On This Date 10/23/1967

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A new colorful brand of basketball is born as the American Basketball Association begins its inaugural season. The ABA takes professional basketball to a new level by introducing the three-point shot while playing with a colorful red, white, and blue basketball. The first-year league features 11 teams, including the Dallas Chaparrals, Denver Rockets, Indiana Pacers, and New Jersey Americans, who would join the NBA after the ABA folded after nine seasons.