|The Savoy Big Five|
|Chicago's Best-Kept BasketBall Secret|
|The Savoy Big Five grew from the 1920s MidWest basketball excellence exemplified by Chicago schoolboys William Watson & Tommy Brookins.
W/ guiding spirit Dick Hudson, the SB5 hooped for 15 years through several incarnations as the Hottentots, Chicago Crusaders, & Palmer House Indians.
The club's lineup featured such legends as
-- Big Jack Mann (Art Imigs, NY Rens)
-- Big Dave DeJernett (first Afro-American to lead an integrated champion in a major hoops tournament)
-- Al Johnson (Rens)
-- Jackie Bethards (Rens, Phila Giants)
-- John Yancey (Giants)
-- Zack Clayton (Rens)
-- Agis Bray
-- Roosie Hudson (NBL StudeBakers)
-- Hillary Brown (StudeBakers)
-- Fats Jenkins (NY Rens)
-- BrickTop Wright (Rens)
...some of whose experience w/ Chicago's Other Thirties Team is well-documented.
At their peak the SB5 were side-stepped from competing in the 1940 Chicago World's Tourney. Despondent, the SB5 were bought the next year by Abe Saperstein & became Abe's 2nd traveling unit.