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Bob Pettit

NBA Forward Bob Pettit

Full Name: Robert Pettit
Profession: NBA Forward

United States of America

Biography: Played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (1954-1965), and was the first recipient of the NBA's MVP Award.

Born: December 12, 1932
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Age: 89 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1965-06-19 NBA forward Bob Pettit (32) weds Carole Crowell in Alexandria, Louisiana

Historical Events

  • 1956-01-24 6th NBA All Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, NY: West beats East, 108-94; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C
  • 1958-01-21 8th NBA All-Star Game, Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Mo: East beats West, 130-118; MVP: Bob Pettit, Milwaukee Hawks, C
  • 1958-01-21 St Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit becomes first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award; scores 28 points and grabs 26 rebounds, even though East beats West, 130-118
  • 1959-01-23 9th NBA All-Star Game, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Mi: West beats East, 124-108; MVPs: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers, F; Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; first co-winners of MVP award
  • 1961-11-22 St. Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws
  • 1962-01-16 12th NBA All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Mo: West beats East, 150-130; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; All-Star record 27 rebounds

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