‘St. Louis Hawks Extras’ Archives
Jumpin' Joe Caldwell again...his momentum carried him under the basket...but it's good for two over Warrior center Nate Thurmond.
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 [...]
From Kiel...Larry Sigfried was an Ohio State product who became the new sixth man for the Boston Celtics after the retirement of Frank Ramsey. The Hawk's Lou Hudson watches it roll out-of-bounds under the basket...Sweet Lou was the teams big scorer in 1967 and 1968...the likes of which we hadn't seen since the retirement of Bob Pettit in '65...the [...]
I don't know about you, but my favorite away court was the Sports Arena in Los Angeles....that clock was the biggest in the league and hung kinda low over the floor...and LA... and the Lakers...West, Baylor...the rivalry..for me it all added up. Here's another pic from that storied arena...Len Wilkens down the lane...up and in!!
Hagan again...same way...same result. Two points over Cincinnati Royal Tom Hawkins. AND...The Memphis Hawks, anyone?? This photo from January 1966 was taken at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, where as early as 1965 Hawk's owner Ben Kerner was shopping the team around. The team played six "home" games in Memphis in '66 to guage the interest of [...]
The staple shot of Hawks forward Cliff Hagan...the hook...this time left handed over Elgin Baylor in a 1963 playoff game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
The Big Z....Zelmo Beatty...The starting center for the last four years in St. Louis...here he goes high to block this shot by Knicks center Willas Reed at the Garden...Number 31 was as clutch as Wilt, Russell and the rest....a true pro.
Jumpin' Joe Caldwell...Pogo Joe, so labled by Hawks play-by-play broadcaster Jerry Gross. Joe was an integral part of the Hawks offense, coming from the Detroit Pistons before the 1965 season. In four seasons in St. Louis, he averaged in double figures and was usaully the spark that got a rally underway late in the game when the team needed it [...]
Hawks guard Lennie Wilkens got his Hall of Fame start here in the Gateway City....this is an early photo, probably 1960-1963....he wore number 14 from '64 to '68.