On the court, members of the Spirits included:
- Marvin "Bad News" Barnes - one of the most talented players and colorful characters of the era
- Moses Malone - member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
- Steve "Snapper" Jones - who became a longtime NBA television analyst
- Mike D'Antoni - future NBA coach
- James "Fly" Williams - also one of the players profiled in the tremendous 1970s book Heaven is a Playground by Rick Telander
Here is Costas with the radio simulcast call of part of a 1976 Spirits game against the Kentucky Colonels. His broadcast partner is Arlene Weltman - wife of team president Harry Weltman.
Finally, the Silna brothers who owned the franchise negotiated perhaps the greatest financial contract of all time during the NBA-ABA merger.
For more about the history of the ABA, check out the fabulous book Loose Balls by Terry Pluto and a website devoted to remembering the wild 9-year run of this upstart league.