Pictures from the past in St. Louis sports…
Sunday January 17th 2021

Hawks Extras – 8

The earliest photo in the collection….November 1961…. Remember Cleo Hill? The Hawk’s number one draft pick from a small school in the Carolinas, Hill was prophesied to be an every year All-Star and the Hawks answer to Oscar and Jerry West. While a very talented player, Cleo never quite came around for a variety of reasons, some say racially motivated (remember it was 1961!!)…He lasted one year in the league and it was also the Hawks worst year in St. Louis (29-51)….a disappointing situation all around. Here Cleo goes high to snatch a rebound away from four New York Knicks, including future Hawk Ritchie Guerin (9)

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