‘St. Louis Hawks – Playoffs’ Archives
Victory!! The Hawks win the deciding game five by nine at Kiel in March '64 as Lennie Wilkens scores 30 points to lead the way. Sweet revenge over West, Baylor, Wiley and Don Nelson, pictured here outhustled by Bob Pettit. But the boys in blue would be back.......It's on to San Francisco....
Down three games to two, this shot from April of 1964 shows Zelmo Beatty about to shoot a jump shot as Wilt Chamberlain is out of position to guard his Hawk opponent. This is the only photo I have from that series...the Hawks won that game, but dropped game seven in 'Frisco and headed home.....
1965 was Bob Pettit's final season in a Hawk uniform and an early first round best of five upset loss to the upstart Baltimore Bullets made for a sad farewell. Here in game one, Big Blue checks the scramble that includes Walt Bellamy and Zelmo Beatty. The Hawk loss in that game at Kiel paved the way for the Bullets to take the series in four games [...]
Ritchie Guerin reaches high to control the ball from Baltimore's Bailey Howell in this third game of the 1965 Western Division Semi-Finals, a Bullet's victory that set up the clincher two nights later in Baltimore...Bob Pettit's farewell.
Lennie Wilkins drives around Guy Rodgers of the Chicago Bulls in the 1966 Western Division opening round of the playoffs...the Hawks won this game and closed out the Bulls three straight...setting up the best of seven division final with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Hawks got off to a rough start in that series..losing the first two games in L.A. Here rookie Jeff Mullins gets faked out by superstar Jerry West, who then hit for two of his 31 points in the second game...and the Hawks hopes were flickering at 0-2.
The Hawks won game three at home, but in a surprise, the Lakers took game four at Kiel and led the series 3-1. It's Zelmo Beatty over the Lakers Leroy Ellis for the rebound, and the Hawks as a team needed to rebound to avoid an early exit in 1966.
The Headline in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the day this photo appeared said it all....'ROAR OF CROWD PROPELS HAWKS TO VICTORY'...after winning game five in L.A. the Hawks came back to Kiel on Wednesday, April 13th, 1966 and a beer vendor could have cleaned up selling ear plugs on the side, especially in the exciting fourth quarter! I know...I was [...]
This ad from the Post the day of the seventh game at the L.A. Sports Arena was a bit off target, but Hawk fans got the idea...the game was televised live on Channel 11 the night of Friday, April 15th, 1966...but the ad invites you to LISTEN live...oh, well...before the game that night, the final quarter of the sixth game the night before at Kiel [...]
And the following year the Hawks were right back in the chase...this is photo from game one of the 1967 Western Finals...Rick Barry around Ritchie Guerin in a Warriors win. Remember that series? Rick Barry in games three and four having the Snickers bars thrown at him...then splitting his pants and having to leave the game late in the fourth [...]