Milwaukee Hawks

Country United States United States
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Founded 1951

The Milwaukee Hawks were a professional basketball team playing in the National Basketball Association from 1951 to 1954. The Milwaukee Hawks are now known as the Atlanta hawks.

The team was originally found in 1946 and was known as the Tri- Cities Blackhawks. The Blackhawks were a team who initially played for the National Basketball League and were based in the Tri- city region of Moline, Illinois; Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. The Blackhawks were one of the 17 original teams that were a part of the National Basketball Association when the NBL and the BAA merged in 1949 to form the NBA. When the Blackhawks moved to Milwaukee they shortened their name to Hawks. Their logo was changed to a blue hawk dropping a basketball into a basket with the script Milwaukee Hawks arched below the basket. The team colors were blue and white. The team’s arena was the Milwaukee Arena.

In 1951, the Hawks finished the season with a score of 17 wins and 49 losses, their worse score since their formation in 1946. They continued their poor performance and finished in last position in 1952 and 1953. At the end of the 1953- 1954 season former coach Andrew Levane was replaced by William Holzman. Coach Holzman was later inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1954, the Hawks drafted Bob Pettit who won the NBA Rookie of the year award that year and later went down in the Basketball Hall of Fame. However, the Hawks still could not progress from their last position following which Ben Kerner, the owner of the team decided to move the team to St. Louis at the end of the 1954- 1955 season. The Hawks played in St. Louis for 11 seasons and later became the Atlanta Hawks after shifting to the city of Atlanta, Georgia.

In a total of 281 games the team played as the Milwaukee Hawks, they won 91 games and lost 190 games.

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