Writing about the Bullets in the '40s
With Ted Leonsis writing that a move back to the Bullets nickname is under consideration, lots of people have been talking about the origins of that nickname this week. There are several stories floating around, and so I tried going through The Post's archives to find something definitive. That effort failed. But I did find this story from February of 1947. I enjoyed it. Maybe you will, too.
BEARS PROVE BULLET-PROOF, TURNING GUNS ON BALTIMORE
By Roger Wolbarst, Post Reporter
The Baltimore Bullets were only blank cartridges yesterday as the Washington Bears decisively defeated the invaders, 47-39, before a sell-out crowd at Turner's Arena.
Flashing great speed under the baskets, the Bears, led by Sugar Cain and Charlie Isles, ran the Bullets into the ground in the last period to break the game wide open.
The Bears moved into a 6-0 lead after the opening tap off, but Baltimore pulled even on a series of foul shots by big Mike Bloom, and a lay up by Capt. Bud Jeannette. At the end of the first period the Bullets led, 12-11.
Bears Get Going
At the start of the second stanza the Bears began moving the ball in their customary manner, and their shooting became more accurate. Johnny Isaacs and Cain dropped three baskets between them midway through the period to put the Bears ahead and they held a 24-20 lead at the gun.
Cleggie Hermsen, giant center who recently jumped the Toronto Club of the Basketball Association of America, dropped two goals to keep the Bullots [sic] in the game, but a fine hook shot by Buddy Wilson and two layups by Cain put the Bears ahead to stay.
With five minutes to play the Bears held a 38-31 margin, and they stayed in front to the finish, despite a flurry of baskets by Jeannette and Billy McKeever.
Caps Have Little to Fear
The Bullets, who have been trying to arrange a game with the Caps, will have to show lots more ability both under the baskets and from outside before they would stand a chance with Feerick, Scolari, McKinney and Co.
In fairness to the Bullets, it should be said that the officiating was far from good, and the mayhem perpetrated by both teams yesterday wouldn't go in the Association of America.
| October 8, 2010; 9:34 AM ET
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