|1948-49 SPHAS (South
Philadelphia Hebrew Association) Jersey From Mitchell & Ness NBA Hardwood
Collection, With #12 On Jersey
This authentic jersey will have the number 12 on it. Please note: the player's
name is not on the jersey.
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In 1918, the SPHAS (South Philadelphia Hebrew Association) were organized
by Eddie Gottlieb, Harry Passon, and Hughie Black. All but a few SPHAS players
were Jewish during the club's many years of amateur and professional play.
Gottlieb entered the SPHAS into the ABL(America Basketball League) in 1933.
The team won seven titles in thirteen years. In 1946, the B.A.A. (Forerunner
of the NBA) made its debut and the ABL ceased to be a major league. Gottlieb
sold the team in 1950 to former SPHAS star Red Klotz. The SPHAS had been
a touring opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters. Klotz changed the name of
the SPHAS to the Washington Generals, who continue to be the Globetrotter's
The Philadelphia Warriors were the first champions of the Basketball Association
of America (BAA), the league that evolved into today's NBA. The Warriors
spent sixteen memorable years in Philadelphia. Owner Eddie Gottlieb sold
the Warriors to a San Francisco group in 1962. Philadelphia was left without
an NBA franchise for the 1962-63 season. A disappointing first two years
in San Francisco and Wilt Chamberlain's desire to return to Philadelphia
led the team to trade him on January 15, 1965 to the 76ers. Rick Barry, a
first round draft choice in 1965, went on to lead the SF Warriors to the
NBA Finals in 1967. The team won their only NBA championship in 1974-75.