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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.
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.
In the front row, from left to right, is Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Coach Alex Hannum, Lou Hudson, and Dolph Schayes.In the back row, from left to right, is David Bing, Jerry West, Hal Greer, Rick Barry, Connie Hawkins, Earl Monroe, Bob Pettit and Johnny 'Red' Kerr.
West (No.44), a twelve-time all-star by the time of this photograph, accelerates past Celtics player John Havlicek.
West, the "tallest player in basketball" at 6'3" keeps Smith from successfully making a shot. At this game, West Virginia University handed Kentucky their fifth home defeat in 15 years.Both West and Smith made the United States Olympic team two years later in 1960.
West spent one summer living with the Gattlieb family, who owned Blossom Dairy and Restaurant, during his time playing for the Charleston Summer League. Blossom Dairy and the Gattlieb family sponsored West's summer team.