Move to Washington – Now the “Caps”The Bank of America was threatening to foreclose on a $1.2 million loan to the team and in August 1969 a group of Washington, D.C. investors led by Earl Foreman bought the team and moved it to Washington for the upcoming season. With the move came a new identity for the team as the green and gold-clad Washington Caps. Al ...
History of the Caps
The Washington Caps were an American Basketball Association team from 1969 through 1970.
Facing foreclosure on a loan from Bank of America, Boone sold the team to Washington, D.C. lawyer Earl Foreman, who moved the team to Washington for the 1969–70 season as the Washington Caps. The team colors of green and gold were retained, but the logo was a red, white, and blue rendition of the United States Capitol. They played at the Washington Coliseum. However, for reasons that remain unknown, they remained in the Western Division—forcing them on the longest road trips in the league. Attendance was no better in Washington than it was in Oakland. The Coliseum had been built in 1941 and had not aged well. Additionally, it was located in the North East Washington area, which was considered to be a bad neighborhood. They managed to finish four games above .500 but lost in the first round to the powerful Denver Rockets.
Oakland – Washington D.C. – Norfolk
1967 – 1976 / American Basketball Association
1970 – 1976 / Virginia Squires
1969 – 1970 / Washington Caps
1967 – 1969 / Oakland Oaks
Caps – The nickname “Caps” is shortened from the Washington area Capitols.
ABA Championships 0
1971 – 1976 / Norfolk Scope
1970 – 1976 / Hampton Coliseum
1970 – 1976 / Richmond Coliseum
1971 – 1976 / Roanoke Civic Center
1969 – 1970 / Washington Coliseum
1967 – 1969 / Oakland Arena
1970 – 1976 / Earl Foreman
1967 – 1969 / Pat Boone
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1975 – 1976 / Bill Musselman
1970 – 1975 / Al Bianchi
1968 – 1969 / Alex Hannum
1967 – 1968 / Bruce Hale
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