World Professional Basketball Tournament

World Professional Basketball Tournament

World Professional Basketball Tournament was an invitational tournament for professional basketball teams in the United States held in Chicago, Illinois by the "Chicago Herald American". The annual event was held from 1939 to 1948. Many of the teams came from the National Basketball League. Games were played at various sites including Chicago Coliseum, International Amphitheater and Chicago Stadium.

Tournament finals results

*1939 New York Rens 34-25 Oshkosh All-Stars
*1940 Harlem Globetrotters 31-29 Chicago Bruins
*1941 Detroit Eagles 39-37 Oshkosh All-Stars
*1942 Oshkosh All-Stars 43-41 Detroit Eagles
*1943 Washington Bears 43-31 Oshkosh All-Stars
*1944 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons 50-33 Brooklyn Eagles
*1945 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons 78-52 Dayton Acmes
*1946 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons 73-57 Oshkosh All-Stars
*1947 Indianapolis Kautskys 62-47 Toledo Jeeps
*1948 Minneapolis Lakers 75-71 New York Rens

Tournament MVPs
*1939 Puggy Bell, New York Rens
*1940 Sonny Boswell, Harlem Globetrotters
*1941 Buddy Jeannette, Detroit Eagles
*1942 Ed Riska, Oshkosh All-Stars
*1943 Curly Armstrong, Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons
*1944 Bobby McDermott, Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons
*1945 Buddy Jeannette, Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons
*1946 George Mikan, Chicago American Gears
*1947 Julie Rivlin, Toledo Jeeps
*1948 George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers

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