Pettit, Bob

Pettit, (Robert E. Lee) Bob

(1932–  ) basketball player; born in Baton Rouge, La. After he was an All-American at Louisiana State University, he played forward with the Milwaukee and St. Louis Hawks (1954–65), where he was an All-NBA (National Basketball Association) first team selection ten times and Most Valuable Player twice (1956, 1959). The first player to score 20,000 points in a career, he was elected to basketball's Hall of Fame in 1970.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.