Welcome to the first online website devoted to the history of the Continental Basketball Association, and its predecessors, the Eastern Basketball Association and the Eastern Professional Basketball League. Formed in 1946, the CBA is the oldest professional North American basketball league still in operation today. Originally formed as a Northeastern circuit, the CBA’s teams now span the United States, and have occasionally entered Mexico and Canada as well.
This website is devoted to the history of the CBA and its players, coaches, owners and fans. Your contributions to this website are greatly appreciated.
The CBA Museum will eventually have statistics regarding players, coaches, teams and league records. At the moment, we have several items avaialble for viewing. Click on the “galleries” toolbar to access images of CBA and Eastern League programs, pocket schedules, and other items.
NEW! 1950-51 Eastern League Stats Available Now!
First four seasons (1946-47 through 1949-50) Stats still available!
After much research, the CBA Museum is proud to announce that the long-lost first five seasons of the Eastern Professional Basketball League (the CBA’s predecessor) are now available as purchaseable downloads – the 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, and the NEW 1950-51 season. Click the “Buy Now” buttons below, and for a small fee of $4 per abstract, a PDF copy of the statistical abstract from that year will be provided to you via e-mail. Please allow one to two days for e-mail delivery.
You can also order all five abstracts at once, for the small fee of $20.
The statistical abstracts include scores for each game, each team’s high scorers, playoff results, Eastern League v. ABL matchups, interviews with veterans of the game, including Stan “Whitey” Von Neida, Ray Kodish, Art Lentz, Jack Flannery, Jack McCloskey, and more. The abstracts will be sent to you via e-mail as PDF files.
|CBA 1946-47 STATISTICAL ABSTRACT
Features interview with 1946-47 scoring champion Whitey Von Neida (Lancaster Red Roses)
|CBA 1947-48 STATISTICAL ABSTRACT
Features interview with team captain Ray Kodish (Williamsport Billies)
|CBA 1948-49 STATISTICAL ABSTRACT
Features interview with 1948-49 scoring champion Art Lentz (York Victory AA)
|CBA 1949-50 STATISTICAL ABSTRACT
Features interview with Jack Flannery (Pottsville Packers), father of Bucknell coach Pat Flannery
|CBA 1950-51 STATISTICAL ABSTRACT
Features interview with Jack McCloskey (Lancaster Red Roses, Pottsville Packers, Sunbury Mercuries), who later became a successful NBA coach (Portland Trail Blazers)
|CBA 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51 STATISTICAL ABSTRACTS
Order all five for the low price of $20!!
More statistical abstracts will be provided in the future, so keep visiting the CBA Museum!
EASTERN LEAGUE COCA-COLA PROGRAM COVERS – See how Coca-Cola helped design collectible Eastern League program covers!
Willie Simms of the Michigan Mayhem is second all-time in career points scored. How close is he to the league’s all-time leader, Tico Brown? Click here and see!
LEAGUE HISTORICAL DATA
NEW!! The CBA’s “Million Dollar Promotions” of the 1980’s
CBA Rules Throughout The Years
CBA/EPBL Commissioners Throughout The Years
The Isiah Thomas Era: 1999-2001
The 1964 Eastern League-Midwest League Basketball Championship
The 1979 United Basketball Association Almost-Merger
THE EARLY YEARS
Very few statistics have survived from the CBA / Eastern League’s early years. The CBA Museum has begin work on restoring and recreating the original statisics from newspaper boxscores, scrapbooks and programs. The goal of this project will be to re-establish the league’s earliest statistical database. Currently, there are no player statistics available before the 1958-59 season. Even so, the CBA Museum will only be able to restore field goals, free throws and won-loss records for these years, as those were the only stats reported in the newspapers. In an effort to unite today’s statistical programs with the research of the past, the CBA Museum has purchased a copy of the DakStats program, currently used by the league to provide statistical information.
The 1946-47 and 1947-48 CBA (Eastern Professional Basketball League) seasons have restored and are available as purchaseable downloads. Click on the “Buy Now” button above and send $4 to receive a downloaded PDF copy of each yearly abstract.
HISTORIES OF TEAMS FROM THE PAST
Due to the voluminous size of the opening splash page, and in an effort to make team listings easier to find, the CBA Teams page can be accessed by clicking on this link.