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Ed Macauley
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Basketball Player
    (March 22, 1928-November 8, 2011)
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri
    Birth name was Charles Edward Macauley
    Played for St. Louis University (1945-49)
    Two-Time All-American (1948-49)
    NIT Tournament MVP (1948)
    AP College Player of the Year (1949)
    Played professionally for the St. Louis Bombers (1949-50), Boston Celtics (1950-56) and St. Louis Hawks (1956-59)
    11,234 career points
    7-Time All-Star (1951-57)
    Coach for the St. Louis Hawks (1958-60)
    #22 retired by the Celtics
    Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1960)
    Nicknamed 'Easy Ed'
    He said his mother let him attend any college as long as it was 'Catholic and in St. Louis.'
    He got his nickname of 'Easy Ed' while the team captain of St. Louis University in his freshman year: 'I pushed the door open, ran down the other end of the court with the ball and took a couple of shots. When I turned around there was no one else there. Nobody had followed me, because the National Anthem was being played.... The fans started to yell ‘Take it easy, Ed,' since the game hadn’t even started.'
    He got chosen by the Celtics in a dispersal draft after the St. Louis Bombers went belly up.
    One suspects the Hawks may have occassionally regreted trading away Bill Russell to get Macauley, since Russell would lead the Celtics to 11 NBA titles.
    He said, 'I always ask Red Auerbach how come he waited for Bill Russell to start winning all of those championships.'
    He was MVP of the first NBA All-Star Game (1951).
    He never finished outside the top ten in field goal percentage his entire NBA career.
    He could have vetoed the deal that sent him to the Hawks for Russell, but he wanted to return home to St. Louis to help care for his son, who had cerebral palsy.
    He did lead the Hawks to one NBA Title over Russell's Celtics in 1958.
    At age 32, he became the youngest inductee to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
    He was ordained as a deacon of the Roman Catholic Church (1989).

Credit: C. Fishel

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