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West was an outstanding player for the Mountaineers and is a member of Pro Basketball's Hall of Fame.
'West Virginia's Mr. Everything, Jerry West (44) slips by a Virginia Military (Institute) defender on his way to scoring one of the 12 field goals he scored 12/14. West was outscored by VMI's Joe Gedro (53) who tallied 30. WVU won, 91-76. UPI Telephoto.'
Willie Akers leads the team down the carpet and Jerry West is on the left. The carpet is rolled out before each home game for the WVU team to enter on to the court. This is one of the best traditions in NCAA basketball.
6' 3", 175- pound Jerry West battles 6-7, 230 pound Jeff Cohen for the rebound in Southern Conference tournament action.  The Mountaineers, finalists in NCAA play, had a tough time squeezing past William & Mary in their conference semi-final, 85-82, as West scored 38 points.
Jerry West is fouled by Ralph Brandt in attempting a lay- up against Holy Cross. Number 12 is George Blaney.
The photograph was taken while West was driven through the streets of Beckley by a very proud fan following West Virginia University's amazing run in the 1959 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The Mountaineers make it to the National Championship game, losing to California by one point. West was named the MVP of the tournament. The others in the photograph are not identified.
West, left, flies past Louisville's John Turner during the 1959 NCAA Semi-Finals. The Mountaineers won this game 93-78, with 38 points scored by West alone.
West, right and Akers played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 leading theMountaineers to two Southern Conference and three NCAA tournament appearances which includes the 1959 Championship game.
West's jersey number 44 was officially retired prior to the Mountaineers' basketball game against LSU.
West, right, is pictured with Willie Akers, left, and Coach Fred Schaus, center. West played for West Virginia University's basketball team from 1956-1960, before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
West (right) lived in the home of Ann Dinardi (center) which was located on 65 Beechurst Avenue.
West, left, and Schaus, right, are pictured together smiling.
West, No. 44 pictured in the forefront, poses with teammate Willie Akers.
West, right, poses with West Virginia University Basketball Coach Fred Schaus, center, and teammate Willie Akers, left, while holding a basketball. West played for West Virginia University before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sitting, from left to right, is Manager Ronald Lewellen, Jerry Turner, Butch Goode, Jim Reiss, Jim Warren, Jay Jacobs, and Manager Jim Cook.Standing, from left to right, is Assistant Coach Jim Sottile, Jerry West, Jim Ritchie, Joe Posch, Pat Duffy, Willie Akers, and Coach Quentin Barnette.
Because West broke his nose so often while playing basketball, he was made to wear a guard.
West (No. 44) poses on the right with West Virginia University basketball coach Fred Schaus (center) and Willie Akers (left).
West (No. 44) is pictured midair as he prepares to shoot two of his overall thirty-nine points at the game against VMI. The Mountaineers won with a 101-71 victory.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with an unidentified young girl.
A group of men are gathered at a spring banquet held at Hotel Morgan after the West Virginia University basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the United States.In the front row, from left to right, is unidentified, Jerry West, Bobby Joe Smith, Ronnie Retton, Bucky Bolyard, Butch Gude, Jim Warren, and possibly Willie Akers.In the second row, from left to right, is athletic director Red Brown, basketball referee Red Mahalic, Jody Gardner, Loyd Sherer, Don Vincent, Whitie Guyme, team physician Dr. Sam Morris, Golf-pro Reggie Spencer, and Father Scott.In the third row, from left to right, is University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Doc Cartson, WVU head coach Fred Schaus, unidentified, the team's general manager Mr. Gwair, and unidentified.
In the top row, from left to right, is Turk Sine, Kenny Mikes, unidentified, Jerry West, unidentified, Frank Knight, and Walter Nook Smittle, Jr.In the bottom row, from left to right, is Larry Sine, Bucky Bolyard, unidentified, and Jon Huffman.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. West are pictured in the center in between two unidentified gentlemen. The four are standing behind a table covered by basketball star Jerry West's many awards during his college basketball career 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.
Jerry West swept past Bev Vaughan (25) of William and Mary and scored a total of 38 points against William and Mary. WVU won 85-82 in the semi-finals of the 1959 Southern Conference Tournament.
Jerry West and an opponent from GWU both jump toward the basket
West and opponent chase after the ball as it rolls out of bounds during a game
West shoots the ball while opponents attempt to block him during a home WVU game
Jerry West appears to be preparing to either make a basket or pass the ball to a teammate in this image.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
West jumps to block GW's George Marshall and his layup shot during this 1958 game.  WVU won 93 to 66.
WVU had one of the most elite college teams in the country during the West - Smith Era
West scores against Canisius's Greg Britz with a back-handed field goal. WVU won the pictured game, 86 - 66.
West scores a rebound in a Southern Conference tournament against The Citadel. WVU won this game 85-66.
West jumps to block Pitt's Dick Falenski as he attempts to shoot.  The Mountaineers won this game at Pittsburgh, 76-66.

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