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Pittsburgh Ironmen

Pittsburgh Ironmen
Division Western Division
Founded 1946
History Pittsburgh Ironmen
Arena Duquesne Gardens
City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Ironmen were a charter member of the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association). The team was based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and played at Duquesne Gardens.

They ended their only season in the BAA in 1946–47 with a record of 15–45, finishing in fifth and last place in the Western Division and worst overall in the league. According to Nate Silver and Reuben Fischer-Baum, applying the Elo rating system, this was, through 2015, the worst season ever by a professional basketball team in a major league.[1]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Pittsburgh Ironmen (BAA)
1946–47 15 45 .250 Did not qualify


For a brief period of months in 1941, the Pittsburgh Steelers were renamed the "Pittsburgh Iron Men" after the sale of the team from Art Rooney to Alexis Thompson.


  1. ^ Nate Silver; Reuben Fischer-Baum (May 22, 2015). "The Best NBA Teams Of All-Time, According To Elo". Five Thirty Eight. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 

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