‘St. Louis Hawks – Bob Pettit’ Archives
Of all the super shots in his arsenal, the one handed jump shot by Big Blue was as close to a sure two points as any Hawk fan could hope for. Here he launches his fabled jumper against the Lakers in a 1961 contest at Kiel.
Pettit up and in over rookie Tom Thacker of the Royals in this early January 1964 game before the home crowd.
It's an extra effort that puts two on the boards for the visiting Hawks in the opening game of the 1963 Western Conference NBA finals against the Lakers at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Hawks lost that game, and after a valiant struggle, finally fell to the Lakers in seven games. Remember Barney Cable? That's him heading to the basket.
Pettit once said that free throw shooting is mostly relaxing and concentrating. Back then players went to the line a lot more often than today, and Bob's stategy must have worked...he scored more than 65 hundred points from the stripe over an 11 year career....a percentage of .761.........
Pettit scores two in one of the greatest comebacks in Hawk's history...the day after Christmas, 1962...midway through the third quarter, the Lakers had a 26 point lead, but Pettit helped mount a comeback that saw the Hawks carve out a two point victory in front of the fans at Kiel....Merry Christmas everybody!!
Detroit Pistons rookie Terry Dishinger fires away at Big Blue in this 1963 contest won by the Hawks. Offensive rebound..Pettit Foul..Dishinger Pettit at the line for two....sinks them both...
Pettit goes for the reverse layup over George Yates of the San Francisco Warriors in this game played in February 1964 at the St. Louis Arena.
Anytime you're up and over Bill Russell of Boston....that's rebounding!!
But in this photo taken at the Boston Garden in 1963, Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan reflect on the bench in the closing moments of a blowout loss to the Celtics of Russell, the Jones boys (Sam and K.C.) and all the others in green that gave the Hawks fits in the 50's and 60's.
In the Hawks only bad season in St. Louis, Pettit still averaged 31.1 points per game, was a tenacious defender and as shown here, always ready to crash the boards. Remember the Chicago Packers? How about big number 34 of the Hawks, Clyde Lovellette??