From Ohio History Central
The Youngstown Bears was a professional basketball team in Youngstown, Ohio. It played in the National Basketball League, which formed in 1937. In 1949, this league joined with the Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association.
The Youngstown Bears played for two seasons (1945-1947). During the team’s first season, the squad finished third in the the National Basketball League’s Eastern Division. The team won thirteen and lost twenty games. During the 1946-1947 season, the Youngstown Bears finished last in the Eastern Division, amassing twelve wins and thirty-two losses. Due to the team’s poor performance, the Youngstown Bears disbanded at the end of the season.