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1986-1989 Charleston Gunners

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1987-88 CBA Media GuideContinental Basketball Association (1986-1989)

Born: 1986 – The Florida Stingers relocate to Charleston, WV
Moved: 1989 (Columbus Horizon)

Arena: Charleston Civic Center (12,266)

Team Colors: Blue & Gold

Owner: Jack Catalano

CBA Championships: None


The Charleston Gunners were a West Virginia-based minor league basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association during the late 1980’s.

The Gunners were a bust both on the court and at the box office. The team posted a CBA-record 17-game losing streak during the 1987-88 season. In three years, the Gunners never finished with a winning record. During the Gunners’ final season in Charleston in 1988-89, team owner Jack Catalano lamented:

Instead of having the announcer introduce the players, I should have him introduce the fans.”

The franchise was sold off and moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1989.


==In Memoriam==

Former Gunners owner Jack Catalano died after a battle with leukemia on November 1, 2011 at the age of 76.



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Written by AC

January 21st, 2016 at 8:58 pm


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