Elgin Baylor

Basketball Player
Born Sep 16, 1934

Elgin Gay Baylor is a retired Hall of Fame American basketball player and former NBA general manager who played 13 seasons as a forward for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers/Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in eight NBA Finals. Baylor was a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor regularly dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots. The No.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on September 16, 1934.


1954 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Baylor reappeared for the '54 season playing for the newly opened Spingarn High School and the 6'5, 190 lb senior was named 1st team All Met and won the SSA's Livingstone Trophy as the Area's Best Basketball player for 1954. … Read More


Baylor led the Seattle University Chieftains (now known as the Redhawks) to the NCAA championship game in 1958, falling to the Kentucky Wildcats, Seattle's last trip to the Final Four.
1960 25 Years Old 1 More Event
From the 1960–61 to the 1962–63 seasons, Baylor averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34. points per game, respectively.
1961 26 Years Old Baylor, a United States Army Reservist, was called to active duty during the 1961–62 season, and being stationed in Washington state, he could play for the Lakers only when on a weekend pass. … Read More
1963 28 Years Old Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963–64 season. … Read More


1971 36 Years Old Baylor finally retired nine games into the 1971–72 season because of his nagging knee problems. … Read More


1977 42 Years Old A 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and 11-time NBA All-Star, Baylor was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977.
1980 45 Years Old He was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1980 and the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. in 2009, SLAM Magazine ranked him number 11 among its Top 50 NBA players of all time. … Read More


1986 51 Years Old In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations.


2006 71 Years Old Baylor was selected as the NBA Executive of the Year in 2006. … Read More
2008 73 Years Old He stayed in that capacity for 22 years before resigning in October 2008 at the age of 74. … Read More
2009 74 Years Old In February 2009, Baylor filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Clippers, team owner Donald Sterling, team president Andy Roeser, and the NBA. … Read More
2011 76 Years Old Baylor's remaining claims were rejected by a Los Angeles state court jury on March 30, 2011, by a unanimous 12–0 vote.
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