Players from the National Basketball League played in exhibition games to supplement their incomes in the 1940s. Some of those games were played at the Armory on Washington Avenue in Schenectady, across the street from the Van Curler Hotel. The exciting Bobby Davies was one of those players. Davies was 6’1″, and he was a big scorer and fantastic playmaker. He consistently was in double-digits in both departments. Davies was an NBA all-star five times. What made him special was his ability to throw the behind the back pass on target to teammates before Bob Cousy made the skill popular when he was playing for the Boston Celtics.