70 years ago today (Aug. 20, 1949) the simgle most important article highlighting Leo Ferris' role in the formation of the NBA hit the press. Matt Jackson, sports editor for the Rochester Times-Union, and Bill Kinney of The Rock Island Argus went beat by beat showcasing Leo's daring moves which "made the B.A.A. solons sit up and holler uncle." Keep in mind this article came out just weeks after the NBA formed on Aug. 3rd 1949.
ALONG THE SPORT TRAIL WITH BILL KENNEY:
Ferris, and none other, is the man behind the settlement of the rivalry that threatened to blow professional basketball higher than a Bikini bomb. He is the man whom Quad-City fans will be thanking for bringing the best to Wharton fieldhouse this winter, and all in one, neat package.
You don't have to take my word for it. I have a natural prejudice in favor of Ferris, but he has drawn plaudits from the other side of the rostrum, too. Matt Jackson sports chronicle for the Rochester Times-Union and a booster for the Rochester Royals and the now merged B.A.A., flatly says that Ferris is "the guy who made the B.A.A. solons sit up and holler uncle." Jackson remembers the meeting in Chicago early in 1948, when Rochester, Minneapolis, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis bolted from the N.B.A. "Everybody thought it was a death blow to the NBL" Jackson writes, "but I wasn't selling the NBL short while that guy Ferris was on the loose." #Ferris4HOF#saveferris#baloncesto#hoopitup#hoopdreams#hoops#ballislife#shotclock#syracusenats#syracusenationals#Syracuseny#seventysixers#Naismith#NaismithHOF#bball#baller#stephcurry#elmira#basketball#RochesterRoyals#sacramentokings#NBAHistory#history#nbafan#lebronjames#hoophall#20hoopclass#chicago
Leo the horse shoe player. (Far right) Quoit pitching tournament at the Chemung County picnic held at Brand Park on Saturday, August 26, 1933.
Left to right William Hughes, George Miller, and Leo Ferris - all from Elmira, NY. Bill Hughes won 1st place, John Peters, 2nd & Leo Ferris, 3rd. Hughes represented the county in the state tournament in Syracuse during the NY State fair.
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It's time for @Hoophall to finally induct shotclock co-creator @LeoFerrisNBA
Allow us to also point out that Danny Biasone was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Basketball HOF in the year 2000...that's EIGHT YEARS after he'd passed away. Danny also deserved induction DECADES earlier.
The bias & outright disrespect for the NBL guys is astonishing.
2019 is the 70th anniversary of the NBA & the 65th anniversary of the implementation of the 24 second shotclock. Please help us get the word out this year in support of Leo Ferris' @Hoophall enshrinement campaign.
65 years ago today, the 24-second shot clock was first tested in an NBA scrimmage at Blodget Vocational High School in Syracuse! Designed by Danny Biasone with help from Leo Ferris, both owners of the NBA's Syracuse Nationals in 1954 (now the Philadelphia 76ers). To celebrate this historic anniversary my shot clock prints are on sale for 24 hours at 24% off! Link is in the bio for you to get your piece of history! (Yes the same one in the display case at Shaughnessy's Irish Pub in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown) 🏀