Retired Numbers:
SEE ATLANTA HAWKS
 
 
Nickname:
Team's named shortened from Blackhawks to Hawks upon moving to Milwaukee, named in honor of Blackhawk war

Colors
:
Blue
White
Black
 
Played As:
Tri-Cities Blackhawks* 1946/47-1950/51

Milwaukee Hawks
1951/52-1954/55


St. Louis Hawks 1955/56-1967/68

Atlanta Hawks 1968/69-Present


*-Played in NBL 1946/47-1948/49
 
First Game Played November 3,1951
Last Game Played March 14, 1955
Moved to St. Louis in 1955
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coaches: (3)
Doxie Moore 1951/52
Adrew Levane 1952/53-1953/54
Red Holzman 1953/54-1954/55

 
 
 
 
Arenas: (1)
Milwaukee Arena 1951/52-1954/55
Historical Moments:

1951/52
:
Upon moving from Tri-Cities to Milwaukee the tam shortens its nickname from Blackhawks to Hawks. Playing in the larger Milwaukee Arena better known as The Mecca the Hawks played lackluster basket ball, posting a horrid league worse 17-49 record, with Mel Hutchins, who tied for seconnd in rebounding with 13.3 boards per game the team's lone highlight.

1952/53
:
Despite winning ten more games the Hawks continued to dwell in the last place in the Western Division posting a record of 27-44.

1953/54
:
The Hawks continued to flutter in last place as they finished 19 games out of third place while posting a terrible record of 21-51. As the season wound down William "Red" Holzman was hired as the team's new coach replacing Andrew Levane.

1954/55
:
The Hawks finally got a superstar in Bob Pettit who was drafted out of Louisiana State. In his first season Pettit would earn Rookie of the Year honors while finishing fourth in scoring a 20.4 ppg. However it would not be enough to lift the Hawks out of last place as they posted a record of 26-46. Following the season Owner Ben Kerner announced he was moving the team to St. Louis, after four last place seasons in Milwaukee.

1955-1968
:
The city of Milwaukee get another shot at the NBA 13 years later when they were awarded an expansion team named the Bucks in 1968. The Bucks would be an instant hit winning the NBA title in just their third year.
 
NBA Champions:
None

NBA Finals:
None

NBA Division Finals:
None

NBA Division Champions:
None

NBA Playoff Appearences:
None
 
 
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Page created on March 10, 2003.  Last updated on December 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm ET. 

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1946-1951
 
Hall of Famers: (3)
Red Holzman Coach 1953-1955
Bob Houbregs F 1953/54
Bob Pettit F 1954/55
 
 
 
 
Best Season:
1952/53 (27-44)

Worst Season
:
1951/52 (17-49)
Red Holzman
Coach 1953-1955
 
 
 
 
 
Awards:
Rookie of the Year: (1)
1955 Bob Pettit F
Milwaukee Arena (The Mecca)
1951-1955
Bob Pettit
1954/55

1955 Rookie of the Year
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Mel Hutchins
1951-1953
Don Otten
1951-1953
Don Sunderlage
1953/54
Bill Calhoun
1952-1955
Chuck Share
1953-1955
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