‘St. Louis Hawks – Bob Pettit’ Archives
In Bob's last four years with the Hawks, the rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers of Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Gene Wiley was the number one attraction in the Western Conference. In this game at the LA Sports Arena, Pettit displays his versatility, going to his left, heading for the hoop against Wiley, the Lakers center.
One of the greatest one handed jump shooters in basketball history....from a man 6 foot 9, it was almost impossible to stop. And if he did miss, look out, because he was on those offensive boards for a second or third chance like a true hawk.
See what I mean!!!
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Former Hawk Woody Saulsberry drives around Pettit in one of the final games of the Hawks worst season in St. Louis....this photo in March of 1962 was taken at Kiel as the Hawks lost to the lowly Chicago Packers, a one season NBA expanison team (the Bulls came about four years later). At 29 wins and 51 losses, the 61-62 season was the only really [...]
The end of an era...In his final game as a pro, an injured Bob Pettit grabs his last NBA rebound in the Hawks fourth game playoff loss to the Baltimore Bullets at the Civic Center in Baltimore in March of 1965. Blue had announced his retirement in February and the opening round playoff upset was a huge surprise. Check that photo...no way Walt [...]
One of the few bright spots for Hawk fans in the 1961-62 season was Bob reaching the 15,000 point plateau in a game at the St. Louis Arena....he did it in his 8th season in the pros....this shot is from late February 1962, and an exhausted Pettit had reason to smile.
It's the best of the best in the 1964 NBA All-Star game at the Boston Garden....While Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson walked away with the MVP trophy that year, Pettit was one of the bright spots in the West team's loss to the East. Here he outhustle's Wayne Embry and Chet Walker for one of his 17 rebounds in the game...he also poured in 19 points.
A classic! This short turnaround hook on a rebounded missed shot by Lennie Wilkens puts Bob Pettit over the 20,000 point mark in a November 1964 contest against the Royals at the Cincinnati Gardens. He becomes the first player in NBA history to achieve the mark and the game was stopped to honor that distinction. Pettit was given a standing ovation [...]
Returning home two nights later, the Hawks captain was honored before the game at Kiel Auditorium in front of the home fans. Pettit received this gold plated basketball trophy, marking 20,000 career points and insuring his place in the NBA Hall of Fame.