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New York Tapers (ABL)

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The Philadelphia Tapers were an American and professional basketball team that played a partial 1962–1963 season, and traces its history to the 1950s AAU New York Tapers.

When Abe Saperstein's American Basketball League was born in 1961, Tuck Tape owner Paul Cohen purchased a franchise, gave it the Tapers name, and placed it in Washington. Cohen signed Gene Conley, who had played for the Boston Celtics and pitched for the Milwaukee Braves. With the Tapers, Conley often accompanied Paul Cohen on sales calls for his Tuck Tape Company.

The team was a failure in Washington, and Cohen transplanted the team mid-season, on January 2, 1962, to Commack, New York and renamed the New York Tapers. They played their final game in New York at Long Island Arena on March 14, 1962.