Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor earned All-American honors at Seattle University before spending 14 seasons with the Lakers, where he posted career averages of 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds. The first overall pick of the 1958 NBA Draft won Rookie of the Year made 11 All-Star teams. In celebration of his 82nd birthday on Sept. 16, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Elgin Baylor.
An All-Star in every single one of his seasons (save for a seven-game return to boost ticket sales for the Cincinnati Royals, the team he coached, in 1970), Bob Cousy was a six-time NBA champion and the 1957 MVP. He was the man in Boston until the arrival of Bill Russell, with whom he teamed to build the NBA’s first dynasty. In celebration of Cousy's 88th birthday on Aug. 9, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of the great Celtics point guard of the 1950s and early '60s—nicknamed "Cooz" and "Houdini of the Hardwood"—through the years.
The 1968 NBA Draft's first overall pick out of Houston, Elvin Hayes won Rookie of the Year and made 12-consecutive All-Star Games while winning a championship with the Washington Bullets in 1978. As "The Big E" celebrates his 71st birthday on November 17, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of the Hall of Fame center and power forward.
Rod Carew was named an All-Star for all but his last of 19 seasons in the majors. The AL's 1967 Rookie of the Year and 1977 MVP won seven batting titles, all with the Minnesota Twins (1967-78). Carew, who retired with a .328 average, played half his career at second base before moving to first in 1976. In honor of the Hall of Famer's 71st birthday on Oct. 1, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Rod Carew through the years.
Three-time NBA MVP, 13-time All Star and Hall of Famer Moses Malone died at age 60 due to cardiovascular disease one year ago on Sept. 13, 2015. In remembrance of the "Chairman of the Boards," we present these classic SI photos of "Big Mo."