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1961-1974 Grand Rapids Tackers

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1973 Grand Rapids Tackers Program

Midwest Professional Basketball League (1961-1964)
North American Basketball League (1964-1968)
Continental Basketball Association (1969-1970)

Born: 1961
Folded: 1974?


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Owners: Albert S. Maine?

CBA Champions: 1973 & 1974


The Grand Rapids Tackers were a locally popular club that played in various semi-pro basketball leagues in the Midwest between 1961 and 1974.

Former University of Toledo star Steve Mix played for the Tackers during the winter of 1972-73 after his pro career initially sputtered with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and ABA’s Denver Rockets.  After averaging 31.1 points per game with the Tackers in 1972-73, Mix revived his career and went on to play another 10 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Little information about the Tackers has survived into the internet age. I believe the team owner during the 1970’s was a fellow named Albert S. Maine. We would also like to know if the team played in other gyms besides the Godwin Fieldhouse. If you can share memories or info on this club, please leave it in the comments of this post.


1966-1968 Columbus Comets

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Joe Roberts Columbus CometsNorth American Basketball League (1966-1968)

Born: 1966
Died: 1968

Arena: ?

Team Colors:

Owner: Louis A. Mitchell, et al.


The Columbus (OH) Comets were a minor league pro basketball team that played two seasons in the Midwestern-based North American Basketball League (1964-1968).

The Comets featured several top former Ohio State stars, including Gary Bradds and Mel Nowell.  Bradds was a two-time All-America center at OSU and the Associated Press college Player of the Year for 1964. The Baltimore Bullets made Bradds the #3 overall selection in the 1964 NBA draft, but he spent much of the mid-1960’s bouncing around the NABL, which had bus league stops in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.  The Comets sold Bradds’ contract to the Oakland Oaks of the new American Basketball Association in 1967 and he went on to play several seasons in the ABA. Mel Nowell was a veteran of Ohio State’s 1960 NCAA championship team and also later played in the ABA.

The Comets played a short scheduled of just 21 games in 1966-67 and 18 games in 1967-68.  Both the Comets and the NABL folded quietly after the 1967-68 season.

Please let us know if you know where the Comets played in Columbus, or if you have more information on this team.


Written by AC

May 5th, 2015 at 12:30 pm


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