Friday, March 29, 2019

1953-54 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

1953-54 MILWAUKEE HAWKS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Western Division
Finished: 21-51 .292, 4th place

The Hawks had avoided the cellar in 1952-53 thanks to an even-worse Indianapolis club. However, with the Olympians gone, the cellar was wide open for the Hawks. They started the season with a stunning victory against the Minneapolis Lakers on the defending champion's home floor. Feeling optimistic, the Hawks luck turned and they went on to lose 10-straight and returned deep into the cellar where they would remain all season. On February 1, 1954, Coach Fuzzy Levane was replaced by veteran player Red Holzman. Holzman, who also played in 51 games with the Hawks that season, fared slightly better bu the Hawks would finish the season winning six fewer games. For Holzman, it was the beginning of a lengthy coaching career that would eventually see him win to NBA title with the Knicks en route to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Until then, though, he was mired in Milwaukee.

Head Coaches
PLAYERS:
  • Irv Bemoras (November 18, 1930 - November 1, 2007)
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  • Bill Calhoun (b. November 4, 1927)
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  • Gene Dyker (February 17, 1930 - January  1966)
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  • Bob Harrison (b. August 12, 1927)
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  • Lew Hitch (July 16, 1929 - February 8, 2012)
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  • Red Holzman (August 10, 1920 - November 13, 1998)
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  • Bob Houbregs (March 12, 1932 - May 28, 2014)
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  • Bob Lavoy (June 29, 1926 - December 18, 2010)
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  • Don Lofgran (November 8, 1929 - June 17, 1976)
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  • Jack Nichols (April 9, 1926 - December 24, 1992)
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  • Bob Peterson (January 25, 1932 - July 30, 2011)
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  • George Ratkovicz (November 13, 1922 - November 10, 2007)
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  • Chuck Share (March 14, 1927 - June 7, 2012)
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  • Don Sunderlage (December 20, 1929 - July 15, 1961)
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  • Dick Surhoff (November 16, 1929 - May 1, 1987)
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  • Bill Tosheff (June 2, 1926 - October 1, 2011)
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  • Rabbit Walthour (August 25, 1930 - September 10, 1977)
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  • Max Zaslofsky (December 7, 1925 - October 15, 1985)
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