‘St. Louis Hawks – Bob Pettit’ Archives
Like the quote from 'The Natural'...."There goes the best that ever was"
The Garden was host to the N-I-T Tournament, which habitually saw the St. Louis University Billikens in first, second and sometimes even Finals action...like in 1961. The Bills that post-season got by Miami, Colorado State and Dayton, but fell short in the N-I-T Championship game against Providence. Here Friar's guard Vinnie Ernst, all 5' 8" of [...]
Bob Pettit front and center in his final team photo...this one got beat up a bit hanging on the bulletin board in my room, but definitely worth a look....Sorry, Chico....
And when the time came to say goodbye, he did it in style...before the Hawks final regular season home game in March of 1965, with his mother and father looking on, Bob Pettit thanks the Hawk fans for 11 seasons...although the feeling was mutual.
The man could play some "D" as well.....here he goes high under the boards at Kiel to block this shot by the Warriors Tom Meschery
Ol "Big Blue"....the Hawks captain for 10 seasons and without doubt the most prominent hoopster in Hawks history....Bob Pettit was a three time All-SEC player from LSU drafted in the first round by the then Milwaukee Hawks in 1954. His number 50 worn in college was retired by the LSU Tigers and he is a member of the school's Hall of Fame....but in [...]
As the Hawks power forward, Pettit drew the big name opposing defenders night after night. In this game at Kiel in 1964, rookie Jerry Lucas of the Cincinnati Royals has his hand full as Big Blue looks to register another two points...maybe three...think Lucas fouled him?
It's playoff time...Hawks and Lakers at Kiel...March 1964. Again, the other team's big forward on Pettit...this time the late Rudy Larusso of Los Angeles. Pettit fires off a pass over the head of Ritchie Guerin to an open Zelmo Beatty.
New Year's Day...1964..in a afternoon game at Kiel Auditorium, Pettit gets a screen from Zelmo and heads around Larusso for a quick bucket....Hey, the guy was great, ya know he scored...In the 60's NBA it was not uncommon for teams to play each other 12 to 14 times a season, so the Lakers were no strangers to 14th and Market Street!
Hawk fans knew Pettit was worth the price of admission at Kiel, even if it was a whopping $3.75 for a front row seat on Murderer's Row...you can almost hear Hawks play by play man Jerry Gross..."Pettit down the middle, lays it up and IN. Ahhh, Blue got an opening, drove the lane and put it up over Connie Dierking, and the Hawks now lead by five"