Pictures from the past in St. Louis sports…
Sunday April 23rd 2017

‘Visitors to Kiel’ Archives

Dave Bing

Dave Bing

Dave Bing drives on the Celtics Bill Russell in a December 1968 game at Detroit's Cobo Hall Arena....Bing is now the mayor of the motown city, trying to help it recoup the loss of auto industry jobs and other economic woes. He refuses to draw a salary and even wrote the city a check for $250,000 in 2009 to help it stay afloat....a tougher task [...]

Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson

The greatest all around guard to play the game, the Royals Oscar Robertson, gets a screen to go around Sam Jones in the 7th game of the 1963 NBA Eastern Division Finals.................

Jerry West

Jerry West

If Baylor was Mr. Outside to the Lakers, Jerry West was Mr. Clutch...the go-to guy for a sure two points at the end of a game, or when a rally was needed. Broke the hearts of Hawk fans on more than one occasion, but it was hard to dislike the guy as Jerry was one of the real gentlemen of the game.... shy, modest and unassuming, but don't let the [...]

Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor

Before there was Dr. J...Connie Hawkins...Michael Jordan...and any of the rest...there was Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers. An NBA All-Star every one of his thirteen years in the league, Baylor could even bring Kiel fans to their feet with his dazzling moves, brilliant ballhandling and his arsenal of spectacular shots...sadly, he never won [...]

Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley

Oh, yeah...Bill Bradley...United States Senator...took a run at the presidential nomination...but once upon a time, the guy played some hoops! Great player at Crystal City High School...Princeton...and the New York Knicks with whom he won NBA rings in 1970 and 1973. I once met Bradley at a basketball camp for high school players in St. Louis and [...]

Jerry Lucas

Jerry Lucas

Probably the greatest rebounding forward in the history of the NBA....Yeah, I know, Mourning...Pippen...Rodman...the list goes on, but this guy set the standard by which the others tried to live up to. And off the court, a remarkable individual...check out the Jerry Lucas Memory book on line sometime...once memorized ten pages of the New York City [...]

Billy Cunningham

Billy Cunningham

The Kangaroo Kid....leaps and bounds under the basket was what the 6 foot 7 Cunningham was all about...lefthanded shooter... and usually teamed against Bill Bridges...talk about match-ups!! Was the compliment forward to Luke Jackson on the 76'ers 1967 NBA title team and  later as a coach steered Dr. J to his only NBA crown against the Showtime [...]

Jeff Mullins

Jeff Mullins

Spent two years on the Hawk bench after a star studded career at Duke...then really took off when traded to San Francisco before the start of the 1967 season...became an NBA All-Star on several occasions and one of the better guards to play the game...came back to really haunt the Hawks in the 1967 playoffs...then did it again in 1968, leading the [...]

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt the Stilt....The Big Dipper....and until Jabbar came along, the most prolific scorer in NBA history...averaged...AVERAGED 50.4 points per game in 1962 and played 46 of every 48 minutes of every game that season...greatest rebounder, shot blocker and endurance man to ever play the game of basketball...(see picture!!!!!) Met his match with [...]

Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy

Could have been a Hawk....you know that story, I'm sure... and maybe fortunes would have been different in some of those playoff series had Bob Cousy wore the scarlet red and white of St. Louis, but as a frequent visitor to Kiel, we could only sit and watch him work his ballhandling magic in the kelly green uniform. But it was worth [...]

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