Professional Basketball

By Jack Carlson, Roland L. Larke, R. Alan Baker,

Margaret E. Peters and Marc Katz

 

 

On the pro front, local businessman Milt Kantor operated a World Basketball League team for nearly two seasons before the league folded in 1992.

 

 In 1991, the Dayton Wings won the championship with a 36-15 record under coach Pat Haley, who was coach of the year.  Stars of the team were Perry McDonald, Alfredrick Hughes, Troy Lewis and Eddie Hughes.  The team was 26-7 in 1992 when the league disbanded.

 

CHRONOLOGY OF DAYTON PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL IN DAYTON

 

1929-30

Dayton Kellys played in the National Basketball League (NBL). Teams through the 1940s played at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum.

 

1935-36

Dayton Metropolitans played in the Midwest League.

 

1936-37

Dayton London Bobbys sponsored by Miami Valley Brewing Co.

 

1937-38

Dayton Metropolitans played in the NBL with a record of 2-11.

 

1941

Dayton Suchers

 

1943

Dayton Bombers

 

1944

Dayton Aviators promoted by Elwood Parsons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945

Dayton Acmes coached by Bobby Colburn.

 

1945-46

Dayton Mickeyes sponsored by tavern owner, Mickey McCrossan, of  Mickey’s Grill on West Third Street near Inland Mfg.

 

1946-47

Dayton Metropolitans sponsored by the Metropolitan clothing stores and owned by Elwood Parsons.

 

1948-49

Dayton Rens, formerly the New York Renaissance, moved to Dayton in the middle of the NBL season, Dec. 17, 1948, to replace the Detroit Vagabond Kings who went out of existence. The Dayton Rens were the first and only all black team to play in a white league.

 

1961-63

Dayton Mickeyes sponsored by Milt “Little Mickey” Friedman played at Stebbins High School.

 

1978-79

Dayton Rockettes played in the Womens Professional Basketball League (WPBL) at Hara Arena.

 

1991-92

Dayton Wings played in the World Basketball League, a summer league, at the Nutter Center. They were owned by Milt Kantor. The Wings were coached by Pat Haley and Mike Sylvester. They won the league championship in 1991.