Ed Macauley
Ed Macauley 1953.jpeg
Macauley in 1953
Personal information
Born(1928-03-22)March 22, 1928
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedNovember 8, 2011(2011-11-08) (aged 83)
St. Louis, Missouri
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Louis University HS
(St. Louis, Missouri)
CollegeSaint Louis (1945–1949)
BAA draft1949 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the St. Louis Bombers
Playing career1949–1959
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number50, 22, 20
Coaching career1958–1960
Career history
As player:
1949–1950St. Louis Bombers
19501956Boston Celtics
19561959St. Louis Hawks
As coach:
19581960St. Louis Hawks
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points11,234 (17.5 ppg)
Rebounds4,324 (7.5 rpg)
Assists2,079 (3.2 apg)
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Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Charles Edward Macauley (March 22, 1928 – November 8, 2011) was a professional basketball player. His playing nickname was "Easy Ed".[1]

Early life

Macauley as a senior at SLU
Macauley as a senior at SLU

Macauley spent his prep school days at St. Louis University High School, then went on to Saint Louis University, where his team won the NIT championship in 1948. He was named the AP Player of the Year in 1949. His nickname of "Easy Ed" came during a pre-game warmup, when fans shouted "Take it easy, Ed" because he (the captain of the team) did not realize he had ran down the court during the playing of the national anthem.

NBA career

Macauley played in the NBA with the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics, and St. Louis Hawks. Macauley was named MVP of the first NBA All-Star Game (he played in the first seven) and he was named to the NBA's All-NBA First Team in three consecutive seasons. He was named to the All-NBA second team for the only time in the 1953–54 season while also leading in field goal percentage. However, it is a trade orchestrated by Celtics owner Walter A. Brown that Macauley is likely best known for, as he was traded from the Boston Celtics to the St. Louis Hawks on the day of the 1956 NBA draft (April 29, 1956). He and Cliff Hagan were sent to the Hawks for Bill Russell, who was drafted as the second overall pick in the draft that day (he later stated that if he was drafted by St. Louis, he wouldn't have been in the NBA as he called it an "overwhelmingly racist" city). For his part, Macauley convinced a reluctant Brown to trade him as it would do him a favor, as Macauley's son had been diagnosed with spinal meningitis and was in St. Louis receiving care at the time. [2] All three players would eventually make the Hall of Fame, although Russell is considered one of the greatest players in league history.

Macauley made the NBA Finals in 1957, averaging 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in the seven-game series, which saw the Hawks lose to the Celtics (making their first Finals appearance in team history) in seven games.[3] In the 1958 NBA Finals, the Hawks faced the Boston Celtics. The Hawks had four future Hall of Famers with Macauley while the Celtics had eight. In his final playoff series played, he averaged 5.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in the seven-game series, which the Hawks won in seven games.[4] He was named player-coach for the 1958-59 season, and he played in fourteen games (all regular season) before retiring as a player. After one more season as coach, he retired, having led them to the 1960 NBA Finals, which they lost in seven games to the Celtics. In the two years Macauley coached with the Hawks, he led them to an 89–48 record, with a 9–11 playoff record.

Legacy

Macauley scored 11,234 points in ten NBA seasons and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960. At age 32, he still holds the record for being the youngest male player to be admitted.[5] His uniform number 22 was retired by the Celtics and he was also awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[6][7] As of 2022, Macauley remains the only player to have his jersey retired by Boston that did not lead the team to an NBA title.

Personal life

After retiring, he became sports director of KTVI, then the ABC affiliate in his native St. Louis. In 1989, Macauley was ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church. With Father Francis Friedl, he co-authored the book Homilies Alive: Creating Homilies That Hit Home.[8]

Macauley died on November 8, 2011, at his home in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 83.[9]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship  *  Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1949–50 St. Louis 67 .398 .718 3.0 16.1
1950–51 Boston 68 .466 .759 9.1 3.7 20.4
1951–52 Boston 66 39.9 .432 .799 8.0 3.5 19.2
1952–53 Boston 69 42.1 .452* .750 9.1 4.1 20.3
1953–54 Boston 71 39.3 .486* .758 8.0 3.8 18.9
1954–55 Boston 71 38.1 .424 .792 8.5 3.9 17.6
1955–56 Boston 71 33.2 .422 .794 5.9 3.0 17.5
1956–57 St. Louis 72 35.9 .419 .749 6.1 2.8 16.5
1957–58 St. Louis 72 26.5 .428 .724 6.6 2.0 14.2
1958–59 St. Louis 14 14.0 .293 .600 2.9 0.9 4.6
Career 641 35.7 .436 .761 7.5 3.2 17.5
All-Star 7 22.0 .387 .854 4.6 2.6 11.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1951 Boston 2 .472 .625 9.0 4.0 20.4
1952 Boston 3 43.0 .551 .842 11.0 3.7 23.3
1953 Boston 6 46.3 .437 .722 9.7 3.5 16.8
1954 Boston 5 25.4 .364 .692 4.2 4.2 5.0
1955 Boston 7 40.4 .462 .759 7.4 4.6 18.1
1956 Boston 3 24.3 .400 .636 5.0 1.7 10.3
1957 St. Louis 10 29.7 .404 .730 6.2 2.2 14.2
1958 St. Louis 11 20.6 .404 .720 5.6 1.6 9.8
Career 47 31.4 .437 .729 6.8 2.9 13.8

References

  1. ^ "Basketball Hall of Famer 'Easy Ed' Macauley dies at 83", USA Today, November 9, 2011
  2. ^ Milligan, Rashad (May 17, 2020). "Looking back: The time Bill Russell never played for the Hawks because of racism". Peachtreehoops.com. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  3. ^ "1957 NBA Finals - Hawks vs. Celtics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  4. ^ "1958 NBA Finals - Hawks vs. Celtics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Martin, Douglas (November 9, 2011), "Ed Macauley, Basketball Hall of Famer, Dies at 83", The New York Times
  6. ^ "'Easy Ed' Macauley dead at 83". ESPN. November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  7. ^ "St. Louis Walk of Fame Inductees". St. Louis Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Macauley, Ed; Francis P. Friedl (1994). Homilies alive: creating homilies that hit home. Mystic, Connecticut: Twenty-Third Publications. ISBN 0-89622-574-7.
  9. ^ Timmermann, Tom (November 9, 2011), "SLU great 'Easy Ed' Macauley dies", St. Louis Post-Dispatch