Quantcast
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 9:50 am  |  5 responses

Hall of Famer Ed Macauley Dead at 83


“Easy Ed” Macauley, the man who was part of the trade that brought Bill Russell to Boston, has passed away. The AP reports: “Ed Macauley, one of the NBA’s first big stars who won a championship with the St. Louis Hawks and was traded by the Boston Celtics [team stats] for Bill Russell, has died. He was 83. Saint Louis University announced Macauley’s death on Tuesday. The school had no other details. ‘Easy Ed’ was a standout player with the Billikens, leading them to the 1948 NIT title. Macauley was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1960. A native of St. Louis, he was a territorial pick of that city’s Basketball Association of America franchise, the Bombers. He played there for one season and then was selected by the Celtics in a 1950 dispersal draft. Macauley played for the Celtics from the 1950-51 season until 1955-56. He and the draft rights to future Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan were traded by Boston to the St. Louis Hawks on April 29, 1956, for the rights to Russell, a move that changed the power structure of the NBA. The Celtics went on to win 11 titles with Russell dominating in the paint. After the deal, Macauley and the Hawks faced Russell and the Celtics in consecutive NBA finals. Boston won in 1957, then the Hawks took the crown in 1958.”

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags:

  • Overtime

    RIP, wasn’t he first ever All-star MVP too?

  • AMPduppp

    R.I.P, stay easy in heaven Ed

  • Heals

    Can’t get a better nickname than his, R I P…

  • Justin

    Winning a championship against Bill Russell and the Celtics … not an easy feat.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ No doubt. RIP Ed Macauley.

Advertisement