The Sheboygan Red Skins was a professional basketball team that played in the NBL and other national leagues. It was founded in 1933 and folded in 1951. They are based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and their home courts were the Eagle Auditorium and the Sheboygan Municipal Auditorium.
Origins and Early Outings
The team started when informal clubs came together in 1933 and were sponsored by local businesses. As they became more successful, they gained a syndicate of businesses to help support them.
Prior to joining the National Basketball League (NBL), the team was known for being a successful bran storming team. They gained sponsorship from gelatine company Enzo-Pac and they were named the “Enzo Jels”.
The National Leagues
The Red Skins joined the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1938 and they played in the NBL until 1949. When the NBL merged into the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Red Skins left the league.
Instead, they joined up with the National Professional Basketball League (NPBL). The NPBL, however, was short-lived and only lasted a season – 1950 to 1951.
Final Years and Notable Players
Following the dissolution of the NPBL, the Red Skins played independent basketball in the 1951-1952 season.
Some of the more notable players from the Red Skins include Buddy Jeannette, Bobby Cook, John Doxie Moore, and Bobby McDermott.