Jerry West Digital Collection

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Portrait of the basketball star Jerry West, who played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. In 1960, West played on the United States Olympic basketball team.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with Ann Dinardi. West had lived in Dinardi's Beechurst Avenue home during his college basketball days at West Virginia University.
Dinardi and Jerry West, who is kneeling beside her on her right, pose with a group of former West Virginia University basketball players.Dinardi was Jerry West's landlord when he lived on Beechurst Avenue during his college basketball years at WVU. West described her as his "mom away from home."Dinardi passed away at the age of 97 in 2003.
Eulinda Dinardi, sister of Ann Dinardi and basketball star West are pictured in the Dinardi's kitchen reading a newspaper.West described Ann Dinardi as his "mom away from home." She had a special relationship with many of the basketball players because she lived steps away from the Old Field House.  Her home was on Beechurst Avenue.