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Foundry Owner Partly Responsible for Birth of NBA


When you watched the NBA Finals you probably weren’t thinking about


metalcasting. But you should have been, since a foundry owner is partly responsible for the league’s existence.


Owned by Fred Zollner and his sister Janet, the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Zollner Pistons began playing in the National Basketball League in 1941. Te Zollners owned Zollner Foundry that made pistons (hence the name) for the


automotive industry. And in 1949, Fred Zollner helped officiate the merger of the United States’ two leading basketball leagues, the NBL and the Basketball Association of America.


Te result? Te NBA, which today is one of the richest and most glamorous sports leagues in the world.


Te Pistons moved to Detroit in 1957 and have won three NBA championships, most recently in 2004.


The Detroit Pistons were once owned by Fred Zollner, who helped two leagues merge into what became the NBA.


Created in 1949 with help from Fred Zollner, today the NBA is one of the world’s richest sports leagues. 56 | MODERN CASTING July 2017


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