Sheboygan Red Skins
The Sheboygan Red Skins were a professional basketball team playing with the National Basketball League from 1938 to 1948 and later in the National Basketball Association. The Red Skins later left the NBA to join the National Professional Basketball League in 1950.
The Sheboygan Red Skins were found in 1938 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The team was formerly known as the Enzo Jels before joining the NBL. The team logo was an American Indian wearing a loincloth shooting a hook shot over his head. The team colors were cardinal and white. The Red Skins played their home games at the Eagle Auditorium and the Sheboygan Municipal Auditorium which served as their home arena.
In the 1938- 1939 and the 1939- 1940 season the Red skins were playing with the NBL and finished the season with 11 wins and 17 losses and 15 wins and 13 losses respectively. In 1940, they qualified to play in the NBL Finals against the Oshkosh All Stars and were defeated. After suffering a setback in 1941 where they finished with 10 wins and 14 losses they once again reached the NBL finals in 1942 to play against the Fort Wayne Pistons. The Sheboygan Red Skins won the NBL finals that year and were the 1942 NBL Champions. The Red Skins continued their competitive performance and featured in the 1943, 1944 and 1945 NBL Finals against the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1943 and 1944 and the Rochester Royals in 1945. However the Red Skins were defeated and never made it to the NBL Finals in the following years. In 1948, their last season in the NBL, the Red Skins finished with 35 wins and 29 losses. In 1949, the Sheboygan Red Skins were among the teams that were a part of the National Basketball Association when 10 teams from rival Basketball Association of America and 7 teams National Basketball League merged to form the NBA. The Red Skins were assigned to the Western Division of the NBA. The finished the season in fourth position behind the Tri Cities Blackhawks with 22 wins and 40 losses, however still managed to qualify to the playoffs. In the playoffs the Red Skins lost the western division semifinals to the Indianapolis Olympians and ended their journey with the NBA. In 1950, the Sheboygan Red Skins joined the National Professional Basketball League to win the NPBL Championship, the league however folded in 1951.
In a total of 62 games the team played in the NBA, the Red Skins won 22 games and lost 40 games.
NBL Champions, 1942. NPBL Champions, 1950.
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