Pictures from the past in St. Louis sports…
Thursday November 23rd 2017

Forever Young…

As the 1964-65 NBA season approached, Dell Sports magazine previewed the Hawks and raised question as to the staying power of Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan, and Ritchie Guerin, all of whom were over the age of 30. Not to worry, as the Hawks finished second in the Western Division with a respectable record of 45-35, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Baltimore Bullets. Pettit, in his final year, was beset with injuries, played in only 50 games, yet averaged 22.5ppg….Hagan averaged 13 and Ritchie Guerin hit for 14 per game and was named player coach midway through the season. Hagan had another year left in him…Guerin hung on for three more before turning to coaching full time….who’s too old?

 

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