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St. Louis Bombers (NBA)

St. Louis Bombers
St. Louis Bombers logo
Division Western Division
Founded 1946
History St. Louis Bombers
Arena St. Louis Arena
City St. Louis, Missouri
Team colors Red and White
Division titles None or one File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png

The St. Louis Bombers were a National Basketball Association team based in St. Louis, Missouri, founded in 1946. The team ceased operations in 1950.

Franchise history

The St. Louis Bombers were originally part of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1946. The BAA merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949 to become the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 1950, the Bombers, along with five other teams, dropped out of the league altogether.

Coaches and others

Season-by-season records

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

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
St. Louis Bombers (BAA)
1946–47 38 23 0.623 1–2 Lost in quarterfinals
1947–48 29 19 0.604 3–4 Lost in semifinals File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png
1948–49 29 31 0.483 0–2 Lost in semifinals File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png
St. Louis Bombers (NBA)
1949–50 26 42 0.382 Did not qualify

File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png The 1948 BAA Playoffs did not establish Eastern and Western champions and generated one finalist from the East, one from the West, only by coincidence. Philadelphia and St. Louis won the Eastern and Western Divisions and met in a best-of-seven series to determine one league championship finalist. (St. Louis won led 3–2 after five games, but the defending champion Warriors won game six by 21 points at home and game seven by 39 points in St. Louis.) Meanwhile four runners-up played best-of-three matches to determine the other finalist. Baltimore, tied for second in the West, one game behind St. Louis, won that runners-up bracket and defeated Philadelphia in a best-of-seven series to win the BAA championship. St. Louis had achieved the league's best record at 29–19.[1]

The 1949 BAA Playoffs matched Eastern teams exclusively, and Western teams exclusively, so that the league semifinals generated Eastern and Western champions as well as championship finalists (as do 21st-century NBA playoffs).


  1. "1947–48 BAA Season Summary". Retrieved 2015-03-01.