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St. Louis Hawks Franchise History: 1956-57 through 1965-66

Championships: 1 Conference Titles: 4 Division Titles: 5 Regular Season Record: 425-355 Regular Season Win Percentage: 59.9% Playoff Appearances: 9 Playoff Series Wins: 8 Playoff Record: 47-43 Welcome to the Glory Days of the Hawks franchise. Behind 1959 NBA MVP

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St. Louis/Milwaukee/Tri-Cities (Black)Hawks Franchise History: 1946-47 through 1955-56

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 0 Regular Season Record: 263-390 Regular Season Win Percentage: 40.3% Playoff Appearances: 4 Playoff Series Wins: 3 Playoff Record: 11-12 Founded as the Buffalo Bison in 1946 in the National Basketball League, what

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St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks Franchise History: 1966-67 through 1975-76

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 2 Regular Season Record: 404-415 Regular Season Win Percentage: 49.3% Playoff Appearances: 7 Playoff Series Wins: 3 Playoff Record: 21-31 The Hawks bid farewell to St. Louis with one of their strongest seasons

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Cliff Hagan

Cliff Hagan possessed one of the greatest hook shots in basketball history. It wasn’t a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar skyhook that dropped in from the heavens. It wasn’t a George Mikan right-handed hook that was launched after his left arm pulverized you.

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Atlanta Hawks – Honored and Retired Jerseys

Buffalo Bison (1946) ● Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1946-1951) Milwaukee Hawks (1951 – 1955) ● St. Louis Hawks (1955-1968) Retired Numbers #9 Bob Pettit (1954 – 1965) Finals winner; 3x Finalist; 4x Conference Finalist 2x MVP, 10x All-NBA 1st Team, All-NBA 2nd

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Pro Hoops Podcast: Hall of Famer Richie Guerin

This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Saturday afternoon, I was able to have a wonderful 10-minute interview with Knicks and Hawks legend Richie Guerin.

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Remembering Zelmo Beaty

One of the great players in basketball history departed Saturday as Zelmo Beaty passed away at age 73. The 6’9″ center played from 1962 to 1975 in the NBA and ABA with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Stars, and

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Zelmo Beaty

Following Game 6 of the 1970 ABA Finals, the Los Angeles Stars were a forlorn dejected bunch. The California squad had just lost the series, 4-games-to-2, to the Indiana Pacers. Coach Bill Sharman rallied his men  by telling them that

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Richie Guerin

In the long annals of pro basketball’s history, I’m not quite sure any player has ended a career in the fashion that Richie Guerin did. His final game was on April 19, 1970. It was the fourth game of Atlanta’s

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Clyde Lovellette

With the retirement of George Mikan from pro-basketball, Clyde Lovelette has a big pair of shoes to try and fill. The 6ft. 9in., 245lb. Indianian will get some help from the five rookies who joined the team this season. Replacing

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