- On November 1, 1946, they hosted the first game in BAA league history losing 68–66 to the New York Knickerbockers before an opening night crowd of 7,090. Ossie Schectman scored the opening basket for the New York Knickerbockers against the Toronto Huskies. On that night, anyone taller than George Nostrand, the tallest Husky at 6’8″, was given free admission. Attendance ...
History of the Huskies
The Toronto Huskies were the first professional basketball team based in Canada. They played in the Basketball Association of America (BAA), one of two leagues that merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949. The Huskies were founded by businessmen, including John F. Bassett, who owned an arena and wanted to bring pro basketball north of the border. The team struggled during its only season and folded after just one year due to financial issues caused by low attendance at home games and difficulty scheduling away games due to travel restrictions imposed on teams outside the United States.
Despite their short-lived existence, however, there are still some interesting facts about this historic Canadian franchise:
1) Their logo featured a husky dog wearing a red jersey with white lettering spelling "Toronto." This was later adopted as part of official NBA branding when they merged with another league years later;
2) They had three players who went on to become Hall-of-Famers - Nat Holman, Ed Sadowski, and Ossie Schectman;
3) In their inaugural game against New York Knickerbockers – now known as Knicks – they lost 68–66 but became famous for being part of history as it marked NBA’s first-ever regular season game;
4) Their head coach was Les Harrison, whose brother Fred coached Detroit Pistons until 1955;
5). While most teams wore shorts back then, Toronto opted for long pants, making them look more like football players than your typical basketball squad!
Although sadly, we never got to see what could have been if this pioneering organization had stuck around longer, it is essential to recognize how influential they were today and across the North American sports landscape!
1946 - 1947 / Basketball Association of America
1946 - 1947 / Toronto Huskies
Huskies - The Toronto Huskies are among the most iconic National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. The team was founded in 1946 and played its inaugural season during the 1946–47 NBA season. Despite not having a long history, they have become essential to basketball due to their unique name and logo. But where did this nickname come from?
The story goes that when owners Leo Ferris and Benny Leonard were looking for a name for their new franchise, they decided on “Huskies” as it reflected Canada's northern climate - something that would resonate with Canadians nationwide. It also paid homage to Canadian military personnel who served in World War II – many of whom had been stationed at bases near Lake Ontario or elsewhere throughout Northern Canada.
In addition to being symbolic, Huskies is also an apt description for athletes competing at such a high level; husky dogs are known for being solid yet agile animals capable of incredible feats – qualities that perfectly describe what it takes to be successful on an NBA court! As such, this moniker has become synonymous with determination and hard work among basketball fans around North America ever since its inception over 70 years ago!
So next time you cheer on your favorite players wearing Toronto Huskies jerseys or hats, remember: those colors represent more than just another team - they stand as a testament to all those who fought bravely before us both here at home & abroad!
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1946 - 1947 / Maple Leaf Gardens
1946 – 1947 / Ben Newman, Eric Cradock and Harold Shannon
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