|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Description||Gelatin print of Oshkosh All-Star Bob Mulvihill.|
Oshkosh All Stars
|Copyright||Oshkosh Public Museum|
|Cataloged by||Hunt, Andrew|
Photo of All-Star Bob Mulvihill taken for the 1948-49 NBL season. It is autographed.
The Oshkosh All-Stars were a professional basketball team founded by Lonnie Darling in 1929. Prior to 1937, the All-Stars competed in loosely-structured non-league play primarily against other Wisconsin-based teams and a number of exhibition contests against major teams from established professional leagues. In 1937, Darling formed a new league, the National Professional Basketball League (NBL), comprised of the All-Stars and members of an existing professional league. The All-Stars achieved their greatest degree of success in their during their first five seasons in the league, culminating in the 1942 season, in which they won their second straight NBL championship and a world championship at the World Professional Basketball Tournament. After a few unsuccessful seasons during the latter years of WWII, the All-Stars were generally a winning team in the late 1940s, and by that time Oshkosh was widely known as a "basketball city." Regardless of this recognition, the All-Stars became defunct along with the NBL after the 1948-49 season, as the league merged with a rival to form the NBA, a professional league based around markets much larger than Oshkosh could provide.