Women’s Professional Basketball League (1978-1979)
Born: 1978 – WPBL founding franchise.
Died: 1979 – The Rockettes cease operations.
Arena: Hara Arena
Team Colors: Kelly Green & Silver
Owner: Louis Deitelbaum
The Dayton Rockettes were one of eight original franchises in the Women’s Professional Basketball League (1978-1981). The WPBL, which debuted in December 1978, was the first professional basketball league for women, pre-dating the WNBA by nearly 20 years.
Even by the standards of this league, which scraped and scratched for media and fan attention without consistent success, the Rockettes were a particularly obscure franchise. They played in the league’s smallest market in a minor league hockey arena. The Rockettes encountered financial problems early in their maiden season and folded quietly in the spring or summer of 1979, earning a place in our One-Year Wonders file.
The Dayton Rockettes were 12-22 in their only season of existence.
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==Dayton Rockettes Games on Fun While It Lasted==
|1/4/1978||@ Chicago Hustle||W 102-95||Program|
|4/1/1979||@ Iowa Cornets||L 115-84||Program||Roster|