Hall of Famer Ed Macauley passes

February 1, 2012

NBRPA member Ed Macauly recently passed at 83-years old on November 8. Macauley, who played in the NBA from 1949 to 1959, was one of the league’s first stars and won a championship with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958.

Nicknamed “Easy Ed,” 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 was named to the NBA's All-NBA First Team three consecutive seasons. An additional claim-to-fame for Macauley: He was traded by the Boston Celtics (with Cliff Hagen) to St. Louis for Bill Russell.

Macauley scored 11,234 points in 10 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 player to be inducted.

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.