Howard Shannon was an American basketball player and coach. He played professionally in the Basketball Association of America and the early years of the National Basketball Association, he coached at the high school and college levels. Shannon played college basketball for Kansas State Wildcats. After the 1947–48 season with Kansas State, he was ruled ineligible to play by the Big Seven after the conference re-interpreted a rule to count freshman and junior college play against a player's four-year limit of college play. Shannon signed a one-year contract to play professionally with the Providence Steamrollers of the BAA, he averaged 13.4 points per game in 1948–49 and was named the league's Rookie of the Year, a designation not recognized by the NBA for that season. Although he had signed and played with Providence, the team was still required to select him in the 1949 BAA draft to secure his rights, he was selected with the first overall pick of the draft. However, the Steamrollers would fold their organization before the start of the first season with the NBA name.
As a result, his rights were picked up by the Boston Celtics for the 1949-50 NBA season. Following his playing career, Shannon became head coach at Topeka High School in Kansas, where he coached from 1950 to 1954 before becoming an assistant to Tex Winter at Kansas State. In 1964, Shannon was named head coach of Virginia Tech. Shannon coached the Hokies to a 104–67 record and its best NCAA Tournament finish in 1967, reaching the Mideast Regional final before falling to Dayton. In 1971, Shannon resigned to join Virginia Tech's physical education faculty full-time. Shannon was coach of the 1960 Puerto Rican basketball team in the 1960 Olympics. Howie Shannon died of lung cancer on August 16, 1995 in Plano, Texas
Anthony Lavelli, Jr. was an American professional basketball player and musician. He averaged 6.9 points per game during his two-year National Basketball Association career while providing half-time entertainment with his accordion performances. A native of Somerville, Lavelli attended Yale University as a music student and was a member of Skull and Bones, he aspired to compose musical comedies. He wrote over a dozen songs while in college, with titles like "I Want a Helicopter" and "You're the Boppiest Bee-Bop", he appeared as an accordion soloist for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; as a senior, he applied to the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music. However, Lavelli's musical talents were overshadowed by his achievements on the basketball court. Lavelli claimed that he had only learned basketball as a teenager to impress his friends, who were apathetic to his music, he would become one of Yale's all-time greatest players. A 6'3" forward with an accurate one-handed hook shot, he scored 1,964 points in four years and graduated as the fourth highest-scorer in college basketball history.
He earned four All-American team selections and one Player of the Year award during his college career. Upon graduating, he was selected by the Boston Celtics as the fourth overall pick in the 1949 BAA draft. Despite his athletic accomplishments, Lavelli's first love was music, he refused to sign with the Celtics so that he could enroll at Juilliard. However, based on suggestions made by sports executive Leo Ferris, Lavelli proposed to join the team on the condition that they would pay him an extra $125 per game to play his accordion during half-time breaks at Boston Garden and certain visitors' arenas; the Celtics conceded to his demands. Lavelli made his Celtics debut on November 1949 in a game against the Fort Wayne Pistons, he tallied 20 points in his first game, would average 8.8 points per game over the course of the 1949–50 NBA season. However, he received much more attention for his half-time accordion performances. In a typical performance, Lavelli would greet the fans and play "Granada", "Lady of Spain", other musical pieces before dashing off to the Celtics' locker room.
He played in his basketball jersey, as he had little time to change his clothes. The Celtics finished last in their division that season, but one newspaper joked that the team "doubtless his music soothing". Lavelli signed with the rival New York Knicks prior to the start of the 1950–51 NBA season, he averaged 3.3 points per game with the Knicks and participated in their playoff run, which ended in the 1951 NBA Finals at the hands of the Rochester Royals. However, Lavelli had joined the Knicks so that he would be close to Juilliard, he began taking courses there during his tenure with the team. During the mid-1950s, Lavelli played with the College All-Stars, who served as opponents to the Harlem Globetrotters, his accordion performances became a fixture of the Globetrotters’ halftime shows. After retiring from basketball in the late 1950s, Lavelli embarked on a long career as a songwriter and nightclub performer, he released two records during his life: Accordion Classics. In 1998, he suffered a heart attack at his home in Laconia, New Hampshire and died shortly afterwards.
Lavelli twice appeared on the television program Toast of the Town, renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. Lavelli's cousin, Dante Lavelli, played for the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s and 1950s and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Tony Lavelli at Databasebasketball.com Tony Lavelli on IMDb
Ralph Milton Beard Jr. was an American collegiate and professional basketball player. He won two NCAA national basketball championships at the University of Kentucky and played two years in the National Basketball Association prior to being barred for life for his participation in the 1951 point shaving scandal. Beard was born in Kentucky. Beard attended Louisville Male High School, he cited the family’s finances as a reason he took money from the gamblers. His mother worked a cleaning lady, he was a member of Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five" University of Kentucky basketball team, with Alex Groza, Wallace Jones, Cliff Barker, Kenny Rollins. Beard won a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics with the Phillips 66ers. Taken in the second round of the 1949 NBA draft, Beard played two seasons with the Indianapolis Olympians and averaged 15.9 points and 4.4 assists per game. In October 1951, authorities charged him along with his former teammates Alex Groza and Dale Barnstable with taking bribes as part of the 1951 NCAA point shaving scandal.
They pleaded guilty and received suspended sentences but the NBA Commissioner Maurice Podoloff banned all three for life from the NBA. Beard admitted that he took $700 but denied that he had shaved points in a game, he claimed that Frank Hogan, the New York district attorney, conspired with Podoloff of the NBA and Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York to go after Midwestern players in an effort to protect players at Catholic colleges. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry afterward, his only involvement in the sport after his ban was some scouting work with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association. He tried playing professional baseball but his ban for gambling prevented him from that sport as well. In life, the University of Kentucky welcomed him back; the school retired his jersey number in 1995 and invited him to speak to players about point shaving. In 1985, he was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Beard died on November 2007 at his Louisville, Kentucky home.
Ralph Beard profile Ralph Beard Info Page at NBA.com Ralph Beard at Basketball-Reference.com Ralph Beard at Find a Grave
Charles Edward Macauley was a professional basketball player. His playing nickname was "Easy Ed."Macauley spent his prep school days at St. Louis University High School went on to Saint Louis University, where his team won the NIT championship in 1948, he was named the AP Player of the Year in 1949. Macauley played in the NBA with the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics, St. Louis Hawks. Macauley was named MVP of the first NBA All-Star Game, was named to the NBA's All-NBA First Team three consecutive seasons, he was named to the All-NBA second team once, in 1953–54—the same season he led the league in field goal percentage. Macauley's trade to St. Louis brought Bill Russell to the Celtics. In the two years he coached with the Hawks, he led them to an 89–48 record, with a 9–11 playoff record. Macauley scored 11,234 points in ten NBA seasons and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960. At age 32, he still holds the record for being the youngest male player, his uniform number 22 was retired by the Celtics and he was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
In 1989 Macauley was ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church. With Father Francis Friedl, he coauthored the book Homilies Alive: Creating Homilies, he died on November 2011, at his home in St. Louis, Missouri, he was 83. Ed Macauley at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame BasketballReference.com: Ed Macauley BasketballReference.com: Ed Macauley
NBA territorial pick
A territorial pick was a type of special draft choice used in the Basketball Association of America draft in 1949 and in the National Basketball Association draft after the 1950 season, the year in which the BAA was renamed the NBA. In the draft, NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players. Territorial picks were eliminated when the draft system was revamped in 1966. In the first 20 years of the BAA/NBA, the league was still trying to gain the support of fans who lived in or near the teams' home markets. To achieve this, the league introduced the territorial pick rule to help teams acquire popular players from colleges in their area who would have strong local support. Before the draft, a team could forfeit its first-round draft pick and select any player from within a 50-mile radius of its home arena. Although the territorial picks were selected before the draft, these picks were not factored into the overall selection count of the draft. Of the 23 territorial picks, 12 players have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Tom Heinsohn, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas are the only four territorial picks who won the Rookie of the Year Award. Chamberlain won the Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, he went on to win the Most Valuable Player Award three more times in his career. Oscar Robertson is the only other territorial pick; the Philadelphia Warriors had the most territorial picks, having selected six who attended a total of five colleges. The University of Cincinnati had the most players taken as a territorial pick; the 1965 NBA draft, the last draft in which the rule remained in effect, had the most territorial picks in a single draft with three. The 1953 draft had three territorial picks. No territorial pick was selected in the 1957 and 1961 drafts. KHL territorial pick NBA.com: NBA Draft History
Arild Verner Agerskov Mikkelsen was an American professional basketball player. He was one of the National Basketball Association's first power forwards in the 1950s and was known for his tenacious defense. Mikkelsen was born in Parlier and was raised in the Danish-American community of Askov, Minnesota, his father, was an immigrant from Denmark who became a Lutheran pastor in Askov. Mikkelsen entered Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota on a basketball scholarship at the age of 16. In his senior year, Mikkelsen led NCAA Division II in field goal percentage. Hamline won the 1949 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and Mikkelsen was voted an All-American, he would receive a master's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. Mikkelsen played with Jim Pollard in the frontcourt of the Minneapolis Lakers; the Lakers won four NBA titles during Mikkelsen's career. Mikkelsen played in six NBA All-Star Games and was named to the All-NBA Second Team four times in his career. Mikkelsen ended his career after ten seasons in the NBA in 1959, having played in 699 of a possible 704 regular season games.
He led the NBA in both personal fouls and disqualifications for three straight seasons during his career, finished his career with 10,063 points scored. Mikkelsen still holds the league record for career disqualifications with 127, which he did in only 631 games—disqualifications were not recorded in the NBA until his second season. In 1956, Mikkelsen was inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame. Mikkelsen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 along with Laker coach John Kundla. In 2002, during halftime of a Lakers/Timberwolves game and fellow Hall of Fame teammates George Mikan, Slater Martin, Arlee Pollard, Clyde Lovellette and Coach John Kundla were each presented with championship rings; the Minneapolis players received the same rings provided by the NBA to the champion Los Angeles Lakers that same year. Mikkelsen coached and was general manager of the Minnesota Pipers of the American Basketball Association. Mikkelsen's wife Jean died in 2002 after 47 years of marriage.
Their two sons are named John. In 2006 a biography was published by John Egan titled The Vern Mikkelsen Story. Mikkelsen died on November 2013 in Wayzata, Minnesota surrounded by his family. Vern Mikkelsen on IMDb Vern Mikkelsen profile @ LakersWeb.com Vern Mikkelsen career stats at Basketball-Reference.com
The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division; the team plays its home games at State Farm Arena. The team's origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, a member of the National Basketball League owned by Ben Kerner and Leo Ferris. After 38 days in Buffalo, the team moved to Moline, where they were renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. In 1949, they joined the NBA as part of the merger between the NBL and the Basketball Association of America, had Red Auerbach as coach. In 1951, Kerner moved the team to Milwaukee. Kerner and the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, where they won their only NBA Championship in 1958 and qualified to play in the NBA Finals in 1957, 1960 and 1961; the Hawks played the Boston Celtics in all four of their trips to the NBA Finals. The St. Louis Hawks moved to Atlanta in 1968, when Kerner sold the franchise to Thomas Cousins and former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders.
The Hawks own the second-longest drought of not winning an NBA championship at 60 seasons. The franchise's lone NBA championship, as well as all four NBA Finals appearances, occurred when the team was based in St. Louis. Meanwhile, they went 48 years without advancing past the second round of the playoffs in any format, until breaking through in 2015. However, the Hawks are one of only four NBA teams that have qualified to play in the NBA playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons in the 21st century, they achieved this feat between 2008 and 2017. The other teams that have made it to at least 10 consecutive playoff appearances in the 21st century are the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks; the origins of the Atlanta Hawks can be traced to the Buffalo Bisons franchise, founded in 1946. The Bisons were a member of the National Basketball League, played their games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium; the club was coached by Nat Hickey. Their first game – a 50–39 victory over the Syracuse Nationals – was played on November 8, 1946.
On the team was William "Pop" Gates, along with William "Dolly" King, was one of the first two African-American players in the NBL. The team, which needed to draw 3,600 fans per game to break struggled to draw 1,000 fans per game to the Auditorium; the franchise lasted only 38 days in Buffalo when, on December 25, 1946, Leo Ferris, the team's general manager, announced that the team would be moving to Moline, which at that time was part of an area known as the "Tri-Cities": Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, Iowa. Upon relocation to Moline, the team was renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, played their home games at Wharton Field House, a 6,000-seat arena in Moline; the team featured guard/forward and coach Deanglo King, was owned by Leo Ferris and Ben Kerner. Pop Gates remained on the Blackhawks roster, finished second on the team in scoring behind future 1948 NBL MVP Don Otten. A Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member, Gates helped to integrate the league and become the first African-American coach in a major sports league, coaching Dayton in 1948.
In 1949 the Blackhawks became one of the National Basketball Association's 17 original teams after a merger of the 12-year-old NBL and the three-year-old Basketball Association of America. They reached the playoffs in the NBA's inaugural year under the leadership of coach Red Auerbach; the following season, they drafted three-time All-American Bob Cousy, but they were unable to reach a deal and traded him to the Chicago Stags. The Blackhawks missed the playoffs. By it was obvious that the Tri-Cities area was too small to support an NBA team. After the season, the franchise relocated to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Hawks. In 1954, the Hawks drafted Bob Pettit, a future NBA MVP. Despite this, the Hawks were one of the league's worst teams, in 1955 the Hawks moved, this time to St. Louis, Milwaukee's rival in the beer industry, became the St. Louis Hawks. In 1956, the St. Louis Hawks drafted legendary Bill Russell in the first round, they traded Russell to the Boston Celtics for Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley, both Hall of Fame members.
In 1957, the Hawks finished four games under.500. However, the Western Division was weak that year, they won the division title and a bye to the division finals after defeating the Minneapolis Lakers and Fort Wayne Pistons in one-game tiebreakers. They defeated the Lakers in the division finals to advance to the Finals, losing to the Boston Celtics in a double-overtime thriller in game seven. In 1958, after tallying their first winning record, they again advanced to the Finals, where they avenged their defeat against the Celtics from the previous year, winning the series 4–2 and giving the Hawks their first and only NBA Championship. Bob Pettit scored 50 points in the final game of the series; the Hawks remained one of the NBA's premier teams for the next decade. In 1960, under coach Ed Macauley, the team advanced to the Finals, but lost to the Celtics in another game seven thriller; the following year, with the acquisition of rookie Lenny Wilkens, the Hawks repeated their success, but met the Celtics in the Finals again and lost in five games.
They would remain contenders for most of the 1960s, advancing deep into the playoffs a