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Team and League History

December 27, 1947
Southern Professional Basketball League commissioner Raymond Johnson announces in Nashville that Bessemer has replaced Gadsden as home city for the Whiz Kids.

No reasons were given for the move, but an 0-8 record and low fan interest no doubt played a large role in the move.

Plans are for the team to split their games at the Bessemer High School gym and Birmingham's National Guard Armory.

The 3 Spitzer brothers, Raymond, Lloyd, and Herbert will follow the club to Bessemer and Clifford Kyle will remain as head coach.

  Southern Professional Basketball League   
   Birmingham Vulcans
   Bessemer Whiz Kids (previously the Gadsden Whiz Kids)  
   Houston Mavericks
   Jackson Senators 
   Memphis Legionnaires
   Montgomery Rebels
   Nashville Vols

January 12, 1948
The Southern Professional Basketball League announces the Memphis Legionnaires franchise will move to Mobile and become the Mobile Bears. Games will be played in Mobile's Recreation Center.

March 2, 1948
Johnson announces that Birmingham, Montgomery, and Nashville will form the playoff teams after Jackson withdraws due to injuries to 3 of their players. The 3 teams will play one another until a team has lost 3 games. Then, the remaining 2 teams will play a best 3 out of 5 series for the championship.

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Last update: March 10, 2018