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World Basketball League (1988-1992)

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Use the drop down menus or click these links for our chronological galleries of game programs and media guides from the World Basketball League (1988-1992).

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).

 

==Franchise List==

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

 

==Notable Players==

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

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April 3rd, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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