1961 Baltimore Bullets vs. Sunbury Mercuries Eastern Basketball League EPBL Program

The Baltimore Bullets were an American basketball team based in Baltimore, Maryland that was a member of the Eastern Professional Basketball League. The Bullets played in the Eastern League for three seasons, and its roster of players included former University of Kentucky center Bill Spivey, who helped the Bullets win the league championship in the 1960–61 season.

The Sunbury Mercuries were a minor league basketball outfit that operated for 24 seasons in the small Eastern Pennsylvania city of Sunbury.  The Eastern League was a weekends-only league featuring teams from Pennsylvania a handful of neighboring states.

The team won their only league title in 1951, sweeping York Victory A.C. in a two-game series. The Mercuries folded following the 1970-71 season.

Notable Mercuries players included Jack Ramsay and Jack McCloskey.

Offered is a game program from February 10, 1961 played at the Baltimore Coliseum in the Bullets last year in B’more before moving to Camden, New Jersey.  Program is in NR MT condition in our opinion.  No writing except for the number 43 written for Charley Robinson’s #, tight binding, no rips, tears, etc. Features photos of players and league records. Hall of Famer, Buddy Jeannette was the coach and GM.

Features: Herschel Turner (out of Nebraska who played in the ABL for the Chicago Majors and the ABA with the Pipers and Amigos), Leroy Spike Gibson (ABL – Chicago Majors and Globetrotters), Joe Holup (who played for the Syracuse Nats and Detroit Pistons), Guy Sparrow  (who played for the Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors), and College Scandal players – Sherman White out of LIU and Bill Spivey out of Kentucky (both had been banned by the NBA).

Sunburry featured: Sonny Hill (who is a Philadelphia hoops legend out of Temple and the Sonny Hill league), Tarzan Spencer (who played for the Globetrotters), Johnny Kline (Globetrotters), and Ernie Beck (Warriors, Nats, and Hawks – also in the ’57 Topps set).

Super Rare program in phenomenal condition.

Baltimore beat Sunbury 141-127 in front of a paltry 750 fans. Check out the article for the scoring leaders, but of course Bill Spivey and Sherman White lead the way.  Additionally, Sonny Hill put in 28 in a losing effort for Sunbury.

Item: 11003

Price: $149.00
1961 Baltimore Bullets vs. Sunbury Mercuries Eastern Basketball League EPBL Program