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Bob Pettit (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-01-21

Duration: 00:27:03

Subjects: PETTIT, BOB | Sports | Basketball players | Drugs | Banking Industry


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Pettit, Bob Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from January 21, 1983, features an interview with Bob Pettit conducted by Gus Weill. Pettit, a native of Baton Rouge, played college basketball at LSU from 1951-1954 and professional basketball with the St. Louis Hawks from 1954-1965. He was the first recipient of the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award and was later inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He discusses: the effect of big money on basketball; his career highlights, including his travels with the U.S. State Department behind the Iron Curtain; the proliferation of narcotics in professional basketball; athletics as a positive discipline for children; and his career in banking.