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World Basketball League (1988-1992)

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The World Basketball League was a summer season minor pro basketball league that was active from 1988 to 1992. Then league dissolved in the middle of its fifth season of play when it was revealed that league founder and Youngstown Pride owner Mickey Monus was funding the league’s losses through systematic embezzlement of his Youngstown, Ohio-based Phar-Mor chain of discount pharmacies. The league collapsed immediately and Monus went to federal prison.

The unique gimmick of the WBL was that players could be no taller than 6′ 5″ tall (raised to 6′ 7″ for the final season in 1992).


World Basketball League Franchise List

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
Calgary 88's 1988-1992
Chicago Express 1988
Dayton Wings 1991-1992
Erie Wave 1990-1992
Florida Jades 1991-1992
Fresno Flames 1988
Halifax Windjammers 1991-1992
Hamilton Skyhawks 1992
Illinois Express 1989-1990
Jacksonville Stingrays 1992
Las Vegas Silver Streaks 1988-1990
Memphis Rockers 1990-1991
Nashville Stars 1991
Saskatchewan Storm 1990-1992
Vancouver Nighthawks 1988
Winnipeg Thunder 1992
Worcester Counts 1989
Youngstown Pride 1988-1992


Notable Players

  • Tim Legler (Youngstown Pride)
  • Mario Elie (Youngstown Pride)
  • John Starks (Memphis Rockers 1990)

Written by AC

April 3rd, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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