George Harry Yardley III was an American basketball player. He was the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1, Yardley was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. The nickname was shortened to Bird. After his three-year career at Stanford, Yardley played one year of AAU basketball, during his navy stint, Yardleys amateur team won the national A. A. U. championship in 1951, with Yardley being selected the national amateur player-of-the-year. He was drafted by the NBA Fort Wayne Pistons in 1950, at 65, Yardley was a good-sized forward in 1950s basketball and was described as an offensive-minded player with a knack for scoring in his Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame biography. Described as a flamboyant and gregarious player who never did anything without flair, Yardley had a stellar 7-year career and he led the Fort Wayne Pistons to two NBA Finals before the team moved to Detroit in 1957. That year, Yardley set NBA records for most free throws attempted and most free throws made, following a sixth All-Star season in 1959–1960, in which he averaged 20.2 points per game, George Yardley retired from basketball at the age of 31.
He was the first player in NBA history to retire after averaging at least 20 PPG in his final year. Although Alex Groza had a 21.7 PPG average in his final NBA season in 1951, his career ended as a result of a lifelong ban and he made a brief comeback in the short-lived American Basketball League with the Los Angeles Jets in 1961–62. Making use of his degree from Stanford, Yardley started his own engineering company in California following his retirement from the NBA. In 1996, Yardley was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, in a touching tribute to Yardley, Pete Newell said George Yardley embodies what the Hall of Fame is all about. A marvelous athlete who made use of his natural talents, a demeanor on the court a coach admires. Yardley died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrigs disease, George Yardley Company, industrial supply retailer Stanford University Hall-of-Fame Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF
Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy
The Larry OBrien NBA Championship Trophy is the championship trophy awarded annually by the National Basketball Association to the winner of the NBA Finals. The name of the trophy was the Walter A. Brown Trophy until 1984, before joining the NBA, OBrien was the United States Postmaster General under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1968. The trophy, made of 14.5 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay, valued at $13,500, the trophy is manufactured by the Tiffany & Co. The winning team maintains permanent possession of the trophy, the year and winning team names are engraved on the trophies, and are often prominently displayed in the winning teams arena. Although the Larry OBrien Trophy has been compared with the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup, to reduce this discrepancy, the NBA has been actively promoting the OBrien Trophy in recent years to generate more recognition and an iconic status for the trophy. After the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Finals in 2004, the trophy was toured around the state of Michigan, in 2005, the NBA Legends Tour was launched in New York City.
As part of the tour, the O’Brien Trophy was showcased in various cities—including those that were hosting the playoffs—for fans autograph and it was escorted by many former players, including Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell. In May 2007, the NBA unveiled the NBA Headquarters on Second Life, with this launch, fans could take pictures with the championship trophy in the virtual Toyota Larry OBrien Trophy Room. In August, the trophy traveled to Hong Kong for the first time as part of the NBA Madness Asia Tour
International Standard Book Number
The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, the method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering created in 1966, the 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure, this can be rectified later. Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number, identifies periodical publications such as magazines, the ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 in the United Kingdom by David Whitaker and in 1968 in the US by Emery Koltay.
The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108, the United Kingdom continued to use the 9-digit SBN code until 1974. The ISO on-line facility only refers back to 1978, an SBN may be converted to an ISBN by prefixing the digit 0. For example, the edition of Mr. J. G. Reeder Returns, published by Hodder in 1965, has SBN340013818 -340 indicating the publisher,01381 their serial number. This can be converted to ISBN 0-340-01381-8, the check digit does not need to be re-calculated, since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland European Article Number EAN-13s. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an ebook, a paperback, and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, a 13-digit ISBN can be separated into its parts, and when this is done it is customary to separate the parts with hyphens or spaces.
Separating the parts of a 10-digit ISBN is done with either hyphens or spaces, figuring out how to correctly separate a given ISBN number is complicated, because most of the parts do not use a fixed number of digits. ISBN issuance is country-specific, in that ISBNs are issued by the ISBN registration agency that is responsible for country or territory regardless of the publication language. Some ISBN registration agencies are based in national libraries or within ministries of culture, in other cases, the ISBN registration service is provided by organisations such as bibliographic data providers that are not government funded. In Canada, ISBNs are issued at no cost with the purpose of encouraging Canadian culture. In the United Kingdom, United States, and some countries, where the service is provided by non-government-funded organisations. Australia, ISBNs are issued by the library services agency Thorpe-Bowker
Earl Francis Lloyd was an American professional basketball player. He was the first black person to play in the National Basketball Association, three other African Americans played in the same season, Chuck Cooper, Nathaniel Sweetwater Clifton, and Hank DeZonie. Lloyd played collegiately at West Virginia State College, and was selected in the ninth-round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Washington Capitols, on October 31,1950, Lloyd became the first African American to play in an NBA game, against the Rochester Royals. Earl Lloyd was born in Alexandria, Virginia on April 3,1928 and his parents were Theodore Lloyd, Sr. and Daisy Lloyd. His father worked in the industry and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. Being a high school standout, Lloyd was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference three times and the All-State Virginia Interscholastic Conference twice, Lloyd did attend a segregated school, but gives gratitude to his family and educators for helping him through the tough times and his success after school.
Lloyd was a 1946 graduate of Parker-Grey High School and received a scholarship to play basketball at West Virginia State, in school he was nicknamed Moon Fixer because of his size and was known as a defensive specialist. Lloyd led West Virginia State to two CIAA Conference and Tournament Championships in 1948 and 1949 and he was named All-Conference three times and was All-American twice, as named by the Pittsburgh Courier. As a senior, he averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game, while leading West Virginia State to a finish in the CIAA Conference. In 1947–48, West Virginia State was the undefeated team in the United States. Nicknamed The Big Cat, Lloyd was one of three players to enter the NBA at the same time. It was only because of the order in which the season openers fell that Lloyd was the first to actually play in a game in the NBA scoring six points that Halloween night. The date was October 31,1950, one day ahead of Cooper of the Boston Celtics, Lloyd played in over 560 games in nine seasons, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Lloyd played in seven games for the Washington Capitols before the team folded on January 9,1951. He was drafted into the U. S. Army at Fort Sill, Lloyd served time fighting in the Korean War before coming back to basketball. He spent six seasons with Syracuse and two with the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1961, Lloyd wasn’t impervious to racism while in the NBA. He recalls being refused service multiple times and was even spit on by a fan in Indiana, Lloyd persevered and said that these instances only pushed him and made him play harder. Lloyd retired ranked 43rd in career scoring with 4,682 points, in the 1953–54 season, Lloyd led the NBA in both personal fouls and disqualifications
The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Central Division. The team plays its games at The Palace of Auburn Hills and was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941. The Pistons joined the Basketball Association of America in 1948, in 1949, the NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA, and the Pistons became part of the merged league. Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won three NBA championships in 1989,1990 and 2004. The Detroit Pistons franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, owners Fred Zollner and his sister Janets Zollner Corporation was a foundry, manufacturing pistons, primarily for car and locomotive engines. The Zollner Pistons were NBL champions in 1944 and 1945 and they won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1944,1945 and 1946. In 1948, the became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball Association of America.
In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA, there are suggestions that Pistons players conspired with gamblers to shave points and throw various games during the 1953–54 and 1954–55 seasons. In particular, there are accusations that the team may have intentionally lost the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals, in the decisive Game 7, the Pistons led Syracuse 41–24 early in the second quarter, the Nationals rallied to win the game. Syracuse won on a throw by George King with twelve seconds left in the game. After the 1956–57 season, Zollner decided that Fort Wayne was too small to support an NBA team, although it was the fifth largest city in the United States at the time, Detroit had not seen professional basketball in a decade. In 1947, they had lost the Detroit Gems of the NBL, Zollner decided to keep the Pistons name, believing it made sense given Detroits status as the center of the automobile industry. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons, the franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling both on the court and at the box office.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the Pistons were characterized by strong individuals. In fact, in their first 27 years in Detroit, they only had three winning seasons, some of the superstars who played for the team included Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Jimmy Walker, and Bob Lanier. At one point DeBusschere was the youngest player-coach in the history of the NBA, DeBusschere became a key player in leading the Knicks to two NBA titles. Detroit qualified for the postseason in four seasons, but never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs
Frank Sands Brian is an American former professional basketball player. A 6’1 guard from Louisiana State University, Brian signed with the Anderson Packers of the National Basketball League in 1947, in 1949 the NBL and BAA merged to form the NBA. He scored 2,442 points in three seasons with the Packers, joined the Chicago Stags of the NBA when the Packers franchise folded following the 1949–1950 season, the Stags quickly traded Brian to the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, whom Brian represented as an NBA All-Star in 1951. Brian earned All-NBA Second Teams honors in 1951 after averaging 16.8 points,3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. Frank Led Tri-Cities Blackhawks in scoring in 1951. Frank was 5th in the League with his 1,144 points for the Blackhawks during 1951–1952 season, in May 1951, the Blackhawks traded Brian to the Fort Wayne Pistons for Howie Schultz and Dick Mehen. Frank led Ft. Wayne Pistons in scoring in 1952 &1953, Brian had five productive seasons with the Pistons, who went to the NBA Championships in 1955 and 1956, and he retired in 1956 with 6,663 combined NBL/NBA career points.
• Basketball All-American at LSU and 2-time All-Southeast Conference, • National Basketball League All-Rookie • 2-Time NBL All-Star • Nicknamed Flash for being one of the Leagues fastest players. • NBA Basketball Pioneer. played in first 7 seasons of NBA history • Played in first two NBA All-Star games • All-NBA • Led Tri-Cities Blackhawks in scoring in 1951, • Was 5th in the League with his 1,144 points for the Blackhawks during 1951–1952 season. • Ranked 6th in the league with 1,051 points during the 1951–52 season with the Fort Wayne Pistons, • Led Ft. Wayne Pistons in scoring in 1952 &1953. • Ranked in Top-6 in NBA in scoring for 3 consecutive seasons • Led NBA in Games Played in 1952 • 2nd Best Free Throw Percentage in NBA in 1955 • Played in 1955 and 1956 NBA Championships. • Played in first NBA Championship Series of the Shot Clock Era • Scored 6,663 points in 10-year professional career, • Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. • Inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame on September 13,2013
Walter Raymond Wally Osterkorn was an American professional basketball player. A65 forward from the University of Illinois, Osterkorn began his pro career with the St. Paul Lights of the National Professional Basketball League during the 1950-51 season. When St. Osterkorn played the final 19 games for Sheboygan and he was named to the NPBLs second team as a forward after averaging 13 points per game, sixth-best in the league. Osterkorn played four seasons in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Syracuse Nationals and he averaged 7.0 points per game and won a league championship in 1955
Robert J. Bob Houbregs was a Canadian professional basketball player. A 6-foot 8-inch, 225-pound forward-center, Houbregs attended the University of Washington from 1949 to 1953, in 1952, Houbregs was a Second Team Consensus All-America selection.8 points per game in the post-season. Houbregs career scoring average was 9.3 points per game, Houbregs served as general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics from 1970 to 1973. Houbregs was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, in 2000, Houbregs was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the sport as a player. Hoophall. com Career Statistics Where Are They Now, Bob Houbregs
The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and they have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. The second title came in the 1966–67 season, a team which was led by Chamberlain, the third title came in the 1982–83 season, won by a team led by Erving and Malone. The 76ers have only been back to the NBA Finals once since then, in 2001, while in the NBL with teams largely consisting of small Midwestern towns, the Nationals put together a 21–23 record, finishing in 4th place. In the playoffs, the Nats would be beaten by the fellow upstate neighbor Rochester Royals in 4 games, in their second season, 1947–48, the Nationals would struggle, finishing in 5th place with a 24–36 record.
Despite their struggles, the Nats would make the playoffs, getting swept by the Anderson Duffey Packers in 3 straight games, several teams began to leave the NBL for the BAA as the foundation for an absorption was laid. The Nationals recipe for success began by recruiting Leo Ferris, in the playoffs the Nationals would make quick work of the Hammond Calumet Buccaneers, winning the series in 2 straight games. However, in the semifinals the Nats would fall to the Anderson Duffey Packers for the second season in 4 games. In 1949, the Nationals were one of seven NBL teams that were absorbed by the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA, the Nationals were an instant success in the NBA, winning the Eastern Division in the 1949–1950 season, with a league best record of 51–13. In the playoffs the Nationals continued to play basketball, beating the Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight. Moving on to the Eastern Finals, the Nationals battled the New York Knickerbockers, in the NBA Finals, the Nationals faced fellow NBL alums the Minneapolis Lakers.
In Game 1 of the Finals the Nats lost just their home game of the season 68–66. The Nats did not recover, as they fell behind 3 games to 1 before falling in 6 games, despite several teams leaving the NBA for the National Professional Basketball League before the 1950–1951 season, the Nationals decided to stay put. In their second NBA season the Nationals played mediocre basketball all season, however, in the playoffs the Nats played their best basketball of the season as they stunned the 1st place Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight, taking Game 1 on the road in overtime 91–89. In the Eastern Finals the Nationals were beaten by the New York Knickerbockers in a hard-fought 5-game series, in the playoffs the Nats knocked off the Philadelphia Warriors again in a 3-game series. However, in the Eastern Finals the Nats fell to the New York Knickerbockers again, the Nationals would finish in 2nd place in a hard fought 3-way battle for first place in the Eastern Division for the 1952–1953 season, with a record of 47–24.
In the playoffs the Nationals would face the Boston Celtics dropping Game 1 at home 87–81, the Nationals acquired Alex Groza, and Ralph Beard as the Indianapolis Olympians folded leaving the NBA with just 9 teams for the 1953–1954 season