Baltimore Bullets Beat Washington Capitals; Take First Place

We came across this article from November 19th, 1944, when the Baltimore Bullets beat the Washington Capitals basketball team by the depressed score of 33 to 32.

Washington, Nov. 18 (Special) — The Baltimore Bullets took first place in the American LEague professional basket-ball race by defeating the Washington Capitals at Uline’s Arena tonight, 33 to 32. It was the same score by which the Bullets had downed the Capitols in Baltimore’s league opener two nights ago.

Led by Pete Caruso’s five field goals and a foul, the visitors took over the lead midway of the first period and remained on top throughout the bitterly contested game. At one stage the Bullets led by eight pounds, while Washington twice tied the count.

Trailing most of the way, the Capitals knotted the score at 28-all with four minutes left to play. However, the Bullets’ towering center, Dutch Knuppel, sank a pivot shot, Bob Simon cut the cords from behind the foul lane and then Mac Kinsbrunner and Whitey Scharnus teamed together to freeze the ball and save the game for the Bullets.

Bullets v. Capitals box score
Bullets v. Capitals box score

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  • William Connery

    I believe the NBA was established in 1947 or 48, so this is an earlier league. Notice in the article it says ‘the Bullets led by eight pounds – I wonder if that was a misprint or were the players being weighed?!?