan Redskins (best-of-five)
1941-42 Oshkosh All-Stars 2 - 1 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (best-of-three)
1942-43 Sheboygan Redskins 2 - 1 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (best-of-three)
1943-44 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons 3 - 0 Sheboygan Redskins (best-of-five)
1944-45 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons 3 - 2 Sheboygan Redskins (best-of-five)
1945-46 Rochester Royals 3 - 0 Sheboygan Redskins (best-of-five)
1946-47 Chicago American Gears 3 - 1 Rochester Royals (best-of-five)
1947-48 Minneapolis Lakers 3 - 1 Rochester Royals (best-of-five)
1948-49 Anderson Duffey Packers 3 - 0 Oshkosh All-Stars (best-of-five)