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Providence Steamrollers

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Collection: 1946 Establishments in Rhode Island, Basketball Clubs Established in 1946, Providence Steamrollers
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Providence Steamrollers

Providence Steamrollers
Providence Steamrollers logo
Division Eastern Division
Founded 1946
History 1946–49
Arena Rhode Island Auditorium
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Team colors Red, White, and Black
Ownership Louis Pieri
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours

The Providence Steamrollers were a National Basketball Association team based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] As of 2015, the Steamrollers remain the last professional sports franchise from one of the Big Four leagues to be based in Rhode Island, and none are currently planned to relocate or expand to the state.


  • Franchise history 1
  • Players of note 2
  • Coaches and others 3
  • Season-by-season records 4
  • References 5

Franchise history

The Steamrollers were one of the original eleven NBA franchises (when the league was called the Basketball Association of America). The franchise posted an all-time record of 46–122 (.274) before folding after three seasons.

The Steamrollers still hold the dubious NBA record for the fewest games won in a season with six, in the 1947–48 season. However, the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats hold the record for the lowest winning percentage in NBA history, with .106. Also during the 1947–48 season, the Steamrollers' coach Nat Hickey activated himself as a player for one game two days before his 46th birthday, setting a still-standing record as the oldest player in NBA history.

Players of note

  • Ernie Calverley – Second-team All-NBA and led league in assists during NBA's first season
  • Howie Shannon – Leading NBA rookie in 1949
  • Nat Hickey – Oldest player in NBA history
  • Kenny Sailors – Led team in scoring in 1948 and 1949

Coaches and others

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %
Season W L % Playoffs Results
Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1946–47 28 32 .467
1947–48 6 42 .125
1948–49 12 48 .200


  • Providence Steam Rollers history Pictures as well
  1. ^ Providence Steam Rollers Franchise Index

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